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Supreme for President

At last, a candidate who understands the seriousness of the issues before us, and one with the vision to articulate truly radical solutions to the crisis! Forget the faux populist incumbent and the death loving challengers, and, alas, forget the only anti-imperialist, who happens to have racist and market fundamentalist baggage of his own. I am throwing my support to Vermin Supreme!  (Thanks to Mark Shea for this):

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What Obama Hath Wrought

For all of you who think I am too hard on your favorite Republicans:

“After reading Andrew Sullivan’s Newsweek essay about President Obama, his critics, and his re-election bid, I implore him to ponder just one question. How would you have reacted in 2008 if any Republican ran promising to do the following?

 
(1) Codify indefinite detention into law; (2) draw up a secret kill list of people, including American citizens, to assassinate without due process; (3) proceed with warrantless spying on American citizens; (4) prosecute Bush-era whistleblowers for violating state secrets; (5) reinterpret the War Powers Resolution such that entering a war of choice without a Congressional declaration is permissible; (6) enter and prosecute such a war; (7) institutionalize naked scanners and intrusive full body pat-downs in major American airports; (8) oversee a planned expansion of TSA so that its agents are already beginning to patrol American highways, train stations, and bus depots; (9) wage an undeclared drone war on numerous Muslim countries that delegates to the CIA the final call about some strikes that put civilians in jeopardy; (10) invoke the state-secrets privilege to dismiss lawsuits brought by civil-liberties organizations on dubious technicalities rather than litigating them on the merits; (11) preside over federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries; (12) attempt to negotiate an extension of American troops in Iraq beyond 2011 (an effort that thankfully failed); (14) reauthorize the Patriot Act; (13) and select an economic team mostly made up of former and future financial executives from Wall Street firms that played major roles in the financial crisis.
I submit that had Palin or Cheney or Rumsfeld or Rice or Jeb Bush or John Bolton or Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney proposed doing even halfof those things in 2008, you’d have declared them unfit for the presidency and expressed alarm at the prospect of America doubling down on the excesses of the post-September 11 era. You’d have championed an alternative candidate who avowed that America doesn’t have to choose between our values and our safety.Yet President Obama has done all of the aforementioned things. “

 

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Desecration

No, of course American soldiers should not urinate on dead enemies. The establishment has expressed its outrage and horror, with a few conservatives offering a weak defense of the soldiers in the viral video.

But wait a minute. Is it really so hard to grasp that these young guys, who live in a world where intellectuals and politicians in expensive suits can be seen on TV declaring that it is morally licit to inflict pain and fear on accused terrorists, might not think peeing on the corpse of an actual Islamist militant, who only a few moments before was trying to kill them, is no big deal? If we can morally hang a living man by his wrists, strip him naked and drench him with ice water, deny him sleep, make him stand for hour upon hour, simulate the sensation of drowning, and the whole rest of the torturer’s -er, enhanced interrogator’s- bag of tricks, might not a young impressionable marine think urinating on an insensate corpse morally acceptable? When the deaths of noncombatants are written off as “collateral damage” why should the desecration of a dead combatant be a big deal?

The moral bankruptcy of America has deep roots indeed, and the pious outrage of the elites is a sham.

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