Thursday, April 03, 2008

Nothing Big

I have two very different stories this morning. The first is from my old Georgia Governor and former President of the USA, James Earl Carter..."Jimmy" as everybody knows him. The Presidency of Jimmy Carter was one of the most successful on record if you look at the stat sheet. Folks are quick to point out the high inflation rates then, but those are as much a function of the method of calculation as anything, when compared to what is happening right now. Gas was 35 cents.

Carter was replaced by Ronald Reagan, champion of the conservative right. Reagan has the distinction of presiding over the most indicted presidency in history...Over 200 convictions of Reagan era officials...And you thought it was Nixon, didn't you?

So somehow Reagan is a mythological hero and Carter is simply a saint, and an honest one to boot. Reagan was praised by his staff members who said that his best trait as president was his ability to believe his own lies. I mean, even George W. Bush knows when he's lying...All the time!

Let's fast forward to now. Carter is a superdelegate in the most amazing presidential primary in American history. A primary that will result in either a Woman or a man born of a Black father and a white woman. I still have problems calling such a child black, but that is how Obama has chosen to identify himself, primarily because that is how society classified him during his youth. Societal prejudice also classifies Rocker, Lenny Kravitz as a black guy instead of a Jew, and Bob Marley as a black guy, instead of simply the greatest reggae artist of all time. Tiger Woods is more Malaysian than anything else, but...

So anyway...Barack Hussein Obama wound up being a black man, somehow, and guess what? Obama is winning primaries in the most racist states in my country. Hillary and Bill Clinton keep making backroom phone calls to superdelegates saying Obama can't win because he's black...This from the man who used bask in the glow of being called the first black president? And, No...It had very little to do with the saxophone.

In the midst of all this, Obama is getting endorsed by an amazing array of white men..Lee Hamilton! Chris Dodd! and now we have this tantalizing comment from Saint James...

(President) Carter, who was accompanied by his wife Rosalynn, did not profess a direct support for Obama but rather choose to make a veiled statement.“We are very interested in the primaries. Don’t forget that Obama won in my state of Georgia. My town which is home to 625 people is for Obama, my children and their spouses are pro- Obama.
My grandchildren are also pro- Obama. As a Super Delegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for but I leave you to make that guess," he said.


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So the other bit of news that I have is nothing earth shaking...merely the Attorney General of the United States admitting that the Bush Administration is guilty of criminal malfeasance in the run up to 9-11...

Of all the 9-11 conspiracy theories running around I don't believe a single one except for this...the Neo-Conservatives who had ascended to power with the appointment of George W. Bush to the Presidency wanted something like "Pearl Harbor" to happen and they opened the door, sat back, and waited.


Mukasey's quote that they had known that a call coming from a safe house in Afghanistan to the United States made the hair on my neck stand on end, because if Mukasey wasn't lying or tripping over his own words - and according to Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann - he just admitted criminal malfeasance on the part of the administration for what happened on 9/11!


Like I said...Nothing big.

Peace,

Steve

2 comments:

  1. "Neo-Conservatives who had ascended to power with the appointment of George W. Bush to the Presidency wanted something like "Pearl Harbor" to happen and they opened the door, sat back, and waited."

    TRUTH! Ahhhh, it smells sooooo good.


    Jimmy Carter? The last genuinely decent human being to sit in the oval office. A genius, a faithful man, a moral man.

    Nixon left behind more problems than one president could fix in one term. Carter always got the blame for every Republican mistake.

    Of course he's backing Obama. Jimmy Carter has never failed to stand in favor of what is just and dignified.

    I know how old he is, but what a cabinet member he would make if Gore doesn't want a job. :)

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  2. Anonymous9:08 PM

    "the Neo-Conservatives who had ascended to power with the appointment of George W. Bush to the Presidency wanted something like "Pearl Harbor" to happen and they opened the door, sat back, and waited."

    Doesn't that make them accomplices?

    Jack

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