Buyer’s Remorse

As the saying goes, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Unfortunately, it appears that the people of Massachusetts have an extremely short memory. Little more than a year after Americans relegated the hapless Bush Administration to the dustbin of history, voters in The Bay State seem ready to make the same mistake that brought George W. Bush to power in 2000: choosing style over substance.

Riding a wave of misplaced, “populist outrage,” an obscure state senator and darling of the Tea Party set named Scott Brown stands poised to upset Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in today’s special election; a contest that will decide the Senate seat vacated by Democratic icon Ted Kennedy when he passed away last August.

The media’s preferred narrative for this campaign depicts Brown as an exciting, charismatic, crusader who understands the public’s dissatisfaction with President Obama and his “big government” agenda. Meanwhile, Coakley is characterized as a hopelessly bland, liberal, bureaucrat who’s lost touch with “regular folks.”

If this storyline sounds familiar that’s because it bares a striking resemblance to one that made the rounds during the 2000 Presidential Election. As some of us still remember, that contest quickly devolved into a referendum on which candidate voters would rather have a beer with, George W. Bush or Al Gore. The ensuing decade provided ample evidence that relatability isn’t always the best criterion for governing.

As far as I can tell, Brown’s most notable accomplishments include driving a pick-up truck with over 200,000 miles on it, posing nude in a 1982 issue of Cosmo and raising a daughter who once competed on American Idol. While these experiences have (for some reason) endeared him to the citizens of Massachusetts, they hardly qualify Brown for admission into our nation’s most exclusive governing body.

More troubling still are the remarks Brown made during the 2008 campaign, when he implied that then-candidate Obama was born out-of-wedlock and made disparaging remarks about his deceased mother (like most tea partiers, Brown is a real class act).

The most frustrating aspect of Brown’s rise, however, is that he’s ideologically bound to oppose the interests of the blue-collar and middle-class voters who comprise his base. Should he prevail, Congress can forget about passing essential legislation like health care reform, improved financial regulations, enhanced consumer protection laws, a cap-and-trade climate change bill and a second round of economic stimulus. The only policies Republicans like Brown are willing to say “yes” to these days are tax cuts that disproportionately favor the wealthy.

If the people of Massachusetts ignore history by electing Scott Brown to the Senate, I anticipate a serious case of buyer’s remorse setting in shortly thereafter. It won’t take long for citizens of that notoriously blue state to realize that they’re stuck with an obstructionist, GOP hack eager to repeat the tragic follies of the Bush-era. When that happens, we’ll see if anyone still wants to have a beer with him.

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59 thoughts on “Buyer’s Remorse

  1. How many years of buyer’s remorse?

    But on your list of Brown’s significant attributes you missed “good-looking clothed also”. If Palin was ugly we wouldn’t know her name.

  2. Yeah it’s been great since you idiots got your House ***er in place hasn’t it? How many of his campaign promises has he delivered on? That’s right, none. Not a single one and don’t count on closing Gitmo this year either. By now Obama’s found out that torturing these backwards people is actually beneficial and he wants to keep it going. Sorry hippies the sixties are over again.

    • Wow. I don’t even know where to start. My first instinct is not to dignify your comment with a response. But then it occurred to me what an absolute coward you must be to censor your own post. If you’re a racist who wants to use racial slurs, then grow some balls and actually type it. Like most racists, you’re probably too threatened or scared to be so bold. More evidence that those who bark the loudest are usually the biggest cowards.

      And for the record, I am NOT a hippie. I take great offense to that inference. The Culture Wars are over, give it a rest.

      • Double wow!

        Did you make that racist post up, so you could pander to the leftist elite’s stereotype of Obama disenters?

        And how great of an oppportunity for you to respond to such unabashed racism with your clear calls for the sublime and courageous act of growing balls.

        I wish the culture wars were over. They are clearly not. In fact now the left is trying their best to start a class war as well. The war on terror is in it’s essence the result of a major culture war (in case you have not noticed).

        By the way, for the record, if Obama were green, yellow, orange and gold, his policies would still be marxist populism and completely rejected by a growing majority of us who vote.

        Speaking of Buyers Remorse, I think your term is precise and appropriate. The only thing is that it is not something that is going to come down the road because people elected one of those dumb idiots that Democrats seem to see quite often as their opponents. Buyers Remorse is what the nation has witnessed today in MA. MA voters originally bought the Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Frank message and today they showed absolute remorse, in a clear way.

        The fact that you can’t see that is actually encouraging. The blinder the opponent, the better. It will save us capitalist some capital while retaking our imperialist-capitalist-pig of a country back.

        Hey…. poor ‘ole ignorant Jesus loves you! (Did that piss you off? Great!)

        • Which of Obama’s policies are specifically Marxist? Can you define Marxism? Knowing what these philosophies mean is important when you accuse people of adhering to them. For the record, I am a democratic capitalist (as is our President) and I have absolutely no problem with Jesus. From what I’ve read, he’s an extremely admirable figure and positive role model.

  3. Do you think there is any “buyers’ remorse” from the constituents who voted for Obama?

    • Excellent question, Kevin. Yes, I’m sure there’s some buyer’s remorse amongst those who didn’t take the time to research Obama’s actual policy positions during the election. That’s why you’re seeing a lot of dissatisfaction from the left as well as the right.

      I’m certainly not feeling any though. Obama is a moderate, by any objective metric, who’s repeatedly tried to engage his critics and work towards compromise. We can’t blame the President because Republican hardliners refuse to do business.

      • Obama a moderate?!?! If Obama’s a moderate than my dog Max is a cat named Fluffy.

        Ridiculous!

        • Check out David Brooks’s column over at the New York Times. Brooks is a conservative Republican who supports many of Obama’s policies including health care reform.

          The reason you probably think Obama is “ultra-liberal” is because Fox News beats that drum constantly. Your opinion only proves the old axiom, coined by Nazi Propagandist Joseph Goebbels, that “any lie repeated often enough and loud enough invariably becomes the truth.”

          Examine where you’re information is coming from. Then try to diversify it by reading other sources. If you still think Obama is “ultra-liberal” come talk to me.

      • So its perfectly okay for Obama to promise transparency and posting bills online before they are signed then not actually doing it and allowing democrats to have meetings behind closed doors?

        Armchair, I know you think you are intelligent but anyone who is blindly loyal to their “team”, whether it is you or Rush, is not very smart.

        • I don’t blindly follow anyone. But I am from Detroit, where you measure a man by two things: how he responds to adversity and how he plays the hand he’s dealt. In my opinion, Obama has done well in both departments. He’s doing the best he can with the resources at his disposal. To expect anything more would be unreasonable.

      • Obama is far from “moderate” and has rarely, if at all, tried to engage anyone who wasn’t ready to jump on his band wagon. While you and people like you continue to show such angst about Bush, you fail (or are unwilling) to realize that the majority of the problems (i.e. the economy) are directly due to your hero and his cohorts such as franks and pelosi – for passing such ridiculous bills. And they have further the problems caused by those bill by passing and continuing to pass even more ridiculous bills. All at the same time of trying to ram down our throats a completely outrageously expensive and unneccesary health bill. You are apparently unwilling to admit this. Its voters like you that are a problem – because you blindly vote along party lines.

        • Are you serious, Kerry? The disastrous, expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were started by the Bush Administration and their neo-conservative economic policies led directly to the financial collapse that occurred BEFORE Obama was elected. These are matters of FACT and aren’t even up for debate. So how can all of that be Obama’s fault? Your claim doesn’t even make sense chronologically. Obama hasn’t even had enough time in office to do what you’ve accused him of. If you have any evidence to back up your accusations, please share it with me. Otherwise, stay off of my site.

      • Are you serious, Kerry? The disastrous, expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were started by the Bush Administration and their neo-conservative economic policies directly contributed to the financial collapse that occurred BEFORE Obama was elected. These are matters of FACT and aren’t even up for debate. So how can all of that be Obama’s fault? Your argument doesn’t even make sense chronologically. Obama hasn’t had enough time in office to do what you’ve accused him of. If you have any evidence to back up your accusations, please share it with me. Otherwise, stay off of my site.

  4. Wow, what a surprise, another lib hack dissatisfied that the public may think. I was listening and seeing somewhat of your side and then you used the “teabagger” line. Crass, uneducated, moronic, you seem to want to be heard and then when you are, you spew hack bullshit.

    Bummer, from some of your writing I would expect better, but then you have defined yourself.

    • In the words of Charles Foster Kane, “I’m an American. Always been an American. Anything else?” So, that’s how I define myself.

      By the way, I can’t help but point out the irony in your comment. You criticize me for using the term “teabagger” but then proceed to call me: hack, crass, uneducated and moronic while denouncing my writing as, “hack bullshit.” Do you not see the blatant hypocrisy in that? Which of one of us is more crass? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black…

      By the way, I graduated with a degree in international relations from the prestigious James Madison College @ Michigan State. I’ll put that institution up against yours any day. So, please don’t call me uneducated.

      • Yeah you’re probably right I only have a PhD from the Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster and a PhD in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford so I think comparing someone forcing their genitals down someones throat to being called “crass” a little overboard.

        Irony, you can’t see your own, and that’s a shame, if you do want to be taken seriously then you have to be serious. Again “wow” you are a handful of incoherent liberalism, “let’s compare!” You are a silly, silly man.

      • I don’t know what you’re talking about. Who’s talking about forcing anyone’s genitals down someone’s throat? You’re way off topic here…not sure what that’s in reference to…

        Also, can’t help noticing that your degrees are from the U.K. I used to live in London but I don’t consider myself an expert on British politics. Maybe you should stick to what you know. I’m confident my knowledge of American government is as good (probably better) than yours. For instance, ever read The Federalist Papers? How about Democracy in America? Or The Ideology of U.S. Foreign Policy? Don’t worry though, I’ll email you when I need some info on the Magna Carta.

      • Wow you are really arrogant, yes I have read every one of those books, I can also “google” teabagger, maybe you should do the same and see that it is a reference to forced fellatio. “YOU” used the term as has your cherished “party” in a derogatory manner that is unfit for educated men. The proper term is “tea party”.

        You sir are indeed an ass.

      • btw I am an American, ever hear of a Rhodes Scholar?

        But one dynamic does seem to ring true throughout this brief conversation and that is your arrogance and insistence that “you” have all answers, that “you” are anointed with superior knowledge and intellect.

        Take a moment and breathe a dash of humility for your own sake. You must be insufferable in company, perhaps a bit of a ninny. Sleep well Pooh.

        • I don’t pretend to have all the answers, Beatnik. I’m just trying to facilitate an intelligent public discourse. My opinions are my own and I don’t extrapolate them to apply to anyone else. After reviewing my work, I think it is consistent with that statement.

  5. You are a fucking liberal idiot. Obviously you do not have a first clue about free market, jobs, economy and gov’t interference. So here it is in layman’s terms do any dumb ass lib could understand:
    1. As long left wing moonbats will keep uncertainty in the private sector, job growth will not happen.
    2. Growing government jobs is not a recipe for success so you can have all the teachers, firemen etc you want but someone has to pay for them. Without private sector production it’s not going to happen.
    If you ever wake up from your liberal dream ponder on these two things. Otherwise, stay dumb.

    • Name calling and baseless accusations don’t make for a valid argument. For instance, I could say, “the sky is fucking green you motherfucker! And if you disagree with me, then you’re a retarded gay idiot!” However, as everyone knows, the sky is blue. So, you see, insults and profanity don’t make your opinions fact, they just make you look ignorant.

      What are your credentials by the way? Are you an economist? I ask because, according to Nobel Prize winning economists Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz, we desperately need a second round of economic stimulus to jump-start our economy. Do you presume to know more than two Nobel laureates? If so, please explain why your opinion is more valid than theirs. Did you perform independent research? Or, more likely, did you just hear somebody quote Atlas Shrugged at a Tea Party rally?

      Again, I must insist that you make arguments based on facts and evidence rather than mean spirited name calling. It makes you look extremely ignorant.

  6. Talk about a partisan hack. It is you who do not know history. What a wanker you are. Coakley does not know Curt Shilling is Mr Red Sox Curse buster and not a Yankees fan. She is so out of touch with the common people that she could not lower herself to even meet them outside of Fenway park. She rather meet the dipsh1t’s in Washington. This is why people are mad as hell about Government. They are entitled to the seat it is the Kennedy’s. Well I think you are in for a rude awakening. Maybe the spirt of John Adam’s and Paul Revere have been woken up. And Tea Bagger is what you Dem retards do..

    The Tea party people are patriots just like the ones over 200 years ago. It is Teddy and his family that tea bag you creep.

    • Name calling and baseless accusations don’t make for a valid argument. For instance, I could say, “the sky is fucking green you motherfucker! And if you disagree with me, you’re a retarded gay idiot!” However, as everyone knows, the sky is blue. So, you see, insults and profanity don’t make your statements fact, they just make you look ignorant.

      As for Schilling, should the word of a former athlete carry this much weight? Schilling is certainly one of the première pitchers of his generation but that alone doesn’t qualify him to give meaningful political advice. And while his World Series heroics made him Beantown’s Patron Saint, Schilling’s also a multi-millionaire acting in his own self-interest. Voters would do well to pay attention to details like that.

      Next time you post on my website, please be civil. Even when people disagree, they can at least respect one another. That’s one of the founding principles of our democracy.

      • Armchair – while I certainly agree that we should be civil, I completely disagree with your term of “that’s one of the founding priniciples of our democracy”. This country is not now, nor has it ever been, and hopefully never will be a “democracy”. I really abhor people referring to it as such. The founding fathers would no sooner had a democracy as they would communism. Please do better homework.

        • With all due respect, you’ve been misinformed. We are a representative democracy, meaning that we elect representatives to cast votes on our behalf in Congress. This idea constitutes the foundation of our entire form of government. No offense, but anyone with a high school education should know that.

      • With all due respect, you’ve been misinformed. We are a representative democracy, meaning that we elect representatives to cast votes on our behalf in Congress. This idea constitutes the foundation of our entire form of government. No offense, but anyone with a high school education should know that.

  7. Armchair, it appears you’re still “stuck on stupid!”

    Any state that would continue to elect socialists like Kerry, Markey, Patrick, Frank, and the finally dead “Chappaquidick” Kennedy, must suffer the pangs of their votes. It doesn’t mean the rest of the country should.

    Appears the American public realizes that Bush did NOT create all the issues in this great country. They were started by the worst President ever, FDR, exacerbated by the second worst, “Malaise” Carter, and will end with the third worst “One Term” Obama. The worst list order will soon change!

    Your state has foisted evil over this entire country and finally has awakened. Brown wins, you lose, America starts a re-awakening.

    Your party controlled the country for 40+ years starting in the early 1950’s. It ended in 1994. Republicans made some mistakes but America, after Obama, has realized liberals are NOT the answer. Dems have been in control since January 2007 and that’s the cause of our latest misfortune. That’s ending! That my friend is “buyers remorse.”

    • The only avowed socialist in our legislature is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). So please stop with the baseless accusations. Are you telling me Sen. John Kerry is a socialist? Where’s your evidence? Get real. It’s impossible to even have a conversation with someone who has no facts or evidence to back up their opinions.

      You want to know what bankrupted our economy? It’s easy. As any reasonable, objective, well-informed person will tell you: Bush pushed through massive tax cuts and financial deregulation while starting two expensive wars. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I won’t even get into the pricey prescription drug plan he passed that wasn’t paid for.

      Just saying something doesn’t make it true, Jim. I suggest you go back and do your homework. Then come back when you’ve formulated a coherent argument based on facts and evidence. That’s the American way.

  8. Hey armchair,

    Don’t you think the “buyers remorse” is manifesting itself in THIS election? If the good people from the very blue state of MA are going to vote in a Republican, then that should tell President Obama and Speaker Pelosi that are out of touch with what America wants.

  9. Three words: Health Care Reform

    The people don’t want what’s been shoved down their throats and now the Dems will pay dearly. Let’s call it ‘sellers remorse’.

    • Mark,

      What do you actually know about the health care bill circulating in Congress? I’d like to know why you oppose it so vehemently. What specific provisions do you oppose? Do you believe that patients should be discriminated against for pre-existing conditions? Are your opinions based on objective facts or did you just buy into the Fox News “death panel” propaganda? If people actually knew what was in the bill, it would be a lot more popular.

    • Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, Jeff. Though, I couldn’t help noticing that most people were just calling me names. Not one person developed a well-reasoned counterargument to refute my statement. I think that says more about you “teabaggers” than it does about me. Anyone can hurl insults, however, the more evolved among us base our opinions on objective facts and evidence. You should try it sometime, you might be a less mean-spirited person.

      Plus, haven’t you ever heard the saying, “any publicity is good publicity?” I’m thrilled! Keep it coming!

  10. When you post in newspapers, while trying to lure readers to this upstart blog, you claim that ‘fascism’ is a right wing phenomenom.
    May I suggest that you read the book Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. In that book he dismantles your allegation, please read it and get an education on the roots of fascism.

    • I am familiar with that book. It has been widely ridiculed in serious, scholarly circles and Jon Stewart absolutely embarrassed Goldberg in a hilarious Daily Show appearance. I doubt anyone who watches this clip, where Goldberg compares the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps to a “paramilitary organization,” will take his argument seriously.

  11. LMAO @ the pantywaist “firebrand”. More like matchlite you stupid liberal apologist. I imagine being from Detroit you are proud of the shithole little “d” has become after decades of mismanagement and corruption by liberals. Have at it pussy, Brown won, Yomomma is done

    • I’ve never met a tougher, stronger community than the people of the Detroit metropolitan area. Aside from New Orleans, I don’t think there’s another city in America that’s persevered through so much hardship. Keep hating, we’re used to it. At the end of the day, it only makes us stronger. In Detroit, integrity still means something. So, yeah, I am proud of where I’m from. I don’t expect you to understand that.

  12. Shut up, self-aggrandizing, URL-dropping, political wanna-be.

    I’m not concerned with whether our political view match or not. You’re a loudmouth fame whore acting like this is the second election you cared about. (because it likely is)

  13. I am fairly astounded that you would be so craven as to delete my completely civil and constructive expose of your hypocrisy and lack of integrity on this site. Rather than respond, you deleted the post, though my request to be notified of replies still seems to be working. This is not just a breach of blogger ethics, it is the mark of a fraud. I won’t waste my time in discourse with someone who is just interested in biased, unsupportable pronouncements. And yes, I am sure you will delete this post too. Pathetic.

    • Jack, I deleted many comments without reading them because there were simply too many for me to deal with. Most of them contained threats of violence against me, so at some point I just gave up and cleared out my inbox. Be assured, I did not mean to single you out and hurt your feelings. If you’d like, you can email me your “expose” personally. I would be happy to take a look at it and respond.

  14. AF: There is no respect involved. I took the time to write a careful response, on a blog that solicits comments.This is a good faith enrichment of your site, like all thoughtful comments. Other uncivil or threatening comments are not my problem, and just randomly deleting comments without reading them is outrageous, unfair, and unethical.

    I did not keep a copy, and I am certainly not going to waste my time TWICE. Upon reading your replies to other commentators, most of which consist of your belittling their education, extolling your own (which is laughable) or asserting that pure opinion is “irrefutable fact,” I realize it was silly for me to reply in the first place. You don’t deserve it. You don’t deserve any comments from anyone.

    I correspond on many blogs, but I have never encountered a blogger who apologetically deleted legitimate comments without reading them. Why anyone would read, much less comment, on such a blog is a mystery.

    • Come on, man. I received well over a hundred comments yesterday and the vast majority of them were viciously mean-spirited and disrespectful. I have neither the time nor inclination to sift through them all (I do have a life outside of this site, you know). So, yes, I deleted most of them. To expect otherwise seems unreasonable.

      Instead of getting mad at me, why don’t you tell your tea party brethren to be more civil? If they were, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

      • “Come on” yourself. You have no excuse; it’s unprofessional, Mickey Mouse blogging. If you can’t handle the comments you get, don’t blog; simple as that. It’s unethical to take on a duty that you are neither competent nor diligent at.

        Then you have the cheek to call me a “Tea Party” supporter (not that there’s anything wrong with that), when I have neither participated in any Tea Party event nor know anyone who has, because I suggest that your knee-jerk Left commentary is less than impressive. I enjoy competent, honest liberal commentators; I just object to the arrogant, slip-shod ones who claim opinion as fact and have no insight, skill or integrity. Like you.

        And THAT, pal, IS a fact.

        Don’t worry—with a performance like yours here, you won’t have that annoying “too many comments” problem for long. Count on it.

        • I started this blog a month ago to engage in civil discourse. The deluge of death threats, insults and bizarre accusations I experienced yesterday caught me completely off-guard. I stand by my decision to shut down the comments section for a few hours to take a break from being constantly pelted with indignities. Please don’t take it personally that your comment was deleted. I will do my best to prevent such an oversight in the future, you have my word on that.

          And for your information, this is a political op-ed site so of course I’m going to express an opinion in my posts. But I always back up those opinions with evidence and I welcome you to disagree with me. However, please do so respectfully and don’t fly off the handle if I don’t immediately give you the attention you think you’re entitled to.

          • ACFB,

            Can you explain to me why “constantly being pelted with indignities” caught you off guard? I am no blogger, in the true sense of the word, but I’ve read enough comment sections of enough blogs and newspapers (with a range of political ideologies) to realize that there is a large contingency of the public pissed off with our government’s current state of affairs. Sometimes they are vicious TeaParty’ers. Other times they seem like concerned businessmen and women who take time out of thier day to voice their passions. The responses are vast and differential…like our country. There is however, WIDESPREAD dissatisfaction with Obama and his policies. I state that with the knowledge that there is no “real” way to prove it. Earlier, in one of your responses, you mentioned that the causes of our administrations problems lie with Bush and the previous administration…that that fact is undisputed…and you refused to debate the point. I disagree with your logic Armchair.

            There are two points that I’d like to try to make. If I can. The first, is that you admitting only to acknowledge the problems (lets say “many” of the problems to allow for some breathing room) of our administration as a result of Bush’s fallacies is in my mind, ignorant. It’s the age old argument of any politician. Blame the previous party. I would argue that true character comes from the ability to take responsibility for one’s actions. To find solutions where none existed before. Competence. Perserverence and success. The ideology of most politicians and thier followings are that we should do what we can… That’s not good enough. And please, don’t say that Obama is “trying” to fit this bill by his policies and actions. I won’t argue that Bush and his administration did…they didn’t…they failed where many have before them. (I’d like to elaborate on this point somewhere down the road)

            The second, is that you shutting down your blog to “avoid constant indignities” is ridiculous. I agree with Jack (I think was his name). Grow some balls and take it. Attend to other things, go on with your daily life. But, don’t squirm in the face of an outrage. Take it. I understand you wanting to keep your site sanctioned and appropriate….initially. Then you make grandiose comments about “buyers remorse” and you don’t expect a shit-storm?? Get real man. I agree with some of your comments, but disagree with many more. But what I can’t stand is the rhetoric that speaks of liberty, American Ideals, “what this country was built on”, and telling us to read a damn book…this same rhetoric and logic that goes on to shut down it’s own blog section. Your section is supposed to be a statement of that American ideal. Many countries would outright censor your ideas. Instead, you censor others in the face of challenge. That. Is hypocrisy in its truest form. If you have the balls to open a site and publicly ridicule a political topic of conversation (As you should, I respect that infinitely) then you should also have the balls to take the argument to the end. Finish it. Well…I could ramble for hours. This post probably wont be posted. Please tell me your rebuttal if you dare.

            RC

            • Constantly being pelted with indignities caught me off-guard because I expect Americans, and civilized people in general, to treat each other with respect, regardless of their opinions.

              And “RC,” it’s not hypocritical of me to shut down my comments section for a few hours after several people graphically describe how they’d like to brutally murder me. Some might even say it’s brave of me to continue on in the face of such threats. You’re way off base with that accusation, by any objective metric.

              FACT: The Bush Administration started an unnecessary war in Iraq that, according to Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, will end up costing American taxpayers between three and five trillion dollars.

              FACT: While focusing on Iraq, that same administration neglected the war in Afghanistan, allowing the Taliban to regroup and seize large swaths of territory.

              FACT: The Bush Administration’s lax regulation of financial markets contributed greatly to the Great Recession of 2008, which happened before Obama was elected.

              Three facts for you to get straight. OWNED.

              • Haha I’m curious to know your age at this point…not to ridicule you if your younger…I’m quite young. I ask only because you say OWNED. That’s pretty hilarious.

                I stand by my accusation that shutting down the site for a while, to cool the viewers, or for whatever aim is plain hypocritical. I see a connection between what you preach about American Ideals/This great country we live in and what you actually DO in practice. Here’s the setup. I’ll try to be basic and straightforward, that way if you disagree with my premises or conclusions, you can easily point to them —— A blogger, you in this instance, has chosen a battleground to submit his ideas and reason. I respect your sense of duty to do so. The battleground of ideas lies Massachuesetts and the subject matter is that of a Senate-electee, one Scott Brown. Lets forget the partisan shitstorm for a moment and look at your own actions. You submit your argument, take absolute hell for it, and what is your reaction? At first, calm collected reasoning. I see it in your comments. Then, that reasoning succumbs to the same sort of demise you accuse your assailants of being victim of (my spelling is poor if you haven’t noticed). By that I mean, the act of shutting your site down has meaning. It means that rather than remain aloof to the trash, the noise, the garbage as you see it…. you chose to commit your power over it. “CAN THE TALK. ITS TOO MUCH. MY LIFE IS THREATENED”. Grow up man, your not in danger.

                My first point I brought up, that you defended with your “Facts” doesn’t follow my line of reasoning. My argument was that the age-old rhetoric of accusing the previous administration of its faults has no value whatsoever. If anyone ever talks about the shitty job Obama is doing, Bush enters the topic. Bush sucked. Using his fallacies as a scapegoat for your arguments sucks just as much. What the hell do they prove? Not that Obama is doing a good job, only that Bush did a bad one. Any reference to his shitty job only serves one purpose: as a way to make excuses. True, Obama has a tough fight. His battles are many.

                Oh and if I were to rebutt one of your facts. I’d say that Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his “intentions” is enough to discredit the Prize. Choose another way to clown on the war, poor choice of “FACT”.

              • First of all, I’m not obligated to do anything on my site just because you say so. If I decide to take a break from responding to comments that’s well within my rights, especially if the vast majority of those comments contain threats of violence against myself and my family. Whether these threats were serious or not is a moot point. Any time someone threatens me with violence, I’ll disengage from the conversation because there’s no use arguing with someone who’s completely irrational. That’s what happened in this case and it doesn’t make me a hypocrite. Maybe you should look that term up in the dictionary.

                Second, I gave you three, very valid, reasons why it’s totally legitimate to blame the Bush Administration for our current economic problems. I even cited sources to demonstrate that these are FACTS. In the long-run, it’s Obama’s mess to clean up but expecting him to turn things completely around in one, single year is unreasonable, by any objective metric.

                I’ve moved on from this post. If you have anything else to say, please comment on the new op-ed piece I posted today.

      • I started this blog a month ago to engage in civil discourse. The deluge of death threats, insults and bizarre accusations I experienced yesterday caught me completely off-guard. I stand by my decision to shut down the comments section for a few hours to take a break from being constantly pelted with indignities. Please don’t take it personally that your comment was deleted. I will do my best to prevent such an oversight in the future, you have my word on that.

        And for your information, this is a political op-ed site so of course I’m going to express an opinion in my posts. But I always back up those opinions with evidence and I welcome you to disagree with me. However, please do so respectfully and don’t fly off the handle if I don’t immediately give you the attention you think you’re entitled to.

  15. Hmm, let’s quote noted birther Michelle Obama, shall we?

    “Barack saw his mother, who was very young and very single when she had him, and he saw her work hard to complete her education and try to raise he [sic] and his sister…” (http://blog.showmeprogress.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1297)

    The fact that a state senator from MA once quipped that the mother of a then-US Senator was unmarried in August 1961 (she had in fact married 6 months earlier) in no way makes him the conspiracy theorist you attempt to paint him as. This isn’t Turkmenistan, where (at least until his death) citizens were required to know every biographical facet about Saparmurat Niyazov. Obama’s parents were some random white trash and some random goatherd; this neither bears on his capacity to govern nor implies we all must be intimately familiar with the details.

    • Brown implied that Obama was born out-of-wedlock not that his parents divorced afterward (which is obviously true). There is a big difference. But you’re right, this has nothing to do with his ability to govern. So, why are you bringing it up?

      Also, are you comparing our President to a brutal autocrat like Niyazov? I think you are confusing losing the 2008 Presidential Election with living under “tyranny.” Get real. If you really believe that, you’re delusional.

      Finally, as I’ve been saying for the last three days, please refrain from name calling. Ann Dunham (Obama’s mother) had a Ph.D in anthropology and traveled the globe helping the poor. To call her “white trash” is not only shameful and ignorant, it’s also incorrect, by any objective metric.

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