Energy.

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 @ 8:18 pm | Barack Obama, Election crap, Politics

It’s building. While people have had their fun looking at the trainwreck Tea Party candidates, the thought that they could actually get into office and tear down or freeze in its tracks all the progress Democrats hoped for in 2008 and earned since is getting people out of their chairs. As one billboard said, “I want my country back from Glenn Beck!” Of course, the media never finds liberals as sexy as crazy hopped-up rightwingers, so this event is getting minimal coverage. How many magazine covers has Glenn Greenwald appeared on this year vs. Sarah Palin?

Also, if you missed it, this speech from Obama is pretty goddamn spectacular.

Yeah, it’s not perfect, but you can only critique the man from the left. All Republican complaints about Obama are contrived shite they don’t even believe, and he kicks their asses so swiftly and surely it’s no wonder they hate him so.

-hw

6 Responses to “Energy.”

  1. Dana Says:

    “I want my country back from Glenn Beck?” Last time I checked, Glenn Beck and conservatives didn’t rule this country. Our President — regrettably — is Barack Hussein Obama, and our Congress — again, regrettably — is controlled by the Democratic Party.

    Glenn Beck is one of the opposition, not one of the rulers.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Yeah, but my country includes Glenn Beck. I don’t always get that feeling from him. Obama and his policies are as American as any have ever been. When a centrist liberal with popular positions is treated like Chairman Mao, something is seriously wrong.

    The right’s xenophobic tirades toward Obama are impossible to escape notice, Dana. Any reader of CPST will know your pals traffic in it daily. And your top politicians traffic in it while think tanks collude. Newt Gingrich and Dinesh D’Souza have joined forces and the right has nodded over a theory that Obama’s politics can only be explained by calling him a Kenyan anti-colonialist.

  3. Henry Whistler Says:

    And let there be no mistake about it, Beck’s lily-white rally has been countered by the progressive movement’s multi-hued glory.

    Anyway, I think it’s relatively easy to understand, Dana, that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin and the Tea Party far-right base have dominated our nation’s media coverage and hijacked the dialogue. They’re clowns, and it’s time to grab the mic and put it in the hands of people who exist in reality.

  4. ladk Says:

    “Yeah, but my country includes Glenn Beck. I don’t always get that feeling from him. Obama and his policies are as American as any have ever been. When a centrist liberal with popular positions is treated like Chairman Mao, something is seriously wrong.”

    How is Obama a centrist when he supports a single payer system and then takes over the healthcare industry? Or that he has presided over the biggest nationalization of industry in this country than any other in recent memory?

    Just a question. I don’t really consider him SOCIALISTCOMMUNISTFACIST like I know you want to say. He’s really a gigantic corporatist saying he stands for the people.

  5. mike g Says:

    How is Obama a centrist when he supports a single payer system and then takes over the healthcare industry?

    When did this law pass? I must have missed it.

    Or that he has presided over the biggest nationalization of industry in this country than any other in recent memory?

    Um, that was George W. Bush that initiated what you believe to be “nationalization”. And even then it was only the debt that was taken over by the government. All operating decisions are made by corporate management.

  6. Henry Whistler Says:

    Single payer is actually a pretty popular idea in America, and the norm among Western nations. It should hardly be verboten to centrist liberals.

    What Mike said on the nationalization that wasn’t. If you can get over the histrionics, what did Obama do that was so bad, specifically? He did what business in America wants: Step in to assume the risk when capitalism fails, step away when it’s time to profit again. Heads business wins, tails you lose.

    Those are the facts as I understand them. I know you want to avoid sounding like the Beck crowd, but “biggest nationalization ever!” just sounds like so much useless noise. It doesn’t really tell me anything, it’s just something that’s supposed to be bad, because of the association of the word “nationalization” with communist countries. Yet it wasn’t the same thing, was it?