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Nothing is changing and we are going over the cliff again--maybe this time forever. I for one am absolutely fed up with the liberal media universally saying that all this republican intransigence is only about or ALL about hate of the man in the White House. Right-wing think-tanks must be giddy that the left is telling everyone what to think and it all about Obama hate. Absolute horse shit.

If we could just stop crying racism for a minute and keep our eyes on these apparent nuts on the right, every one of the hardest cases have been hand-chosen by Grover Norquist and his circle of colluders who seem to have taken one statement by Saint Ronald Reagan on as their singular guiding fundamental i.e. "Government IS the problem". And Norquist and his Team Tyranny of Congressional acolytes don't distinguish between health care and anything else as long as it is perceived to "grow" their stated and re-demonstrated enemy "bigger US Government".

Make no mistake, these people have had to sign on to Norquist's purity test in order to get a chance at office. And taking the oath of office without renouncing primary allegiance to an idealistic totality intent on defunding the government is the crime of perjury. Engaging in organized disloyalty to American democratic traditions and using extortion tactics on what they see to be a weak President (who has already caved to them by such blunders as extending the Bush tax cuts two years), makes them arguably a domestic enemy who should lose legitimacy as Congress-persons as codified in the oath of Congressional office. What's holding this back? President Obama's nature.

And as much as I have put my own faith into him and truly admire and respect the man, it is the liberal media and all on the non-right who are giving the hard right a pass by buying this being all about Obama hate. It's about defunding government expansion and to criminals and third rate dullards who have no good name to lose, the details of who gets screwed and maybe dies over government shut-downs, sequesters and refusal to honor the country's debt. are just details of little import.

Hey, Mr President, show some real balls and fight your domestic enemies with law and hard-ass rhetoric. You drone folks on the other side of planet although you don't you don't have to watch their heads explode but it seems that anyone on this side of the world who wants to disrespect you until you cave as they expect will, will go right to the mat with you. And maybe your version of balls is to go over the cliff this time rather than cave taking us with you when you should be sicking the dogs of the DOJ on all these extortionists, perjurers, and fraud committers who have been using crafty subterfuge to steal from the poor and give to the rich.

Man up. Man up for real--the kind of manning up for which you will earn a place on some denomination of US currency and have parks and institutions named after you. Man up before your nature to do everything domestic with just political smile takes us so close to the cliff we'll be down-graded again anyway.

Every day many of these people show their lack of qualifications to hold the offices that they do and it is because of three things, one, their loyalty to Norquists's pledge to defund government which makes them violators of their oaths of office and perjurers. Two, their pitiful understanding of our own history and economic consequences of default--hell they don't even seem to know that they signed off to create the bills we owe.  And last but not least, their expectation that you don't have the guts to press the law and send some of these bastards summons to court though investigation by your Department of Justice to face charges of tyranny, extortion, perjury, and conspiracy. Why have they not already have forfeited legitimacy as Congress-persons? They do anything but act like they know what their part is in democracy and have chosen to defy the outcomes of elections. American democracy is over when you left them get away with that. And if I could file case, you could bet the farm I would. Ted Cruz would be on a hovercraft back to Vancouver BC or w/e and America can get on with progress. I love you, but I'm calling your ass out.

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  •  And exactly what do you think (47+ / 0-)

    Obama needs to do now?  Start speaking as crazy as the teahatters?

    No.  He is doing exactly what he perhaps should have done in 2011 and that is to say no.

    Congress has to do their jobs.  By saying no, they will be forced to unless they want to join the rest of us.

    •  Well, I have been spelling out but it's been ignor (0+ / 0-)

      It's been ignored by the types that read a line of two and look for what some other person has concluded and added their teensy little put-down and went on about what they do. For the past several days I have been saying that the so-called "Tea Party" should be referred to a "Team Tyranny" and explained the laws they have broken. I've also explained the the fact that the lack of precedent makes it hard to know what to do except keep saying no. But that is not working this time and it's gone too far. "Manning up" was explained to examine both that history sometimes has meant what no one wants--bloodshed and tear gas but that just may be an inevitability of the human condition because some people can't be reasoned with.

      To lie on the oath of office and act with allegiance to a separate cabal started by Grover Norquist is an offense which could be said to disqualify a Congress-person's validity. Refusing to fund the governmnent over an upheld law is extortion. There are a number of other crimes this faction have committed, and by manning up, I meant, using the law and the DOJ we entrusted to him to bring them down.

      I have had his back and said a numbr of times how I respect and even love the President, but his prescedent of caving years ago has emboldened these criminal posers who don't know our history, how democracy works or what the debt celing means. That makes for a no win situation by waiting them out. The law is the way to TAKE THEM OUT. Investigate, indict, marginalize and get the real Congress to act like the real Congress.

      I won't be answering any of the brain dead remarks in the rest of the comments although a few were fair. At least some read. But more quibbled with terminology than tried to understand that we are out of time and just standing fast on not giving in is not enough. President Obama may need some push from his allies to USE THE LAW to take away the power of those who break the law to get what they want regardless of the harm to people and the country.

      I got one comment on my other post trying to talk about what options are left other than just playing by the old rules. It was time to say it more colloquially to make the point. And just about everyone either missed it or just savaged me to join the mob. Now I know for sure what a waste of time writing on here is. See you off the cliff or after this gets kicked down the road and the President is still making deals to buy more time to win by doing nothing to answer the lousy way he is being treated and the lousy way we are being treated who voted for him. Switching from observing politic that the other side refuses to observe to law and fighting using the law WILL work. And the country at large would give him a standing "O" and put his face on a new bit of currency. But that kind of action whether expressed calmly in prose or emotionally in street talk seems to be above the heads of most of the respondents on this "diary".

      "Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" W.B. Yeats

      by RareBird0 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 06:18:19 AM PDT

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  •  How utterly disrespectful of a title (19+ / 0-)

    and baseless writing of a diary.  I'll be sure to await your presidential run.

  •  Meh, (11+ / 0-)

    Your last diary a couple of hours ago didn't do so well either...

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Ron Reagan: "Sarah Palin's constituency are people who wear red rubber noses and bells on their shoes."

    by AnnetteK on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 06:51:00 PM PDT

  •  This is the sort of rhetoric (by rhetoric I mean (23+ / 0-)

    bullshit) that comes straight out of teabaggers. Man up, show some balls? Seriously, what the fuck does that even mean?

  •  What an idiotic diary. Save what's left of your (15+ / 0-)

    dignity and delete this tripe.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 06:55:06 PM PDT

  •  Sick to death of this vulgar, inappropriate (33+ / 0-)

    And disgusting "man up, show some balls" crap.

    HRd

    And I don't do that often.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 06:55:52 PM PDT

  •  Yassah massah (16+ / 0-)

    It ain't about no color at all.

    No, suh...

    Never mind the Stars & Bars flying in front of the Ni..I mean White House the other day, massah.

    We know dey don't be meanin' no ham. No, suh.

    Here's your reality, TROLL:  Most of what Obama has faced has come courtesy of a tea party caucus deeply rooted in Dixie.  Yes, there are some up north, but Ohio Sen. George Voinovich said it best when he retired:  "It's the damn southerners."

    It's the southerners still fighting the Civil War.  Still fighting for exclusionary "small town values."

    Screw you it's not about the color of the man's skin.

    As an African-American who is firmly in the middle class, I've had my eyes open widely to the prevalent and ugly face of bigotry in this country.

    Fuck these hillbillies.  I'M. DONE.

    When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion. - Abraham Lincoln

    by EntrWriter on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 06:56:42 PM PDT

  •  Um... (16+ / 0-)

    ...the GOP says they don't want a default and want the government to re-open.

    That is literally the easiest vote in the world to make happen.

    They won't let it happen, let alone vote for it.

    It's that simple.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 06:57:01 PM PDT

  •  No. (16+ / 0-)

    1. You're not that new, so you should know better than to complain that the president needs to grow some balls. That's a big no-no.

    2. If you think it's not about race, then you don't know American history very well. The racists deliberately changed their language in the 70s and 80s so that white people like us would think "it's not about race." This has been explained here numerous times.

    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

    by moviemeister76 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 07:01:57 PM PDT

    •  If It's About Race We Should Expect That a White (0+ / 0-)

      Democratic President wouldn't be impeached for not inaccurately characterizing a personal act according to common usage for a term.

      Race is a tool, it's not the reason. It's a very effective tool for moving a large population of voters but the color of the President does not buy a single derivative or drone. His party ID does.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 07:31:05 PM PDT

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    •  It is not about race. Race is being used to (0+ / 0-)

      foment hate and irrational thinking leading to people voting against their own interests but, using race is just a fascist tactic.  It isn't about the tactic.  The tactic is just a distraction from a true Neo-liberal agenda.

      •  Blah blah blah (2+ / 0-)
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        I've heard it all before. The attempts to say it's not about race when our first black president and his family just had to endure the fucking Confederate Flag waved in front of their house are absurd. Without racism, things wouldn't be this extreme. What other "tactic" has ever worked this well?

        Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

        by moviemeister76 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:21:45 AM PDT

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  •  HR for "man up", "balls" references (13+ / 0-)

    Testosterone is not a prerequisite for intelligence, nor for courage.  I mean the diarist presumably has a pair of testicles, yet look at this puerile diary...written from the safety of online anonymity.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 07:19:14 PM PDT

    •  It is a reference for aggression in general. (0+ / 0-)

      It is a cultural thing and complaining about it does not make it less so.  The point is that the president has been weak up to this point.  Perhaps he has learned that there is not making the crazy Right happy.
      The president has not been aggressive with respect to progressive issues.

  •  When the words... (10+ / 0-)

    ..."liberal media" are in the second sentence of your diary, it really automatically disqualifies your diary. RW meme.....

    "The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. And no one seems to notice. No one seems to care." George Carlin

    by ATFILLINOIS on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 07:27:38 PM PDT

  •  Get off this Diarist's back- He is pissed off and (2+ / 0-)
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    fed up!! I get it. He wants our president to go after these traitors with every tool he has. I also get frustrated by our president's coolness and calmness in a time like this. I want rage!!! Yet maybe that's why he is the leader of the free world- who's done a good job so far- and I'm a house painter.

    The price of anything is the amount of life we are willing to exchange for it.

    by theslinger on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 07:41:50 PM PDT

  •  great idea (4+ / 0-)

    shred the constitution to save it. You do realize that the members of Congress are explicitly exempt from arrest while in session except for felonious conduct? That their words, speaking as members of congress, cannot be questioned in any other venue (hint, courts)? That treason is explicitly defined in the constitution itself, and nothing they are doing meet that definition?

    You are one of: utterly uninformed or the worst kind of authoritarian - a stupid one.

    •  No sir, you are rude and uninformed. (0+ / 0-)

      I said absolutely nothing about Congress acting in the manner you mention "while in session". I spoke at length in this and other diaries as the country faced yet another man made economic crisis--this being the most serious yet of this kind and time running out on what to do.

      Since you called me "stupid" and "authoritatian" in public like that while getting what I said completely wrong, the best I can do is answer here and perhaps try to send you a message directly. I am not "stupid"--how would you like to be misread and called a moron or stupid?

      I wrote extensively that the abandonment of American democratic tradition of abiding by the outcomes of elections by hard-liners on the right demands a different kind of response now than the traditional one of merely "urging them to come to their senses" and act according to proper American political decorum. Once again, nothing was said or implied about Congress while in session but a contingent of Congress was acting more like criminals outside of Congress in their rhetoric and choices. I put forth that A way to undercut their power INDIVIDUALLY is to use the law on the non-elected opportunist whose "anti-tax totality pledge" created the condition  to which the worst and least qualified acquiesced to get into office and I took the risk of calling his name though I have no cover to save me should he take exception.

      You failed to see that by the president using his DOJ to test the potential crimes of the "complex" which includes Norquist where even if no one is indicted specifically, a court order can be issued declaring the anti-tax totality pledge and it's use to control who gets into Congress and its role in taking away the raising of revenue as a normal and routine manner of funding the government that a defacto extortion and fraud complex has usurped political power and steered the US economy into disaster. Urging the president to go on the offensive--not against Congress while in session, stupid--but against all colluders causing these repetitive man-made crises at times when execution of the law does not itself break a law is smarter than anything I've heard from anything else I've read--and I actually read and think and am sure of what wish to say before I put myself out there to do it. You on the other hand are a coward who takes no risks, jumps to wrong conclusions and insults from the safety of your computer.

      "Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" W.B. Yeats

      by RareBird0 on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 12:37:39 PM PDT

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  •  HR for several reasons (8+ / 0-)

    not the least of which is the "balls" remark.

    Do you understand the racist history of that?

    You really really really should delete this, while you can.

    •  I think most of this crap comes from a distinct (2+ / 0-)
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      lack of awareness, even on the part of people who might call themselves "progressives," too.

      "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

      by Wildthumb on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 08:15:10 PM PDT

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      •  Well, certainly is crap. Wherever from. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      •  What we are turning on each other now? (0+ / 0-)
        •  Good question (0+ / 0-)

          I sure didn't expect the kind of animosity I got for suggesting the President's supported, not the least of which is myself, urge him to stop thinking this will "blow over" or "we'll win" by not caving. Even though the debt ceiling was signed both times before the deadline, America lost ten of billions of dollars and received a down-grading of a start from Moodys, which may very well happen again.

          The lesson was obviouly not learned that this isn't a game that you win or lose. It's all about foreign confidence in the USA. And even the President is not acting like he gets that, To say no is not enough. I maintain even now the America must go on the offensive and go after specific uses of extortionary tactics which have only been criticized as political bad words but not the crimes they are. Gover Norquist and Steve More have been,  hoppping on the opportunism of having a deeoly growing and hungry partisand media industry. It needds sensationalism, it needs victims, and more. It's existence nullifies traditional American democracy's need for a cooling off after elections and acception of the choices made by the people.  Without that ability to abide by the outcomes of elections even if you lose and the immediate move into the nest plan of attack, American democracy has entered a new phase. And add to that Grover Norquist's blind ideology totality pledge to starve the government of funding and the model is changed whether we chose it to or not.

          Thus the Obama Administration heeds to change its tactics. And I urge that it be on law because law is not subjective. Either something is extortion or its not, fraud or not. And no real smart republican go into politics any more because they are beholden to Norquist, Moore and the Koch Bros. Men wan t real jobs and not roles where they just do what the Norquist says.  That's what I said and meant by calling out the admin to grow some balls-- If they can't indict individuals, they can identify processes used that amount to extortion machines that are inescapable and leave the right no choice. If they can get Norquist, they can issue a "cease and desist" regarding the legitimacy of the pledge. Both parties can benefit because, the Republicans will get a choice again and democrats can lay same brand of democracy, Cleaning up this identity crisis could be Obama's greatest legacy item. But he's letting them bring the fight to him. If he just plays defense he can call it wining but we'll lose no ten of billions and other stars. I'm on the blue team. But people jumped down my throat.

           t

          "Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" W.B. Yeats

          by RareBird0 on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:55:11 AM PDT

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    •  No, I obviously don't (0+ / 0-)

      But the context in which I meant it would be clear to anyone who read it and used their brain that it meant to encourage the President who I said thee times within this commentary I respected, have believed in and even loved. But if all else is completely wasted on you, and all you could do was reach back into history to contrive some linkage to something my family could have had nothing to do with as they toiled under the lash themselves in another country, you shouldn't be giving advice unless it is to contact me and educate me, because clearly I didn't have any knowledge of such barbarism in this country or I wouldn't have said it.

      "Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" W.B. Yeats

      by RareBird0 on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 12:11:13 PM PDT

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  •  the president should (5+ / 0-)
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    "show some balls"????

    um, no.

    every adult is responsible for every child

    by ridemybike on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 08:23:11 PM PDT

    •  Balls emit testosterone a known hormone for (0+ / 0-)

      aggression.  It is a metaphor that we want this president to fight for our progressive causes.  Thus far, he has hardly done that.  We hope he will this time.

  •  Dear JT (3+ / 0-)
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    Like somebody in the White House gives two shits what you think.  You're calling him out are you?  Ooooo, I'll bet the President isn't sleeping well tonight, you know, now that some anonymous poster on Daily Kos has shown the courage to "call him out."

    Geez.

    •  This is an awful thing to say to someone making (0+ / 0-)

      an effort to write on this blog.  Pay no heed to this horrible comment.  

    •  Dear JT, sorry I thought we were adults here (0+ / 0-)

      Either you just hitched your wagon to the other mule team that didn't read, cant distinguish between literal and figurative expression, cant tell by the level of what is being said what the author is "hip to", can't read and think and be big enough to give people who showed the whole time that that know damn well the President doesn't read this kind of stuff and take what I in particular say personally and with any higher degree of emphasis than the rest of you nobodies, that I feel real sorry for you that you have to be so confused and actually be offensive enough to remind me.

      It does seem that the popular MO here is to ignore anything over three over a few paragraphs  that stick to trying not to imply you might have some social qualifications that others don't and maybe  events like the debt ceiling and government shutdown of enough historic proportions to Americans that one who has been one for 58 years may have knowledge that not everyone else does. I don't see that as an opinion. I know it to be a fact. No two people are born at the same nor do they have the same understanding, experiences or dreams. And in that difference is where as were come to important problems. After the pile of mob-like useless drivel its clear not to wast time doing anything on this form but maybe sharing recipes or canopies. Much of the rest is predictable neglected 20th Century Kid stuff.

      "Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" W.B. Yeats

      by RareBird0 on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:21:27 AM PDT

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  •  Someone above posited that this would not go well (4+ / 0-)

    and it seems they were quite correct.

    Please delete ASAP.

    •  Is that what we do? Delete what someone else... (0+ / 0-)

      "posited". I am not sure how this software works exactly and if anyone is advised in any way that a response was made to their comment by another poster. But I sure hope so and I'm starting from the rear and working forwards under the assumption that there is a notification to the person that their comment was responded to. And thus it appears that instead of reading,  considering and taking specific issue with things I said in this bit of writing, you deferred to someone else's opinion as being automatically right and righteous, and without knowing what their opinion is specifically, that it itself is comprehensive in its grasp of my meaning in the many respects I specifically mentioned and that they were all invalid, would not "go well" and therefore record of my having exercised my privilege of making their case should be "deleted"--erased with as much haste as possible?

      The fact that this has to do with unprecedented technological developments themselves, which are a phenomenon still in in the flux of maturing where this person you put all your faith in has no more knowledge of the nature and implications these technological developments imply because they have not happened yet in these weighty types of contexts for historians to interpret and academics to debate, means nothing and the thought that perhaps the writer of this particular work may have personal long-term experience getting highly paid for his proven ability to interpret for governments and financial institutions what they imply in practical terms matters not. Apparently you see this other person's opinion as so damning that my work is perhaps dangerous and should be paved over with blank space as soon as possible.

      You are of course aware of the company this puts you in--the witch-hunting angry mob of torches in the night disinterested in truth or debate as long as he or she who has dared to speak truth to power has been permanently silenced and all record of their efforts  which struck from the record.

      It matters not that my message called for more assertive action by the US government in legal tactics rather than political--legal tactics which would fall apart immediately if they were faulty and caviler but which have instead been through nuanced tests far beyond what could be expressed in discussion forums like this to be sure they would stand the obvious tests of reason, exception and the expectation of the best legal defense money can buy to counter what appears to continue to be innovative crime made possible by relatively recent technological advancements for which precedent does not yet exist in debated literature to provide clear prescription for precise action?

      Does it also matter not that the opportunism which has enabled innovative crime worth it to the powerful partisan to risk to keep the "pesky" government i.e. "we the people" out of the way of business as usual keeping the choking sequester fully in tact while the democrats whoop it up as if the war is over and won?

      Sorry there are still people so shallow as you on any side of the political spectrum much less the progressive side because it is attitudes like yours that ARE the problem and not anything like a solution as your inaction and deferment to the self-righteous who tell you what to say is no better than Ted Cruz's acolytes which bring that particular and peculiar brand of misery to unsuspecting Americans whose time may come sooner than later to lay more concessions of American progress upon the bonfire of naivety left blazing years longer than necessary.  God save us if people like me are erased at the behest of no-show American'ts like you while fraud and extortion continue their routine use by hi-paying right wing advocates to steal from the poor and give to the rich.

      "Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" W.B. Yeats

      by RareBird0 on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 11:42:57 PM PDT

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  •  "Hey, Mr President, show some real balls and. . " (7+ / 0-)

    that was enough.

    HRd

    I'd like to start a new meme: "No means no" is a misnomer. It should be "Only 'Yes' means yes." Just because someone doesn't say "No" doesn't mean they've given consent. If she didn't say "Yes", there is no consent.

    by second gen on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 08:35:45 PM PDT

  •  Liberal Media? (7+ / 0-)

    What liberal media? Every other media outlet (with the possible exception of MSNBC) are putting this false equivalence garbage out there saying, "It's both party's fault."

    That is a bunch of bovine scatology. The Republicans are completely to blame for this.

    The President has held strong and exposed them for what they are: a load of cowards.

    •  They actually exposed themselves to such an (0+ / 0-)

      extreme that the corporate media can no longer effectively make excuses for them.  The president just sees an opportunity to appear strong.  Judging from the past, the president has been weak in dealing with the Republican this far.  In fact, the president is still holding up cat food commission recommendations as a negotiating point  but, the Senate will have none of it.

    •  Liberal media is term I never use but...... (0+ / 0-)

      ...sometimes it takes too long to qualify every generality and let's face it, there is "media speak" used all the time which people accept because they know that the nature of commercial media does not permit the real fuller range of language that should be used. For example instead of a reporter or anchor person saying "what did spokespersons for the Obama Administration have to say this morning on ...[a specific subject] they will say "how did the White House react...[to that specific issue] this morning? Obviously the White House is a building and not a person. But as a cultural mainstay we accept that no one is implying the the White House itself literally talks--that's figurative speech.

      When I used the term liberal media in my provocative "diary" (is it really a diary?), I meant media venues like MSNBC, the Young Turks, Politics USA and the myriad of dailies that mostly have come into existence to react to and hopefully offset some of the lies and unfair liberties taken by the right wing partisan media of Fox, Drudge, Breitbart, Limbaugh etc where Fox especially was cooked up in the Nixon White House because Nixon believed the then mainstream media were all "liberal" and out to see him destroyed. I think the man was paranoiac and if there was any appearance by the media of distrust and/or dislike of Nixon, it was not because of politics, it's because Nixon earned it. But given the size of what I had to say and my realization that what I had been saying in other diaries leading to this one regarding the crises of the shut down and debt ceiling not getting much in the way of reaction commentary here, I needed to be less wordy. Thus I used  "expeditious" language i.e. "liberal media"--meaning those who are in the cable and internet spaces which identity as progressive or liberal voices. I gave the audience the benefit of the doubt to overlook that and consider it in the fuller context of the perspective I was trying to float for the first time--that the "left"--another term I don't believe in because the American political identity crisis has defaulted to a hard right and everybody else who doesn't want to be them. That makes them "right" but us hardly the "left" of 50 year old political analogies. But some folks chose to focus only on "how dare he" since you don't know me or have any reason to understand my personal experience in journalism and media, and try to glean the message which I stand by i.e that "not caving" is not as winning a strategy as you'd think if you lose 24 Billion and the sequester goes on unscathed and you repeat the process again in just a short time. I urge that the President be nudged, cajolled, whatever the right word is by his allies, US, to cease deferring to the public for support because we have already given it to him twice with out blessing, and instead ask him to go on the offensive with the DOJ seeking to break up the "totality pledge" business that Grover Norquist has been using to fill Congress with under-qualified people who represent his own obsession with hatred of government and its size.

      If one were to read back this diary and a few recent, leading to it and spend time joining with me "connecting some as yet unconnected dots" which would bring the hidden logic of criminality to the fore and start doing away with responses of "they're crazy", "they're stupid", "how could they be so heartless?"--listen to Elizabeth Warren's speech which persuades so well as to how important the American government is as glue for a modern civilization--it becomes more apparent that people of low scruple and low knowledge are signing the requisite Norquist pledge while Republicans who may have become the new Bob Doles are choosing to stay out rather than become a Norquist lackie---scared to death over being extorted themselves in a contrive primary against another more extreme and arguably mobster-like character who will just dig on the perks and go with the criminally insane heard over the cliff.

      So congratulations to us all that the President has learned not to "cave". But he didn't cave last time and we got the debt ceiling signed before the deadline and still lost a credit rating star and $39 unnecessary billion. Moving the same game ahead a few months during which right wing extremists and, dare I say it, CRIMINALS will be at work as hard as ever is not proving to be a "winning strategy" for the Obama administration. Cheer if you want that no one caved. But IMO we should be hard at work in an aggressive legal strategy to shake these people who refuse to honor laws and tradition of American democracy with aa serious dose of just that--American justice and the reminder that the oath of Congressional office contain promises of unwavering loyalty to the US against foreign and DOMESTIC enemies and there are points where one can face the wrath of American justice for becoming the American domestic enemy. All I was trying to say was that this is so "gray" that it needs leadership and not just resolve to say no. Again and in different words, I think this has no chance of ending well until the President calls up Eric Holder and says "book 'em, Danno". Now please let's not have anyone contrive some agenda for racism or being WITH "Team Tyranny" the so-called "tea Party" out of that. There is no winning wars. There is only the chance of "losing less". And if the President does not make them pay by bringing it to them with real articulation of specific crimes which use language America has never faced since before her inception like sedition, tyranny or plain old modern stuff like extortion, fraud and if not indicting trying and punishing but at least securing court order for ceasing and desisting of extortion tactics where a non-elected opportunist takes over Congress, then the slide to world laughing stock and 0 star credit rating will continue.  

      "Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" W.B. Yeats

      by RareBird0 on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 10:35:03 AM PDT

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