Not long ago, I attended a speech by Obama, along with thousands of his adoring cheerleaders formerly known as citizens. I asked him to stop killing people in Afghanistan, and the Secret Service asked me to leave. But, just now, I got a phone call from the local Obama office. They had my name because I’d picked up a ticket to attend the speech. The young woman wanted to know if I would come help phone other people. I asked if she was familiar with the president’s kill list and his policy of killing men, women, and children with drones. She said she knew nothing about that but “respected my opinion.” She hung up. Objecting to presidential murder is now an opinion, and willingness to be aware of its existence is an appendage to the opinion. If you don’t object to presidential murder by Democrat, then you simply arrange not to know about it. Thus, in your opinion, it doesn’t exist.
Some of my friends at this moment are in Pakistan apologizing to its government and its people for the endless murderous drone war fought there by our country. They’re meeting with victims’ families. They’re speaking publicly in opposition to the crimes of our government. And my neighbors, living in some other universe, believe most fundamentally, not that one candidate will save us, not that the two parties are fundamentally opposed, not that a citizen’s job is to vote, not that war is all right if it’s meant well – although they clearly believe all of those things – but, most fundamentally, they believe that unpleasant facts should simply be avoided.
[…] If you try to think of something more evil than what we are now doing, you’ll fail. Name your evil: destroying the earth’s climate? President Barack Obama flew to Copenhagen to single-handedly derail any process for protecting the earth’s atmosphere. The only way in which to fantasize about greater evil is quantitative, not qualitative. We could drop more bombs. We could starve more children. We could experiment on more prisoners. In fact, this is what Lesser Evilism amounts to. A Lesser Evilist today is not choosing less evil policies, but the same policies in what he or she hopes will be lesser amounts.
That might be a rational calculation within a polling place. But living it prior to and after an election, apologizing and cheering for one of two teams, as if self-governance were a spectator sport, is nothing other than complicity in the most hideous forms of cruelty and murder. That complicity is insidious. Evil begins to look like something else, because the Lesser Evilist, within his or her own mind, comes to view the Lesser Evil forces as good, if not glorious, if not saintly.
Yes, tell me more about how Reason Magazine is a “libertarian” publication.
This is terrifying and confusing. One lady makes the brazen assumption that if anyone says Obama is issuing illegal orders, they’re clearly crazy and shouldn’t be in the military.
…Ummmmm, how is the assassination of two American citizens without trial or any sort of due process not illegal? How is taking any/every war-like action against countries without declaring an actual war not illegal??
I’m voting for Obama because I love the smell of napalm and the searing flesh of Afghani children in the morning
Oh, please. Don’t act like the republican party is anti-war. It’s pathetic how the right switches tunes the second a democrat is in office.
That awkward moment when someone implies Justin is part of “the right”. LOLOLOL
Libertarianism. Look it up.
Anonymous said: Why do you like Ron Paul?
Well this would take me ages to answer thoroughly, so I’ll just try to hit a few points:
- He wants to end the wars and bring the troops home. ALL OF THEM, FROM EVERYWHERE. Including the racist drug war. And including the ridiculous and pointless occupations we have in countries all over the world. [Which will not only stop needless violence and loss of lives, but will stop the ridiculous amount of money we’re spending every day we’re there, and will stop people from all walks of life from going to prison with actual violent criminals for doing nothing more than smoking, selling, or possessing a PLANT.]
- The things I disagree with him on (i.e. Abortion, gay marriage) would never be a federal issue with him in office. He is the only candidate who does not advocate forcing his beliefs on the entire nation, so he would never sign something into federal law that would ban gay marriage or abortions.
- His anti-war and anti-force views have been consistent for THIRTY YEARS, and are reflected in his voting record. Unlike any of the candidates who flip-flopped on every issue. He sticks to his principles.
- He wants to conduct a full-scale audit of The Fed, and stop them from causing sky-rocketing inflation and further screwing our economy.
If you have any more specific questions, feel free to ask. I’m at work, so my answers may be short, and not quick, but I will answer.
Anonymous said: What is so so so incredible though. Like really incredible, as one who's a part of the military, is how they didn't magically know that a sixteen year old american kid would be hanging out in an al-quaeda hut with these guys. Like really. Next time we'll be sure to go in their and match faces up perfectly and usher anyone out before we throw an air strike up a terrorists ass.
What is SO SO SO incredible is how there was absolutely no PROOF that Al-Awlaki had any ties to Al-Quaeda. And how he committed absolutely no force against the U.S.A. And how all Obama had to do was slap the label “terrorist” on him and pieces of shit like you ate it up.
That’s all he has to do for you mindless thugs to kill people, even people who are citizens of the country you’re sworn to DEFEND.
TERRORIST TERRORIST TERRORIST. It’s just a fucking word, you sheep.
And yeah, god forbid you actually check out the people you’re killing before you kill them, because it’s not like innocent people deserve to live or anything. It’s not like their lives are worth the trouble of checking some facts. No just follow your orders.
Follow them straight to Hell, you MURDERER.
Anonymous said: Obama won't get impeached unless he does something extremely wonky. And drone killing american citizens? Like who?
ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW?
LIKE THIS TEENAGER
[Also, his dad.]
Anonymous said: Obama 2012. You just mad you don't have his swagggg so you tryina troll the people who know that all your GOP morons are just that, morons.
Troll award goes to you.
You’re right. I’m just mad I don’t have his
Yeah, I care about this ^ so that makes me a moron.