Enemy Of The People


     That’s me.  Enemy of the people.  I must be.  Why?  I watched and listened to the entire Sarah Palin “National tea party” speech.  Populism, conservative style, apparently doesn’t touch me the same way that liberal populism does.  Why?  Well, from what I saw, there were equal parts Ad hominem attacks that were just as untrue as they were giggle out loud stupid, and conservative republican talking points.  The same worn out crap the right has pulled, about Democrats making America less safe, when the right has no corner on the “We kept America safe” market. 

     Apparently she doesn’t remember 9/11.  Dummy.   And how many Americans were kept safe in Iraq?  Ask those honored war dead who died their, in a war that did nothing to slow down, stop or end terrorism, and made Al-Qaeda stronger, and gave Al-qaeda an effective marketing tool to make more people terrorists. Over 4,000 dead for a false vision of strength. 

     When we fight in Afghanistan, the war you on the right oppose, we fight Al-Qaeda, the enemy the neocons didn’t have the nerve to fight when Bush was in office.

     There was talk about restarting the health care debate, this time with input from the right.  Surprising, seeing how there were parts of the bill that were suggested by republicans.  It’s not like they had no input, they did.  They had plenty of time to read the various bills, but she made the same old tired right wing main stream media claims about them not having any input. 

     She actually tried to co-opt left wing energy policy talking points by saying we need to get all types of energy production.  No crowds yelling “DRILL, BABY, DRILL”.  No talk of drilling offshore.  There was talk of more nuclear power, and she said it was nice that the Obama administration talked about it, but we need more than talk.

     Indeed, we do.  From you AND him.  Mind you, from Sarah Palin ALL we get is talk, and talk is cheap and easy. She has no power, no responsibility, and therefor anything she says comes from the safety of the sideline.  The President talks from the vantage point of having the capacity to do something about what he says.  His words have meaning, consequence.  Sarah’s don’t. It’s that simple.

   There was a lot of empty rhetoric, as would be expected from a meeting of neocons and their political cronies putting a fresh paint job on the conservative movement in America, with the hearty support of the right wing main stream media.

    She did have some points to make, and she made them, but they were points that, to be honest didn’t touch me.  I’ve heard all the points she made before.  She, and the tea party “Patriots”, are nothing more than conservatives trying to re-brand themselves.  That is not surprising really.  The fact that Feb. 6th , the day of the speech, would have been Ronald Reagan’s 99th birthday was referenced at least 7 times in the speech and the talk afterwards.  Mr. Reagan was praised like a god.

    Sarah referenced Reagan’s “shining city on the hill”.  I happen to remember that time as being a bad one for America.  New York was riddled with crime.  The big cities of America were in bad shape.  It was the era of crack and burgeoning inner city crime.  The crime and drug problems that this nation had, when it was at its worst, were when this nation was Reagan’s “Shining city on the Hill”, and anyone who tells you different is either in the employ of, or under the influence of, the right wing main stream media.

   So when I hear of Reagan, I don’t think pretty thoughts about America in it’s prime.  I see America as it shouldn’t be.  You can talk all you like about the current administration’s spending being out of control, and the current administration being out of touch because of the spending, but this administration would not be in the position it is in right now without the excesses of conservatism and of men like Ronald Reagan.

A liberal flag

   And when neocons and the right wing main stream media tell me that they have a vision of America, I really have to laugh.  We have seen this vision played out, and we are suffering the results of it.  And if Sarah and the Tea Party “Patriots” want that era back, they’ll have to do it with the knowledge that they themselves, and those who believe as they do, are responsible for the bleak economic world we are living in.

     And there is a reason I put  “Patriots” in quotes.  Conservatives do not have a corner on the Patriotism market, never have, never will.  There are very patriotic liberals, and i dare say the average liberal is at least as patriotic as the average conservative, and I challenge you to prove me wrong.  We on the left have something in common with the right as far as patriotism goes, we care about our country, we care about the future of America, and we want to make sure that this country is strong enough to ensure our future and the future of our children and our children’s children.  We, both liberal and conservative, are soldiers, we are laborers, we are the backbone of America.  But we have differences.

   Liberals do not hide behind the flag and spout platitudes about love of country, while fighting against the freedom we claim to love so much.  No liberal has ever tried the subtle subterfuge of getting the constitution amended to make flag burning and gay marriage unconstitutional.  No real American would willingly ban free speech or the ability to marry to anyone.   Remember that bit in the pledge of allegiance?

    “With liberty and justice,  for all.”  Notice it doesn’t say “for some” or “for whoever we want to have it”  ALL.

     

    The tea party “patriots” and Sarah Palin and the rest of the old guard conservatives masquerading as some new force on the scene need to learn that.  We are ALL Americans. 

  Have a good night.  Get a good nights sleep and get ready to watch the Super bowl.

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Today’s nuggets, via wikiquote:   The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.  Samuel Adams

Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.  Seneca

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