Irving Kristol, Neo-Con Godfather, R.I.P.

Despite this headline, this post is not a eulogy celebrating the life and deeds of Irving Kristol. Instead, his death provides an ideal opportunity to focus on and critique the dangerous political group Continue reading

“Mad as Hell” update: Teabagger Hate Signs

A short montage below showing some of the signs at the 9/12ers gathering last weekend. What interests me here, as with the earlier post on this subject, is that the protestors can’t seem to make up their minds as to whether Obama is a fascist, a communist, or a socialist. Honestly, they can’t have it all ways — it doesn’t make any logical sense.

I can understand why charges of communism and socialism are being bandied around as political “insults”, but fascism? So here’s three reasons why I think that fascism is now being used regularly by conservatives as a critique of Obama:

(1) as payback for the way in which the left continually equated Bush with Hitler (This earlier comparison did have some legitimacy given the Bush administration’s attempt to consolidate power in the executive branch, their subsequent abuses of power and their various subversions of the law and the Constitution);

(2) because increasingly communism appears  to have lost its threatening edge in the post-Cold War world, whereas fascism/Nazism is still clearly equated with evil; and,

(3) because of historical ignorance. The teabaggers show little awareness that fascism has traditionally been seen as a right-wing ideology and thus it would be closer to their own politics than Obama’s (This historical ignorance demonstrated by a number of  conservatives is more obvious in the earlier clip posted by Dr Throttling, here).

When Democracies Torture

Take a look at the following list. Check off how many of the these you have heard from the U.S. Government in the last eight years in response to accusations of torture: Continue reading

When Fundamentalists Go Wild

G. W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq

Extraordinary story from the Charleston Gazette  about the evangelical mood influencing foreign policy under the Bush administration, particularly leading up to the invasion of Iraq:  

Incredibly, President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse. Continue reading