The following article has been republished with permission from Karl Denninger of The Market Ticker.
Our President Has Officially Gone Full Retard
With all due apologies to intellectually-challenged people – this clown lacks the mental acuity of a fruit fly and is an unabashed liar besides.
For six months, we have witnessed an extraordinary change take place in the Middle East and North Africa. Square by square; town by town; country by country; the people have risen up to demand their basic human rights.
That includes rights like peaceful enjoyment of one’s home – the 4th Amendment, pretty much, either in form or substance, right? So that would make this a problem?
Barnes contests that the trial court’s failure to advise the jury on the right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers constituted reversible error and that the evidence was insufficient to sustain his convictions. We hold that there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.
Sometimes, in the course of history, the actions of ordinary citizens spark movements for change because they speak to a longing for freedom that has built up for years. In America, think of the defiance of those patriots in Boston who refused to pay taxes to a King, or the dignity of Rosa Parks as she sat courageously in her seat.
Oh, I see. And your Treasury Secretary said exactly what about not raising the debt ceiling – you know, effectively refusing to authorize tax increases, which is exactly what Boston was about….
Oh yeah, that’s right – it’s the old “tanks in the streets” argument.
This lack of self determination – the chance to make of your life what you will – has applied to the region’s economy as well. Yes, some nations are blessed with wealth in oil and gas, and that has led to pockets of prosperity. But in a global economy based on knowledge and innovation, no development strategy can be based solely upon what comes out of the ground. Nor can people reach their potential when you cannot start a business without paying a bribe.
And how many permits, taxes and other fees must one pay to set up a business here in the United States? Exactly how is this not a bribe?
The United States opposes the use of violence and repression against the people of the region.
How about violence and repression right here? A woodcarver, shot dead in Seattle by police for… doing nothing. A Marine Veteran, serving two tours and then shot dead by the Pima County Sheriff’s SWAT team for…. nothing. It was an alleged drug raid but there were apparently no drugs in the house. They did seize money from a different house. Did the cops violently enter the wrong residence? What do 71 bullets fired by the police, zero by the homeowner (who is dead, incidentally), and no drugs tell you? (Incidentally, if the cops are that bad of a shot that they need 71 bullets against zero in returned fire and a stationary suspect, can someone tell me what the odds are of innocent people escaping injury or death from this hail of negligently-discharged lead?) Or how about “Policing for Profit”, where a news crew catches a Tennessee police department making questionable traffic stops as a pretext to search and seize cash, with no evidence of wrongdoing (such as, for example, drugs in the vehicle)?
Isolated incidents? Like hell. They’re in the daily news.
We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to choose your own leaders – whether you live in Baghdad or Damascus; Sanaa or Tehran.
But bankers can rip you off for billions and it’s all ok, right? How about kicking down doors and entering people’s houses without any legal right to be there, and the police refuse to arrest and bring charges? One woman had it happen twice and she is not now and never was in foreclosure.
Let us remember that the first peaceful protests were in the streets of Tehran, where the government brutalized women and men, and threw innocent people into jail.
That would never happen in a western nation like…. oh…. Canada? Oh, but they did, and just last year too. Where was your “free speech” then Mr. Soetero?
We will support open access to the Internet, and the right of journalists to be heard – whether it’s a big news organization or a blogger.
The White House has refused to grant the Boston Herald full access to Barack’s Obama’s fundraiser in the city today, it has emerged.
In emails sent to the paper a White House spokesman explained that the administration had objected to a front page opinion piece by potential Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
That only applies as long as The Press doesn’t print something you don’t like….. right Hosni? I mean, we really should call you Mubarak, not Obama, shouldn’t we?
What we will oppose is an attempt by any group to restrict the rights of others, and to hold power through coercion – not consent. Because democracy depends not only on elections, but also strong and accountable institutions, and respect for the rights of minorities.
Does that include those who don’t want to be coerced into buying health “insurance”?
And for this season of change to succeed, Coptic Christians must have the right to worship freely in Cairo, just as Shia must never have their mosques destroyed in Bahrain.
Of course in America, Native Americans can worship as they see fit, including using Peyote. Woe be to you if part of your religion, however, involves the use of a flowering weed (marijuana); that’s proscribed and you’ll go to jail. Gee, isn’t it funny how religious freedom only works for certainreligions? (If it matters, I’m Catholic… oh wait, that was a problem at one time too, right? Prohibition and Communion anyone?)
After all, politics alone has not put protesters into the streets. The tipping point for so many people is the more constant concern of putting food on the table and providing for a family. Too many in the region wake up with few expectations other than making it through the day, and perhaps the hope that their luck will change. Throughout the region, many young people have a solid education, but closed economies leave them unable to find a job. Entrepreneurs are brimming with ideas, but corruption leaves them unable to profit from them.
Wild speculation and leverage in commodity markets by big banks looking to make a quick buck don’t have anything to do with that problem, do they? Oh wait… maybe they do. So when are you going to put a stop to that crap, Hosni, er, Barack?
Prosperity also requires tearing down walls that stand in the way of progress – the corruption of elites who steal from their people; the red tape that stops an idea from becoming a business; the patronage that distributes wealth based on tribe or sect.
Has Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein or Bernanke been arrested yet? Remember this?
Isn’t that corruption of elites who steal from their people? You re-appointed one of the two people involved in doing it to the Chair of the Federal Reserve. How is it that you didn’t direct Justice to issue indictments instead?
As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself – by itself – against any threat.
So we’re going to stop “giving” weapons to Israel? Would you clarify that position please?
Oh, and on their borders:
So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, a secure Israel. The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their full potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.
Uh, did you look at a map? The 1967 borders do not leave the Palestinians with a contiguous state. Gaza was under Egyptian rule until 1967. The rest was under Jordanian. So if that’s “Palestine”, it’s non-contiguous. By the way, it’s non-contiguous now, and I agree that this is not supportable if one presumes that the West Bank and Gaza form “Palestine.” At the same time forced land swaps (as opposed to freely-negotiated ones) cannot be permitted either; the previous “negotiations” under Clinton featured the Palestinians losing essentially all of their arable land, which would have rendered them immediately and permanently unable to support their population.
This is a difficult problem and I agree it has to be solved. But I don’t know how to solve it at this point and screeching about it won’t make it better. Doing so might, in fact, make the problem much worse. And by the way, we and the British broke this originally after WWII with the original partition, which was flatly idiotic to perform in a non-contiguous fashion. If the bottom line is that Israel will not support anything less than the entirety of the landmass being theirs, then let’s just admit that and get it over with. If that triggers a Middle Eastern war that ultimately resolves this question once and for all that sucks but it’s time for us to quit BSing people and face the facts. And let’s cut the crap about “Democracy”; Israel is, has been and will remain for as long as it exists a Jewish Republic. The nation has a right to be a Jewish Republic but we have an obligation to stop pretending that it is a secular republic that has anything approaching our First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, because it most-certainly does not.
We’d be well-advised to stay the hell out of the resolution of this issue if it comes down to shooting, and it might.
And I would not be standing here today unless past generations turned to the moral force of non-violence as a way to perfect our union – organizing, marching, and protesting peacefully together to make real those words that declared our nation: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.”
Unless you’re a bankster. Then you’re more-equal and your license to steal not only remains intact, but will be continually expanded without boundary.
Let’s dub our President Mu-Barack. He deserves it.
(Hattip to the comment on the forum)