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To all of my anti-war friends…

To all of my anti-war friends: President Obama did not deserve to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for a variety of reasons like, for example, you can never achieve peace for everyone by fighting wars, especially preemptive ones. We’re foolish and we should be ashamed for thinking so. Perfecting neo-imperialism/liberalism isn’t enough. That’s like the Europeans–Portuguese/Spanish/British/Dutch/Germans/French–saying that colonialism will bring peace and prosperity to everyone by “civilizing the lower races” (Yep, I said it.). The commentary around all of this makes me chuckle a little bit, if not laugh out really loud. Especially when I hear the likes of Limbaugh say that he agrees with the Taliban. I guess fundamentalism really can cut both ways…lol. Now, I may disagree with the committee’s decision, but I’d refuse to sound like I belong in the same category with those on the far right. I hope my anti-war friends everywhere begin to drop some sophisticated analyses of the situation rather than speaking/acting out of blind outrage. This could be used as another means to hold the Obama Administration accountable if we’re smart enough to seize the opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with anger. But let’s continue to use that anger, and Obama’s award to our advantage. Let’s strive to be better than everyone else and their knee-jerk reactions.

Michael Moore and Cornel West have the right idea.

P.S. I will give Pres. Obama a lot of credit for slightly changing the tone in international relations thus far, though. That change of tone is important, relieving, and well received on my end…lol

P.P.S. I would also add, before some of my friends who claim to be more of a conservative persuasion get it twisted, I probably wouldn’t agree with your assessment either. LOL I won’t understand how you can like my comments if you are, or have been, for the wars, or any sort of idea that “America” is superior to any other nation, or that terrorists “are jealous of our freedoms” and you’re now just against Obama (lol). I got love for Obama despite my disagreements, and I’m not about the hard, or soft, core nationalism either. I just had to get that straight…I don’t want people misinterpreting my comments.

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“The New Disspossed?”: Frank Rich- The Guns of August

Frank Rich enlists Daniel Bell  to address some of the fears of mainstream Americans and some people on the far right in his recent piece:  “As the sociologist Daniel Bell put it, ‘What the right as a whole fears is the erosion of its own social position, the collapse of its power, the increasing incomprehensibility of a world — now overwhelmingly technical and complex — that has changed so drastically within a lifetime.'” That was from ’62 and that sounds rather correct (maybe not totally with some since there are probably quite a few of far rightists who harbor feelings of xenophobia/racism/ethno/cultural-centrism, if not chauvinism). And I could totally understand “bracing for some sort of impact” due to the fact that US has finally entered into a space where a particular form of work and capital is finally flowing out of its border, while our own economy is changing into something different–service, information, socially, and thus immaterially based. However, we all should be looking for ways to act positively rather just letting ourselves crumble over our presumed cultural/political values.

It’s not just the responsibilities of those who lose their jobs, poorer, somewhat middle-class people to try to “make it” during these times. We all have to try to find ways to bring water to the fire. We may have to try something new politically, economically, geographically, ecologically, and socially.

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Chris Hedges – “America the Illiterate” and Empire of Illusion

Here’s an article and video by Chris Hedges that speaks to the concepts of illusion, perception and reality. I’ve really been interested in how his thoughts connect to the questions regarding illusion, perception, and reality in our political discourse…

I must say, though, there’s much to be criticized with Hedges views (at least in the interview). I’d question that, somehow, we’ve “gotten away” from certain “traditional” values. His critique of the “cult of the self” also needs examined more. I’m not sure if I agree with his, seemingly, dismissal of personal ambition. Even the person who he referred to as his “God”–Martin Luther King, Jr.–implored that we bend this “cult of the self,” or the quest for success, towards justice in his sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct.”

His thoughts regarding illusion and our failure to acknowledge various social ills and the corporate-driven initiative to package and sell conformity are on point, though.

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The “death panels” are already here | Salon News

(photo taken from story at Salon.com)

Finally, this is what many people have been saying already. The “market” and private insurance has already been doing some of the dispicable things that all of the opponents of health care reform are saying. There may not be any “death panels,” but private insurers can deny coverage, limit your choice of doctors, and indirectly constrain the type of treatment you get…already.

And, speaking from the perspective of capital, it actually hurts business/capital (esp. small business) because the costs are ridiculous. Speaking from the perspective of “free” market and capital, again, having the gov’t set lower costs with a public option would help businesses more than the current model because there may be a chance that workers could get their own care without their employers supplying it for them. How are people going to complain about auto workers getting all kinds of benefits but still maintain that if we keep the same health care model that that would solve the problem?

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Is this what democracy looks like?

Just a little taste of the ignorance coming from an anonymous person from the right. Is this what “democratic debate” has come to?:  “You socialist f—s have the nerve to say stop the violence at the town hall meetings when they weren’t violent until you p—ies showed up because your n—– leader obama said to?????? When we have ours in Racine, Wi, I want you there. I want one of your little b—– to put his hands on this Marine. I want one of you to look or talk to me wrong. I’ll be the last thing your ignorant faux body guards will remember for a very long time. You can f—ing guarantee that.”

via Unions Receive Increasingly Scary Threats Of Violence For Town Hall Participation (Huffington Post)

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