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    Damn Right, We're Angry

    Amen and amen!!!
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    Damn Right, We're Angry
    Paul Waldman
    March 14, 2007

    We can’t deny it any longer. There’s no point in hiding it, no point in trying to explain it away. Yes, it’s true: We progressives are angry. And we no longer care if the centrist, moderate guardians of the establishment scold us for it.


    Our anger is not just some vague feeling whose source we can’t put our finger on. It isn’t based on absurd conspiracy theories and it isn’t illogical.


    We’re angry because of what has happened to our country, because of how we’ve been treated, and because of the innumerable crimes the conservatives have committed. We’re angry at the president, we’re angry at the Congress, we’re angry at the news media. And we have every right to be.


    Yes, we’re angry at George W. Bush. We’re not angry at him because of who he sleeps with, and we’re not angry at him because we think he represents some socio-cultural movement we didn’t like 40 years ago, or because he hung out with a different crowd than we did in high school. We’re angry at him because of what he’s done.


    It’s true, we don’t like the fact that the most powerful human being on the planet is such a ridiculous buffoon that he can’t put two coherent sentences together without beginning to giggle and shimmy his shoulders. But we’re not angry because we think he’s stupid; we’re angry because he treats us as though we’re stupid. We’re angry that he lied to us, and lied to us and lied to us again. We’re angry that when he lies to us it isn’t because he’s caught up in scandal or got caught doing something he shouldn’t have, it’s part of a carefully constructed plan to fool the public.


    Yes, we’re angry about Iraq, and we may be for the rest of our lives. We get angry every day when we open our newspapers and see the photo of another young soldier who died for this, another one maimed for life, another one with a tormented and broken soul. We’re angry about the couple of trillion dollars this war will cost. We’re angry about the thousands of young men around the world have been driven into the arms of al Qaeda, who have decided to devote their lives to killing Americans because of this war. We’re angry about the thousands upon thousands of Iraqis who have died in the orgy of bloodshed we unleashed, and the living too, those whom we said we were coming to “liberate,” but who now find themselves in a suffocating, endless miasma of fear and misery and death.


    We’re angry that when we talk about ending this monstrous war, the soulless hypocrites who are glad to send more and more men and women to be scarred and maimed and killed in Iraq have the gall to accuse us of not “supporting the troops.” We’re angry that people whose actions exhibit nothing but contempt for freedom and liberty and justice, who wouldn’t know real patriotism if it came up and smacked them across the face, pin a little flag on their lapel and say that we’re the ones who hate America.


    We’re angry because people who said the Iraqis would greet us as liberators, who said Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were good buddies, who said this nightmare of a war would bring a flowering of democracy across the Middle East—this band of idiots, the Kristols and the Krauthammers and the Kagans and the Kondrackes, is treated as “serious” and “credible” on matters of national security, while those of us who were right about the war are dismissed as some sort of fringe whose ideas are too silly to listen to.


    We’re angry that America may now be the only country in the world in which torture is an officially sanctioned policy, proclaimed proudly in public. We’re angry that in our name prisoners are subjected to sleep deprivation, water boarding and other forms of psychological torture to the point where they are literally driven mad. We’re angry that the president has decided, over 750 times, that if Congress passes a law and he doesn’t like it, he’ll just ignore it. We’re angry that this administration has argued over and over, in public and in court, that if the president does it, it’s not illegal. We’re angry that they tell us we have to shred our freedoms in order to be safe, and that so many of our fellow citizens shrug their shoulders and think it’s no big deal.


    And we’re angry that Bush has made our nation so hated around the world. We’re angry that the next time a Democrat gets elected, most of their time will be spent cleaning up the god-awful mess Bush has made of everything.


    We’re angry that we and our children and our grandchildren will have to keep paying off the nation’s debt, which now stands at nearly $9 trillion. We’re angry because every other industrialized country in the world has a single-payer health care system that works, and we pay more for ours than any of them, yet we have 45 million people with no health insurance. We’re angry that the insurance companies have convinced their obedient servants in Congress that the Rube Goldberg perpetual paperwork machine we have now is somehow “the best health care in the world” and preferable to a system in which you go to your doctor, get treated and go home, without having to fill out 10 forms and get down on your knees before the gods of the HMO bureaucracy to get a partial repayment minus your deductible and your co-pay.


    We’re angry that the federal government is brimming with people fundamentally opposed to the mission of the agencies over which they preside, the anti-environmentalists who run the Interior department, the mining company lobbyists in charge of mine safety and the union-busters in charge of worker safety. We’re still angry about Hurricane Katrina, that our government left thousands of its citizens stranded to suffer and die, while the president thought that the guy presiding over the disastrous failure was doing a heckuva job. We’re angry that our government sends religious fundamentalists around the world to discourage condom use, thus condemning untold numbers of people to unwanted pregnancy, disease and death.


    We’re angry that forty years after the Voting Rights Act, the Republican Party continues to exploit racism and do everything in its power to stop black people from voting in each and every election. We’re angry that in the richest country in the world we can’t seem to find our way to a system in which you go to the polls, cast your ballot and know that it will be counted. And yes, we’re still angry about what happened in Florida in 2000, that through lying and cheating and pure luck the Republicans were able to steal a presidential election, and five unprincipled partisans on the Supreme Court helped them do it. We’re angry that every time we look at Al Gore all that pain and frustration and outrage comes bubbling up through our guts no matter how hard we try to “get over it.”


    We’re angry that some of the most powerful people in America see nothing wrong with getting down on their knees to kiss the rings of radical clerics espousing a theology as maniacal as any on earth. We’re angry that we have to endure lecture after lecture on “family values” from people who rush from their pulpits, whether in church or in Congress or on cable chat shows, to a motel room to give in to their desires and revel in their transgression before rushing back to those pulpits to wag a finger in all our faces with talk of sin. We’re angry that people whose souls are so twisted by hate and shame they make John Winthrop look like Wavy Gravy have the nerve to tell us how to live “moral” lives.


    We’re angry that when some pompous fool who less than a decade ago demanded that Bill Clinton be impeached in order to demonstrate our fealty to the “rule of law” comes on television to explain how I. Scooter Libby’s perjury and obstruction of justice mean nothing and he must immediately be pardoned, Wolf Blitzer doesn’t say, “Get out of this studio, you contemptible hypocrite, and don’t ever come back.”


    We’re angry because a repellent ghoul like Ann Coulter can regularly advocate the murder of people with whom she has political differences, yet continue to get invited on NBC's "Today" show. We’re angry that journalists who ought to know better tut-tut progressive bloggers for using dirty words but don’t blink an eye when conservatives spew forth the most abominable hatred and calls for violence that one could imagine.


    We’re angry that there is not a single show on cable news in which a progressive is given an hour to spout off his or her opinions, but that privilege is given to the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck and John Gibson and Tucker Carlson and Joe Scarborough and all the other two-bit electronic hucksters of phony aggrievement.


    We’re angry because snake-oil salesmen like William Donohue— despite being an anti-Semitic homophobe —can issue a press release expressing patently phony outrage about something somebody said, and get the mainstream press to jump like trained dogs. We’re angry because a band of liars like the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth can hoodwink the media into doing their dirty work for them. We’re angry because every despicable Republican attack gets recycled as knowing, arched-eyebrow commentary by “mainstream” commentators.


    Those are a few of the things we’re angry about, and yes, that’s a lot of anger. But you know what? There’s nothing wrong with being angry. Anger is the appropriate reaction to moral outrages, to crimes against our common humanity, to the actions of those who would turn our country into something twisted and ugly.






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    Re: Damn Right, We're Angry

    Yes we are and righteously so! Here's something else to add to the list of why we are angry-


    WHY CAROL LAM WAS THE "REAL PROBLEM": CORRUPT GOP FUNDED PHONY DEFENSE COMPANIES! $700 MIL!!

    Just so you know, Josh Marshall, Joe Cannon, the San Diego paper and I have investigated this scandal and it really leaves all the others behind in significant ways, although lying to take us to war takes the cake.

    Because this was nothing less than a quiet coup to take over our democratic system. The Republicans criminally conspired to take over this country illegally. And they did it -- in style, with hookers.

    The US Attorneys firing scandal has now become intertwined with the Phony Defense Company Scandal of Jerry Lewis, Duke Cunningham, Porter Goss and the entire GOP membership of the Defense Appropriations Committee. In all, about 15 to 20 more Republican Congressmen would have been indicted for being involved with Lewis and Cunningham on all those criminal earmarks, but Rove and Gonzo got rid of the US Attorneys who would have been in charge of those future cases.

    McClatchy:

    In an e-mail dated May 11, 2006, Sampson urged the White House counsel's office to call him regarding "the real problem we have right now with Carol Lam," who then the U.S. attorney for southern California. Earlier that morning, the Los Angeles Times reported that Lam's corruption investigation of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., had expanded to include another California Republican, Rep Jerry Lewis.


    Internet sleuths two years proclaimed that when you add it up, at least $700 million in phony defense company contracts have been handed out to GOP bag men over the last decade or so. Much of the $700 million was then funneled back to the GOP Congressmen and the party, so in essence, the Republicans robbed the US Treasury to buy themselves not only hookers, mansions and yachts, they also bought millions of dollars worth of GOP TV ads.

    Brent Wilkes and Mitchell Wade had several of those companies, many of them using the same fax number, even though each one had huge contracts from DoD through the Dukester's earmarks.


    Here is Josh Marshall's Timeline on why Lam is the "REAL PROBLEM":

    April 28th, 2006 -- Cunningham-Wilkes-Foggo "Hookergate" scandal breaks open. Probe grows out of San Diego US Attorney's Office's Cunningham investigation. CIA Director Goss denies involvement.

    April 29th, 2006 -- Washington Post reports that Hookergate's Shirlington Limo Service had $21 million contract with Department of Homeland Security.

    May 2nd, 2006 -- Kyle "Dusty" Foggo confirms attendence at Wilkes/Cunningham Hookergate parties.

    May 4th, 2006 -- Watergate Hotel subpoenaed in San Diego/Cunningham/Hookergate probe.

    May 5th, 2006 -- WSJ reports that Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who Goss installed as #3 at CIA, is under criminal investigation as part of the San Diego/Cunningham investigation.

    May 5th, 2006 -- Porter Goss resigns as Director of Central Intelligence.

    May 6th, 2006 -- WaPo reports on questionable DHS contract awarded to Shirlington Limo, the 'hookergate' Limo service under scrutiny as part of the San Diego/Cunningham investigation. Similar report in the Times.

    May 7th, 2006 -- House Committee to investigate DHS contract with Hookergate's Shirlington Limo.

    May 8th, 2006 -- Lyle "Dusty" Foggo resigns at CIA.

    May 11th, 2006 -- LA Times reports that Cunningham investigation has expanded into the dealings of Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), House Appropriations Committee Chairman.

    May 12th, 2006 -- Federal agents working on the San Diego/Cunningham investigation execute search warrants on the home and CIA office of Kyle "Dusty" Foggo.

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/week_2007_03_11.php#013023



    For full report see-
    http://tinyurl.com/yv7v3f

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    Re: Damn Right, We're Angry

    Alrighty then. :D

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    Re: Damn Right, We're Angry

    There's something I don't understand, and you libs should answer me on the following. Just so you know, I'm not a conservative. Reagan and Limbaugh can kiss my ass.

    Why do you feel that an abortion does not violate the human right for the pursuit of happiness?

    Why do you feel that taxes should be higher, and that the state should handle problems? Why does the government have to handle Katrina? Why is it that average citizens can't work towards independence of government?

    Why is it you guys can't admit that something is up when 50% of the neo-cons are Jewish and America only has a Jewish population of 2.2%? How do you guys look at Israel's army, the fourth largest in the world, and keep funding it, arming it, supporting it when you have the book of Joshua in your Bible the describes genocide?

    Why can't you figure out a religious war is being fought? Do you know how much it costs you as someone that pays taxes? Do you know what you're doing and promoting?

    Why do you defend liars? I've noticed the seasons are getting warmer, but why do you let someone who is so clearly insidious as Al Gore lead the charge? Why do you cast your vote for people who merely sing the tune you like to hear? Why can't you form a state within a state, where you know your politicians need to put on trial like Saddam was, and work hard to try and get some power in this world and do the right thing?

    How do you do all the things you do? I don't understand it?

    If you're going to hate religion, then hate it for what the Bible or Koran says, not for what people choose to do of their own free will. Just as there are Christians making life harder for you, there are also Christians who save lives.

    When you guys say you hate Islam, I don't want to hear what some Muslim did. Argue the Koran. If you don't like Muslims, say you don't like Muslims. Islam and Muslims are two seperate things.

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    Re: Damn Right, We're Angry

    Ronny,

    Calm down buddy, they weren't talking about the zionists. They are a reason to get angry too, and never said anything about abortion. And yes Al Gore is not the most honest respected guy in the world. But I firmly beleive if he had been in office, things would not be anywhere near as bad. I would have taken him as the lesser of two evils. The real problem is to get to a point where we don't have to take the lesser of two evils and just take the guy that's best for the job.

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    Re: Damn Right, We're Angry

    Quote Originally Posted by Independent Harry
    Ronny,

    Calm down buddy, they weren't talking about the zionists. They are a reason to get angry too, and never said anything about abortion. And yes Al Gore is not the most honest respected guy in the world. But I firmly beleive if he had been in office, things would not be anywhere near as bad. I would have taken him as the lesser of two evils. The real problem is to get to a point where we don't have to take the lesser of two evils and just take the guy that's best for the job.
    The lesser of two evils?

    Hitler and Stalin went to war with each other. Do you know which one was worse? You're inclined to say Hitler, but they're both equally tyranical, and they both kill their own citizens equally. They both remove rights equally.

    Integrity is integrity. For instance, I happen to prefer capitalism over communism. But I'd rather live in a communist state with ethical leaders than a capitalist state where the people in power are viciously cruel.

    Yes, I understand you like the tune the Democrats sing. But you must understand that that is irrelevant.

    Bill Clinton and George Bush both outsource jobs just as much as the other. The misery is equal.

    The Democrats and Republicans are both as ready to invade Iran. Just because Murtha sings an anti-war tune doesn't mean the Democrats won't invade. They will. They were wanted to invade Iraq more than Bush did in his administration. The Clinton administration was DYING for that invasion.

    You believing that a Democrat is the lesser of two evils is like watching wrestling entertainment and thinking one wrestler is a good guy and one is the bad guy. They're just acting. It's just a show. That's just the persona they play to make money.

    If you vote Democrat, you are voting to invade Iran and Syria. You are deluding yourself if you believe otherwise.

    Democrats don't have values - they merely pander to yours.

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    Re: Damn Right, We're Angry

    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald

    Democrats don't have values - they merely pander to yours.
    And believe it or not, that is EXACTLY what they are put in office to do. They are sworn to serve the people, Ronald. NOT the lobbyists or runaway president.

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