I think Stephen Colbert is very funny. I’ve watched him for over a decade. But he is a partisan and a statist. Though his critique is often dead on when it comes to conservatives, he willfully turns a blind eye toward the the failure of government and to the general failure of the current president. He buys into the old way of looking at American politics, and has furthered an outdated narrative.
Let’s be totally clear. Media Matters is a propaganda outfit. That’s all that it is. Create a narrative. Disseminate to MSNBC and fellow travelers. Attack the the attackers of said propaganda. Repeat. This is the Media Matters MO.
David Brock, the founder of Media Matters had (has?) de facto cabinet level access in the Obama White House. He was (is?) essentially the “Minster of Information.”
And now the president has nominated Matthew Butler, former CEO of Media Matters to a position at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which is charged with helping facilitate elections? An agency which is supposed to be basically devoid of partisanship?
I care about the 1 trillion dollars but I care about the human cost much more. What are we still doing in the West Virginia of Asia? (No offense to wild and wonderful West Virginia.) How many men and women are dead who didn’t need to die? How many children? Why is the opium/heroin crop bigger this year than ever before? Why are palaces being erected throughout Kabul with US taxpayer dollars? Why are bases being built by contractors only to be abandoned months later? Why did the US military allow Al-Qaeda linked groups to bid for, and get contracts?
Lots of “whys.”
Veroniqe de Rugy in the attached article observes that progressives, for the most part are not enemies of corporatism. In fact to a large degree they are enablers of corporatism. With the expansion of the state comes the expansion of corporate power. And “progressives” it seems are always for expanding the state. As noted in a recent post it is terribly frustrating that progressives don’t see what they are doing. If they do they have no business saying they stand for anything like “progress.”
With each new government endeavor, with each new effort at social engineering, there is a new source of revenue for somebody. Sometimes it’s the corporations. Sometimes it’s the unions, Sometimes it’s players within the government itself. Sometimes it’s interest groups of other sorts. The aggregation of taxpayer dollars is like carrion on the plain, the jackals will always come.
In many respects I consider modern American “progressives” to be similar to progressives of another place and era, think Italy pre-World War 2. I dare say that many of the scarf and tattoo sleeve set would have happily fallen in line behind that pioneer of crony capitalism, Mussolini.
Propaganda comes in many forms. Hollywood has a long history of it. Just watch the war movies from the 40s, many of the sci-fi movies from the 50s, or Top Gun from the 80s to see that government and Tinsel Town tend to tango a lot.
In the wake of the Cromnibus debacle, where Republican congressional leadership pretty much completely turned their backs on “wave voters” for short term gain, (and Democratic leaders did the same) multiple readers at ACC have asked, “Well now what?”
The assumption is that many illegal immigrants, one way or another will eventually vote. The assumption is also that since a great number of immigrants streaming into the US from Latin America are both uneducated and familiar with political systems based on patronage that these people will necessarily vote for Democrats. That they will fall easily into the urban political machines and become part of the “masses” (I hate that term) which feed the system.
My bet is that it doesn’t quite work out that way. I think there are many more factors in the “emerging Hispanic vote” than are widely understood. We’ll see how it shakes out soon enough.
I wonder why they “like” the Republican so much?
Just think, if Jeb were president with Boehner in the House and McConnell in the Senate wouldn’t that be great? Statist Republican wishywashies holding America’s hand all the way to Hell. The 3 Amigos. What fun we’ll have.
So at one point on Thursday, according to the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, Barack Obama and JPMorgan’s CEO were on the phone with congresspeople whipping votes. The President and the chief of America’s largest bank were calling members of Congress making deals.
As I have said many times, I grew up a Navy brat. I have great respect for the military and its culture. The sound of an F-14 screeching as it comes in for a landing is deeply ingrained in my subconscious and in my heart. I am a Navy Football fan. But conservatives (at least modern conservatives and of course neoconservatives – who are not really conservatives) give the military far too much credit, literally.