Woe to the Republic: NDAA, SOPA, and Obama

Obama’s campaign for class resentment – The Washington Post

In Kansas, Obama lamented that millions “are now forced to take their children to food banks.” You have to admire the audacity. That’s the kind of damning observation the opposition brings up when you’ve been in office three years. Yet Obama summoned it to make the case for his reelection!

Why? Because, you see, he bears no responsibility for the current economic distress. It’s the rich. And, like Horatius at the bridge, Obama stands with the American masses against the soulless plutocrats.

This is populism so crude that it channels not Teddy Roosevelt so much as Hugo Chavez. But with high unemployment, economic stagnation and unprecedented deficits, what else can Obama say?

He can’t run on stewardship. He can’t run on policy. His signature initiatives — the stimulus, Obamacare and the failed cap-and-trade — will go unmentioned in his campaign ads. Indeed, they will be the stuff of Republican ads.

What’s left? Class resentment. Got a better idea?

While I often find myself disagreeing with Mr. Krauthammer’s interpretation of things in this article he is correct in questioning Obama’s ridiculous attempt to stir up class warfare in an attempt to get himself reelected. As noted in the article, Obama himself claimed he should be a one term president if he hadn’t fixed the economy. Of course, in true corrupt Washington elitist fashion, Obama has no intention of not running for a second term. So for the next eleven or so months we get to listen to the old Obama lies and deflections about how he did everything right at it’s everyone else’s fault that things are going wrong.

Sadly I have little hope anything will get better with the corrupt officials in Washington, especially with the passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and SOPA.

Most concerning to me are the detainee related provisions in the 2012 NDAA. While the government claims that there should be no concern over violating civil rights, I simply no longer trust the government, especially as corrupt and full of would be dictators as we have right now. All we need do is look to the abuses, failures and corruption running rampant in the DOJ, DHS, ICE, and TSA to see that the government is not trustworthy when it comes to guaranteeing and protecting American civil liberties, civil rights, and justice.

If there’s something the Occupiers and TEA Party should be united on it is opposition to the NDAA (as noted in Wendy Kaminer’s What Occupiers and Tea Partiers Should Fear Most – Wendy Kaminer – National – The Atlantic) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

At issue with the NDAA is Section 1031 which allows the indefinite detainment of terrorist suspects, including American citizens, without trial. This doesn’t sound bad to most people until you consider the full ramifications that you need only be deemed a suspect to be held, potentially without the ability to confront your accusers. Worse is knowing some wanted indefinite detention to be applied to American citizens and that these same people are still in the House and Senate. It simply saddens me to see the nation I love slipping further into fascism and dictatorship every under the guise of security and protection.

So then we have SOPA, a bill that ostensibly was to protect copyrighted material and such. Unfortunately, in true corrupt fashion, our politicians are using it to cripple the internet in favor of corporate special interests. I’m all for ending piracy and intellectual property theft but the manner in which SOPA goes about addressing the issue could easily lead to censorship, crippling free speech, and crippling business under a flood of lawsuits. SOPA is especially suspect in that it seems to target open source software projects, cripple US based internet companies (such as cloud computing and web hosting). It’s basically a giant mess that seems to be written not with fairness and neutrality in mind, but in ensuring hegemonic corporate control over internet content. Sadly, it will do nothing to stop online piracy. In it’s current state it appears it will only create problems for internet based businesses and websites as the concept of Net Neutrality is gutted for the corporations bottom line.

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Herman Cain Suspends Presidential Bid

I’m not really surprised that Herman Cain suspended presidential bid ( CNN.com ) given all the accusations of cheating and what not. Cain fell off my list not because of his cheating (Accusations I honestly could care less about. After all, all politicians are cheaters in the end trying to screw everyone over.) but becasue he chose to sell out to the extremists of the GOP by signing the stupid anti-abortion pledge the right wing nuts at the party’s extreme foist upon Republican candidates when he should have just ignored them for the out of step, backwards goons that they are.

So my list of acceptable GOP candidates that I’m willing to vote for has been trimmmed to two, in my preferred order:

  1. Jon Huntsman
  2. Mitt Romney

There is no way in hell I’ll support the rest. If I have to, I’ll vote for a third party candidate than support the right wing craziness of the likes of Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich, et al. I hate the right wing GOPs efforts to impose their sanctimonious religious based dogma as much as the progressives-cum-socialists of the Democrat’s extreme left-wing.