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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Disloyal Opposition » Blog Archive » You can keep your not-so-new nationalism - Viewing the state with disdain, no matter who is in charge

..."So, when Barack Obama tramps back to Osawatomie to deliberately echo TR’s speech and views, color me nauseated. “[I]n America, we are greater together – when everyone engages in fair play, everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share. … [A]s a nation, we have always come together, through our government, to help create the conditions where both workers and businesses can succeed.”

Once again, the appeal to tribal identity, the call to submerge individual interests in the name of the greater good of the group — as identified by the speaker. And if you don’t agree with the speaker’s very specific idea of what’s good and right? Well, Teddy Roosevelt called you a “reactionary”; Obama, in our psychologized age, insists you and your co-dissidents have “collective amnesia.”

But we live in an age that’s not just psychologized, but fact-checked, and even the Washington Post called bullshit on much of Barry’s supporting evidence for his exhumed not-so-new nationalism..."



Disloyal Opposition » Blog Archive » You can keep your not-so-new nationalism - Viewing the state with disdain, no matter who is in charge

2 comments:

Chitty said...

You quote the president: “[I]n America, we are greater together – when everyone engages in fair play, everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share. … [A]s a nation, we have always come together, through our government, to help create the conditions where both workers and businesses can succeed.”

What part of that statement is [in your words]"an appeal to tribal identity"? And what part is "the call to submerge individual interests"? What is wrong with government, business and workers joining together for "the greater good of the group"? If working together is a "call to submerge individual interests," exactly what do you recommend -- constant infighting?

You continue: " And if you don’t agree with the speaker’s very specific idea of what’s good and right? Well, Teddy Roosevelt called you a “reactionary”; Obama, ... insists you and your co-dissidents have “collective amnesia.”

Let's leave Roosevelt out of this; he's dead -- and I don't think he's running. The president didn't say that those who disagree with him have "“collective amnesia;” he said "...there are some who seem to be suffering from a kind of collective amnesia. After all that’s happened, after the worst economic crisis, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, they want to return to the same practices that got us into this mess."

It's time for Rebubli-CONS to stop lying and misleading the people. Americans deserve the TRUTH, let the chips fall where they may.

Louis Chitty said...

You quote the president: “[I]n America, we are greater together – when everyone engages in fair play, everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share. … [A]s a nation, we have always come together, through our government, to help create the conditions where both workers and businesses can succeed.”

What part of that statement is [in your words]"an appeal to tribal identity"? And what part is "the call to submerge individual interests"? What is wrong with government, business and workers joining together for "the greater good of the group"? If working together is a "call to submerge individual interests," exactly what do you recommend -- constant infighting?

You continue: " And if you don’t agree with the speaker’s very specific idea of what’s good and right? Well, Teddy Roosevelt called you a “reactionary”; Obama, ... insists you and your co-dissidents have “collective amnesia.”

Let's leave Roosevelt out of this; he's dead -- and I don't think he's running. The president didn't say that those who disagree with him have "“collective amnesia;” he said "...there are some who seem to be suffering from a kind of collective amnesia. After all that’s happened, after the worst economic crisis, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, they want to return to the same practices that got us into this mess."

It's time for Rebubli-CONS to stop lying and misleading the people. Americans deserve the TRUTH, let the chips fall where they may.

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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