Palmer Raids, Tail Gunner Joe McCarthy, Barack Obama: Peas In A Pod
January 3, 2012

In WWI we had the Palmer raids of A. Mitchell Palmer, Attorney General of the United States. In the early 50s we had the insanity of a dipsomaniac Wisconsin U.S. Senator, Joe McCarthy. Now we have the 21st century final fall from grace as the President of the United States, Barack Obama, accompanied by United States Senators of both political parties, officially putting pretty much the final stamp of approval on what was formerly the “world’s greatest democracy” becoming just another tyranny of the powerful few.

Jonathan Turley, professor of law at George Washington University, details the black act of Congress, at Common Dreams and at his blog:

President Barack Obama rang in the New Year by signing the NDAA law with its provision allowing him to indefinitely detain citizens. It was a symbolic moment, to say the least. With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country … and citizens partied in unwitting bliss into the New Year.

Under cover of signing the Defense Authorization Act, and once again lying about his intentions, Obama drove the nail into the coffin of civil rights, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Magna Carta, and every other ‘guarantee’ of civil liberty and protection from tyrants that Americans have assumed. And one of his excuses was that he had to sign the act to support the troops by funding them.

The latest claim is even more insulting. You do not "support our troops" by denying the principles for which they are fighting. They are not fighting to consolidate authoritarian powers in the president. The "American way of life" is defined by our constitution and specifically the bill of rights. Moreover, the insistence that you do not intend to use authoritarian powers does not alter the fact that you just signed an authoritarian measure. It is not the use but the right to use such powers that defines authoritarian systems.

Read it all. And follow the link to Turley’s post about some Montana citizens seeking to recall their two Senators who voted for the nightmare.


Michele Bachmann, President: The Coming New McCarthy
June 28, 2011

Michele Bachmann is now officially running for President of the United States, or at least for the Republican nomination for the office. But her colossal ego most likely insists that she will be the next President, so that’s what she’s running for.

Listen to the woman who, while serving in the House of Representatives in 2008, said Democrats in the Congress should be investigated for anti-Americanism. Here’s what she said yesterday:

“Americans agree that our country is in peril today and we must act with urgency to save it,’’ Bachmann told the crowd of family, friends, and supporters. “And Americans aren’t interested in affiliation; they are interested in solutions, and leadership that will tell the truth. And the truth is that Americans are the solution and not the government.’’

Ah, now she makes herself clear. The United States government is not American. Apparently we’ve been fooled for a couple of hundred years by a fake government. Undoubtedly she will tell us at some point just who these imposters are who were elected to govern the country. Communists? Arabs? Muslims? Taliban? Black people? Brown people? Members of the Democratic Party?

Undoubtedly when she is President she will make everything American again and root out every last human vestige of anti-Americanism in the nation.

Those people will most likely be whoever is not Michele Bachmann. The categories of people (yes, people will be assigned to categories because it will be impossible to engage in wholesale cleansing of the body politic otherwise) will likely include non-evangelical Christians. Bachmann is an evangelical Christian who has a daily tête-à-tête with God – her god anyway – and does what it tells her to do, not unlike David Berkowitz, the infamous Son of Sam killer in New York City, who took his marching orders from a doG, and not unlike George W. Bush, the last delusional evangelical Republican President, who took his orders from his god and managed to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

But Bachmann will undoubtedly, in the name of efficiency and effectiveness, not bother with multiple categories and just seek to silence and eliminate a single category of people – everyone who disagrees with her. That’s what deadly, delusional flakes like Bachmann do, have done, have always done. 

Politicians like Bachmann sharpen their daggers with the sort of empty rhetoric that they are sure will appeal to a broad swath of Americans who have lost the ability to think critically, indeed, to understand anything beyond a media-approved sound bite.

“I seek the presidency not for vanity, but because America is at a crucial moment and I believe that we must make a bold choice if we are to secure the promise of the future,’’ she said.

Crucial moment. Bold choice. Secure the promise. The future.

Oh she has them all lined up, those little buzz words designed to short circuit the vestigial critical powers of the American electorate.

And it’s probably true that she’s not in it for vanity. Nope. She’s in it for her massive ego, for her mania for power, for her rage to correct everything she sees wrong in American society, which is pretty much everything that isn’t Michele Bachmann or Michele Bachmann’s beliefs, no matter how delusional, how ignorant, how uninformed, how bigoted, how hateful.

Just to refresh your memory about where this woman’s head is at, here’s the link to the Minnesota Independent story about her McCarthy moment on the Chris Matthews show in 2008.

In a stunning interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC, Rep. Michele Bachmann called on the media to investigate anti-American sentiment in Congress, after slamming Barack Obama as “anti-American.” The accusations by Bachmann spurred massive fundraising for her opponent and the creation of a movement to urge Congress to censure Bachmann.

On MSNBC, she said, “What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think the American people would love to see an expose like that.”

On Obama she said, “Absolutely, I’m very concerned that he may have anti-American views.”

There’s a lot wrong with Michele Bachmann, but down at the very heart of what’s wrong with her as a potential President is her ignorant view of what’s wrong with America and the world, and her overgenerous belief in her ability and methods to fix it all and make America right for her god and her regressive, dangerous politics.

If you thought George W. Bush was bad for the country, if you thought Joe McCarthy was bad for the country, wait till you get a load of the load of evil this broad will drop on the nation and the world.