Challenging Obama’s Anti-Progressivism

Believing Obama is progressive is like calling a cat a dog. Only the delusional think so. He’s, in fact, hard-right, a neocon, a warrior president, a corporatist pursuing anti-populist policies favoring wealth and privilege, not social justice when more than ever it’s needed.

He’s a fraud, an elitist, chosen years ago, then put on a fast track to power. Big monied interests love him. So do war profiteers and members of America’s aristocracy. He’s one of them.

Only the voting millions who backed him were defrauded. Will they awaken, finally understand, and express their ire publicly more strongly than in mid-term theatrics, throwing out bums for new ones? It’s high time. A year two Obama assessment is coming. Watch for it, parts I and II. A year one analysis can be accessed here and here.

Definitions of Progressivism

Merriam Webster defines it as people “believing in moderate political change and especially social improvement by governmental action.” The Oxford Dictionary says it’s anyone “advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.” Wikipedia calls it a “political attitude favoring or advocating changes or reforms through governmental action.”

Progressivism began in the 19th century to end slavery, support women’s rights including suffrage, small farmers, and political populism; namely,  social reforms benefitting ordinary Americans;  citizens having more control over government;  establishing comprehensive education as a universal right;  curbing excessive corporate power;  eliminating corruption and waste; supporting organized labor;  laws to prevent child worker exploitation;  environmental conservation; and more stressing social values above financial gain.

Obama’s agenda is mirror opposite — anti-progressive/populist/liberal. Judge him by his advisors and top officials. They support power, not working Americans. Their policies are pro-war, pro-business, pro-privilege, pro-super wealth, anti-dissent, anti-democracy, anti-freedom, anti-civil and human rights, anti-environmental sanity, and anti-government of, by and for the people. They oppose virtually everything most people want, need but don’t get under either party, one a near clone of the other.

After eight Bush/Cheney/Republican years, Americans wanted change. Obama’s promise won the most sweeping non-incumbent victory in over 50 years, along with congressional Democrats gaining large House and Senate majorities.

Out with the old. In with the new. Everything changed but stayed the same. In fact, it worsened with perhaps greater harshness coming in Obama’s next two years, including escalated imperial wars, neoliberal austerity, greater than ever impoverishment, desperation and despair, as well as hardened repression to curb popular anger.

Surprisingly, however, Obama’s approval rating still hovers close to 50%. On December 6, the conservative Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll said “47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.” It also found 28% strongly approve, 41% strongly disapproving, “giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13.” It’s about the same one he’s had all year despite greater numbers being harmed, a trend showing no sign of abating.

One progressive, Tikkun‘s Rabbi Michael Lerner, expressed concern in a December 4 Washington Post op-ed headlined, “Save Obama’s presidency by challenging him on the left,” saying:

People who used to say, ‘Give (Obama) more time’ when (he) was criticized for capitulating to the right, or who argued that (he) must have a plan to turn things around, are now largely depressed and angry.

If so, polls like Rasmussen’s don’t show it, at least not convincingly. Lerner, however, believes “many liberals and progressives” are mad about Obama’s unwillingness to veto “tax relief for billionaires,” besides continued imperial wars, escalated in Afghanistan, abandoning the health care public option, refusal to prosecute Bush war criminals, and his overall unpopular agenda.

Instead of condemning Obama and congressional Democrats, Lerner worries mostly about “a full-scale Republican return to power in 2012.” A “disaster” he said, given their economic policies and environmental record, as well as disdain for social justice and world peace.

Clearly, Lerner’s been largely AWOL during the past two years, mindless that Obama’s extremism exceeded Bush and that Democrats overall are as hardline as Republicans. Their rhetoric alone differs. On core issues like war and peace, corporatism, police state repression, and environmental pillaging, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them, what Lerner and other progressives should understand, highlight, repeat, and preach to their faithful, not believe leopards can change spots.

He does, wanting Obama to be “the candidate whom most Americans believed they elected in 2008:” the myth, not the man whom James Petras calls:

“the perfect incarnation of Melville’s Confidence Man. He catches your eye while he picks your pocket. He gives thanks as he packs you off to” imperial wars. The “first Jewish president,” he “unconditional(ly) support(s the) pro-Israeli Lobby and the colonial expansionist and bellicose policies of the Jewish state.”

Liberals, progressives, and intellectuals who “support a politician who publicly and openly embraces new wars, billionaire bailouts,” and mass privatizations, including essential services like health care, Medicare, education, perhaps Social Security, and more are “what C. Wright Mills called ‘crackpot realists.’ ” Their followers are what Walter Lippman described as the “bewildered herd,” clueless of the world around them, mostly how gravely they and their loved ones are harmed.

No matter. Lerner, and others like him, want Obama’s presidency saved – “by challenging him in the 2012 presidential primaries with a candidate who would unequivocally commit to a well-defined progressive agenda and contrast it with” his.

Those Democrats, however, don’t exist, and progressive independents aren’t welcome in a party embracing Democrat Leadership Council (DLC) extremism. As neocon as Republicans, they’re anti-populist, anti-environmental sanity, anti-labor, anti-welfare, anti-peace, pro-business, pro-privilege, pro-war, pro-Israeli belligerency and occupation, and pro-imperial zealotry for global dominance.

They support super-wealth and oppose social justice for Blacks, Hispanics, Latino immigrants, Muslims, working Americans, the poor and disadvantaged, consumer protections, populism, progressivism, honest elections, human and civil rights, and democratic values.

Obama buys it, governing accordingly. Believing he can be shoved to the left is “crackpot” lunacy. So is thinking congressional Democrats can, any of them. They cannot, what checking their voting records show, supporting pro-war defense budgets, Obamacare, pro-Wall Street finance reform, pro-agribusiness food “safety,” pro-Big Oil/Wall Street cap and trade, and much more.

Progressives? Hardly! They’re not likely to change – not now, next year, in 2012 or thereafter. They won’t follow Lerner’s platform embracing “love, kindness and generosity….a new New Deal….(a) Caring Society: ‘Caring for Each Other and the Earth.’ ” They support same old, same old, business as usual, softened only rhetorically.

It’s high time Lerner and other progressives understood, concluding other ways must be found for change outside the two-party dictatorship – independents committed to populism, real elections, excluding big money donors, social justice, civil and human rights, democratic values, and unconditionally ending imperial wars and occupations immediately, as well as slashing the defense budget, closing all overseas bases, and cutting force levels, no ifs, ands or buts.

In today’s environment, however, achieving those goals is enormously challenging. But it’s no reason not to try! To borrow a phrase, there is no alternative.

A Final Comment

On December 6, the New York Times reported Obama’s capitulation to Republicans on extending the Bush tax cuts for the super-rich on income, capital gains, and dividends. Also on their federal estate tax that lapsed at the start of 2010. Despite their rhetorical disapproval, congressional Democrats will likely concur, while at the same time agreeing to deep austerity cuts for working Americans.

Obama again showed his allegiance to wealth and power. The two-party dictatorship is venal and broken. Replacing it with real progressive change is vital. Indeed, there is no alternative!

Stephen Lendman wrote How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Contact him at: lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Mondays from 11AM-1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests. All programs are archived for easy listening. Read other articles by Stephen.

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  1. bozh said on December 7th, 2010 at 8:49am #

    with about 12 egalitarians and timocrats in u.s i expected that selection-election of obama wlld be electing greater evil.
    and i have said so in many of my posts in ’08.

    and election of a new, prez, say, angelina or clooney wld also portend more evil to come than what we obtained during obama’s rule.

    i also expect only worsenings from now on. particularly for weakest nations and people even in u.s. tnx

  2. Don Hawkins said on December 7th, 2010 at 9:53am #

    angelina or clooney yes Bozh it all seems real doesn’t it but if the truth be known they live inside that box the prison for the mind of course they don’t think they do that illusion can trick the mind alright.

  3. ajohnstone said on December 7th, 2010 at 10:27am #

    “He’s, in fact, hard-right, a neocon, a warrior president, a corporatist pursuing anti-populist policies favoring wealth and privilege, not social justice when more than ever it’s needed. He’s a fraud, an elitist, chosen years ago, then put on a fast track to power. Big monied interests love him. So do war profiteers and members of America’s aristocracy. He’s one of them…Obama again showed his allegiance to wealth and power” And who here disagrees.

    Obama’s election organisation secured $640 million (more than McCain) and while Obama’s team boasted that most of their money came from small $100 and $200 donors, in truth the great bulk of his financial support came from Wall Street and the US corporate elite . The US power elite bankrolled the Obama campaign and for no other reason than that they know he will have to repay their loyalty. The outcome of US elections carries one truth: namely that whichever candidate becomes president, he has but one remit once in office – to further the interests of the US corporate elite.

    Obama made no secret during his campaign of his “moderate” political outlook. A central theme of his campaign, in fact, was the need for bipartisanism to counter the trend towards politics becoming too “ideological”. Those who now criticize Obama for being yet another spineless Democrat were not paying adequate attention to the statements he made during the campaign. Obama made no secret two years ago of his deeply-held principle of never sticking to any principle. He has never claimed to be anything but a “pragmatist”, which is a nicer way of saying “opportunist”. The idea that Obama has broken his promises can only seem valid to those who – against all the evidence – fashioned an image of him as the country’s progressive saviour. Yet how can Obama be blamed for those false expectations? Obama has not budged from his belief that the solutions to the problems plaguing the United States can be found lying in the middle of the political road. This is the belief he wrote about back in 2006, and his policies in office have been based on it.

    Obama appeared at the opportune time, when much of the population was desperate to believe that the country could change for the better. Millions were sick to their guts of Bush and the Republicans and it was indeed “time for a change”. This was the basis for the foolish hope that Obama could, almost single-handedly, set things right. People went from the naïve view that Bush was the root of all evil to the equally simplistic idea that Obama could uproot that evil. It is pointless to transform Obama from a saviour into a new scapegoat.

    Yet the idea that Obama has betrayed us is based on the initial illusion that he could rescue us from problems that are deeply rooted in capitalism itself. Only when people give up the illusion that capitalism can be fundamentally reformed to somehow create a more humane world will we be on the road to real social change. It is good that so many of Obama’s followers are disillusioned. But they are not half as disillusioned as they need to be.

    There is a recognizable political cycle. We have been through it before, over and over again in the United States and in many other countries. It is the cycle of lesser evil. For the sake of argument, let us suppose that Obama was a significantly lesser evil.
    For instance , it is argued , isn’t it worthwhile just to reduce ( just for the sake of debate , remember) the probability of an attack on Iran to get him into office does ward off a greater evil. But once in office, Obama come under irresistible pressure from his capitalist masters to break his “populist” promises, to disappoint, disillusion and betray the working people who placed their trust and hope in him. Some supporters sink back into apathy and despair, while others fall prey to the Tea-Party type backlash. These reactions give the Republicans their chance to return to political power. Those who support the lesser evil play an essential role in constantly reproducing the cycle. They share the responsibility for its persistence. Support for the lesser evil also entails support – indirect and delayed, but support nonetheless – for the greater evil.

    Some capitalist politicians are totally 100% subservient to the oil, gas, and coal corporations and oblivious to the danger of climate change . In their hands we are doomed. Other capitalist politicians are a little less subservient, show a limited awareness of the situation, and try to do something to mitigate it. Something, although much less than what’s absolutely essential and necessary. Bush declared that the Kyoto Treaty “…didn’t suit our needs…I walked away from Kyoto because it would damage America’s economy”. Obama may take a less confrontational approach, but he still has to bat for US capitalist industry, arguing for the continued use of coal and oil. In his hands we are still doomed.

  4. Don Hawkins said on December 7th, 2010 at 11:04am #

    So where to start how do we fight them how? Jon Stewart call an emergency meeting Capital no permit just go call some of your friends before they go home for Christmas little rock an roll maybe a little civil disobedience come on mate heck bring Colbert I’ll bet he will be good at it. Tax the top 3% stop war let’s try and stop the warming. No pressure

  5. bozh said on December 7th, 2010 at 11:34am #

    don, yes,
    supremacism is not going to abate unless supremacists are seriously challenged. marching, protesting, pleading with inegalitarians, talking about what they do just strengthens it.

    if what cia-fbi, army echelons do to aliens don’t prove that, then maybe plutocrats bailing out one another might! no, huh?
    what has to happen for people to realize the ugly truth? a few more wars; much more torture, homelessness, just might one day get people to form own political party. tnx
    tnx

  6. Don Hawkins said on December 7th, 2010 at 1:30pm #

    This morning I had on the tube a financial channel and Steve Forbes was the guest host. Well a policy maker I think standing in front of the Capital came on and as he began to talk I could tell he was afraid ok seemed to be afraid of Forbes probably just me. So I sent this e-mail to that finanical channel did Forbes read the e-mail you know I think he did. What Forbes said just before this policy maker came on was Obama is smart you know even Lenin at first had to make a few compromises not exact words but darn close a bold statement indeed from Mr. Freedom Work’s himself. Can hardly wait to see Beck today probably balloons, extra blackboards, maybe a band and unafraid. I really do hope Forbes Mr. freedom work’s read this;

    So Obama is smart,

    How about you Steve are you smart. We either work together or this story doesn’t end well life on Earth. The part I don’t get sometimes is you are older and you would think know better and yet that doesn’t seem to be the story. My kid’s and there kid’s might wonder about that old boy.

    Don

  7. Don Hawkins said on December 7th, 2010 at 2:08pm #

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), one of the most liberal members of the Senate, threatened to filibuster the agreement in the upper chamber, calling it bad politics and bad policy.

    “I think for a Democratic president, a Democratic House, and a Democratic Senate to be following the Bush economic philosophy of tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires is absolutely wrong public policy and absolutely wrong politically,” Sanders said in an interview on MSNBC. “I’ve got to tell you, I will do whatever I can to see that 60 votes are not acquired to pass this piece of legislation.” AOL

    Bernie thank you stay strong.

  8. mary said on December 7th, 2010 at 3:00pm #

    At the time there were enough warnings about Obama. Gary Corseri’s was one of them. Read through and see how many times he was right.

    https://dissidentvoice.org/2008/03/finding-ones-way-home-through-the-electoral-mazes-of-oz/

  9. mary said on December 7th, 2010 at 3:07pm #

    Here is Senator Sanders. Half a million views of this You Tube already. Will the people rise up behind him? In Europe there is growing anger, protest and action…. and the walls came tumbling down…. ??

    {http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OtB298fHY&feature=aso}

  10. SKEENGE said on December 7th, 2010 at 3:57pm #

    There are 68 million registered democrats and 44 million repubs. If even a third of the dems would switch to green or independent it would send shock waves through the DNC. You don’t have to march or write letters when all you need to do is go on line and register other that democrat. They will get the message.

  11. Don Hawkins said on December 7th, 2010 at 4:11pm #

    Mary thank’s for that post and Senator Sanders you are standing up so far one of the few who tell the truth. I am very sure you understand this tax debate is only the beginning and we have heard you talk about climate change with truth and knowledge. Many will stand behind you the best minds we have today will stand with you. If the President will not give the speech I can’t think of a better person for the job than you. We have the truth the knowledge yes an enormous effort it will take heck we are all not doing that much just buying little plastic things from China let’s try.

  12. Deadbeat said on December 7th, 2010 at 4:40pm #

    ajohnstone writes …

    People went from the naïve view that Bush was the root of all evil to the equally simplistic idea that Obama could uproot that evil.

    This belief was helped along by the pseudo-Left who made Bush/Chaney out to be evil incarnate. This imagery was help along by the likes of Howard Zinn and the Z-Mag crew who tacitly supported pro-War John Kerry via “Anybody but Bush/Safe State”. The fact that the pseudo-Left was willing to weaken the potential of the Green Party and the anti-war movement just to defeat Bush which in reality turned out to be a cover for Zionism, help to create a vacuum that permitted Obama to run uncontested from his left flank. This need to cover what was really an attack on the Left by the pseudo-Left help to inflate the Bush was “the root of all evil” mindset among activists.

    Mary writes …

    Here is Senator Sanders. Half a million views of this You Tube already. Will the people rise up behind him? In Europe there is growing anger, protest and action…. and the walls came tumbling down. ??

    Pretty good rhetorical flourish by Sanders who’s still blaming the oil companies. So how he misses “Israel” in his stump speech. I wouldn’t trust Sanders dispite his rhetoric (speaking about “opportunist”). If he continues on this track and the “rabble” gets out of hand like they did in 2003 and touch on “unconfortable” topics you can be he and Tomm Hartmann will be doing more than just cutting off callers.

  13. beverly said on December 7th, 2010 at 5:46pm #

    Great comment, Deadbeat, about Bernie Sanders. He’s another left leaner who talks a good game but does squat to back it up. During the health care reform charade, Sanders was a guest on a Sunday talk show propaganda fest. He dismissed single payer, saying it was not going to happen, as opposed to fervently promoting SP as a viable option and educating viewers on its merits. Will Sanders follow through on his current “principled stand” or will it be business as usual? I’m betting on the latter.

  14. Loucleve said on December 7th, 2010 at 5:57pm #

    Instead of whining about how were not gonna have more of other peoples money to spend on social programs, how about turning all that energy towards a solution – namely creating jobs.

    Jobs get moved overseas because its cheaper to produce product there. With the right incentives, we (those hated corporations) could invest in capital equipment that would manufacture product that could compete with chinese wage scales. but with the 3d highest corporate tax rates on the planet, and a core of leftists that shriek if anyone makes a dime, we obviously have no hope in repatriating lost jobs.

    the business of america is business. contrary to lendmans opinion, obama has only recently shifted his stance on the coporate sector – he despised business and wasnt ashamed that it be known. (Note to Lendman – healthcare wasnt “privatized” dipstick, its always been private.)

    frankly, I dont have a problem with higher taxes on the very wealthy. but do you have to demonize them as you do? most of the very wealthy got that way by creating new industries and lots of jobs. Ford. Cargill. Carnegie. Rockefeller. Apple. Microsoft. By demonizing the corporate sector, you simply cut off your nose to spite your face. And lets also not forget that 40 million Americans with 401k plans own lots of those very corporations you despise.

    I suggest we focus on getting those lost jobs back home. Its economic warfare now, and the chinese are winning. PS: Dont count us out just yet – think back to the 80’s when the Japanese were buying America……

  15. Hue Longer said on December 7th, 2010 at 6:09pm #

    I would suggest not responding unless Loucleve is listening.

  16. Deadbeat said on December 7th, 2010 at 8:57pm #

    Joseph Stiglitz writes …

    In the United States (and some other advanced industrial countries), any deficit-reduction agenda has to be set in the context of what happened over the last decade:

    Just the last decade. Stiglitz was part of the anti-progressive Clinton Administration and the World Bank. These Liberals are just as clownish as our man Loucleve.

  17. marklar said on December 7th, 2010 at 9:18pm #

    Without fully understanding the full depth and breadth of the NWO conspiracy you will never do better than slavering after the latest preselected enemy of the people that tells you what you want to hear.

    It’s been so obvious to so many of us. When Obama dissappeared from his press entourage and met Hillary while the Bilderberg meeting was underway in the same state the situation was apparent. Nobody knows what exactly was said but it was obviously something like “Hillary, not even the left likes you, you’re out. Obama, your in.” and at that point many of us knew that Barrack Obama had been selected (not elected) as the next president of the United states.

    If that hadn’t been enough it should have been apparent to all what kind of a president Obama would be when he voted for the bill that gave the telecoms retroactive immunity for participating in Bush’s illegal wiretapping schemes on a grand scale. This is a move specifically forbidden under the US constitution which states that congress shall make no ex post facto law (Latin for after the fact, or retroactive as we would say it today). If a supposed constitutional scholar directly defies the constitution you can bet that while they may know the constitution backwards and forwards they obviously have nothing but disdain for it and for the rule of law.

    Why Barrack Obama though? Well, after the anger Bush caused in the populace a well-spoken black ‘progressive’ was just the kind of family friendly face lift that hardcore police state freedom hating facism needed. Indeed, Bush was right when he said that the terrorists hate us for our freedoms but we simply didn’t get the joke that he and others of his ilk, including Barrack Obama, are the real terrorists.

  18. hayate said on December 7th, 2010 at 10:59pm #

    “It’s high time Lerner and other progressives understood, concluding other ways must be found for change outside the two-party dictatorship – independents committed to populism, real elections, excluding big money donors, social justice, civil and human rights, democratic values, and unconditionally ending imperial wars and occupations immediately, as well as slashing the defense budget, closing all overseas bases, and cutting force levels, no ifs, ands or buts.”

    I think the lerners understand only too well what would happen. Such would break the ziofascist/fascist control and it would be a disaster for the lerners and their sacred the reich.

  19. hayate said on December 7th, 2010 at 11:46pm #

    Er….and their sacred 4th reich.

  20. Don Hawkins said on December 8th, 2010 at 4:32am #

    The control voice;

    There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image; make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set.

    I like central control and today what might central control tell us. “Hold your nose yes this is another hold your nose moment these tax cut’s are for the good of the country the World. For those of you who repeat the obvious stop doing that central control doesn’t like that so instead when in Walmart spy on your fellow human’s if you see something say something. The people who make up central control are your friends they love you very very much and we wear a suit and tie and or designer dress and yes sometimes it’s almost like we talk in tongues this is only an illusion your mind is playing trick’s on you as remember we are controlling the transmission all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. For today just sit quietly and let us shape the picture tax cut’s it’s all under control we know best what’s good for you all and climate change what climate change we don’t talk about such things it’s gone put it out of your mind and do not attempt to adjust the picture sit quietly. Oh very soon you may see an LRAD in a city near you this is only a Long Range Acoustic Device and remember we love you very very much you saw them at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City but not used it’s just for crowd control and hailing device yes you saw it’s debuts in Pittsburgh at the G_20 to disperse protesters if you see something say something we will control the horizontal and yes Pittsburgh was the first use of a LRAD “sonic cannon” against civilians in U.S. history but not the last and we will control the vertical. Very soon you will all see a preacher man on all your channel he will become the official preacher man for the greatest Nation on Earth so please remember this name Glenn Beck we can roll the image and Fox New’s will become the only new’s you need it’s official and yes we can make it flutter. That’s all for now but you all will get messages from central control tomorrow sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. Remember don’t repeat the obvious stop doing that instead go to Walmart and see if you see something and if you do say something. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set.

  21. Don Hawkins said on December 8th, 2010 at 5:13am #

    A breaking message from central control;

    Today go shopping buy a new car we are controlling transmission and we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If you can’t do that because you are sleeping under a bridge or on the street in a tent we have this new thing called Soma and or pain pill’s yes take those and sit quietly we will control all that you see and hear. Don’t learn to read or do simple math makes our transmissions much to hard because you see we also take Soma think of it as one big happy family. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. Close your eyes and ear’s do not attempt to adjust the picture. Let’s all today make it a soft blur and whatever you do don’t repeat the obvious or watch c-span then break your TV set into a million pieces how could we then control the transmission? Ok if that did happen you can always’ go on line and please just read the WSJ or Fox has a good site and if you are feeling daring CNN remember Soma it help’s. Sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear all for now from central control consume, consume.

  22. Don Hawkins said on December 8th, 2010 at 5:34am #

    I have decided to change my name to Captain Planet here in the greatest Nation on Earth third planet from the Sun why you ask? Because if the leader of the free World can pretend to be President it seems it’s ok heck maybe I’ll get a tattoo join the tea party get some boot’s is that on the approved list? One thing for sure if central control want’s us to say something when in Walmart if we see something well civil disobedience I’ll bet is not on the approved list. Sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set it has all been approved by central control.

  23. Don Hawkins said on December 8th, 2010 at 7:30am #

    I make the effort to share this information because it gives me, at last, a plausible answer to a long-unanswered question: Why, no matter how much intelligent goodwill exists in the world, is there so much war, suffering and injustice? It doesn’t seem to matter what creative plan, ideology, religion, or philosophy great minds come up with, nothing seems to improve our lot. Since the dawn of civilization, this pattern repeats itself over and over again.

    The answer is that civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been built on slavery and mass murder. Psychopaths have played a disproportionate role in the development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie, kill, cheat, steal, torture, manipulate, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse, in order to establish their own sense of security through domination. Clinton Callahan

    No tax cut’s on the wealthy generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse, in order to establish their own sense of security through domination. I wonder any truth in this say the top 1% any test’s ever been done a study or two. Maybe it’s a new condition could have happened after the invention of the TV. Light’s, action, psychopath the new reality show think of the ratings. I wonder just on the off chance is it contagious air born.

  24. kanomi said on December 8th, 2010 at 2:50pm #

    Lendman’s dead-on here, apart from comparing Obama to a gentle housecat who just wants to play with some string or maybe have her tummy scratched! 🙂

    Obama : progressive = Wolf : sheep
    Obama : progressive = Bastard Petroleum : a pot plant

    but

    Obama : progressive ≠ Cat : dog

  25. Don Hawkins said on December 9th, 2010 at 3:27am #

    We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. I guess so yesterday the new thing is without the tax cut’s for the wealthy a double dip recession and the Vice President gave a great speech from what I understand. There’s a double dip recession coming alright to about the third or fourth power. On the fair and balanced channel Hannity said the Socialist from Vermont is outnumbered. Life on this planet is outnumbered to just watch these weather patterns so far this winter is amazing and not one word why. Talk about controlling the horizontal the vertical any stories on the climate summit in Mexico here in the States any stories on climate change what happened is it gone now and how is it they all do it at once. Last night on Larry King he had on Angelina Jolie and that women is like our President or Senators, CEO’s every thought every word carefully chosen control the prison for the mind and I guess you either do that or the system doesn’t like that and agent Smith comes with his dark glasses on and you don’t get to move the electrons anymore. The whole damn thing is amazing to watch if it wasn’t so sad. What are our chances of survival in this controlled nonsense/bullshit not good not good at all. Last night Joiie said she goes where the refugees are in the World well there’s going to be many more refugees in a blink of an eye. A little talk of China yesterday on DV China is in trouble just like the rest of us although China and the Middle East and Russia will see major changes first the rest of the planet is not far behind. I mean why is this thinking you know just on the off chance it’s true happening because baby it’s cold outside one way to look at it but goes far beyond that. To make a real try is a little more than tax’s or going on Larry king well today let’s see how sausage is made and heck maybe go outside look up look down look around and see the real World oh that’s not the real World there’s this other World of control and you have the look of a person who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, that’s not far from the truth. The truth you all remember that sort of before the invention of the moving picture the TV. I’ll bet you all remember once in a great great while someone tell’s the truth and we go yes that’s right but only last’s for a few seconds before it all fades to black again. Fight back

  26. Don Hawkins said on December 9th, 2010 at 8:22am #

    Censorship it’s coming on the sinking ship.