Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Power Corrupts But Absolute Power is Much More Fun: King Obama

Although it might be a little unfair to single out Bush lite as the villain of the piece, the Constitution and the mythical rights of man, have after all, been under assault for decades.

This story is I suppose of primary interest to Americans, but once I read the opening paragraph, it was destined to appear on these pages, if for no other reason than to drag out the ever topical, Eddie Izzard.

You can't have just one Eddie Izzard.

King George III Won: Happy Fourth of July!
by David Swanson
4 July 2011

The Declaration of Independence is best remembered as a declaration of war, a war declared on the grounds that we wanted our own flag. The sheer stupidity and anachronism of the idea serves to discourage any thoughts about why Canada didn't need a bloody war, whether the U.S. war benefitted people outside the new aristocracy to whom power was transferred, what bothered Frederick Douglas so much about a day celebrating "independence," or what the Declaration of Independence actually said.

When you read the Declaration of Independence, it turns out to be an indictment of King George III for various abuses of power. And those abuses of power look fairly similar to abuses of power we happily permit U.S. presidents to engage in today, either as regards the people of this nation or the people of territories and nations that our military occupies today in a manner uncomfortably resembling Britain's rule over the 13 colonies.

Or perhaps I should say, a large portion of us take turns being happy or outraged depending on the political party with which the current president is identified.

"We have been sliding for 70 years to a situation where Congress has nothing to do with the decision about whether to go to war or not, and the president is becoming an absolute monarch." Thus spoke Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) on the floor of the House recently, some years after having refused to back the impeachment of President George W. Bush, thus facilitating the slide toward the current situation.

Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago, recently commented that President Nixon had finally won. Although Ellsberg was acquitted of criminal charges, the facts made public, and Nixon compelled to resign, all of the abuses of power Nixon faced possible impeachment and prosecution for have now been legalized (or made acceptable practice): warrantless spying, searches and seizures, baseless secrecy, assassination attempts, etc. By the same logic, King George III is as big a winner as Richard M. Nixon. A quick survey of the charges brought against King George III on July 4, 1776, is illuminating: more

While we are with Bill Maher, try this below, and then watch the moral indignation from Friends on Fox in reply. Seemingly, the three bobble heads majored in the same history course as Michele Bachmann, or is it just selective amnesia when it comes down to the nasty Nazi's major role in covering up the rampant paedophilia practised by the godly men of the Buggery Club.


Anonymous said...

McCotter on Fox & Friends(?)
3.16 these people really can't laugh spontaneously, that scary contrived laughter is an insult to the 'joker'. Yes, let's move on to the pope. M

Anonymous said...

The 'Freedom Festival'
McCotter will officially launch White House bid tonight.

In December 2005, McCotter and some of his House colleagues formed “The Second Amendments,” a bipartisan rock and country band to entertain American troops stationed overseas. He is the lead guitarist. The band played for President Bush’s 2006 picnic on the White House lawn, where Bush was quoted calling McCotter “that rock and roll dude.”


"America must lead, and win unconditional victory in the war of freedom against terrorism." (McCotter)


Anonymous said...

vid F&F covers Bill Maher pope comment.
That woman in the red dress (Gretchen Carlson?) is she crazy or the singer for McCotter's band.
5.20 lalalalala

Whoever she may be, one of Gretchen Carlson childhood nannies was Michele Bachmann.

Anonymous said...

You're Mr Stevens, I love Lego. M

Himself said...

Gawdstruth! I nearly threw up when I saw that banner at the second link.

''Freedom's Lighthouse'' How feckin delusional can you get?

I can't make up my mind whether it's a good thing or not, that the Republicans don't have a worthy candidate.

I mean, if you're going to have a Republican in the White House, at least it should be under Republican colours.

Been a busy day Maren, lots to get through, I'm taking the day off tomorrow.


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