Friday, October 31, 2014

Calling out Krathammer's lies and hypocrisy

While the rest of media punditry is almost entirely focused on "optics," Charles Krauthammer makes a bold move by suggesting that the midterm elections are all about competence. But he has zero to say about the lack of competence being shown by Republicans. This is all about throwing bombs at President Obama.

Of course he mentions things like the "disaster of the Obamacare rollout" (yeah, fixed that one) and the non-scandal "scandal" at the VA. But this is what I found amazing.
Beyond mere incompetence is government intrusiveness and corruption, as in the overreach of national security surveillance and IRS targeting of politically disfavored advocacy groups.
We'll leave the whole thing about the IRS alone for now because I'm pretty gobsmacked that Krauthammer has the gall to complain about national security surveillance overreach. Not only did Bush, Jr. conduct surveillance on people in America - until 2006 he did it sans warrants. And Krauthammer defended him for doing so. Just another example of how "its only a problem when Obama does it (with warrants)."

But then here's the money quote:
Most voters don’t care about the details of Ukraine, the factions in Libya or the precise battle lines of the Islamic State. But they do have a palpable sense of American weakness.

This was brought home most profoundly by the videotaped beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff. It wasn’t just the savagery that affected so many Americans but the contempt shown by these savages for America — its power, its resolve. 
So I suppose that "most voters" (read: Krauthammer) had a "palpable sense of American weakness" when terrorists bombed a U.S. military base in Lebanon on President Reagan's watch and that 9/11 demonstrated al Qaeda's contempt for America's lack of power and resolve during George Bush's presidency.

No?

I can only see two reasons why Krauthammer thinks he can get away with this kind of idiocy:
  1. He thinks Americans are too dumb to remember recent history, or
  2. He thinks Americans will accept a whole different measure of accountability for the black President (i.e., anything bad that happens in the world is his fault).
Or perhaps its a good helping of both. Either way, lets call Krauthammer out for his lies and hypocrisy. Competence...my ass. This one is all propaganda.

2 comments:

  1. What's amazing is that Republicans and their media cohorts have to "make up" controversies about Obama. Which begs the question -- If Obama is such a terrible president, then why lie about what he has or hasn't done? Shouldn't there be enough real examples to demonstrate his incompetence, lack of leadership, and tyrannical abuse of the constitution?

    Clinton clearly lied about Monica Lewinsky, Bush unquestionably created a debacle in Iraq. There wasn't a need to "manufacture" those controversies. They were real.

    The failure of conservatives, liberals, and the press to demonstrably prove their claims about Obama reflects their (1) contempt for a guy who continues to outsmart their political pontificates (2) inability to accept the outcomes of Obama's presidency that don't conform to their predispositions about his intellect and leadership.

    After all, if Obama is perceived as a "successful president", then it directly contradicts their inherent belief that only white presidents (i.e. Reagan, Kennedy) can actually lead the most powerful nation in the world. Accepting Obama and acknowledging his successes would require a reversal of white privilege and political norms that have been pervasive in America since the founding of our republic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Amen, Amen, Amen. It is more than that, this Black President has to be twice as good if not better than any other President in history and still they don't give him credit for the accomplishments since he took office. The white privilege is on full display. Thank God we have places like Smartypants, Theobamadiary, Thepeoplesview to come to for common sense analysis and issues.
      Thank you all.

      Delete