First, this entire incident speaks to the continued power of right-wing mythology. For many of the protesters, this isn’t about a rogue rancher as much as it’s a stand against “tyranny” personified in Barack Obama and his administration.
Second, it won’t happen, but right-wing media ought to be condemned for their role in fanning the flames of this standoff. After years of decrying Obama’s “lawlessness” and hyperventilating over faux scandals, it’s galling to watch conservatives applaud actual lawbreaking and violent threats to federal officials.
Finally, I can’t help but wonder how conservatives would react if these were black farmers—or black anyone—defending “their” land against federal officials. Would Fox News applaud black militiamen aiming their guns at white bureaucrats?
Somehow, given the degree to which right-wing media traffic in racial paranoia, I think we’d be looking at a different situation if the Bundy Ranch belonged to a bunch of black people. And as someone who closely follows the regular incidents of lethal police violence against blacks and Latinos, I also wonder whether law enforcement would be as tepid against a group of armed African-Americans. Judging from past events, I’m not so sure.
The interests of the people should be paramount. Their wishes should prevail – not those of the wealthy, or corporations, or multi-billionaire Wizards of Oz, who, behind their curtains of secrecy, trash our democracy and play with our lives like their little toy soldiers, while government, which should protect us, does nothing but betray our trust.
The school is the proverbial Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, heroically trying to hold back the sea. It alone is expected to deal with the lunar landscape of the inner cities and their schools, whose teachers do their best against impossible odds.
Hoping against hope for help to arrive, they never imagined that they, too, would be abandoned by government, which, rather than thank them, now turns on them for “failing their students.”
Frank Breslin’s onto something, I think. Maybe stop making unionized teachers the patsies for decades of public neglect and machinations by corporations and the 1 per centers?
Obama At National Prayer Breakfast: Religion Twisted To Justify Anti-Gay Rhetoric - On Top Magazine | Gay news & entertainment
Yo, Charles McVety? Stick this in your pipe. Homophobic asshole.
Forget the fucking Super Bowl. Executing people with no regard for the law or due process is America’s real national pastime.
Bill Moyers on Dark Money, the Attack on Voting Rights & How Racism Stills Drives Our Politics
Published on Jan 27, 2014
http://www.democracynow.org - Legendary broadcaster Bill Moyers joins us to discuss his latest investigation which explores how the influence of large, untraceable political donations known as “dark money” have become the greatest threat to democracy in the United States. In “State of Conflict: North Carolina,” Moyers and his team explore how wealthy right-wing donors are greatly influencing state politics. “This is more than North Carolina,” Moyers says. “It’s a harbinger of how organized money is the greatest threat to democracy because it unbalances of equilibrium. Democracy is suppose to check the excesses of private power and private greed and if money disestablishes that equilibrium we’re in trouble.” Moyers, the host of “Moyers & Company,” also talks about the long fight to secure voting rights. Fifty years ago, he was serving in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration at the time of the “Freedom Summer” campaign in 1964 and the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Moyers has won more than 30 Emmy Awards. He also was a founding organizer of the Peace Corps, served as press secretary for President Lyndon Johnson, and was a publisher of Newsday and senior correspondent for CBS News.
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Freedom Industries — the folks who poisoned West Virginia’s water supplies with a chemical leak — just filed for bankruptcy.
Poor people, especially those of colour, are worth nothing to corporations and private contractors if they are on the street. In jails and prisons, however, they each can generate corporate revenues of $30,000 to $40,000 a year.
“Washington gridlock helps the super-rich stay rich, and get richer,” says Thomas Volscho, a sociologist at the City University of New York and one of the authors of the study. “And the richer they get, the more the gridlock actually helps them.”
The researchers looked back over 70 years of data, and found that the more dysfunctional Washington is, the bigger the share of the pie the top one percent tends to grab. And most importantly, they also found that when economic inequality is high, the kind of polarization and gridlock that have been the hallmark of Washington since Barack Obama’s election make legislative efforts to change course all-but-impossible.
So the apparatus of government is designed to reinforce the status quo, especially when that status quo already favours the 1 per cent. Who knew?
Hey Utah, when did you all of a sudden not become so horrible? Who the hell saw this coming?
So in case you missed it, like I did…
Don’t crack open the beer just yet. They’re taking it to the United States Supreme Court …