Saturday, October 06, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
A great piece in the New York Times by Roger Cohen, revealing the way “Neocon” has become the new “liberal” in political discourse.
“...Neocon has morphed into an all-purpose insult for anyone who still believes that American power is inextricable from global stability and still thinks the muscular anti-totalitarian U.S. interventionism that brought down Slobodan Milosevic has a place, and still argues, like Christopher Hitchens, that ousting Saddam Hussein put the United States “on the right side of history.”
In short, neoconitis, a condition as rampant as liberal-lampooning a few years back, has left scant room for liberal hawks. “Neocon is an insult used to obliterate the existence of this liberal position,” says Paul Berman, a writer often so insulted.”
Thursday, October 04, 2007
I used to really like the Daily Show, and I still watch it every chance I get here in Korea. But Jon Stewart really is an ass of the highest degree, that loves to hide his foolish and unintelligent statements behind “oh, this is just a comedy program.” Well guess what kiddo: you can’t have it both ways. If you want to be a show that is (sadly) watched more often than the news by college aged students (and are less informed in the process says Pew Research), you can’t be a simple minded infant and expect not to be knocked over the head with your own comments.
Every idea or guest that does not fall into the isolationist and pseudo-intellectual realm of the American Left, is ridiculed outright by the intellectual lightweight that is Jon Stewart. The entire episode that aired on the 2nd of October is a perfect example: everything interesting and important about the Clarence Thomas interview on 60 Minutes was left out to paint the guy as a monster. Everything in Chris Mathews’ book that was noteworthy was excluded while John made the idiotic assertion that The Prince was a fascist text. John rarely comes across as bright, but he looked more inept and foolish than normal this evening.
I still like the show and its premise; we all know there is plenty to satirize concerning American politics. But you can’t have it both ways Jon, and one day you will have to live up to that.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
I am dismayed by a recent interview John McCain had with Belifnet, a Christian based website. In this interview, he not only claims America to be a “Christian nation”, but “the number one issue people should make [in the] selection of the President of the United States is, 'Will this person carry on in the Judeo Christian principled tradition that has made this nation the greatest experiment in the history of mankind?'"
I shudder at such a stupid statement. What version of the Constitution do you have John, cause mine reads differently.
I understand that the Religious Right in this country do not care for McCain, and he is doing his best to get their support this election, but this type of pandering is damaging to a candidate that hopes to bridge the schisms present in our country. To claim that the United States is a Christian nation is not only incorrect, but fails to recognize that our founding documents are the antithesis to any religious based government.
I am not saying that Juedo-Christian values and practices were not vital to the birth and maintenance of this country. I would have had no problem with McCain saying “the ideals of redemption and acceptance that are core tenants of this faith have helped make America what it is, and can not be overlooked when understanding its ascent to prominence.” That would have been both accurate and would likely not bring resentment from the non-secular among us. But a Christian nation John? Give me a break.
He claims to use the term “in the broadest sense,” but he still misses the mark. A Christian Nation is a nation that upholds the virtues expressed by Christians and their theological texts. The fact that many Christians support our country does not change the fact that we are, and always have been, a liberal-democratic-republic. One devoted to the rights of each individual in it to pursue happiness where they find it and to spit on every idea they disagree with. It is those liberal concepts of freedom that make our country great, and I am thankful everyday that the Christian’s in this country are not as uppity as some other Abrahamic religions. I expected more from you when it came to this type of thing John.
My support for his campaign is a bit bruised, but he still stands as the best man for the job currently running. This quarter’s fundraising ended on September 30th, and his campaign was hitting me with what must have been hourly emailings asking to give more to his campaign. I had to think a bit longer this time around, before I opened up my wallet to his campaign. But when it was all said and done, I gave more than I had in previous quarters. The War in Iraq and the support of Israel are simply too important to hand to a candidate that will leave it to tyrants, theocrats, and cowards. McCain will have to stay my candidate of choice.