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Marion On January - 19 - 2010

A lot of this centred around DOMA and DADT, and the only thing the Left’s complaints served to prove was how woefully inadequate their knowledge of politics and the basic government procedure was. Obama hasn’t repealed DOMA or DADT, they whined.

(Well, actually, he can’t. Those are acts of Congress, and only an act of Congress can repeal either of them.)

This information was met with deaf ears. When the President addressed the Human Rights Commission and promised to oversee the repeal of both these acts, the Progressive base railed, ‘But he didn’t say WHEN!’

The ensuing brouhaha about healthcare occupied much of the remainder of the year, with rumours, innuendo and all sorts, the town mauls’ scenario inundated with astroturfing operatives from Glenn Beck’s 9/12 group and selected, cherry-picked grumpings from the Progressive Base about all sorts of rumours concerning what Obama wanted and didn’t want in healthcare reform:-

He wanted a public option.

No, he didn’t. That was being thrown out.

He’d sold out to the insurance companies.

No, he wants the public option again.

He wasn’t doing enough for the public option.

Christ-on-a-bike! On various websites and blogs, people who knew better tried to reason with these deficenti: Obama was following the strictures of the Constitution. Obama, as President, doesn’t legislate … by the way, that means ‘to make laws’ … Congress does that. Obama had returned their proper function to a body whose heart had effectively been ripped away by eight years of rampant rule bordering on dictatorship from the neocon Right.That Congress subsequently proved to be dysfunctional wasn’t Obama’s fault, and that the 24/7 cable news media offered people the chance of seeing actual government in process, up close and personal, warts and all, wasn’t Obama’s fault, either.

But he copped the blame … or Rahm Emmanuel did.

Suddenly, the blogosphere was rife with Obama-bashings. In fact, if this were a catwalk, it could easily be said, with no pun intended, that Obama-bashing became the season’s new black.

Huffington, Ed Schulz, David Sirota, everyone fancied themselves qualified to denounce Obama, and their willing disciples in the blogosphere followed suit, blindly, to the point that now, the extreme Left is beginning to sound like the extreme Right.

When Joe Scarborough calls for the Progressive base to ally itself with the Tea Party movement, when Jane Hamsher forms a political alliance with Grover Norquist, the neocons’ neocon, in order to kill the incipient healthcare bill, then something’s rotten in the Democratic Party. Something’s rotten to the core.

Scarborough has his reasons for this: the Tea Party movement has already thrown down the gauntlet to the Republican party, telling them that they’ll abandon any moderate candidates the GOP fields in favour of their own hand-picked extremists. That’s already happened in the special New York 23rd District Congressional election, with no less than Sarah Palin endorsing the Tea Party candidate and abandoning the GOP’s chosen one. This resulted in a Congressional district returning a Democratic congressman for the first time since the Civil War.

The lesson in this is that the GOP will galvanise, and they’ll remold themselves in the Tea Party image, which is extremely, extremely Right Wing. Of course, they’ll welcome any malcontents from the Progressive Left; but they’ll take the protest votes they give and kick the Progressives to the curb, whilst laughing at their stupidity. This is why Jane Hamsher’s playing a dangerous game too, although she’s exhibiting something very ugly and very subtly hidden that’s also an inherent part of the Progressive base.

The R word. Compound that with the fact that these people – people like Hamsher and Huffington, who crave political recognition and an elevation to the hallowed apotheosis of serious political pundit, and then bristled at their perception of not being thrown adequate crumbs from Obama’s Presidential table, find it all too easy to throw him under the political bus and urge the sheeple who people their aggregates to do the same – either to boycott voting altogether or work to mount a primary challenge to Obama in 2012 …


Equals …

Who are the sheeple of the Left?

Shortly before Christmas, Chris Matthews offered this opinon:

‘They’re netroots people. I’m not even sure that they’re Democrats, but one thing for certain is that they don’t have a clue how government works. They’re like kids. They’re the kid sat in the backseat of a car on a long trip, intent on stirring trouble.’

Well, he’s partially right.

That they’re ignorant of government and how it works is obvious; that’s why so many of them agree with and give credence to such stultifyingly stupid suggestions by the likes of Huffington that Joe Biden should resign as Vice President and lead a grassroots revolution against the President on the basis of objection to his Afghanistan policy. (That Huffington, who spent ages prior to coming to the States, trying desperately to be taken seriously by the British political media, could even suggest such an action, shows both that her understanding of how this government works is next to zilch on the intelligence radar, and that urging such an action, not only is a dangerous precept to the government as a whole, but is openly seditious.)

Sometimes I think it would be mete for the President to dust off the old copy of the Alien and Sedition Act, legalised by John Adams but never put into use.

Trying Huffington on sedition charges would be a great test case for this law that has never been implemented. At worst, she’d be imprisoned; at best, deported from our shores.

Another scary scenario embraced by these sheeple is a denial of First Amendment rights to anyone who doesn’t agree with their way of thinking. In late November on one of his nightly shows, Keith Olbermann, who styles himself as the thinking man’s Progressive, and Huffington took pleasure in announcing on air that the Tea Partiers should be censured.

I daresay their followers agreed wholeheartedly. In fact, recently, on a Progressive website, a naturalised US citizen, originally Spanish, was wondering aloud why extreme Rightwing groups in the United States were even allowed to speak.

Well, darling … basically, it’s BECAUSE we are the United States of America that we have the freedom of the First Amendment.

It allows Rush Limbaugh to say that he wants Obama to fail. It allows Arianna Huffington to misunderstand an Afghan policy expert and shout her down as a liar. It allows us to criticise our leaders when they warrant it and, lately, when they don’t. It is a privilege that’s easily abused and often infuriating, and we simply have to live with it. If you’d happened to take a Civics 101 course in your study for naturalisation, you’d understand this …

Or maybe you wouldn’t, in that fashionable quest for bashing the President.

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  1. choicelady says:

    And so, tonight, MA voters have proven they also haven’t a clue how things work. They apparently are pissed Obama has not come down harder on the banks -- so now, creating a Senate lacking the 60 votes, they’ve made it nearly impossible.

    I have to make a presentation Sunday to a group of people who, I think, will take almost any version of the health bill because they are older, wiser, and want to see people insured. However, I was invited by a curmudgeon who is single payer or nothing -- another with no skin in the game.

    I want people to learn how the system works. And then, when they make decisions of dismissal, I want them to be FORCED to tell someone whose life they just threw away how important it REALLY is for everything to be ideologically pure. I want the “let’s scrap this bill” people to tell the 18 million about to get covered immediately why they have to put THEIR breast cancer treatment on hold again for another 2-10 years.

    I am sick with worry that this win in MA signals the return of intense voter stupidity. I realize a lot of it is due to Coakley’s own failings -- she went on VACATION for several week during which her 20 point lead took a nose dive -- so maybe it’s about lousy, stupid, bonehead candidates, but we cannot revert to the Bush/Gingrich years. We just CANNOT. They would destroy this economy and this nation. They damned well nearly have.

    • escribacat says:

      I am starting to think I will never get insurance — unless I manage to find a regular job and stop being self-employed. If there were any jobs to get, that is.

      • KQuark says:

        That’s exactly what corporate America wants. They want you to be desperate for the benefits they offer. It’s one of the ways they keep salaries down and people in jobs they hate.

    • KQuark says:

      Like usual you get tot the crux of the matter with great eloquence. I don’t care who candidates are, but how they vote and a GOP candidate will never vote for the issues I care about.

  2. bitohistory says:

    That is how I ended up with this “bitohistory” I an not fond of it nor am I some history scholar. But when I was reading posts on “progressive” sites, I kept wondering to myself “don’t these people know how legislating works? don’t they have any concept of the constitution?” Oh , goody HP’s Sekoff is on Ed. Real wits there!

  3. KQuark says:

    You are so right about progressive group think. It was supported of Obama when he was a moderate and now it’s hate to use the phrase but throwing Obama under the bus because he’s acting like a moderate.

  4. LABC63 says:

    Hamsher will wake up from her Vegas night of wingnut passion with Norquist to find her head pounding, butt hurting, her earing missing, the room trashed, and big hairy man with glasses farting and snoring next to her. And she will feel dirty…and finally realize that being used and thrown away like a jizz rag is not a progressive value.

    • Tiger99 says:

      I think you might appreciate this…

      “Jane Hamsher, Grover Norquist Call For Rahm Emanuel’s Resignation”

      December 23, 2009

      Attorney General of the United States of America
      U.S. Department of Justice
      950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC 20530-0001

      Dear Attorney General Holder:

      I write to demand an immediate investigation into the fundraising activities of Jane Hamsher at her site Firedoglake… In the late summer of 2009 Jane Hamsher solicited funds on behalf of Firedoglake supposedly for a campaign designed to “Support Health Care Reform”… Over the last several days she is on the forefront of the “Kill The Bill” movement…
      She has often refered to herself as a “journalist” but “journalist’s” do not involve themselves in raising funds for individual politicians or political movements…
      As an American Citizen I would like to know where exactly does the money go that Jane Hamsher raises on her Site Firedoglake and if any monies raised to pass Health Care Reform Bill are now being used even remotely to help fund her campaign to “Kill The Bill”…
      Enclosed is the receipt for payments donated to the “Support Health Care Bill” fund…

      Please forward this message to the IRS…

      • escribacat says:

        Good one, Tiger. I’m glad I didn’t donate anything to her site, and I took myself off their mailing list months and months ago.

        • Tiger99 says:

          I did donate to her fight for the public option fund…
          I personally believe some of the “Backlash” the Dem’s are experiencing is from her and others “Catty” high profile attacks…
          Having someone on Maddow yelling and threatening an Elected Official with “I dare you” and then to make a high profile attack against a charity doesn’t sit well with middle America…
          As I said before I would love to see the Dem’s that accepted PAC money from her return it to her in unison on camera…

    • Marion says:

      She is doing so already. There are reports that she is crapping herself today on FDL, actually urging people, begging them to go vote Coakley in order to ensure healthcare be passed.

      Jane, this is the SAME healthcare bill you and your homeboy, Grover, wanted to kill. Ah, but she’s explaining now that she ‘didn’t really mean it.’

      OK, she’s a breast cancer survivor, but so am I; and I’ll say this: If there be a hell, there’s a special chamber within it reserved especially for her; and I hope I’m chosen to turn the spit.

      • nellie says:

        I feel like going to her site and posting a big THANK YOU FOR NOTHING. WILL YOU STOP WHINING NOW?

        Maybe I will.

      • bitohistory says:

        Well I’m not changing her nappies, she can sit in them for weeks!

      • KQuark says:

        Yup I’m a cancer survivor as well and I now have chronic heart failure because of a chemo as well but the difference is Hamster has insurance while I don’t.

        • escribacat says:

          I don’t think anyone who sits there comfortably with their nice insurance policy has a right to demand this bill be tossed out — all as a matter of pride and principle. They don’t have a clue what it’s like to go without insurance.


          • KQuark says:

            So true my whole life changed after I lost my insurance. I’m scared to death to go to the doctor because I owe them all money. They call you the infamous “self pay” after they look at you like you are indigent. Then when you have to go into hospital they whisper to you about Medicaid and how are you going to pay for this. I never got a semi-private room until I had no insurance. It’s truly living like a second class citizen and my only crime was getting sick.

            • escribacat says:

              Knowing that you’ve been in the hospital recently I was thinking about that. And we call ourselves a civilized country. Gawd it pisses me off! I’ve been without insurance for two years now and luckily nothing big has gone wrong (I have serious back problems which is why I can’t get insurance. When it goes out, I’m basically disabled for months and months). I ran into a friend of mine who runs his own publishing house. He had a heart attack a few years ago. He had insurance through his wife but she got laid off last year and so now he has nothing and can’t get it of course. So he’s basically waiting for the bill to pass just like me — and hoping nothing goes wrong. He’s got a shunt in his heart I think he said. He was really scared.

            • KQuark says:

              I’m sorry to hear about your situation and your friend’s family.

              If MA did not have universal healthcare things may have gone differently but like usual I see progressives learning all the wrong lessons but I hope Dems learn the right ones.

      • escribacat says:

        Are you serious? She’s been at the head of the Obama-bashing, health care bill bashing parade for months now!

    • bitohistory says:

      a bit graphic, LAB, true, but not a pretty sight. 😯

    • nellie says:

      ouch — lively description! Let’s hope she does have a rude awakening.

  5. Khirad says:

    Hamartia as hubris? On to part III…

    By the way, Hamsher was just on echoing and agreeing with the Tea Party guy on Radigan. 🙄

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