#1017997 Nov 4, 2013
one of today's primary beneficiaries of the great lie theory, Barack Obama, has not hesitated to employ tactics once reserved for dictators.
Obama catapulted into the presidency on the great lie that he was a politically progressive visionary concerned about the human rights abuses, warmongering, and erosion of the Bill of Rights perpetrated by his predecessor. He promised an "open and transparent government," and a majority of the electorate believed him.
But Obama has not only failed to prosecute any of the war criminals, torturers, and murderers of the Bush administration, or any of the people who covered up their crimes, he has gone to extraordinary lengths to protect them. His administration has defended them in court and strong-armed foreign governments into not pursuing their own indictments against these criminals.
By contrast, his administration has rabidly persecuted and prosecuted courageous and conscientious individuals who dared to expose America's war crimes, violations of national and international law, tortures, and murders.
According to The Committee to Protect Journalists-an organization that normally concerns itself with abuses directed against journalists in dictatorial countries-the "[Obama] administration's war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive ... since the Nixon administration ..." and have resulted in an "unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists' records." (qtd. in the Associated Press, October 10, 2013).
And everyone knows what a "law-abiding" president Nixon was!
Yet again, by contrast, the Obama administration has invaded and decimated the privacy rights of millions of Americans by expanding the spying capabilities of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the powers of the FBI and CIA, despite the fact that all three of these institutions have historically acted above the law without fear of legal reprisals, particularly when promoting corrupt government interests or enhancing the profits of American corporations.
A common refrain government officials mutter to critics of these expanded powers is, "If you aren't doing anything wrong, you should have nothing to hide."
So why doesn't this refrain apply to governments too?
One reason for addressing Obama's great lies in this article is to show that instead of being the egalitarian, Nobel Peace Prize winning savior destined to restore America's moral standing in the world, Obama has reaffirmed the axiom that humans who seek and obtain power are usually undeserving of it and incapable of resisting its corrupting influence.
The second reason for addressing Obama's great lies is to dispel the proclivity of many readers to assume that being critical of one political movement or party automatically means you are supportive of the other.
If there is one recent movement in America that bluntly demonstrates how successful great lies can be, and how easily many Americans can be dumbed down to unquestioningly accept these lies, it is the tea party movement. In fact, the tea party movement has been structured on one monolithic lie: Even though it is financed and controlled by corporations and right-wing billionaires motivated by greed and selfishness, and acting to the detriment of 99% of the American population (including many of the movement's own supporters), tea party politicians have managed to dupe numerous people into believing they are supporting a grass-roots campaign fueled by the common man.
OBAMA IS THE GREAT LIE
#1017998 Nov 4, 2013
Since: Jun 13
#1017999 Nov 4, 2013
111 Democrats were on board.
It might have helped if 1 or 2 Republicans had been on board passing health care legislation affecting us all.
#1018000 Nov 4, 2013
lily loves the inebriation card
#1018001 Nov 4, 2013
lol! Cons.... they're so for America that they support Russia instead!
Now that's reich wing logic at its best!
#1018002 Nov 4, 2013
at your age, definitely Medicare....
“Bill Clinton could have ”
Since: May 10
#1018003 Nov 4, 2013
Clown with O'bamaface mask attacks people with screw-driver:
#1018004 Nov 4, 2013
Now, we have Obama taking out the civilian ones.
Of course, Code Pink and Democrats are now silent.
#1018005 Nov 4, 2013
Really? Christians didn't kill anyone?
And jews too?
Now I know you're from another planet son!
#1018006 Nov 4, 2013
ObamaKKKare will go down the tubes on its own....
#1018007 Nov 4, 2013
The fascist Democrats shut the Republicans out and would not compromise on anything.
Now the liar Democrats will get 100% of the blame.
#1018008 Nov 4, 2013
On both the NSA saga and the Syrian crisis, Putin played chess while Obama played checkers with himself – and lost.
Every year, Forbes magazine publishes its list of the heads of state, financial titans and business moguls who “truly rule the world.” Predictably, a sitting US president – the commander-in-chief of the most lethal armada in the history of the world – usually gets the top spot.
Not in 2010 though, when Barack Obama was overtaken by then Chinese President Hu Jintao in the aftermath of the Wall Street-provoked financial crisis. And not in 2013, when the winner is Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Not by accident, China and Russia are the most influential among the BRICS group of emerging powers. The US corporate media’s rankings such as Time’s Person of The Year may be irrelevant, and usually extremely provincial. But as a PR coup, American recognition of Putin’s soft power is priceless, even coming after de facto recognition by the overwhelming majority of the real ‘international community’: the developing world.
To its credit, Forbes stresses how “anyone watching this year's chess match over Syria and the National Security Agency leaks has a clear idea of the shifting individual power dynamics."
Since: Jun 13
#1018009 Nov 4, 2013
This post is just for Realtime. The rest of you can feel free not to read it.
Just got tired of the politics and the political correctness in the public schools. Too many administrators didn't want to be bothered with anything except keeping their seat warm until retirement. Teachers were dumped on and expected to juggle all expectations placed on them inside and outside of their classroom without any help from anyone. An experienced teacher once voiced she needed a secretary just to sort her mail every morning and handle all the promotions and deadlines placed on her by the office. That, on top of lesson plans, preparation for lessons and projects, endless grading, teaching subject material, accountability for all discipline problems in the classroom, the lack of a safety net and support from administrators and parents along with a mutual feeling of general frustration and relying on coping mechanisms to deal with the stress and demands among fellow colleagues led to my own disillusionment.
Teachers don't clock out and go home and relax. Most teachers take their work home to grade papers or prepare for lessons requiring a lot of preparation beforehand.
I knew many respected and tenured teachers who voiced their dissatisfaction and were waiting for the opportunity to get out.
Mainly, though, I had a child late in life and didn't want to miss the opportunity to raise her. Which also led to a kind of resentment having to work and contend with the above.
Even though I was considered a good teacher and was lucky enough to be supported by most of my students' parents and truly did love the art of teaching, the bad far outweighed the good. The blind were leading the blind and teachers were left to grope around in the maze to find their own way and somehow remain above the fray.
The underlying purpose of educating students and providing a good learning environment with the help and backbone of supervisors and administrators who were supposed to care about the students and had an obligation to ensure their well-being and provide a support system just wasn't there. Many of them cared more about not making waves, not getting sued, job perks and not being bothered.
That's why I left. And because I had a child to raise, I never looked back.
Perhaps the school administrators in your immediate family were the exception. There were exceptions. Administrators actually used to be a vital part of the success in education. Just not anymore.
“Bill Clinton could have ”
Since: May 10
#1018010 Nov 4, 2013
O'bama is still campaigning for the democrats. The laughing stock of American: Barack Hussein O'bama. You can't make this stuff up.
#1018011 Nov 4, 2013
Next Chapter: Healthcare costs are driven down by ACA,
Space exploration, new technological advances, Walmart continues takeover of America as more Mom and Pop store disappear, Fist female president(Hillary Clinton), Libertarian Party same level of membership as Republican Party and newly formed Tea Bagging Party, all faiths still allowed to practice their religion, oil dependencies shrinks as new technology is perfected...
I guess that is maybe more than on chapter.
#1018012 Nov 4, 2013
that's true, except that your insurance is likely not tied to a restricted network...
Since: Jun 13
#1018013 Nov 4, 2013
But thanks, Realtime, for giving me an opportunity to vent anyway. Something I haven't done in a long time. When the topic of education comes in casual conversation, I usually just say, "don't get me started..."
Pretty sure you wish I had said the same this time.
#1018015 Nov 4, 2013
but all have restricted provider networks....
#1018016 Nov 4, 2013
Topix Republican Liars Club!
Check it out, every state now!
Blue Cross Co-pay cards for families and individuals.
Who could be against that?
And the rest of you:
JUST AWFUL CONDUCT! SHAMEFUL!
Republicans cut food for poor children!
Republicans against medical insurance!
Republicans all going to hell. LOL!
These greedy low down scum of the earth liars on here!
5 years of lying non-stop, everyday!
GET A LIFE.....
I got mine: Blue Cross Medical Insurance!
Guaranteed by Federal Law....ACA.....Thanks Democrats.
Republicans against the citizens all the time!
VOTE THEM OUT LIKE MITT THE SHTTTTT!
That loser couldn't be dog catcher in my town!
"Yes, I Mitt ship USA jobs to China, India and anywhere off shore."
"I care a lot about my money, nothing about you.
I sell out grandma for a few tax bucks.
Even though I have hundreds of millions already."
These Republicans have no place at the table.
Traitors! VOTE THEM OUT FOREVER!
JUST GAWD AWFUL CONDUCT! LOW DOWN SCUM REPUBLICANS.
Since: Dec 08
gauley bridge wv
#1018017 Nov 4, 2013
News, Community, Action
Daily Kos member
FRI OCT 18, 2013 AT 09:17 PM PDT
Randi Rhodes is going off the air
I heard today that Randi Rhodes, noted progressive radio talk show talent, will be going off the air soon.
I know that many here will have never heard of her, others have a passing aquaintence, and others hold a strong dislike. But I know also that there must be others here who feel as I do that the voice of Randi Rhodes is a vital force of the progressive movement.
Randi Rhodes is going away, that is all I wanted to say.
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