Thursday, June 23, 2011

Since I'm in a hopey-changey mood tonight

John Caruso has some apt words:
Here's Ray McGovern writing about his upcoming voyage to Gaza:
I also have been cautioned by a source with access to very senior staffers at the National Security Council that not only does the White House plan to do absolutely nothing to protect our boat from Israeli attack or illegal boarding, but that White House officials "would be happy if something happened to us." They are, I am reliably told, "perfectly willing to have the cold corpses of activists shown on American TV."
See, it's not enough that if you're an actual liberal in this country, Obama and his coterie deride and dismiss you as one of the sanctimonious, purist fucking retards of the professional left.  No, if you take it a step further—if your sense of responsibility compels you to put your life in jeopardy to oppose what this country is doing around the world—they're just as happy to see you dead.  When I was in the West Bank and Gaza in 2002, I knew that if I was killed my government's only response would be to do everything it could to shield the killers from being investigated, much less held responsible.  It certainly made it crystal clear who my real enemies are.

I have no doubt the sentiment McGovern describes proceeds from "very senior staffers at the National Security Council" right up to Mr. Hopenchange himself.  When it comes to killing, Obama goes at it with dispassionate enthusiasm and business-like efficiency; it's as though we did finally end up with Michael Corleone in the White House.  If I regret anything when it comes to this creature, it's that I ever entertained the notion, even briefly, that he retained enough of a conscience that the killing he'd be doing once he became president might actually trouble him somewhat.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Question

Is the Democratic Party an effective means to achieving progressive goals? Seems like a reasonable one to ask. Might serve as a rejoinder to claims that the Democratic Party is our only hope.