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Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 2, 2011

Keith Olbermann’s back and he’s got a blog! Go get ’em, KO!

— The latest attack on WikiLeaks: Unsupported accusations of anti-semitism leveled at Julian Assange. Yup, if they can’t try him in the courts or (as Paul Craig Roberts discussed) assassinate him, they’ll work to make him a pariah by slapping the anti-semite tag on him.

— Speaking of slapping folks with undeserved anti-semite tags, Pete Seeger just got one for his joining the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) campaign intended to persuade Israel to turn away from the path of racism and eliminationism. He shares this distinction with Dov Yermiya, a former IDF officer and whistleblower who is heartsick over what people like Bibi Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman have done.

— With the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s start this year, Sarah Anderson (via Sally Jo Sorensen’s Bluestem Prairie) reminds us that the safety net which Koch Bircher Tea Party Republicans are so intent on slashing is what kept America together in the aftermath of the Civil War.

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Garry Wills Sees What I Saw

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 18, 2008

Except that he does a much better job than I did of delineating it:

Two men, two speeches. The men, both lawyers, both from Illinois, were seeking the presidency, despite what seemed their crippling connection with extremists. Each was young by modern standards for a president. Abraham Lincoln had turned fifty-one just five days before delivering his speech. Barack Obama was forty-six when he gave his. Their political experience was mainly provincial, in the Illinois legislature for both of them, and they had received little exposure at the national level—two years in the House of Representatives for Lincoln, four years in the Senate for Obama. Yet each was seeking his party’s nomination against a New York senator of longer standing and greater prior reputation—Lincoln against Senator William Seward, Obama against Senator Hillary Clinton. They were both known for having opposed an initially popular war—Lincoln against President Polk’s Mexican War, raised on the basis of a fictitious provocation; Obama against President Bush’s Iraq War, launched on false claims that Saddam Hussein possessed WMDs and had made an alliance with Osama bin Laden.

Neither man fit the conventions of a statesman in his era. Lincoln, thin, gangling, and unkempt, was considered a backwoods rube, born in the frontier conditions of Kentucky, estranged from his father, limited to a catch-as-catch-can education. He was better known as a prairie raconteur than as a legal theorist or prose stylist. Obama, of mixed race and foreign upbringing, had barely known his father, and looked suspiciously “different.”

The most damaging charge against each was an alleged connection with unpatriotic and potentially violent radicals. Lincoln’s Republican Party was accused of supporting abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison, who burned the Constitution, or John Brown, who took arms against United States troops, or those who rejected the Supreme Court because of its Dred Scott decision. Obama was suspected of Muslim associations and of following the teachings of an inflammatory preacher who damned the United States. How to face such charges? Each decided to address them openly in a prominent national venue, well before their parties’ nominating conventions—Lincoln at the Cooper Union in New York, Obama at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

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Cooper Union Address

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 18, 2008

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That’s what Obama’s speech reminded me of today.

Compare and contrast.

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The Silver Lining To The Libby Scam

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 2, 2007

Bush and Cheney have tacitly admitted that a) the GOP is going to go down in flames next year anyway, b) they don’t give a rat’s ass about what happens to the GOP so long as they themselves stay out of prison, or c) both.

Check out the SUSA polling figuresRepublicans don’t like this deal.  And Indies despise it as much as Democrats do.

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We All Knew This Was True

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 23, 2007

And now we have the confirmation:

For six years, the Bush administration, aided by Justice Department political appointees, has pursued an aggressive legal effort to restrict voter turnout in key battleground states in ways that favor Republican political candidates.

The administration intensified its efforts last year as President Bush’s popularity and Republican support eroded heading into a midterm battle for control of Congress, which the Democrats won.

Facing nationwide voter registration drives by Democratic-leaning groups, the administration alleged widespread election fraud and endorsed proposals for tougher state and federal voter identification laws. Presidential political adviser Karl Rove alluded to the strategy in April 2006 when he railed about voter fraud in a speech to the Republican National Lawyers Association.

Questions about the administration’s campaign against alleged voter fraud have helped fuel the political tempest over the firings last year of eight U.S. attorneys, several of whom were ousted in part because they failed to bring voter fraud cases important to Republican politicians. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales could shed more light on the reasons for those firings when he appears Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Civil rights advocates charge that the administration’s policies were intended to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of poor and minority voters who tend to support Democrats, and by filing state and federal lawsuits, civil rights groups have won court rulings blocking some of its actions.

Go read the whole thing.  It’s chilling to see just how thoroughly the Republicans under Bush and Rove have crapped all over Lincoln’s legacy.

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“Party of Lincoln”, Please Take Heed

Posted by MEC on February 12, 2007

 If the Republicans are going to keep claiming to the “Party of Lincoln”, they really should rethink a few of their recent actions and positions. Judging by President Lincoln’s own words, he wouldn’t agree with a lot of what they’re doing these days.

Letter to William H. Herndon, 15 February 1848:

Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, — “I see no probability of the British invading us”; but he will say to you, “Be silent: I see it, if you don’t.”

Letter to Henry L Pierce, 6 April 1859:

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.

First State of the Union Address, 3 December 1861:

Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

Letter to James Conkling, 26 August 1863:

I freely acknowledge myself the servant of the people, according to the bond of service — the United States Constitution; and that, as such, I am responsible to them.

Letter to Col. William F. Elkins, 21 November 1864:

Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

Unsourced:

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

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