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Lol. Shut up and vote Democrat.

What are you going to do? Register to vote in the primaries? Participate in a political campaign? Whatever dude.

The fact that Barack Obama killed foreigners, deported record number of immigrants, and bailed out bankers did not bother you one bit. The fact that he assassinated your fellow Americans in a foreign land did not bother you one bit. The fact that he has continued to send my brothers to die in his rich man’s wars did not bother you one bit.

Now, a little black-bagging bill come along and you are all whimpering about it.

What are you going to do about it? Agitate?

You know what, shut up and vote Democrat.

The murderer at the government’s helm

The No War But Class War Committee, the group behind last night’s email hoax claiming the SEIU withdrew their endorsement of Barack Obama, released this statement:

On Tuesday night, we released a statement on behalf of rank-and-file members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announcing that their leadership’s endorsement of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign had been withdrawn. At a time when millions of Americans are out of work, we find it galling that a working class organization would pledge its members’ time and money to electing a man who has consistently served the interests of the richest 1 percent.

In 2008, the SEIU leadership gave more than $85 million of their members’; money to Barack Obama and other Democrats – at the same time they eliminated roughly 10 percent of their staff, including dozens of organizers. Here are a few of the changes that money bought them:

  • A dramatic escalation of the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, along with record-level military spending.
  • A president who promised the heads of the 13 largest banks that “I’m not out there to go after you. I’m protecting you.”
  • The largest number of immigrants deported in American history.
  • Billions of dollars in bailouts for banks even as social programs like Medicare are put on the cutting board.
  • The fewest number of federal prosecutions for financial fraud in more than two decades.
  • A Treasury Department headed by a man who aided and abetted institutionalized fraud on Wall Street.
  • A record number of foreclosures, with a federal assistance program designed more to help bankers than those being thrown out of their homes.

Barack Obama is already getting heaps of cash from his supporters on Wall Street as a reward for redistributing wealth from the productive classes to the idle rich. There’s no need to give him or any other politician more of the working class’ money – no matter who wins in 2012, they’ll try to take it from us anyway. Instead, we recommend putting $85 million toward making real change in people’s lives, not just hoping for it.

Who are the 1 percent? Those who are elected or otherwise appointed to positions of power in our murderous federal government… especially the murderer at its helm.

Britain unites with smaller countries to block Obama administration’s bid to legalize civilian-maiming cluster bombs

President Barack Obama sends his diplomats to defeat this existential threat to the United States:

A coalition of countries including Britain on Friday defeated an attempt by the US, Russia, China and Israel to get an international agreement approving the continued use of cluster bombs. The weapons, which have been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon scatter “bomblets” over a wide area, maiming and killing civilians, notably children, long after they have been dropped and are banned under a 2008 convention which was adopted by the UK and in more than 100 countries.

But war is brutal, right?

The unexploded bomblets have the appearance of yellow drink containers and are attractive, often picked up by children who mistake them for toys. However, the consequences are lethal, often resulting in maiming or even fatalities.

What is a war without limbless children anyway?

How effective are these munitions? “98 percent of victims of cluster bombs over the past three decades have been civilians, a third of them children.”

Partisan Democrats seek to turn “Occupy Wall Street” into an extension of Obama’s presidential campaign

Just as I warned nearly two weeks ago, the Democratic Party is seeking to divide the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and turn it into an extension of the Obama 2012 presidential campaign.

The spread of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement was met with initial hesitation in both the Democratic and Republican parties. That might be an appropriate response to any protests that aim themselves squarely at the establishment, particularly those with goals that are diverse and diffuse as the current protesters’ are.

But a consensus is emerging among Democrats that the “Occupy” movement is worth tapping into, even helping along and joining with in some instances.

This is horrific. If the Democratic Party succeeds, the 99 percent will become the 33.7 percent and the chance for real social transformation is once again lost.

I articulated this artificial left-right divide that the corporate media, the Republicans, and the Democrats are trying very, very hard to maintain:

It is not the Right, it is not the Left. The 99 percent are protesting the policies started by a right-wing president and continued by the left-wing president.

We the people in the 99 percent are protesting the status quo, not demanding more of it.

President Barack Obama in the last few weeks have assassinated an American without due process, created a secret panel that authorizes assassination of Americans, authorized a new crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries, and news have come out that under his administration, the Department of Homeland Security have created a terrifying “pre-crimes” program.

Let us not forget that in the three years he has been in office, he has tripled the use of Predator drones, tripled the American deaths in Afghanistan, and started another war in Libya.

Then there are all these other things!

Was it Republicans that pressured a weak-willed Obama to ignore the law and bomb Libya? Was it the tea party that pressured Obama to wage the White House’s unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers? Was Obama being “ball-less” when he went after Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks or when his Justice Department decided not to prosecute Bush’s torture criminals? I guesss it was Boehner and Cantor that forced Obama to increase the drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Was Obama being weak and incompetent when he claimed the right to assassinate Americans extra-judicially?

I am hoping, truly hoping that this is going to be in the forefront in everyone’s minds. Obama, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, are all part of the 1 percent that is intent in fucking us over once again.

There is a reason why Cantor is rejecting the movement and why Pelosi seems to be supporting it: this ensures that this movement will never become a force to threaten their parties. Their support or rejection of support is an attempt to divide, make no mistake. The maintenance of the current status is their sole purpose and goal.

Defy, resist, dissent! That is all we can do in the face of all of these attempts to co-opt and destroy this movement.

WE MUST DISSENT!

Do not allow partisan Democrats to co-opt #OccupyWallStreet by calling it progressive. The movement is anti-authoritarian, anti-corporatism.

Just as the Republican Party destroyed the Tea Party from within, the Democratic Party will destroy the Occupy Movement.

I am a libertarian and I will protest in solidarity of the anti-authoritarian, anti-corporatist, antiwar voices in the the Occupy Movement.

Resist all urge to be called “progressive.” After all, government collusion with corporations is the root of the evil facing this country. To be progressive is to accept that government is a cause for good. It is not.

“Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.”

Occupy every street, occupy every city, occupy every school.

Occupy every mind, occupy every heart, occupy every spirit.

I am the 99%.

ADDENDUM: The corporate media’s label of “progressive” is meant to be divisive. It alienates libertarians and conservatives who are sick and tired of corporatism. Any corporatism whether they be from the Left or the Right.

The corporate media and the Democratic Party and the unions are attempting to turn it into the Left’s version of the Tea Party. It is not. The label is an attempt by the corporate media and the establishment to divide the movement between party lines. This is not an anti-Republican or anti-Democratic, but anti-government, anti-bankers, anti-corporatist.

The attempt to label the movement is an attempt to divide it is an attempt to weaken it.

United we stand, divided we fall.

The 99% is not just the half that voted for Barack Obama. The 99% is not just the half that vote Democratic Party. The 99% is the young, the old, the Republicans, the Democrats, the independents, the libertarian, the progressive, the conservative, all victims of corporate greed and government collusion.

If we are divided, then all hope for real change is lost.

Ron Paul and liberals’ moral dilemma

A self-labeled liberal at Reddit watched last night’s GOP debate (read my recap and thoughts) in Iowa and he found himself convinced that he might vote for Ron Paul over Barack Obama.

Many of the other responders reminded him than Paul is against a lot of things that progressives hold dear. Obama, they reminded him, is a progressive; Paul’s views regarding Social Security, welfare, and abortion are too extreme.

Myself, I asked him a fair question:

Can you look at yourself in the mirror and honestly say that the fat chance that Ron Paul would single-handedly gut Social Security and all of entitlement spending is morally equivalent to Ron Paul unilaterally stopping the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent people who are victims of all our wars?

People forget that Social Security and Medicare are laws that Congress (not the president) decides whereas our illegal, unconstitutional wars are unilaterally waged by the president.

Ron Paul cannot end Social Security or Medicare alone, but he can and will end the wars.

I am tired of the argument that the potential of someone’s welfare check being cut is more important than immediately stopping the murders occurring everyday in our name.

We wonder why people in the rest of the world hate us. We are selfish; and we hold welfare checks more important than the lives of those we kill.

The tea party must learn to love the downgrade

As pointed out by Angela Thorn, the Democrats (with the help of the Republican establishment beginning with Sen. John McCain’s ridiculous “tea party as hobbits” analogy) have launched a coordinated media-blitz to pin the blame for S&P’s recent downgrade of the country’s credit rating on the tea party.

On a Fox News Sunday show, David Axelrod used the phrase “Tea Party Downgrade” referring to the recent S&P action. John Kerry used the exact same phrase on MSNBC this morning. MoveOn.org blasted out an email using the same phrase in the title.

Apparently, the twenty-two Republican freshmen in the House are to blame for all the debt, deficit, and downgrade! Somehow, in less than a year, they managed to drag the country into the brink of ruin. McCain was wrong; the tea partiers are not just hobbits, but mutants possessing superpowers!

I hold no love for the tea party and while I do recognize that their rise and political power is of consequence, I am not ready to credit them for the federal government’s much-deserved downgrade. To do that is to ignore the role the other 413 House representatives had in the debt ceiling debate (which, according to the approved corporate media narrative, is negligible).

If the Republican and Democratic leadership were serious about compromising, they could have easily ignored the tea party. Instead, they intentionally created this theater and when it was all said and done, colluded with one another to place the blame on their shared enemy: the tea party.

However, the downgrade and the subsequent bipartisan blame game poses a political opportunity for the tea party. The tea party ought to embrace the downgrade and claim credit for it. If anything, the downgrade makes it more costly and more prohibitive to expand the government: a necessary step to constrain the size and scope of government.

The tea party must not only embrace, but learn to love the downgrade.

The self-deluding meme of a ‘weak Obama’

As soon as the debt ceiling deal was announced, progressives from the Left immediately attacked President Barack Obama’s so-called capitulation to the Tea Party, with liberal columnist Paul Krugman calling it “an abject surrender.” This surrender, progressives argue, has weakened Obama and raises questions about his reelection chances.

But here is the problem with this meme of an unwilling, weak-willed (or to quote a friend of mine, “ball-less”) Obama capitulating to the evil Tea Party: it is simply not true. One only has to look past the current political theater being played out to recognize Obama’s gleeful abuse of the enormous power he wields.

As pointed out by Arthur Silber:

When one considers the destructive powers of the weapons at his command, as well as the bloodily murderous enthusiasm with which he uses them, and when one contemplates the enormous powers he enjoys entirely apart from and in addition to those weapons, it will easily be seen that Obama is the single most powerful individual in the entire history of humankind.

Even ignoring the widespread reports that it was the White House that first suggested cuts to Social Security and the ridiculous back-and-forth in the debt ceiling debate, many of Obama’s policies that progressives disagree with have not been provoked or been the result of Republican political machinations.

Was it Republicans that pressured a weak-willed Obama to ignore the law and bomb Libya? Was it the tea party that pressured Obama to wage the White House’s unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers? Was Obama being “ball-less” when he went after Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks or when his Justice Department decided not to prosecute Bush’s torture criminals? I guesss it was Boehner and Cantor that forced Obama to increase the drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Was Obama being weak and incompetent when he claimed the right to assassinate Americans extra-judicially?

To summarize, Obama’s decidedly anti-progressive policies have been and always been his own.

The belief that Obama is weak is self-delusional. Obama, with the help of a complicit Congress, has greatly expanded the powers of the executive branch and edged that office closer to an imperial presidency. Small government Republicans, progressive Democrats, and the libertarian-leaning faction of the tea party underestimate Obama at their peril. As I have said before, Obama is not just Bush Lite; he is Bush Squared.

UPDATE: Of course, Glenn Greenwald pointed this myth out two days ago.

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of ‘Isolated Incidents’

An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids,” by Radley Balko.

When does it stop becoming “botched” and starts becoming “protocol?” Or maybe this is as Jeffrey Tucker said, “The business of government.”

Socialism for the rich as Obama, GOP threaten cuts to seniors and the poor

Lost in this debt ceiling debate is the role of the Federal Reserve has played in it. While House Republicans and the White House quibble on fiscal policy and how much hurt they want to inflict upon America (while cooperatively ignoring the massive war spending that continues to drain this nation’s wealth), Sen. Bernie Sanders and the General Account Office (GAO) discovered that the Federal Reserve doled out $16 trillion in corporate welfare, many of them to the very same banks that were responsible for the housing bubble and the subsequent economic recession the United States finds itself in.

Below are the recipients of the Federal Reserve largesse, many of them foreign banks that are not going to “create jobs” in the United States.

Citigroup: $2.5 trillion
Morgan Stanley: $2.04 trillion
Merrill Lynch: $1.949 trillion
Bank of America: $1.344 trillion
Barclays PLC (United Kingdom): $868 billion
Bear Sterns: $853 billion
Goldman Sachs: $814 billion
Royal Bank of Scotland (UK): $541 billion
JP Morgan Chase: $391 billion
Deutsche Bank (Germany): $354 billion
UBS (Switzerland): $287 billion
Credit Suisse (Switzerland): $262 billion
Lehman Brothers: $183 billion
Bank of Scotland (United Kingdom): $181 billion
BNP Paribas (France): $175 billion

The amount of money the Federal Reserve gave to Citigroup and Morgan Stanley alone is more than the amount of spending both the White House and the morally bankrupt House Republicans are threatening to cut, which according to Robert Greenstein of the usually non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will severely harm seniors and the poor.

The monetary policy enacted by the Federal Reserve is what drives and empowers the failed fiscal policy of Congress, regardless of which party is in momentary control. It is also the same monetary policy that funded and continues to fund Bush’s and Obama’s murderous foreign policy.

Unfortunately, corporate media has been successful in framing the debt ceiling “debate” as an ideological clash between “socialism” and those who believe in “small government.”

As Americans (the poor and the shrinking middle-class) tear each other to shreds, the Federal Reserve with the rich and politically-connected recipients of its gifts stand back and enjoy the spectacle.

U.S. State Department to command a brigade of mercenaries

Even more hope and change from the White House as Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department blocks oversight of the massive mercenary army it is raising.

By January 2012, the State Department will do something it’s never done before: command a mercenary army the size of a heavy combat brigade. That’s the plan to provide security for its diplomats in Iraq once the U.S. military withdraws. And no one outside State knows anything more, as the department has gone to war with its independent government watchdog to keep its plan a secret.

I am willing to bet that the salaries they pay these mercenaries are five to ten times more than they pay the soldiers and Marines who continue to die in that forgotten war.