"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."

Thomas More, Utopia

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Obama-Bad-Ass

Everyone by now has a take on Barack Obama's chest-thumping routine regarding Pakistan so I may as well throw in my two cents. The following was a post of mine that didn't see the light of day over at the SCC Blog in the "Obama Steps in it Again" thread from 2 August 07. Lately I've noticed that my posts don't appear over there when my positions flout conventional wisdom as was the case with the post below:

“Hillary's people have to be licking their chops. First, they berated Obama as a foreign policy lightweight for saying that he'd meet with enemy states like Iran or North Korea despite that fact that they have, time and again, violated UN sanctions and International Law”—SCC

Obama steps in it? Steps in what? The Barockstar is merely playing the game fellas. Hillary plays it as well. As representatives of the Business Party’s milder wing, both The Hillerator and Barockstar must demonstrate to the owners of our plutocracy (corporations and major investors) that they will keep their eye on the prize. You see guys, the Bushistas have fucked things up royally. Let’s briefly revue how they’ve run the imperial train off the rails:

--Iraq is “lost”, that is to say it cannot be profitably exploited by the USuk energy corporations after what has to be the most inept occupation in history.

--The illegal USuk invasion/occupation has managed in fact to do the precise opposite of what its planners envisioned—increased the influence and prestige of Iran in the region.

--The Bushistas have repeated the fundimental mistake of the Vietnam War in attempting to conduct a war of imperial conquest with volunteers instead of mercenaries. Though an attempt to get around this obstacle has been made with the increased use of private contractors (i.e mercenaries) there simply aren’t enough of them to overcome the Iraqi resistance.

--The US Army is nearly broken. Yep, that happens when you try to get around the fact that you just can’t find enough cannon-fodder to enlist, so you just keep rotating the same troops through over and over and over again. Futhermore, it is bankrupting the Treasury and drowning the nation in foreign debt.

--As a result of the above, the US is unable to slap Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and others who defy the Hegemon (and its corporations) back in line with a quick invasion like back in the good old days. We’re spread too thin.

The Democrats have to show that THEY are the better managers of Pax Americana thus the tough talk from Barockstar, it’s the only card they have since they share the same imperial values. Obama-Bad-Ass is speaking directly to a particular audience when he sprouts off about Pakistan—namely elites. He means to reassure the owners of our society that a Democratic victory in ’08 will not lead to a constriction of America’s aggressive foreign policy. Look at where both The Hillerator and Barockstar converge on the issues: (1) both agree to leave the possibility of a nuclear strike on Iran, a major violation of the UN Charter—just the threat—“on the table”; (2) both have no intention of removing US troops from Iraq or the region as they staunchly support the continuing construction of the largest US embassy in the world right in the heart of illegally occupied Baghdad, as well as the 14 massive permenant bases also undergoing construction in strategic locations throughout Iraq—all of which ensures US control of ACCESS to the vital and stupendously profitable energy resources of Iraq.

An attack on Pakistan is indeed madness SCC—we can’t subdue Iraq let alone the nation you’ve described—but Barockstar knows this. As he and Hillerator jockey for position as Imperial America’s Chief Manager, they use code-speak for the audience that counts which roughly translates as follows: We won’t let you down like those other fools, just give us the power and we’ll bring home the bacon.


-Coldtype

4 comments:

Shadi said...

Well Typed, Coldie!

SCC censor differing opinion?

NOOooooooo! Neverrrrrr!

What tiny minds "they" possess!

All I can say is "Ole"! ;-)

As for the Cubbies- "Oy Veyyy"!

Anonymous said...

I concur. The SCC runs off anyone with a half brain that disagrees with his Bush pushing agenda.


As for Obama, true progressives will not support him.

Keep up the good work guys.

"lefty"

Coldtype said...

Good to hear from you Shadi, ditto Lefty. Yes the new censorship policy over at SCC has become extreme to say the least, but I understand the reasons. The absolute mess Team Bush has made of things given their sheer ineptitude (to say nothing of their criminality) is something their cheerleaders will not stand to be reminded of right now.

As things stand I'm afraid that anything I submit over there--no matter the subject matter--stands a good likelihood of being rejected. Arguments that challenge their world-view are now verboten, regardless of any evidence that may support them. I've lately noticed an undercurrent of irrationality in the "rejection letters" I get from SCC that borders on paranoia.

To take just one recent example from their Eddy Curry & Antoine (sp?) Walker thread of 29 July 07 [“Anyone See a Pattern Here?”] see if you can follow the logic of this response from SCC to a post of mine they would not publish:

“Once again Coldtype, you're attempting to say words we never typed and then arguing against the created straw man. How typically liberal of you.

And once again, your BS will not see the light of day. If you want to deconstruct our posting, quote it. Do not assume what isn't typed is somehow what we are thinking and make facetious arguments based upon your feeble imaginations.

We've warned you of it time and again - Quote the argument at hand, not the one you want to defend. No more warnings”—SCC

What follows was my original (unpublished) post, in response to “Dr. Fancypants” (read comments section) which prompted the above diatribe as well as my response to SCC’s histrionics—also unpublished:

Post 1

"Anyone wonder if it could have anything to do with.., oh let's just say, certain gang affiliations? Yeah, we don't wonder either" --SCC

You can't help yourselves can you SCC? Black + Youth + Money = Gangbanger. How fascinating.

You have often accused me jumping to conclusions...well Mr. Kettle please meet Mr. Pot. What exactly can you point to in the backgrounds of either Curry or Walker that even remotely suggests any gang affiliations? Answer, none. Nevertheless, you're so comfortable with these insinuations.

"Minorities face an uphill battle in our society and have struggled for equality since America's inception. More often than not, they are treated as second-class citizens."--YF

Well put Dr. Fancypants but I'm afraid you're spitting into the wind here at the SSC Blog on this issue--believe me I've been there. The degree of cognitive dissonance here regarding the subject of class and race in America is truly surreal.

As far as any of this relates to Curry and Walker--both from solidly middle-class backgrounds--the gang connection cannot hold water. Of course such facts are irrelevant when tipping well ahead of one's skis while riffing about subjects far beyond one's depth--a common SCC affliction.

-Coldtype


Post 2

"Once again Coldtype, you're attempting to say words we never typed and then arguing against the created straw man. How typically liberal of you"--SCC

Words you never typed? Let's see:

"Anyone wonder if it could have anything to do with.., oh let's just say, certain gang affiliations? Yeah, we don't wonder either"

Hmmm. How should I interpret these words? Ok, let's deconstruct them.

--"Anyone wonder if IT could have anything to with (by IT you mean the robbery).., oh let's just say certain gang affiliations (why say this? What gang?).

Now I certainly don't want to add meaning to your words that you don't intend, but unless I'm mistaken a rational person would understand you to mean that Curry and Walker have shady associations (gangs) the consequence of which led to their robberies. If I'm wrong please clarify.

--"Yeah, we don't wonder either" (wonder what?) You added that line as a rejoinder to the question of gang affiliations. Treading gingerly now, I hope I don't overstep if I characterize your position thusly: Curry and Walker likely have gang affiliations which heavily contributed to their ordeals. Surely it isn't unreasonable for me to ask you to provide some evidence in support if this conclusion.

The Straw Man

No doubt here you refer to the issue of race. It can hardly be said that I bring the issue of race into the equation in order to DETRACT from the matter under discussion! We are writing about two young African-American millionaires in highly race-conscious America are we not? Did you or did you not conjure the specter of gang affiliation which has a specific racial connotation within our society? All I did was call a spade a spade. YOU put the (poorly coded) message out there, then (as is lately your custom) cried foul when I called you on it.

Man up.

-Coldtype

As you can see, there is very little tolerance for actual debate over at the SCC Blog. However, if you want to regurgitate innocuous drivel that hews closely to the accepted conventional wisdom or, even better, racist, hyper-militaristic, reactionary screeds…the floor is yours over there.

Stay safe.

Rue St. Michel said...

Comrades O'grady-Lefty-Coldie: I'm forwarding all your personal information over to Homeland Security. This Troika has gone on long enough. There is a CIA maximum security prison just outside of Budapest that has space for you three thought criminals. Your collective rehabilitation shouldn't take more than 5 years to cure you of your bourgeois rantings.

Oh, and welcome to Exile! Mmmmooooaaahhhh!!!!

Rue St. Proletariat

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
~~Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)