Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Exploding the myth of "War Hero" McCain

I like what "BryklynLibrul" has to say at the yglesias page linked in the above post -

"Since the Wesley Clark episode I’ve wondered why the MSM has played along with the outrageous lies and smears, the stupid myths about McCain, the legitimization of Corsi, etc. And the only answer I can come up with is that they believe that a McCain victory is better for their careers, as it would preserve the status quo and show the uppity blogosphere Who’s Really Boss. Obama’s defeat defeats the blogosphere. And the Jake Tappers and the Charlie Gibsons and the Cokie Robertses love love love their careers above all else."

And this from dougR:

"When McCain reminds us all of his prisoner-of-war status, what he’s really saying is, YOU OWE ME, BUSTER–in effect, looking each and every American in the eye and saying no matter what, remember, YOU OWE ME. And the MSM is looking at each others’ flabby candy-asses and thinking, well, yeah, maybe we do. Maybe we should ennoble this guy, since he went somewhere we don’t know for sure we could hack.

I think that’s the sum total of it. And I think it’s about time Obama started sending out surrogates calling out McCain for deflecting tough questions he can’t answer by hiding behind his POW status. That, “my friends,” is actually a cowardly and ignoble tactic, and it’s become a tic of his. There’s nothing remotely heroic in the way he’s waging this campaign; just the opposite, in fact."

Why isn't anyone, any surrogate for the Obama campaign bringing up McCain's deep involvement in the Keating 5 Savings & Loan scandal of the 80s that cost the country billions?


Everyone - Please read this excellent exploding of the hero myth by Douglas Valentine - in the June 13-15 '08 edition of "Counterpunch" -


Friday, August 01, 2008

Conservatives and Liberals

I posted this at alternet in regard to a post about the shooter at the Universalist Unitarian church who was out to get liberals and gays for ruining the country:

I Know that Ken Wilber has stated that conservatives blame problems on individual responsibility (the inside) of people and culture and liberals blame the problems on the outside - unfair social structures and social/economic oppression (although liberals also blame problems on conservatives' GREED, very much an "inside" trait/problem), and that both responsibility and equal rights, fair distribution of opportunities/resources are to blame/are the answers, but I can't help but believe that progressives are more evolved than conservatives.

They [right-wing propagandists and corporate plutocrats] are at a lower level of consciousness and development than that of liberals, progressives, and greens. We progressives have to stop believing that ranking and holarchy (holistic hierarchy) is politically incorrect. This is a postmodern idea that has outlived its usefulness in deconstructing social darwinism and imperialism. The next move up the spiral is integral pluralism, beyond relativistic pluralism.

The right-wingers are hyper-individualists who have not arrived at a higher, bigger, deeper view of reality as interdependent (us with the environment, and each of us with each other.)