Brutal: Salon’s Thomas Frank Calls Obama Presidency, a “ineffective and gutless” failure

…and this guy is a left-winger too.

Via Salon:

Predicting the future course of American politics is a lively and flourishing vocation. Guessing how future generations will commemorate present-day political events, however, is not nearly as remunerative. In the interest of restoring some balance to this tragic situation, allow me to kick off the speculation about the Obama legacy. How will we assess it? How will the Barack Obama Presidential Library, a much-anticipated museum of the future, cast the great events of our time?

In approaching this subject, let us first address the historical situation of the Obama administration. The task of museums, like that of history generally, is to document periods of great change. The task facing the makers of the Obama museum, however, will be pretty much exactly the opposite: how to document a time when America should have changed but didn’t. Its project will be to explain an age when every aspect of societal breakdown was out in the open and the old platitudes could no longer paper it over—when the meritocracy was clearly corrupt, when the financial system had devolved into organized thievery, when everyone knew that the politicians were bought and the worst criminals went unprosecuted and the middle class was in a state of collapse and the newspaper pundits were like street performers miming “seriousness” for an audience that had lost its taste for mime and seriousness both. It was a time when every thinking person could see that the reigning ideology had failed, that an epoch had ended, that the shitty consensus ideas of the 1980s had finally caved in—and when an unlikely champion arose from the mean streets of Chicago to keep the whole thing propped up nevertheless.

The Obama team, as the president once announced to a delegation of investment bankers, was “the only thing between you and the pitchforks,” and in retrospect these words seem not only to have been a correct assessment of the situation at the moment but a credo for his entire term in office. For my money, they should be carved in stone over the entrance to his monument: Barack Obama as the one-man rescue squad for an economic order that had aroused the fury of the world. Better: Obama as the awesomely talented doctor who kept the corpse of a dead philosophy lumbering along despite it all.

I know that he is making the case that Obama was not progressive enough; still it is shocking to see the left turn on him in this way. He does have some good points though. Especially about the jobs part; Obama did not do nearly enough to create a climate for job creation. The article is an interesting read, check it out.

Others: Liberal ValuesWashington MonthlyBooman TribuneCANNONFIRE,Lawyers, Guns & MoneyNo More Mister Nice BlogPower Line and NewsBusters

A good read: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

Head on over and give this one a read. Many of the reasons why I walked away from the Democrats and “the left” are featured here. I was not what you would call a “leftist.” I just voted for Democrats. However, as I really began to look at the left-wing movement, I realized, whoops! I am in the wrong camp.

One thing he writes that really hits home is this one here:

7) Leftists hate my people.

I’m a working-class Bohunk. A hundred years ago, leftists loved us. We worked lousy jobs, company thugs shot us when we went on strike, and leftists saw our discontent as fuel for their fire.

Karl Marx promised the workers’ paradise through an inevitable revolution of the proletariat. The proletariat is an industrial working class — think blue-collar people working in mines, mills, and factories: exactly what immigrants like my parents were doing.

Polish-Americans participated significantly in a great victory, Flint, Michigan’s 1937 sit-down strike. Italian-Americans produced Sacco and Vanzetti. Gus Hall was a son of Finnish immigrants.

In the end, though, we didn’t show up for the Marxist happily ever after. We believed in God and we were often devout Catholics. Leftists wanted us to slough off our ethnic identities and join in the international proletarian brotherhood — “Workers of the world, unite!” But we clung to ethnic distinctiveness. Future generations lost their ancestral ties, but they didn’t adopt the IWW flag; they flew the stars and stripes. “Property is theft” is a communist motto, but no one is more house-proud than a first generation Pole who has escaped landless peasantry and secured his suburban nest.

Leftists felt that we jilted them at the altar. Leftists turned on us. This isn’t just ancient history. In 2004, What’s the Matter with Kansas? spent eighteen weeks on the bestseller lists. The premise of the book: working people are too stupid to know what’s good for them, and so they vote conservative when they should be voting left. In England, the book was titled, What’s the Matter with America?

We became the left’s boogeyman: Joe Six-pack, Joe Hardhat. Though we’d been in the U.S. for a few short decades when the demonization began, leftists, in the academy, in media, and in casual speech, blamed working-class ethnics for American crimes, including racism and the “imperialist” war in Vietnam. See films like The Deer Hunter. Watch Archie Bunker on “All in the Family.” Listen to a few of the Polack jokes that elitists pelted me with whenever I introduced myself at UC Berkeley.

Leftists freely label poor whites as “redneck,” “white trash,” “trailer trash,” and “hillbilly.” At the same time that leftists toss around these racist and classist slurs, they are so sanctimonious they forbid anyone to pronounce the N word when reading Mark Twain aloud. President Bill Clinton’s advisor James Carville succinctly summed up leftist contempt for poor whites in his memorable quote, “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.”

The left’s visceral hatred of poor whites overflowed like a broken sewer when John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate in 2008. It would be impossible, and disturbing, to attempt to identify the single most offensive comment that leftists lobbed at Palin. One can report that attacks on Palin were so egregious that leftists themselves publicly begged that they cease; after all, they gave the left a bad name. The Reclusive Leftist blogged in 2009 that it was a “major shock” to discover “the extent to which so many self-described liberals actually despise working people.” The Reclusive Leftist focuses onVanity Fair journalist Henry Rollins. Rollins recommends that leftists “hate-fuck conservative women” and denounces Palin as a “small town hickoid” who can be bought off with a coupon to a meal at a chain restaurant.

Smearing us is not enough. Liberal policies sabotage us. Affirmative action benefits recipients by color, not by income. Even this limited focus fails. In his 2004 Yale University Press study, Thomas Sowell insists that affirmative action helps only wealthier African Americans. Poor blacks do not benefit. In 2009, Princeton sociologists Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Radford demonstrated that poor, white Christians are underrepresented on elite college campuses. Leftists add insult to injury. A blue-collar white kid, who feels lost and friendless on the alien terrain of a university campus, a campus he has to leave immediately after class so he can get to his fulltime job at MacDonald’s, must accept that he is a recipient of “white privilege” – if he wants to get good grades in mandatory classes on racism.

The left is still looking for its proletariat. It supports mass immigration for this reason. Harvard’s George Borjas, himself a Cuban immigrant, has been called “America’s leading immigration economist.” Borjas points out that mass immigration from Latin America has sabotaged America’s working poor.

It’s more than a little bit weird that leftists, who describe themselves as the voice of the worker, select workers as their hated other of choice, and targets of their failed social engineering.

Via Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist – The American Thinker.

This guy is spot on, man is he ever. He also speaks about how his Faith in God came into conflict with the left as well. Believe me, I can relate to this one too. There was a time in this Country when the Democrats actually respected Christianity and Faith. Now, it is looked down upon.

Reading this article, was like reading my own reasons for leaving the Democrats and the left. Glad to see that I am not the only one, who has come to the conclusion that “the Left” simply is not the party of the working class American Christian any longer.

Others: protein wisdom

Rockford Files Star James Garner dead at 86

I used to love watching that show’s reruns on TV.

LOS ANGELES –  Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” has died, police said. He was 86.

He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday

via Movie, television legend James Garner dies at 86 | Fox News.

Theme music from the Rockford Files:

Rest in Peace James, thanks for the childhood memories. :)

 

On the name change and new background photo…

I am sure that you might have noticed, I changed the blog name and changed the background here on the blog, until the Israel/Gaza conflict is over.

Here’s the reasons:

  1. I changed the name from “The Americanist” to “The American Patriot” for a good reason; simply put, “The Americanist” sounded silly and plus, I wanted something that was easier to say. Plus, it is a better reflection of what I truly am.
  2. I changed the American Flag background to a American Flag to a Israeli flag with an American flag for a good reason: I am not a Zionist, nor am I a neoconservative or a warmonger — However, I am a Christian, and I happen to believe that Israel does have a right to exist and has a right to defend itself from terrorist thug jerks who are firing rockets into their Country. The reason this conflict is happening is because two kids from Israel were kidnapped near Gaza by Hamas; and then two kids from Gaza were kidnapped by extremists in Israel. Israel and Palestine both said they would investigate and arrest those who did the killing. Well, this was not good enough for Hamas; and they started firing rockets into Israel. Well, Israel decided enough was enough and began as operation in Gaza. So, I am taking a stand against Hamas and against the terrorists who are firing rockets into Israel.

I am sure that there are those who might have an issue with my position — I have one thing to say about that: So be it. I did not start writing to win popularity contests, I began writing because I wanted to stand up against what I felt was wrong; and lobbing missiles into Israel is simply wrong. If this causes any other Paleoconservatives heartburn, too damned bad.  

On my blog’s subtitle is a saying that I basically made up and it is:

There comes a time, when one must chose between madness and morality, repression or freedom, liberty or chains —- I tend to believe that I am on the right side of those choices.

This and this alone is why I have the Israeli flag in my background; not because I am a rabid Zionist, not because I am a neoconservative, not because I am anything other than a Christian Conservative American that happens to believe that the bullying of a nation by terrorists happens to be morally wrong. If and when the Israeli/Gaza conflict ends, I will return the background to the American flag. However, for now; the flag stays.

I mean and not to belabor the point; but, if someone, like Mexico, began lobbing missiles into California, I tend to believe that the US response would be a brutal one and I tend to believe that the liberal left would be calling for war. However, these same liberals are totally biased against Israel, which is why I no longer vote for them, at all.

Google Adsense suspends Pamela Geller

Here is something I know a little about; Pam Geller got suspended from Google Adsense:

Google has suspended me yet again from google ads on some bogus policy violation. I have spent the whole of the afternoon cleaning code.As much as I despise Google, I need the revenue to keep Atlas running. I may work for free, but bandwidth, webmasters et al all cost money. Real money.

via Google totally sux | Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs.

If you can spare a little, head on over and help her out. She is one of the many Anti-Jihad bloggers who are fighting the fight against radical Islam. She is also, like myself; a supporter of Israel’s right to defend itself.

The Thursday night music express presents: Johnny Winter

It just hit me, I have heard some blues player had passed away and the name for some reason did not click.

Folks, we lost Johnny Winter.

There will probably be a lot of words written about this man and I don’t think that anything that I could say would be any better than what they’ve written.

Rest in peace Johnny say hello to Jimi for me.

This video below is as far as I’m concerned Johnny Winter’s best performance.

Tammy Bruce to the view?

Now this would be very interesting….:

The best way on TV to shut up a loudmouth is with another loudmouth.  I’ve learned that Tea Party advocate Tammy Bruce – the outspoken nationally syndicated radio show host, author, and Fox News talking head – is being considered for a hosting slot on The View as the so-called “anti-Rosie”. What makes this especially interesting is that Bruce reportedly was suggested to the show by Sarah Palin. “I don’t think Sarah Palin is being considered to be a panelist on the show. I think she’s working behind the scenes to help them cast the conservative,” an insider tells me. “Tammy and Palin are close friends, and I think they are hot on Tammy because of Palin. They want the show to be politically combative, and Tammy would certainly be the anti-Rosie in every possible way.”

Bruce’s website describes her as a “gay, pro-choice, gun-owning, pro-death penalty Tea Party Independent conservative”. I’m told Bruce just had a meeting with ABC about potentially joining the show. She has been a talking head at Fox News for over a decade now “but she was surprised that ABC had interest in her for The View, considering she’s only been booked on the show as a guest once. And she doesn’t have an agent that was pushing her. They literally just called out of the blue. She says the meeting went well.”

via Sarah Palin Helps Cast The View – Tammy Bruce As ‘Anti-Rosie’? | NikkiFinke.com.

For those who do not know; Nikki Finke (or, as I like to call her; Nikki Rat Finke Rinky Dinky ;) ) is an industrial insider. If it’s TV or Movie related, she knows about it. So, this could very well be true. Needless to say, it would make for some very good television.

Hmmmmm: Alleged Snowden document says US/UK/Israel are behind ISIS

Interesting…..

From Gulf Daily News…

 The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Snowden said intelligence services of three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “the hornet’s nest”.

NSA documents refer to recent implementation of the hornet’s nest to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans.

According to documents released by Snowden, “The only solution for the protection of the Jewish state “is to create an enemy near its borders”.

Leaks revealed that ISIS leader and cleric Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech..

Top Conservative News Says:

Facts:

1) ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi was once a super-high level prisoner of the US government. Despite the fact that the US had offered a ten million dollar reward for him, the Obama regime ordered his release in 2009.

2) The Obama regime, with major support from Senate neo-cons John McCain and Lindsey Graham, gave hundreds of millions in military aid to Sunni Jihadists in Syria. Thousands of individuals receiving US aid are now members of ISIS. In fact, ISIS has even posted pictures of ISIS fighters with US Senator John McCain on the internet.

3) Israel has directly aided Sunni Jihadists in Syria by bombing Syrian military assets during Jihadist attacks.

4) The Israeli Prime Minister has reacted to the ISIS spearheaded Sunni/Shia Civil War in Iraq with borderline glee. The president of Israel has also suggested that a Sunni/Shia war is beneficial to the future of Israel.

5) The US and Britiain provided Sunni Jihadists with Toyota trucks in Syria. When, an army of ISIS fighters rolled over the Syria/Iraq border it looked like a commercial for Toyota.

Very interesting…. do you see why now that I simply do not trust this Government?

Photo of the day

Bobby Sox Brigade: 1942 – July 1942. “East Montpelier, Vermont. Marilyn Ormsbee, in striped dress is president of her 4-H Club, the Montpelier Center Girls, where she learns how to sew and cook economically and well.” Medium format negative by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information.

Back in the days, when young ladies dressed like modest young ladies and not like two-bit sluts; like most young women dress today.

(Via Shorpy)