When Republicans Attack

The Republican Party is always the party of the evil doers. When they aren’t stealing from the public trough to enrich the already rich, they are stealing elections or subverting the Constitution in order to steal our civil liberties. They always lie. They will lie about the rationale for war or about the nature of the worldwide financial crisis. It is absurd to claim as they do, that a president in office for less than two months is more responsible for unemployment, a crashing stock market and the demise of major banks, than the president who served for the previous eight years.

It is tempting to defend the president and congressional Democrats when Republicans set out to destroy and make illegitimate their electoral victory. Republican legislators in Missouri and Tennessee have publicly questioned Barrack Obama’s American citizenship, joining up with the right wing “birthers” who continue to make hay out of an issue that is dead to everyone else. When CNBC attacks the Obama stimulus plan while neglecting to mention that it served as a lying mouthpiece for failing financial services companies, it is easy to want to take the Obama side.

The attacks are insidious, and are meant to weaken Democrats’ ability to pass legislation that has already been eviscerated by a misguided desire for bipartisan comity and the Democrats’ usual propensity to be spineless. Yet for all the storm and fury playing out on cable news networks, it is important to know that none of this drama really matters. The corporate media always prefer sensationalism and distraction over substantive news reporting. Democrats should be less upset about Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh rants and more upset because the economic crisis is showing the tip of a very deep iceberg and because Obama doesn’t want them to look below the water line.

The economic meltdown will continually worsen and it will do so in large part because the Obama administration will not do what it needs to do in order to stop it. The financial system could be saved if the nation’s military budget were to be drastically reduced. The only things that America produces in abundance are guns and bombs. The result is a country with a military budget that is larger than that of every other country on earth combined, but with an almost non-existent manufacturing capacity. Americans cheer because Obama proposes the type of high-speed rail system that has existed in Japan and Europe for decades. There are no resources left for innovation when defense spending eats up the budget. It is truly pathetic to celebrate when “the greatest country in the world” finally catches up to the 1970s.

The mortgage relief proposed by the Obama administration is woefully inadequate. It will help only a small fraction of homeowners in danger of foreclosure. That fact is of greater significance than CNBC’s attempts to discredit the plan.

In short, why defend Obama if he won’t defend us? He wouldn’t even defend his own attorney general, Eric Holder. Holder recently made a statement that Americans were “cowards” because of their unwillingness to discuss race. “I think it’s fair to say that if I had been advising my attorney general, we would have used different language.” Keep the boss from hell smack down in mind when tempted to fight for Obama’s honor.

In the midst of financial failure and high unemployment, there is no one in Washington willing to fight for and defend American workers. It isn’t clear how much public money AIG will need to stave off collapse. The $160 billion it has already received is apparently insufficient and countless billions more will go into that black hole before the average working person gets any consideration from their government.

When Republicans attack the Obama administration remember that Democrats could have done the same thing to George W. Bush. Even in the minority, Senate Democrats had enough votes to hamper any and all Bush administration initiatives. They refused to do it and now the Republican minority has no qualms about showing them the art of political war.

Bush foisted a radical agenda on the American people, an agenda that destroyed their country and the world’s economy too. Single payer health care would be a radical departure for this country, but it is what most people want, it would provide an efficient stimulus to individuals and business and it is what the rest of the world already has. Obama and the Democrats won’t propose a sensible and profitable change that the country needs because they are beholden to corporate interests and 300 million people continue suffering as a result.

Don’t worry about Fox news, or Limbaugh or crazed wing nuts. When saving crooked banks is the first priority, and saving homes and health care don’t even make it onto the agenda, then Obama and his oh so brilliant team are on their own. If the issues that would truly help this nation’s citizens are taken off the table there is nothing and no one who is worthy of being defended.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached at: Margaret.Kimberley@BlackAgendaReport.Com. Read other articles by Margaret, or visit Margaret's website.

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  1. George Thompson said on March 11th, 2009 at 10:19pm #

    Like Al Sharpton said about Clarence Thomas “Just because he’s our color doesn’t mean he’s our kind.” To hell with Obama that bootlicking, buttkissing, capitulating, wannabee, gravitas-faking, corporatist murderer.

  2. Lloyd said on March 11th, 2009 at 10:37pm #

    thank you for this, marge. i’m linking it at OpEdNews tomorrow morning the 12th, requesting that it be put in the Best Op Eds column, which is about half way down on the left side of the homepage. doubtless you’re busy with your own website and with your BAR duties, but if you could drop by OEN and “get the ball rolling” with a comment on your own article, and/or comment on comments to it, i would appreciate it.

  3. Don Hawkins said on March 12th, 2009 at 2:53am #

    Can’t we just suppress freedom of expression for people that don’t agree with us?

    I see no possible downside…

    And what is the best way or the way many suppress freedom of expression. Well if you use knowledge tell the truth you are made to seem like what.

    The truth is “hate speech” only to those who have something to hide.–Michael Rivero

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. –George Orwell

    It’s not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true.” –Henry Kissinger And what Henry said is the game played by many you see on TV and unfortunately the truths we all now face have little to do with perception.

    The Greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. –Stephen Hawking

    The Greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. –Stephen Hawking

  4. Don Hawkins said on March 12th, 2009 at 3:05am #

    Bertrand Russell:
    What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires — desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.

    Joni Mitchell:
    I’ve looked at life from both sides now
    From win and lose and still somehow
    It’s life’s illusions I recall
    I really don’t know life at all.

    The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.
    Author: Yasutani Roshi

  5. Don Hawkins said on March 12th, 2009 at 4:21am #

    Margaret I read your article three times very nice. The talk about cap and trade is can it happen. Cap and trade will sent this planet well not the planet but the human’s on this planet into survival mode in just a few years. Cap and trade is not the answer and yet it will be tuff to get passed. The reason is not facing the truth the easy way out and that is no way out. The temperatures in the Arctic last month in some places was 8 degrees C above normal. That is big and do the powers that be know this sure they do and yet we still see almost business as usually why. Well what you just wrote is the game. They know not what they do? Oh they know what they do.

    The Greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. –Stephen Hawking

    Do these so called leaders know what they are doing or not doing is nothing but an illusion of knowledge. Of course they do. So why is it done? Well not all but most there minds there thinking is best described as High School stuff. You know USA USA drill baby drill go team go. Of course that thinking is just for the cameras the public and do they understand the problems well sort of but there instinct is very good at clouding the truth and the different sides up there high on the hill they hate each other again kind of. It’s not solving problems they like but the game they play with one another and we get to watch sort of. Put your boots on people and think of this as kind of a war. Calm at peace the voice loud and clear. Read DV Mr. President

  6. Martha said on March 12th, 2009 at 7:59am #

    Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford (toss in Bruce Dixon as well) are the non-Kool-Aid drinkers. They didn’t drink it. And that’s a very small list. And as the hangover sets in for the others, I intend to bang the cabinets, blast the stereo and, in general, make as much noise as possible.

  7. Bob Miller said on March 12th, 2009 at 8:45am #

    I have never claimed to be overly bright regarding politics, or being left or right.

    You see those are all tags placed on people by other people.

    My ability has always to be able to judge people by their actions and the look in their eyes when they make a promise.

    I care not whether they are male, female or what political party they are from. I have never been able to LIE BIG ENOUGH to become top management, or to throw people under the bus because it would solve a problem or MAKE ME LOOK GOOD.

    I never voted for Bush, and I never voted for Obama. You see after voting for the Party for about 30 years… after Bush I decided to RESEARCH and select the BEST of TWO EVILS.

    Having served as a Combat Officer in the Army during Vietnam.. I develeoped a resent against those that ARE NOT LEADERS.. but politicians FIRST.

    Our current financial crisis is a result of ???? Everyone has an opinion BUT no one has a solution. I cringe at the thought of anyone making a promise regarding spending then LIES when it comes to making change.

    I cringe when I have a POTUS that disrespect our allies. I question the judgement of a POTUS that has weekly parties of Wednesday, becaue he can or eats 100 dollar per pound steak.. because he does not pay for it.
    I cringe when I see the First Lady creating a National Service Group to provide indoctrination to her and Obama as INDIVIDUALS not as a polittical but as a individuals.

    You see I learned the Constitution in High School, I learned about the History of my country in High School and College. I believed enought in my country that I volunteered for Vietnam and served proudly because I BELIEVED in our history and what that Constitution and Bill of Rights stood for.

    Today.. it is about Liberals, Conservatives, Rights, how I can get around the Constitution by using the law to insure that NO ONE can determine IF I am a Naturalized Citizen or not. I can spend 750 Million dollars on buying an election to become President so I can do as I want.

    Is America being CHANGED for the good of America, or because I Can make the changes that I BELIEVE IS RIGHT.

  8. Lloyd said on March 12th, 2009 at 11:09am #

    Again, Great Article, Margaret Kimberley!

    This was dated today, at 10:23 Pacific time.

    “Thank you for submitting an article link to Op Ed News. Your article titled The Republican Party is Always the Party of the Evil Doers has been accepted. This article has been placed in the Best_Web_OpEds category with tags:Evil, Party Politics Republican, Republican Religious Right Wing Nuts, Republicans In Name Only Rinos Thank you again. Op Ed News Administrator”

    Comments would be appreciated by OEN, and by me as the person responsible for putting up the link. The article is on OEN’s front page, down about half way on the left. Its shelf-life on the front page is limited – as new Best_Web_OpEds are posted, it will get pushed down and…off the front page.

  9. jim calderwood said on March 12th, 2009 at 6:31pm #

    Margaret…I’m not a homeowner…I’m not a car owner…I have one debt to pay for my pretty wife’s car of her dreams…Which I do for the love I have for pretty baby…I have taken many investment risk in my life of sixty-eight…Many…The insanity in the markets, politics, and the majority of people who are evidently in total disconnect with reality of the economic situation at hand will keep me on the sidelines of any long term investment decision for a long long time…Back to the homeowners and the stimulus…Why would anyone in default want to hang around on property that is going down…yeah…going down baby…We’re only in the first phase…Unless your payments to keep the home are cheaper then renting something to accomodate your family…My suggestion is to walk……..Thanks for the article…Jim

  10. danny ray said on March 14th, 2009 at 6:17am #

    Bob Miller , is right as a serving officer at this time I can say We have no leadership of any kind in washington, PBO. President barak obama has never led, and never followed.

    You say that the republicans are evil. so how does that make them any diffrent from PBO and his gang of liars and theives?

  11. cccc said on March 18th, 2009 at 11:31am #

    ROFLOL! Are you serious? Too funny that so many know so little. What Obama relased was a live certificate of birth which anyone born anywhere can obtain in Hawaii within the first year of life. He has locked the real one away and spent millions to do that when a copy would cost $20. WHY?