600 days part deux

Looks like my letter grade of “D” really pissed a lot of you people off. That’s a good thing. I expected as much.

For starters, let me just remind you all that blind faith, marching lockstep, fanaticism, willfully ignorant zealotry and demagoguery are salient ingredients for a stew of poisonous broth, corrupted vegetables and rotting meat. The wine will turn out to be vinegar. The water, tepid and bitter. It is what Republicans have been cooking and serving for decades. No wonder they’re all bug eyed, pasty, jowly, slow eyed plutocrats; narcotised by an astringent, relentless dogma of defying truth and flouting compassion.

Democrats in general and progressives in particular do not run their kitchens in such a way. Some of us are moderate, some of are progressive and some of us are even downright conservative (often to my dismay). It is both the beauty and often the bane of our party. But we Democrats have the courage of our convictions.  We really are about truth, justice and the American way.  We like prosperity for the middle class. Unlike the other side, that will lie, conceal and obfuscate to regain power and once they have it, to keep it, without regard for the circumstances or who may suffer.

I do support Mr. Obama, unlike the prodigious quantity of jerk offs that salivate at the idea of America failing to increase their chances of re-election, I want, hope and sincerely wish for him to succeed. I have not lost my belief in him. He is not even four years older than me and that just confounds me. It really is the most difficult job in the world and he cuts through it like a curtain in the wind. I’ve yet to see him rattled. I am proud and happy that he’s my president. Like I said before, we’d have been fucked from hell to breakfast and screwed nine ways to Sunday about now were he not our Commander in Chief.

But, I’m a Democrat. I’m a progressive Democrat. We don’t think twice about criticizing our elected leaders and we are rarely ostracized enough to regret it. The black hats are forbidden such redress. Such trespass. We are encouraged and expected to engage in as much, at least.  It is expected of us.  Or so I’ve been told, by my mother of all people.

So all of you that would pile on, or engage in any attempt to shame or prevent me from saying what I am here to say, can piss up a rope, smoke a pole or otherwise play Tiddlywinks with manhole covers. It’s subjective. It’s my opinion. And I am compelled.

Here is what chaps my ass:

First of all, and there is plenty, I hate, hate, hate that Dick-in-Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and cronies et. al, won’t be held accountable for the egregious war crimes they so obviously and blatantly committed. Torture, profiteering, wiretapping, overt fraud by the private contractors acting on behalf of the military industrial complex……. all in the name of terrorism.  Crimes against humanity.  Dirty business.  Inexcusable.  Awful things for which they will not pay.  Disgusting.

Terrorism.

A concept, an idea, that has proven to be no more than a paper tiger. Underwear and shoe bombers. Give me a break. They tell us that most of the 9/11 attackers were Saudi Arabian( 16 of 19), did we attack Saudi Arabia? It’s another story and another blog but it’s all crap. Bullshit on a scale you don’t want to know. Something we have waged war over and killed hundreds of thousands if not millions for.  Thousands of our own dead and tens of thousands permanently broken.  All of it, all of it is a lie. We’ll get to the stupid fucking war part. But the rest remains. Crimes on an international scale, horrible things done in the name of national security that should never, ever have passed beyond the purview of our own Constitution much less the Geneva Conventions. Posse Comitatus and Habeas Corpus out the window……….

What the fuck is that?

Here’s the sick part. The part where the goddamn rubber hits the motherfucking road. It’s all still happening, all of it. We still torture, we still “rendition”, we still spy illegally on our very own people and Gitmo is still open for business.  There are as many private security contractors, at least, in Iraq and Afghanistan as there are enlisted men and women and you and are paying for both while they can and do kill anyone and everyone they want.  Over five hundred different private armies. We still award contracts to Blackwater, albeit under a different name.  KBR and Halliburton……..

Absolute nonsense.

Why?

For what?

My President, Our Man, has not lifted a finger to change or stay or mitigate any of it. The Patriot Act, fucking joke unconstitutional legislation that it was, is still, for all intents and purposes, fully intact.

Why Mr. President?

Speaking of prosecution, The Obama administration will not be prosecuting a single player involved in the contrivance masterminded by Karl Rove that ended up in nine state attorney generals being fired for not pursuing totally bogus assertions of voter fraud.  Nice.  Cowardly.

Are you hearing me?

A “D”.

See, these are historical things that will suffer from historical context. Important things. Beyond deficits and debts. Realistically, and I’m sorry, far more consequential than soaring unemployment and a tanking economy, because these things, these issues, don’t just threaten our livelihoods, these things threaten our lives. See?  And it’s these things that will ruin our posterity as well as our ability to even create, seek or gain employment because we simply cannot pay for them.  We are not paying for them.

Deficits and debt don’t matter when it comes to the military industrial complex.

How do you like me now?

Well, I’ve got more. Still wondering about that letter grade of “D”?

Come with me, I’ll take you a little further.

Afghanistan.  We visited this war on these people over a single man and a hand full of other assholes a decade ago.  Nothing has changed.  Nothing.  Even if bin Laden is dead, he’s alive.  We don’t even know.  Al-Qaeda is still a shadow and in some circles rumored to barely exist at all and the Taliban is more robust than ever.  Thank Dick-in-Bush for that.  Now we are nation building so that they don’t send more underwear or shoe bombers, I guess.  Fucking ridiculous.  The tail wags the dog and the military industrial complex is in leg humping lust with it.  Fuck this shit.  We kill and die everyday for no sane reason.  It’s beyond stupid and for a commander in chief to countenance it, much less agree to escalate it, is an absolute betrayal on levels of morality, humanity and common sense.

This really is the heart of my “D”.

The stinging reality that our people are falling into poverty.  Not enough work.  I’m talking about the asshole Republicans failing us by threatening to filibuster the extension of unemployment benefits four goddamn times.  People in this country are literally starving and we refuse to help them but there is always money for this kind of wrongheaded imperialism that is absolutely doomed to fail.  This policy has never, ever worked,  Obstinate Republicans won’t vote to extend unemployment so that innocent children can be fed based on the notion that it would contribute to the deficit, but both they and dipshit Democrats never ever ever fail to pass a supplemental war spending bill.  Unpaid for.  Through the lips and straight to the hips……of the goddamn deficit, on the order of ten times as much.  Not only are we accomplishing nothing but we are making matters worse.  It’s the stupidest goddamn thing I’ve ever seen.  A ballet of illogical at $10 billion a fucking month.

Mr. Obama has not said a word but to throw more money and lives at it.

Breathtakingly despicable.

See, this is where he gets his “D”.  It would be an “F” but Dumbya blew the curve.

There are all sorts of lesser but still vitally important issues.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.  Give me a break.  The administration is waiting for an implementation study to be completed in November?  There’s some sort of survey going on in the meantime?  Did we conduct studies or surveys when we integrated blacks or women?  Nope.  You know why?  Because it was the right thing to do.  This is chickenshit.

See the “D”?

Why Mr. President?

When we hear the clean up workers in the gulf are getting sick and need respirators but BP won’t provide them or that they are being housed in formaldehyde contaminated trailers……..well?  Fuck off, put your boot back on that neck and make it fucking happen, not now, yesterday!  Two words “Executive Order”, look into it.

Our mutual ass licking contest with Israel is profoundly ridiculous.  We give more money to them than every other nation on earth combined, and for what?  So they can run their own Semitic version of apartheid?  Hey Barack, Netanyahu has your number and is playing you for a chump and it’s embarrassing.  They kill and rape and steal and oppress with our dime.  We fund them.  It’s our money.

Why?

See the “D”?

Health care was a start but a mandate without a public option?  Is there a punchline?  Call me nonplussed.  I honestly haven’t researched financial reform but I hear it’s pretty much the same deal and I’m confident that what I find won’t surprise me.  I guarantee I won’t be impressed.

Smell the “D”?

I do.

Is this change?  Nope.  It is merely the same game being played less clumsy, just a little less recklessly, with just a little more political adeptness.  Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Feel my “D”?

Here is where it also lands for me.  I am frustrated and dismayed by Obama’s reluctance to engage anyone and everyone that would smear him personally or progressives in general based on race as well as those that would, and do, strong arm  this country in pursuit of the filthy lucre.  Money they don’t deserve.  They are liars and thieves and Mr. Obama postures as though they barely exist.  Liars and thieves.

I hate a liar and/or a thief.  Hate.

Herein lies my “D”.

For example:

Shirley Sherrod.  Van Jones or ACORN.

I’m not going to detail the the gory, if you’re aware and attentive, you already know.

Shame on you Mr. President for allowing this to unfold and gain the traction that it has and then allowing such knee jerking so recklessly and so irresponsibly.  You and your administration ran from the liars and thieves.  Callow.  A party foul.  Stupid.  Amateur hour.   A woman who’s father had been murdered by white supremacists.

Why again, Mr. President?

So, it is indeed a “D”.

I would be remiss for not undertaking the following:

To Andrew Breitbart, Fox News, patrons and purveyors thereof, and anyone and everyone else of similar ilk, FUCK YOU, FUCK YOU IN THE NECK.  You racist, lying, porcine, soulless, motherfucking hypocrites.  The word “nigger” applies more to you than it does to any other ethnicity in the world because you have consciously chosen who and what you are.  You suffer from a low level, intellectually bereft cranial priapism that allows you to somehow justify such overt bigotry.  FUCK ALL OF YOU.

Drinks for my friends.

32 Responses to “600 days part deux”

  • Wow. You do have a way with words. I’ll take that drink now!

  • I agree with this blog only 100%.

  • Carolyn Boe:

    Couldn’t agree more. I’m just wondering why you still espouse the democrats? That’s a four letter word to me at this point.

  • Kim:

    I feel the “D”. All the points you make are valid. Maybe we’re all naive but I keep waiting…….. and waiting. I’ve been telling myself that it’s not going to happen overnight for the last year and a half. But what do we do?

    Maybe you should send him a copy of this post as a sort of “Progress Report”. Just in case he forgot why we all voted for him in the first place.

    Ditto on the comments on Andrew Breitbart and Fox News. It’s absolutely shameful what they’ve done to her. And then the idiot tried to defend his story on national TV?? Did he think we wouldn’t watch the whole thing and see the real context of the story she was telling? What a Retard. Has he been fired yet?

  • DavidLee3:

    I give you an A+ and Barry an F+ (for effort), maybe a D-, we’ll see what happens.

  • ALRIGHT THEN. HELL YOU BEEN LISTENING TO SOME EMINEM. AND SOME 2PAC. I SEE YOU AS A BILL MAHER, JACKIE GLEASON, AND JOHN BELLUSHI WITH A HAIR OF BILL CLINTON THROWN ON TOP LIKE A CHERRIE. I MEAN I’D LIKE TO SEE YOU IN ACTION ON A VLOG. YOU COULD JUST KILL US ALL MICHAEL. O.K, I UNDERSTAND YOUR GRADE D FOR OBAMA. I ALSO THINK YOU ARE NIAVE ABOUT THE POLICTICAL MACHINE. I ALWAYS SAY WELL, IF YOUR NOT HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU SEE STEP INSIDE, AND SEE HOW MUCH BETTER YOU COULD DO. SHOW ME WHO THAT YOU BELIEVE WOULD DO A BETTER JOB, DEALING WITH THE MONSTER WE CALL DEMOCRACY. THE BETTER QUESTION, NOT THAT YOU ASKED.. IS WHAT MADE BILL CLINTON SO GREAT; BESIDES HILLARY,AND AN EXCELLENT AN ECONOMY? OBAMA INHERRITED A DEPRESSION IN THE MAKING; WE LIVED UNDER THE HORRIBLE CATASTROPHE OF A FAKE ECONOMY. PEOPLE BELIEVING THEY WERE ALL THIS AND THAT AND HAVING THEIR EGO’S COMPLETELY MARKETED TO. I LOVE A FREE ECONOMY, BUT NOTHING IS FREE. BACK TO OBAMA, HE DOES NEED TO GET TOUGHER ON CORPORATE AMERICA, THIS BP MESS IS SHOCKING, THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALOUD TO DO BUISNESS IN OUR COUNTRY EVER AGAIN. AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO STEP UP AND MAKE CHOICES ABOUT OUR PERSONAL LIFESTYLES. THE PROBLEM WITH THESE DISTANT FAR AWAY MILITARY ACTIONS, IS THAT, AMERICANS ARE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE AGRESSION, AND DESTRUCTION FIRST HAND. SOME PEOPLE CHOOSE NOT TO EVEN IMAGINE, WHAT WARS ARE ACTUALLY ABOUT, WHICH IN MY OPINION, IS PROFITS, AND POWER, WITH A BIT OF ZENAPHOBY THROWN IN. SORRY BEST, I CAN DO..SPELL CHECK DOESN’T WORK.

  • Dragynn:

    The “D” grade didn’t piss me off brother…I thought you were being kind really. The white house counsel upheld the Defense of Marriage act in the face of a challenge within the first few weeks of the new presidency, and that was the first sign to me that the Hitler-Satan (bush-cheney) playbook would continue to disgrace our country. The rest is well-known….Tarp=check, more war=check, torture=check, Gitmo=check….and on and on.

    I guess some folks didn’t get their cut of the 5 TRILLION dollar smash-and-grab theft that was the whole point of the alleged “terrorist” attacks that our recent nazi-inspired lying murdering torturing Repuglican administration orchestrated….so now it’s time for the baser elements on the other side of the aisle to prove they are just as far removed from the human race….

    It was really that last disillusionment for me….America has turned into the most consistently and thoroughly corrupt country on earth….5% of the world’s total population yet we hold 25% of the world’s prison population, more money spent every year on KILLING PEOPLE than the ENTIRE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED spend on their “defense” budgets (and we are not even being attacked by anyone).

    And my country, the land of the free, the home of the brave, the country I was taught as a child to believe in because we were the “good” guys….TORTURES PEOPLE, FUCKING TORTURES PEOPLE FOR FUCKS SAKE….holy crap….how did we get here? Where do you even find psychopathic animals like that? Place a craigslist ad in the jobs section? “Government work available, Hannibal Lecter-types encouraged to apply”?

    I too like Kucinich…I also like Ron Paul, but there is zero chance of guys like that getting elected, honest guys always get last place in a country run by thieves and criminals.

    Accordingly, I will never vote for a candidate from either party ever again.

    Time to wipe the hard-drive and re-load the Constitution, we got waaaaaay too much malware in this system, it has become unuseable.

    • Michael Douglass:

      I have not given up hope but it’s getting harder and harder….I hope I never end up just not voting.

  • miri:

    So, Mike, after enumerating the crimes of the third Bush administration, can you explain to your readers why you persist in standing by your man?

    He’s bushier than Bush, and as such, will never step in to ensure that the idiot-boy and his Dick will be shipped off to The Hague, where they belong. After all, should he do that, that would open the door for HIM to be tried for war crimes (droning N. Pakistan is just one among many. I choose this one so that no one can puke about the ‘tourists’ in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, the Mavi Marmara…).

    • Michael Douglass:

      I don’t think he’s Bushier than Bush but you have a point about war crimes. Still, he may be our last best hope.

  • christopher beaty:

    Oh, I totally agree 100%! I could not have said it any better than you!

  • O.K. SYMSON:

    EXCELLENT COMMENTS, DRAGYNN MIGHT CONSIDER CO/AUTHORING A BLOG ON THIS ONE. SERIOUSLY DRAGYNN HAS GREAT INSIGHTS. XENAPHOBIA…BUT AMERICANS AND THE U.S. SUCK. THE LAND OF THE GREEDY, PARANOID, AND AFRAID. LITTLE WHITE, AND RAINBOW COLORED FACES…, EVERYONE’S WANTS THEIR TAKE. PEOPLE WHO REFUSE, TO BELIEVE TRUTH, THEY CHOOSE DESTORTION MONEY, AND GIGANTIC MONSTER LIES.

  • robert dagg murphy:

    Dear Michael: I share all your views and frustrations. You cover all the bases here. However, Politicians are not problem solvers. They never have been. All politics are based on the mistaken belief that there is scarcity and not enough to go around they get to decide who gets it. They also think only of the next election. It is their job to get reelected. This is accomplished by getting money from lobbyists and others who have it. The money is contributed with the expectation that laws will be passed in order to give the money back many fold. The money is spent only to fool the voters which is accomplished most easily and besides there are really no choices as you describe. We can hardly tell the difference in the results between a Barak Obama and a George Bush, even though they are as different as night and day (afraid to say black and white).

    Making money and making sense are mutually exclusive. Humanity for centuries has been in the game of monopoly and it is obvious who has one. If it makes money that is what we do. It is time to take a look at our economic system whose purpose is two fold. 1. to produce the things we want and need. 2. to put purchasing power into peoples hands. High unemployment is a sign of success. 80% of existing jobs like tax preparers, insurance, making money with money through manipulation, and many others could be eliminated. Think of all the wasted time which could be spent with vital work such as raising children(our most important task for the future). Think of all the carbon emissions which could be eliminate by staying more at home. Empty houses.

    We have more energy coming from our star sun than we can ever spend. Our design science revolution has turned on the cosmic reservoir and wealth is without practical limit.Fifty percent of humanity now lives better than the richest monarch did prior to 1900. We have made great strides. We know what the ninety two regenerative elements are and how to combine them into what ever we want. We have developed the sciences of biology, geology, chemistry, physics, genetics and climate science non of which existed 100 years ago and Yet we are stuck in a political and economic system from the dark ages. It is time to start making sense and leave money making behind. Whatever needs to done can be done. Humanity is in it’s final exam as Bucky Fuller said it is utopia or oblivion.

  • W Radwan:

    Wow, I wish I would say you took the words out of my mouth but I can’t. Not with the words you put so eloquently and poetically to recite back to my teabaggin friends.

  • Michael Douglass:

    Hey thanks 🙂

  • Carl Weisse:

    HMMMMMM…. I guess MacArthur and Ike were right!! And Machiavelli too!! The USA is the largest purveyor of military weaponry on the planet, we have fruitless(?) wars on more than one front, and finance the rest. Vicious circle anyone? BTW I disagree with your grade. I give an E-.

  • AhahahahaLibtard!:

    Me thinks you sound a bit like that dude Rachel Maddow.

    GROW some balls and support your country. Vote Republican.

    What a bunch of liberal corny BS.

    • Michael Douglass:

      “Me thinks you sound a bit like that dude Rachel Maddow.”, huh?

      Methinks you just revealed yourself to be another jingoistic asstardian bigot. Grow some balls? You’d have to cut mine off to vote Republican, I have the courage of my convictions, you are afraid of mere lesbians. I’m going to offer you the same thing I do all of your ilk, show me where she has been less than truthful, prove a lie she has told. Just one, and I will give you fifty uttered by the Fox News info-tainment personality of your choice.

      Fifty to one asshole. Now Man up.

      For what it’s worth kids, one of two things is about to happen. This cowardly douchebag will come back with a ridiculous substanceless stream of angry god fearing invective or we’ll never hear from his retarded ass again.

      Yeah, buddy, you vote Republican again. You’re taxes will go up and the wealthy will see their taxes continue to be low and we’ll be far more fucked than we are now. Their proposals will add over three trillion dollars to the deficit. This is how I know you’re stupid because that’s exactly what you’re gonna do. Vote against your very own interests and then blame the liberals because you’re teeth are falling out of your odd pointed fucking head.

      Now bring it or shut the fuck up.

  • AhahahahaLibtard!:

    And if you wanna talk corruption… Blago, Rangel, Bill, Hillary etc etc And they do it in the most arrogant fashion.

    I will NEVER vote Democratic again. Pity you kids can’t attend a school without falling for the leftist indoctrination hook line and sinker.

    Parrots.

  • Michael Douglass:

    And if you wanna talk WAR CRIMES, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rice, Haliburton, KBR Blackwater…………..

    Wake the fuck up, they’re all corrupt, but not all of them are evil.

    Pity you kids can’t even watch television without buying the bullshit right wing demagoguery.

  • Red Five:

    Mike, been awhile since I stopped by, and apparently I came by just in time for the best couple of posts you’ve ever written! I waver between giving POTUS a “D” or an “F”. My (also idealistic) disappointment in his inability to affect any real change is what drags his grade down in my eyes, GW’s fucking of the curve notwithstanding.

    As I read this part of the series I found myself thinking of Ike’s speech on the military industrial complex. Thankfully I was not the only one who remembered that we had been warned, I just wish someone had actually LISTENED.

    I try not to dwell too much on the “halcyon days” of my mid/late twenties. When the world truly was my oyster and anything seemed possible (even if it actually wasn’t). The 90’s were good years, but if I spend all my time lamenting their passing, I miss out on opportunities to make a difference today.

    My father told me when I was very small that politicians were greedy windbags, and that a vote for one many times was actually a vote AGAINST his oponent; lesser of two evils and all that. Smart man, my dad.

    I thank you, and others like you, for railing against the hypocrisies and injustices of the nation as a whole, and keeping these issues in the public consciousness. As for me, in order to keep myself sane I’ve had to narrow my focus a bit.. Grassroots campaign reform, local/organic farming, and alternative energies promotion. This is not to say I hide from the world at large, just that I prefer to take bites that I can chew and swallow without gagging.

    Great piece! Keep writing, and I’ll keep reading!

  • Michael Douglass:

    I missed you. Thanks for swinging back around. Read part three for a sampling of the lunacy out there. And I just posted a new one that ˆthink and hope you’ll like. Thanks for reading and contributing.

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