Ironies in American justice and political cheerleading
The radicalism of our political system outstrips one's ability to mock it; plus: Manning and Bales are together
(Salon) -- by Glenn Greenwald --
(1) A reader reminded me of this yesterday and it’s really quite something: in July, 2009, NBC‘s Chuck Todd went on Morning Joe to defend President Obama’s decision to shield all Bush officials from prosecution for torture, arguing that because Bush got his lawyers to say he could torture, it was legal. I interviewed/debated Todd a couple of days later about those views, but before I did, I wrote a reply to the argument he made on television. When doing so, I tried to think of the most extreme tyrannical and lawless power possible which a President could hypothetically assert, in order to reveal the invalidity of Todd’s reasoning, and this is what I wrote:
I’d like to ask Chuck Todd: if Bush had John Yoo write a memo opining that it was perfectly legal for Bush to deploy hit squads within the U.S. to assassinate American citizens without any due process, would it be wrong to investigate and prosecute that, too, on the ground that everyone had permission slips from a DOJ lawyer and that’s just what lawyers do?The current President has, of course, obtained his own DOJ permission slip to assassinate American citizens without due process. Since that permission slip is too secret for us to see, we do not know whether the authorized assassination power is confined to foreign soil or extends to the U.S., although once one embraces the Bush-Cheney-Yoo theory that the entire world is a “battlefield,” there is no coherent way to limit those asserted powers to foreign soil. In any event, the real point here is that our government has become so radical and warped that it outstrips one’s ability to create absurd hypothetical powers to test the validity of a principle: before you blink your eyes, you find that your hypothetical has become reality...
There are a couple of articles that have appeared in the last week or so about the willingness of many Democrats to passively accept or even actively cheer for policies under President Obama that they vehemently condemned (or would have condemned) under President Bush: this from Politico, and this from Tim Carney at The Washington Examiner. Back in June, 2009, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert — once an ardent admirer of President Obama — wrote a column lambasting his civil liberties record, and this was the first sentence in Herbert’s column: “Policies that were wrong under George W. Bush are no less wrong because Barack Obama is in the White House.” At the time, I truly did not fathom how that principle — which really should just be an unstated axiom — would not only come to be so controversial but routinely violated and ignored...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
I'm not exactly sure why Greenwald or any other authentic liberal expected anything else out of Obama or his inner circle. After all, way back in 2008 during the presidential campaign, Chuck Schumer publicly bragged to a Florida synagogue that Obama was in the pocket of left-Zionist Jews.
And c'mon, does Greenwald really pretend not to know the extent to which left-Zionist Jews have blatantly tightened their stranglehold over the Democratic Party over the course of the last 20 or 30 years?
And with Obama's opponent, John McCain, completely and utterly in the pocket of right-Zionist Jews, it was inevitable that Zionism, not America, was going to win the election.
At this point, I really have to wonder if both mainstream liberals and conservatives actually enjoy being raped by Zionist Jews, or if they just like the fact that "helping the Jews" via self-serving crony capitalism (on the right) or crony socialism (on the left) provides them a kind of self-deceiving moral cover for plundering and raping future generations of Americans.
Whatever the case, the idea that the establishment Democrats or Republicans don't know exactly what's going on in this country and how complicit they themselves are in Zionism's continually ratcheting plans for economic enslavement and totalitarian persecution of future generations of Americans has simply become unbelievable.
They know exactly what's going on, but simply lack the moral and ethical fiber, and even basic human decency, to compromise their self-enriching racket, or own up to their own sickness.
Deep down, I think they know they have sold out the country, sold their own souls, and (probably correctly) believe there can never be redemption for the demonic creature that stares back at them in the mirror every morning with bloodshot eyes, hence they will continue to suck the crack pipe to its last resin.
But for the life of me, I can't figure out why anyone who is not directly benefiting from the racket can be so stupid as to go to bat for one team or the other. I mean, if you're going to sell your soul to the Zionists, you should at least get paid.
I guess it goes to show the extent to which this country has been so thoroughly enslaved and brainwashed socially, economically, intellectually and spiritually by the Pharisees and their ideological disease -- so many of the lemmings who are marching towards the cliff are gathering up their own children and shoving them to the front of the line, and they don't even know why they're doing it.