You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me

Okay, I know I’m supposed to be revising BIRD BRAIN right now.
I know.

But I cannot let this insanity / audacity / hypocrisy go unremarked…

Rolling Stone did an interview with Obama.  

Apparently, the interview ended and then Obama came back to 
make one more point which included this:

"The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base,
that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible."

and this:

"If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties,
we’d better fight in this election."


This from the guy who is basically the third term of G.W. Bush.
Obama is the guy who kept Guantanamo Bay open.
The guy who has an off-site prison in Bagram in which prisoners
are held, without being charged, in cells with the lights on and music playing 24/7.
The guy who has ordered the assassination of a U.S. citizen and has
invoked "state secrets" in refusing to give the target’s father a chance in court.
The guy who has lobbyfied and corporatized every aspect of his policies.

Obama wants to chastise me about civil liberties?  Really?

Yesterday Joe Biden told people such as myself who aren’t happy with the above
(and a whole lot more), to "Stop whining."
And last week Obama, at a $3000/plate fundraiser, announced that dissatisfied people such as myself
are "griping and moaning." 

They’d prefer we all focus our attention on the train wreck that is the Tea Party.
Sarah and Christine and the whole host of whackadoodles.
Because "look over there at the truly scary people!" rather than "look at how we’ve retreated
and declared outright war on every single campaign promise!"

Here’s my favorite comment on Glenn Greenwald’s post on the Rolling Stone article:
It seems that those who are left behind [reference to departure of key administration staffers]  have decided to change the “Yes We Can’, which seems a little embarrassing now, to “If you don’t vote for me you’re an asshole.” It’ll be interesting to see how this new message resonates with the voters. – mattconnolly

I’m done.

Anyone have anything to add?

(ETA: If I’d read this first, I probably wouldn’t have bothered writing my post).

4 thoughts on “You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me

  1. I think politicians are all the same no matter what face they wear.

    And when they talk big change, they really only do microscopic change.

    Living in the capital of NY, a blue state, I can tell you….. evil doesn’t wear any special color. Politicians are bred to be self-promoting. And the problems are too large for people who are willing to only do so little.

    But that doesn’t stop hoping… except the choices for ny governor are horrible and worser, but I think there is hope.. somewhere… just not here.


    • There are some decent politicians but their voices get drowned out. Rep Alan Grayson (D-FL) is my hero. We support his campaign. Rep Raul Grijalva (D_AZ) is another fighter we support. There are a few other but none from Colorado.

      We need campaign finance reform; publicly financed campaigns that would stop corporations from buying seats. We also need instant run-off voting.

      I bet the spaceship will show up sooner than those changes happen, though. But I wish it would hurry because I’m getting a crick in my neck…


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