Palin: “I Know Obama Loves America”, Palin:“spread the wealth” was “a pretty socialist comment.” McCain:”I have to tell you. Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States,” Palin:”We believe that the best of America is in the small towns that we get to visit, and in the wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation,” McCain speaking about Ayers, “we need to know the full extent of that relationship.” I wonder if the American electorate can sue McCain and Palin for rhetorical whiplash. They have an agenda, its just littered with self contained contradictions. The Republican ticket claims to have corned the market on all things honorable and patriotic. That could only be true if honor and patriotism have been made such relative terms by the Right that they lay bludgeoned and bloody, near lifeless victims of Republican abuse. The only way an even marginally informed voter could see the McCain campaign as honorable is as the result of a severe head injury. Which some of the McCain supporters in this video seem to be suffering come. I take that back, since that would be making excuses for their behavior.
Since Palin thinks that only some small towns are patriotic could we bring home the troops from Iraq that are from Miami, Austin, New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Paul, Philadelphia, Detroit, Savannah, Louisville, Norfolk, etc. Palin, McCain and all the Republican Iraq quagmire cheerleaders on the net and at the campaign hate fests, would logically be pleased as pudd’n to take up the slack. Should We Support Troops From Slightly Less Patriotic Parts of our Country?
The Republican National Committee is sending around this Associated Press photo of overall-clad McCain supporters standing outside an Obama rally, clutching plungers and a sign proclaiming “I Am Joe The Plumber”
While I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a career in the military ( especially with our current economy) most Americans will never join the military and its great that Americans have that option, but College Republicans have been very vocal cheerleaders for the neocons and the decision to occupy Iraq. Though they continue, obviously, to find time to be pretend plumbers in addition to pretend patriots. Generation Chickenhawk: With The College Republicans
Max Blumenthal takes us on a hilarious and shocking tour of the College Republican National Convention, where the GOP’s next generation cheer on the war in Iraq, then make sorry excuses for why they can’t serve.
Sarah Palin’s patchwork of incoherent and bombastic statements about her ideology, her foggy accomplishments and general knowledge of world affairs sounds good to College Republicans because, as you can see in the video, they have a tendency not to hear the words coming out of their own mouths. We all know what a sound bite is. Republicans in general seem to mentally process what they’re about to say by ideological bites. Its as though they took hours of some old authoritarian propaganda films – the current generation seems to have borrowed from Stalin and Goebbels – and condensed them down to a few dozen platitudes. Then as the occasion demands they pull out, with a tiny alteration or two, the same platitudes over and over again.
A new court filing by the lawyers for Lakhdar Boumediene and five other Guantanamo detainees suggests that the Bush administration ordered the Bosnian government to arrest and hold the men after an exhaustive Bosnian investigation had found them innocent of any terrorism related activity and had ordered their release, in order to use them as props in Bush’s January 2002 State of the Union speech.
The filing–“Lakhdar Boumediene, et al., Petitioners, v. George W. Bush, President of the United States, et al., Respondents, Petitioners’ Public Traverse to the Government’s Return to the Petition for Habeas Corpus”–lays out the case that the Bush administration threatened at the highest levels to withdraw diplomatic and military aid to the Balkan nation if Bosnia released the men, which its own three-month investigation had found innocent of any terrorism charges in the days leading up to Bush’s January 2002 State of the Union.
Faced with the threats of the withdrawal of aid and that if it released the men, the White House would order NATO troops to detain them, Bosnia transferred the men under duress to the custody of the US government in January 2002, and the US transferred them to Guantanamo. Ten days later, in his 2002 State of the Union address, Bush used sixteen words to warn Americans that, in “cooperation” with the Bosnian government, it had captured terrorists who had planned to bomb the US embassy in Sarajevo: “Our soldiers, working with the Bosnian government, seized terrorists who were plotting to bomb our embassy,” Bush told the nation.
But, six years later, the detainees’ new petition says, after the US Supreme Court has sided with the detainees and ordered the US to give the detainees habeas corpus rights, the Bush administration has failed to repeat the embassy plot charges that Bush used in his State of the Union address, or to produce credible evidence of why the men should be held as enemy combatants.
(Bush also used 16 words to falsely claim in his 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein had sought yellowcake uranium from the African nation of Niger — a claim the White House had been previously repeatedly warned by the CIA was unfounded and which the White House later admitted Bush should not have said, months after the US invasion of Iraq).
Imprison innocent people, lie America into a war – all of which McCain supported – and the Right would claim this is American, this is patriotism.