Showing posts with label Barack Obama 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Barack Obama 2012. Show all posts

Nov 5, 2012

20,000-plus people celebrate impending victory

Obama in Madison, Wisconsin on the morning
before election day, 2012
A walk around Madison this morning shows much about President Obama.

One sees laid-back, good-natured people working for civil rights, the environment, soft smiles and good will around the edges of the 20,000-plus people in the over-flow crowd in Madison for the Obama-Springsteen rally.
Obama spoke against the "top-down economy that crashed our economy," in favor of a stronger society "where everybody's got a shot."

The extremist, rightwing GOP, still hard at work blocking people from voting and then lying about it, features Romney making the rounds at swing states, just as Obama is doing.

But when you see Romney, every bone in your body tells you: This guy is lying, and this guy doesn't give a damn about you.

Here's some Bruce:

Oct 17, 2012

Willard Mitt Romney Exposed as Obama Executes ala Amb. Stevens Against Zorin

Update: Romney Told 31 Myths [aka political Lies] in 41 Minutes During Last Night's Debate

Debates, to the extent they reveal something of importance about the candidates, matter.

This debate last night mattered.

Consonant with Mitt Romney's bizarre sense of political entitlement in the campaign that Romney owes the American people only what he feels like telling the American people because he is ... well ... Mitt Romney is what appears to be an anti-social, personality disorder.

Romney seems pathologically convinced of his own importance—his rightful position to power and his related view that seemingly everyone owes him deference and obedience—that he attempted last night to bully and demand of the president of United States that Mr. Obama answer Romney's veritable interrogation that was often based upon Romney's false version of history.

So blatantly false were Romney's mini-filibusters that at one point—in the only time in recent history a debate moderator felt compelled to straighten out the record in such a fashion in a presidential, general election debate—moderator Candy Crowley corrected Romney on a fact regarding the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya killing an U.S. Ambassador, a computer specialist in the state department and two contractors who are former Navy SEALs, including a civil rights activist.

"When moderator Candy Crowley quickly fact-checked Romney's allegation and determined that the president was correct -- that he did indeed call it 'an act of terror' at that time -- Romney appeared reckless, desperate and embarrassed," notes J. P. Green in an understated description of the exchange that will dominate the news for several days.

President Obama handled Romney using facts, logic and history, calling to mind Ambassador Adlai Stevenson calmly and resolutely prevailing over Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin on the world stage 50 years ago this month.

There is a Eric Hoffer [The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (1951)] quality to Willard Mitt Romney.

Not in Romney's embrace of the fanatical neo-fascism of the GOP and Tea Party's mass movement, and the authoritarian Mormonism in which Romney occupies a top position in this despotic movement marked by "secrecy, deception and bigotry." (Renato Wardle. CounterPunch, October 5-7, 2012)

Rather, Hoffer's true believer is seen in Romney in his radical mobility of self-proclaimed deep personal commitments and his portable ethics displayed to join forces with whatever movements Romney finds useful for the moment.

Hoffer sees such a personality type as Romney's as the result of inadequacies and weakness. "The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause," writes Hoffer.

While weakness and inadequacy of a proletarian 'common man' may not seem on the surface to be the traits of Willard Mitt Romney, I would argue that it is precisely the tin-plated, self-entitled, dictatorial leverage buy-out artist playing with American families' livelihoods who embodies the weak, the inadequate and the insecure—Hoffer's true believer.

The follower is every bit the true believer as the leader of a mass movement.

Wisconsin writer, Jeff Simpson nailed it: Romney's answer to every question is: "Whatever you want to hear, that's my answer."

Obama's rejoinder to Romney, whom I believe is a genuinely sick man, was heard loud and clear last night in the final words of the debate from the two candidates.

But I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47 percent of the country considered themselves victims who refuse personal responsibility, think about who he was talking about.

Folks on Social Security who've worked all their lives. Veterans who've sacrificed for this country. Students who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams, but also this country's dreams. Soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now. People who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas taxes, but don't make enough income.

And I want to fight for them. That's what I've been doing for the last four years. Because if they succeed, I believe the country succeeds.

When my grandfather fought in World War II and he came back and he got a G.I. Bill and that allowed him to go to college, that wasn't a handout. That was something that advanced the entire country. And I want to make sure that the next generation has those same opportunities. That's why I'm asking for your vote and that's why I'm asking for another four years.

Sep 4, 2012

Winning formula for Obama—People remain hallowed in democracy

Robert Bork rejected 58-42 in U.S. Senate after
citizens mobilized against Bork's authoritarian vision

Update: Katrina vanden Heuvel: "Unless the Supreme Court becomes a central issue in this election, progressives are at risk of losing everything they care about, fought for and won.

This is no exaggeration. Let’s not forget that Mitt Romney has resurrected Bork as his chief judicial adviser. This is a man who would overturn Roe v. Wade, who doesn’t think the equal protection clause applies to women, who consistently favors corporations over citizens, who opposes voting rights. He originally opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act! As Sen. Edward Kennedy said before the Senate rejected the nomination, in Bork’s America, “the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is — and is often the only — protector of the individual rights that are at the heart of our democracy.

With Mitt Romney in the White House, Bork would be in a position to reverse the progress the United States has made to expand its democracy."


Defeating fascismI have my rights is winning message against Bork-Romney-Tea Party Rule of Corporate power over People 

The Robert Bork nomination for U.S. Supreme Court justice in 1987 was an epic battle that saw a united front of citizens triumph over a genuine fascist movement that is embodied in today's GOP-Tea Party presidential ticket.

Bork now serves as Mitt Romney's co-chair of the GOP ticket's Justice Advisory Committee as Ted Kennedy's early warnings about Bork and the New Right appear prophetic.

We have seen economic catastrophe, profiteering and obstruction of the recovery by the Tea Party-Republican movement.

Now, the Obama presidency is poised to articulate its vision of rights—to health care, to voting, to sell our labor, and the preservation of social insurance in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that enjoy the wide support of the American people, but remain targeted by corporate interests and politicians such as Romney, Ryan and Walker.

"Without even being asked to do so, five Justices in 2010 overrode their colleagues in the Citizens United case and bestowed upon the CEOs the power to spend trillions of dollars from corporate treasuries promoting compliant politicians to the public in campaign season," notes Jamin Raskin.

Their hands out, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Scott Walker reap the corporate payout—for everything from power over the people's right to vote to funding Walker's criminal defense fund.

Fighting for the rights of Americans to work, the right to health care, and the right to Social Security against the forces who would deny these rights will determine the winner of the 2012 race for the presidency.

Look for a rout, as the NYT's Nate Silver's analyses predict.

What manner of human being is so sacred as to be endowed with rights? Citizens of the United States of America.

Robert Bork disagrees, and was rejected for his vision of Americans without rights.

Defending this American status of expansive rights against economic royalists and their cronies is a winning electoral formula.

As Noam Chomsky writes this morning:

The most prominent news story of the day here is the U.S. election. An appropriate perspective was provided by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who held that 'We may have democracy in this country, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.'