That, sadly, really does capture the US today. Fenced in, penned in, detention without trial, guarded and enforcing. Whatever happened to the land of the free?
Is anybody else sick of the con game? Sick of pretending that we have anyone left or even Democratic in the White House?
"Protecting Us from Our Freedoms: Congress Set to Renew Patriot Act Spy Provisions" (Tom Burghardt, Dissident Voice):
As night follows day, you can count on Congress to serve as loyal servants and willing accomplices of our out-of-control National Security State.
Last week, in another shameless demonstration of congressional “bipartisanship,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) forged a filthy backroom deal that reauthorizes insidious surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act for an additional four years.
“Like clockwork,” the ACLU reports, Reid and McConnell “introduced a bill, S. 1038, that will extend the provisions until June 1, 2015.” As of this writing, the text of that measure has yet to be published.
And, like a faint echo from the past when the Patriot Act was signed into law nearly a decade ago in the wake of the 9/11 provocation and the anthrax attacks, the ACLU tells us that “the Senate begins its debate on Monday with votes possible that same night.”We spent all that time acting as if Bush were the problem. Bush is out of the White House and we've still got the same crap. The exact same crap.
The war on democracy, the attacks on the US haven't ended.
"Barack Obama Flees, Bibi Netanyahu Leads" (Hillary Is 44):
Nature abhors a vacuum, so does power. As Barack Obama fails daily, Binyamin Netanyahu has risen to the challenge of leadership.
Last Thursday and yesterday Barack Obama attempted to force Israel into a negotiating posture which amounts to national suicide. As he did when he ordered an attack on Libya then flew to Rio, Barack Obama dropped his bombs on Israel then flew off to a European vacation. As he did when Bill Clinton came to the White House, Barack Obama waved good-bye and surrendered the floor to Bibi Netanyahu.
We know what European leaders will say and do while Obama visits because we have seen it before – they will pump up his ego with all sorts of public spectacles while privately they mock him. In Great Britain we learn today that the British police have codenamed Obama “Chalaque”. That codename is a Punjabi word which “is sometimes used when we want to denigrate someone who we think is too clever for their own good.”
Chalaque indeed. What boobery is it that challenges someone like Binyamin Netanyahu and then abandons the stage? Tonight Netanyahu will speak with the very group that Obama spoke to yesterday. Tomorrow, Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress. It is doubtful, despite the polite and warm words that will be utilized at both venues, that Netanyahu will rescind the sharp rebuke he dealt Obama last week.
Some in the hausfrau left applaud Obama’s flog and flee tactic as some sort of brilliant move. They applaud as some sort of three dimensional chess move Obama’s odd behavior. Obama knob polisher Steve Clemons is cited as somehow on to hidden wisdom when he wrote, “I get Barack “Rocky Balboa” Obama now He’s letting Netanyahu kick crap out of him round after round & wearing Bibi down. Obama stays in ring.” Somehow these rarely traveled backyard foreign policy experts do not understand the reaction against Obama’s words is, according to Gallup “overwhelming and bipartisan because support for Israel in the United States has almost never been stronger and is trending towards Israel even more so:” Barack Obama and his Big Media allies think they can fool Americans, but as of a month ago at least 63% say “stick with Israel” not “stick it to Israel.”
It is difficult to discern what the Obama apologists are defending. On the one hand some of them say that Obama said nothing unusual. On the other hand they write that Obama has leveled a masterstroke of foreign policy. The knee-pads clad Peter Beinart rejoiced in the masterstroke contingent of Obama worshipers. Beinart wrote a near incomprehensible essay extolling Obama’s genius which declared “In his Mideast speech, President Obama rejected Bush’s blind allegiance to Israel and put himself squarely on the side of human rights.”
On the side of human rights? Tell that to gay people and women Petey.
What a great gift Barack has been . . . for war, for discrimination, for debt -- for everything but the average people of the world.
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