I realize I will make many people angry for “politicizing” the Syrian debacle BUT in the face of the current Syrian tragedy we need to be mindful of our own complicity in their pain. Equally horrible is the fact that you are being emotionally manipulated into ignoring the root causes of this humanitarian disaster by the blatant over use of the photos of the dead baby. They want you to believe that the crisis just happened. That it just started. Of course that is not the case. It has been fermenting for years. In the political shadows the United States has been the quiet Puppet Master.
When you see that drowned Syrian boy, you should be seeing, instead, the immoral failure of see the United States’ foreign policy since 9/11. We as a nation have contributed greatly to the agony of the Syrian people.
This has everything to do with how and why we elect leaders in the USA. We elected people who were hell bent on keeping the region unstable. We need to learn from Syria and Iraq and stop putting people in office who’s only interest is in regime change.
Stop putting people in office who created the mess in the first place.
You think this shutdown and the impending default just happened in a vacuum? Just 30-40 mentally defective Congresspeople got together and said lets do what Ted is doing? This event has been meticulously planned for a very long time. The “Representatives” and the Miscreant Party to whom they pander are the wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch Brothers and a tiny handful of very rich white men who are and have been committed to to destroying ALL social services and the Government who supports them. They own and or fund all of the groups that are paying Congress members to do exactly what they are doing now. They are on the payroll to lie, delay, obfuscate and obstruct. It is what they are being paid for. It is in their Grand Plan to destroy The EPA, and the Departments of Health and Human Services, the FDA. It is their expressed goal to privatize EVERY program that the Government now has in place to protect and serve the citizenry. They have said that they will lie and delay and do everything in their power to shrink Government to the size of something that can be drowned in a sink. This is NOT about Cruz, or Boehner or even the Republicans. It is truly about privatizing America for maximum profits for the top 1% while leaving the rest of us to live as wage slaves. Read this NYT article please. It is NOT an opinion. It is fact. When your country is destroyed it might be nice to know why. Please get pissed off enough to do something.
Back in the 1930s a general by the name of Smedley Butler exposed a plot to overthrow the government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and install a fascist oligarchy backed by some of America’s most powerful business leaders and conservatives. Prescott Bush, grandfather of George W., was among those heavily linked to the plan. The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression. He was ultimately bounced out of Government for his part in the coup and for his belief that Corporate Facism was far better for America than the “Socialism” FDR was promoting. To remind you what this monster FDR did to deserve overthrown in a coup check out his rap sheet below.
1. CCC – Civilian Conservation Corps
The Civilian Conservation Corps was created in 1933 by Franklin D. Roosevelt to combat unemployment. This work relief program had the desired effect and provided jobs for many Americans during the Great Depression. The CCC was responsible for building many public works and created structures and trails in parks across the nation.
2. CWA – Civil Works Administration
The Civil Works Administration was created in 1933 to create jobs for the unemployed. Its focus on high paying jobs in the construction arena resulted in a much greater expense to the federal government than originally anticipated. The CWA ended in 1934 in large part due to opposition to its cost.
3. FHA – Federal Housing Administration
The Federal Housing Administration was a government agency created to combat the housing crisis of the Great Depression. The large number of unemployed workers combined with the banking crisis created a situation in which banks recalled loans. The FHA was designed to regulate mortgages and housing conditions.
4. FSA – Federal Security Agency
The Federal Security Agency established in 1939 had the responsibility for several important government entities. Until it was abolished in 1953, it administered social security, federal education funding, and food and drug safety.
5. HOLC – Home Owner’s Loan Corporation
The Home Owner’s Loan Corporation was created in 1933 to assist in the refinancing of homes. The housing crisis created a great many foreclosures, and Franklin Roosevelt hoped this new agency would stem the tide. In fact, between 1933 and 1935 one million people received long term loans through the agency that saved their homes from foreclosure.
6. NRA – National Recovery Act
The National Recovery Act was designed to bring the interests of working class Americans and business together. Through hearings and government intervention the hope was to balance the needs of all involved in the economy. However, the NRA was declared unconstitutional in the landmark Supreme Court case Schechter Poultry Corp. v. US. The Supreme Court ruled that the NRA violated the separation of powers.
7. PWA – Public Works Administration
The Public Works Administration was a program created to provide economic stimulus and jobs during the Great Depression. The PWA was designed to create public works and continued until the US ramped up wartime production for World War II. It ended in 1941.
8. SSA – Social Security Act
The Social Security Act was designed to combat the widespread poverty among senior citizens. The government program provided income to retired wage earners. The program has become one of the most popular government programs and is funded by current wage earners and their employers. However, in recent years concerns have arisen about the viability of continuing to fund the program as the Baby Boom generation reaches retirement age.
9. TVA – Tennessee Valley Authority
The Tennessee Valley Authority was established in 1933 to develop the economy in the Tennessee Valley region which had been hit extremely hard by the Great Depression. The TVA was and is a federally owned corporation that works in this region to this day. It is the largest public provider of electricity in the United States.
10. WPA – Works Progress Administration
The Works Progress Administration was created in 1935. As the largest New Deal Agency, the WPA impacted millions of Americans. It provided jobs across the nation. Because of it, numerous roads, buildings, and other projects were completed. It was renamed the Works Projects Administration in 1939. It officially ended in 1943.
Originally posted at http://americanhistory.about.com/od/greatdepression/tp/new_deal_programs.htm
I bring all of this up to bring home the point that we are currently enduring another attempted coup funded and manipulated by rich white men who reject Democracy . The sooner we catch on that this “Shutdown” has little to do with the politicians involved the more likely we’ll be able to save the Republic from annihilation.
Bernie Sanders is a great man who is not afraid to speak truth to power. At first like I good little boy I too thought this shutdown was blameable on the capriciousness of a petty political party. I realize now that the party has been bought and paid for like the ignorant miserable miscreants who call themselves tea party patriots. Tools.
THIS man is the reason we are being lectured to by Republicans about runaway spending. The 2008 Bush Bank Bailouts started out at 700 BILLION…it has now grown to 1.8 TRILLION, The Iraq War 2 TRILLION plus, and Afghanistan War’s most conservative estimate is just under 300 BILLION. TOTAL? 2 unpaid for wars and not a dime was returned by the banksters Totals 4.1 TRILLION dollars. GW Bush. The gift that keeps on taking. They keep trying to somehow blame the Black Guy for this but the numbers speak for themselves. Numbers do not lie. Numbers are facts free of passion. THIS man is the reason why old people will have to eat cat food and why kids will be kicked off of food stamps and Headstart. So the next time one of these Republicants spouts off more lies please do not forget who started this. Oh by the way the ACA has already been fully funded.
The former Miscreant in Chief recently opened his presidential lieberry. Unlike most “Libraries” there is little truth to be found in these hollow halls. He has re-written modern history by revising his role in the economic collapse that we are still recovering from, the diminishing of privacy rights, 9/11, and the baseless war in Iraq. In the days and years to come a well orchestrated effort to re-invent a positive legacy for the most inept and corrupt president in US history will be launched and perpetuated. Soon US history books published by his corrupt brother Neil and an endless parade of personal sycophants will soon extoll the “virtues and accomplishments” OF THE “PRESIDENCY” of GW Bush. Enjoy the FACTS now while you still can.
Well the 9/11 anniversary is here. It’s that time of the year when Republican miscreants, former office holders, incrumbents and candidates alike, hit the talk show circuit. With a singular objective of blame placing and finger pointing in an effort to distract from the biggest political shame and blunder in modern history. Whether they are hawking a terrible book, pretending they are actually doing something or just getting a small taste of the worldwide attention they longingly remember, one can be sure to be re-inventing history because the truth doesn’t make them look so good. History makes them downright despicable. Their redemption is in their revisionism.
Recently both Bush and his Geppetto (Dick Cheney) have been appearing to throw former colleagues under the bus while polishing their revisionist history skills. MOST recently, Bush cynically wondered in an interview ‘Why didn’t we know this?’. He would have us believe that he and his entire administration were shocked and surprised that 9/11 happened. For this to be true Bush would have had to make sure that NONE of his staff present at the Clinton Presidential transition briefings in December 2000 and January 2001.
OK so that one might have slipped through Bush’s radar…twice.
Perhaps then he and his advisers were asleep when a THIRD terrorism report entitled “Bin Laden determined to strike in US” was presented on August 6, 2001. A fact that Oil apologist Condoleezza Rice STILL denies.
These guys are liars by trade. They are masters of mendacity. When Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, and Rice look you in the eye and tell you in their best Sgt. Schultz impression “I know nothing”. Look them back in the eye and say to them “You are a lying son of a bitch who allowed innocent Americans to die”.
The corporate media will not ask questions. They will allow the lies to go unchallenged. Every Republican with a microphone will be spewing lies to achieve whatever cynical object is important at the moment. Please challenge them. The democracy is in danger. These people are the new weapons of mass distraction designed to distract you from the harsh reality that the GOP has nothing to offer. No plans. No agenda. No solutions. They don’t want you paying attention.
But whatever you do, do not forget 9/11. Do not forget who let it happen. Do not forget who lied about about what they knew and used it for economic and political advantage.
Most of all do not forget how many hundreds of thousands of humans died to avenge the deaths of over 4000 including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes and perhaps 1100 first responders.