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The Truth About the Confederacy

  • Posted on: 29 May 2011
  • By: Tony Wikrent

Originally posted April 10, 2011 on CorrenteWire and DailyKos. Posted to ePluribus Media 2011-05-29 11:33:17 -0400 - bumped and promoted. -- GH

The 150th anniversary of the Fort Sumter bombardment that formally began the Civil War is tomorrow, and wrong-wingers throughout the South and the rest of America are fixing a big celebration. There’s going to be a seemingly infinite issuance of blogs, articles, radio interviews, and television appearances that will proffer a prettified picture of a brave and stolid South, courageously defending the “true conservative Constitutional” principles of states rights, individual responsibility, and limited government.

If you’re one of the many Americans who don’t really know that much about the Civil War, you have probably been perplexed by the number of wrong-wing Republican politicians who have made open statements of admiration the past year or two for the Confederate ideas of states rights and secession. This very lengthy diary is designed to fully inform you what the Confederacy was really like – a society suffering acutely from class differences; a society ruled by a slave holding oligarchy that was sickeningly arrogant and grasping, as well as racist. A number of myths about have been developed about the “Lost Cause” of the Confederacy for over a century, and those myths and lies are probably going to be repeated so often the coming days and weeks that you’re going to want to puke. My intent for this diary is to help shatter those myths and lies.

 

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Carrie Prejean: Are Progressives Becoming as Intolerant as Conservatives?

  • Posted on: 7 May 2009
  • By: Wattree

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-05-07 13:44:37 -0500. -- GH

BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE

Carrie Prejean: Are Progressives Becoming as Intolerant as Conservatives?

I've always been proud to consider myself a progressive, because being a progressive meant that I was open-minded, willing to assess every issue on its own merit, and I'm tolerant of varying points of view. But it seems that many of today's "progressives" have corrupted the term. Though many of these people call themselves progressives, they are not progressive thinkers–they are progressive in name only. Over the years they seem to have somehow lost their way, and as a result, have managed to redefined the term "progressive" to simply mean, not conservative.

A case in point is the unconscionable way in which the so-called progressive community has demonized Carrie Prejean after she indicated, almost apologetically during the Miss America Pageant, that she thought marriage should be between a man and a woman. Why in the world did she say that?!! Thereafter, she was called a bitch, seminude photos of her have been posted on the Internet, and she's been generally, dragged through the mud. It is unbelievable that people who call themselves progressive could do that to that young woman.

Conservative Catharsis: Blame Deregulation and Privatization

  • Posted on: 6 March 2009
  • By: supak

George W Bush broke the world. It was pretty fucked up to begin with, after years of laissez-faire economics practiced by all American presidents since FDR, but much more so since Reagan. The conservative philosophy was corrupted by deregulators who's belief in the free market completely left out the fact that most people are greedy bastards who will steal everything that's not tied down.

Review of James Galbraith’s - The Predator State -

  • Posted on: 29 May 2008
  • By: Tony Wikrent

Over on Dr. Mark Thoma’s blog, Economists View, Thoma has posted Dr. L. Randall Wray’s review of Jamie Galbraith's The Predator State from a forthcoming edition of the Journal of Economic Issues.
http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2008/05/the-predator-st.html

Review of the Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too, by James K. Galbraith. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney: Free Press, 2008. (Note: review is based on Advance Uncorrected Proofs.):

Hypocrisy In Action: Republican "Support" for The Troops Hurts Readiness

  • Posted on: 12 February 2008
  • By: GreyHawk

"Willful and malicious" may not apply, but "negligent and clueless" certainly does with regard to how the failure of Conservative ideology has continued to manifest under the auspices of the Bush Administration and the Republicans in Congress.

From a post on Delphiforums by JRichards33, the following article is excerpted:

War demands strain US military readiness

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer, 1 hour, 29 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - A classified Pentagon assessment concludes that long battlefield tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with persistent terrorist activity and other threats, have prevented the U.S. military from improving its ability to respond to any new crisis, The Associated Press has learned.

Despite security gains in Iraq, there is still a "significant" risk that the strained U.S. military cannot quickly and fully respond to another outbreak elsewhere in the world, according to the report.

[...story continues at link in title...]

This isn't good, and for more than one reason. Aside from the impact on national security on both the foreign and domestic fronts, and completely ignoring the rising tide of PTSD-related incidents and contractor deaths, our military is being left with fewer options on how to deal with new threats...

That "Liberal" Smear

  • Posted on: 28 January 2008
  • By: GreyHawk

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...if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people - their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties..if that is what they mean by a "liberal" then I am proud to be a liberal.

          --   John F. Kennedy

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In the conservative world, the word "liberal" is often used as a smear and an epithet in an attempt to denounce anyone who they dislike or who stands opposed to their ideas and idiot ideology. But now, after seven years of utter disaster at the hands of a conservative Administration -- one that inherited a conservative Republican majority in Congress, only to lose it six years later -- the nation and Conservatives have seen the disaster that their beliefs and policies lead to in terms of economic, political, military and social debacles, any one of which should give any sane citizen pause.

Conservatives, however, are not ones to reflect or reconsider failed positions or evidence that their flawed approach to government, to money, to military and political strategy and to social reform are simply bad policy.