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Scheer writes: "Obama as the cool triggerman is an image useful to White House operatives as they buff the president's persona for the coming election. But what it reveals is the mindset of a political cynic whose seductive words cloak the moral indifference of a methodical executioner."

President Barack Obama speaks to supporters during a campaign fundraiser in Denver, 05/23/12. (photo: AP)
President Barack Obama speaks to supporters during a campaign fundraiser in Denver, 05/23/12. (photo: AP)

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+37 # RMDC 2012-06-04 17:20
Good article. Obama has burned his credibility with the left. I supported Obama in 2008 but I would never do it again. He burned his hope speech. What's he going to run on this time -- certainly not hope and change because there has been none of that.

Obama seems to be going after the moderate republican vote and abandoning the left. Probably he thinks like all Cliinton-esque candidates that liberals have no where else to go and they will vote for him just to prevent a Romney victory. This is flawed logic. I won't vote for Obama. Who the hell cares if Romney wins. Obama would do the same things as Romney.

It is time for a real 3rd party.
+24 # coffeewriter 2012-06-04 18:59
Agreed! There was a time when any comment on RSN that portrayed Obama negatively, was greeted with vitriol and thumbs downs. But I believe that people are starting to see the truth - that Obama, charming as he is and a good orator to boot, is still a politician. He is in the pockets of big oil and, more dangerously, the military-indust rial complex.

Yes, millions of people around the world liked Obama, believed in him, looked forward to his presidency (I'm not American) but we have all been disappointed by his reality. And, no matter what he says about 'tough choices', as President he had both power and opportunity to leave the legacy that he promised in his campaign. But, he chose to ignore his electorate and listen to the war mongers and oil barons. RMDC is correct, voters need to back off Obama...indeed it makes little difference if Romney wins. They're both flip-flops apparently. But Obama does need to see that turning his back on his voters means his voters doing the same to him.
+14 # lotuslover 2012-06-04 22:27
Perhaps coffeewriter and RMDC, we should revisit this conversation after pres. Romney names his picks to the Supreme Court, and Mitch McConnell becomes Majority Leader of the Senate. You may see little difference between Romney and Obama on your fav issues; I see vast differences between the two parties on virtually every issue, including your favorites. So good luck with that--100%ers have played a big role in getting us to where we are today.
+8 # Ralph Averill 2012-06-05 02:36
Agreed! Those of us who knew in 2008 Obama wasn't superman are not so disappointed and, on some issues, are impressed by Obama. I will gladly vote for him in 2012.
One hopes that the dopes who abstain from the presidential ballot in 2012 will still get their sorry butts to the polls and vote for a Democratic Congress, where more power sits than the Oval Office.
It's all about Congress in 2012!
+3 # paulrevere 2012-06-05 11:48
I will not vote for o...I WILL vote for specific individuals who walk side by side with the likes of Grayson, Stein, Anderson, Sanders, Warren, Feingold, McKinney, Nader etc.
0 # moby doug 2012-06-08 12:11
Brilliant, paulrevere. Throwing away votes for Nader in 2000 in Florida is exactly what created enough space for the Repigs to steal the 2000 election for Bush. Some folks never learn. They would rather congratulate themselves on the purity of their ideals while the world goes to hell in a corporate-fasci st handbasket.
+6 # RLF 2012-06-05 04:55
Sorry lotus, but that may be where it has to go before we get 'hope and change' because the country has gone to sleep and only a really loud buzzer will wake them. I'm not voting for Obama either.
+2 # John Locke 2012-06-05 08:41
We have already seen the Democrats pick for the supreme court, Alito and Roberts. They did nothing to block their nominations when they had the chance. So I doubt there would be a difference... And I am also glad to see that people here are waking up to who and what Obama is, he is a Wall Stret plant. His history says that loud and clear.
0 # paulrevere 2012-06-05 11:56
If people desire to believe that voting on the single issue of SCOTUS nominees is so important that they can overlook the egregious behaviors listed above, then I must adobt the pov that the United States citizenry has to bore deeper into its somnambulence.

RLF, I'm feared loud buzzers effects have never been much for affecting change. This drift towards behavior resembling Patricia Hearsts Stockholm Syndrome appears to be what the hopey changey folks are doing...
-7 # MidwestTom 2012-06-05 20:40
I have wondered if he isn't a Saudi plant, rather than Wall Street. He has drastically increased the immigration of Muslims into this country. So for more than 1.0 million Muslims have come here under Obama, and the number has increased every year.
+6 # Stephanie Remington 2012-06-05 15:36
Coffeewriter -

Most of the folks who reflexively give thumbs down for anything critical of Obama don't read this type of article -- maybe because they don't want information that conflicts with their view of him.
+15 # ER444 2012-06-05 00:23
I supported him as well. What a shame there is no alternaive at the moment. Nevertheless, it is time for his Nobel Peace Prize to be rescinded. It was given to early, and he hasn't proved that he deserves it.
+14 # Dion Giles 2012-06-05 20:26
Prize should be transferred to Bradley Manning.
+14 # wantrealdemocracy 2012-06-05 09:23
It is very difficult to have a third party that can have any influence on our government with our 'winner take all' system. People think that to vote for a third party is to throw you vote away and spoil the election. Less than half of us even bother to vote. It is meaningless. We need to break the two party system. I suggest we all OCCUPY THE BALLOT and write in Occupy in every space for a write in candidate. This will reduce the percentage of the votes to the corporate duo and demonstrate the great number of people who want more choice. This would encourage the formation of the many new parties we need. Two is not the best number of possible choices. We need more choice and public finance of political campaigns. We need to end corporate funding of our elections.
+4 # Jerry 2012-06-05 11:27
Why not cast a real vote - for Rocky Anderson?
+2 # mjc 2012-06-07 08:54
It is past time RMDC. Third parties need a good two years to get organized at the very least. And if you aren't voting for Obama, can you justify voting for Romney? As a woman, I can't bring myself to put a guy and a party in the top office who basically wants to throw away all the civil rights gains of the past 60 years. Hope you live in a blue state.
+17 # Richard Raznikov 2012-06-04 20:24
I agree with RMDC. This is only the latest horror, of course, but with each disclosure we are seeing a cold-blooded killer in the White House, a man unable or unwilling to recognize our common humanity and evidently uncaring who he murders, what lives he destroys, with these lunatic policies.

America doesn't need more enemies but thanks to Obama we are clearly making some. How anyone with a heart or soul could vote for this man is hard to believe.

Forty-four years ago tonight the best, most caring and decent candidate the Democratic Party ever produced was shot to death in Los Angeles. The contrast between Robert Kennedy and this creep could not be more striking.
+3 # conniejo 2012-06-05 08:33
We lost everything when we lost Bobby.
+12 # John Locke 2012-06-05 08:46
Wow what a great observation, and Obama was touted as a second Robert Kennedy, what an insult to his legacy..

Another thought, 6 of the members of the Supreme Court are Roman Catholics, Consider this when the Birth Control issue is brought before that court by the Catholic church!
+6 # Jerry 2012-06-05 11:41
Kucinich is better. So is Rocky Anderson - a democrat until he couldn't stomach them any longer. Bobby shaped his speeches to fit his audience. While not changing his positions, it has similar impacts to using wiggle words.
+31 # PABLO DIABLO 2012-06-04 22:28
When will the American public or the media tie the blowback against us to these type of actions by our government?
+15 # tedcloak 2012-06-04 22:30
Scheer compares Obama's killing of Al Quaida and Taliban commanders to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Had FDR had the drone capability Obama has, he might have knocked off the Japanese and German general staffs and avoided not only the two atom-bombed cities but also the destruction by firestorm of Tokyo, Hamburg, Dresden, and other enemy cities, sparing hundreds of thousands of civilian lives. To say Obama is "uncaring who he murders" is simply contradictory. He cares very much who he kills, so much so that he identifies them by name. The United States should not be in the empire business, IMO, but we are. Obama didn't start that, and he almost certainly won't be able to end it. But at least he is ending the mass killing that is war. As to the idea that he's no better than Romney, consider just one thing: the Democrats, by and large, accept climate science. The Republicans deny it. There's a lot more to be said about that, but enough for now.
+14 # Dion Giles 2012-06-04 23:12
He hadn't the choice to end it, but he did have the choice to pursue it or resist it. He chose to pursue it.
+3 # James38 2012-06-05 00:00
Excellent comment Ted. I am very disturbed by the hyper-moral generalizations and false equivalents that fill Scheer's article. I am equally disturbed by the comments agreeing with Scheer.

One thing is absent from both, and that is an honest assessment and effort to say what Scheer or the "agree" folks would do if they were in Obama's shoes.

Start from that idea and then come up with practical suggestions and alternate plans that can be submitted to Obama for his next years in office.

To go all doctrinaire and purist and just shoot down Obama for whatever failings he may have is to live in a fantasy world and not care what happens in the real world.

Ted, your last comment about Climate Science is a vital one. We are starting a slide down a slope that gets steeper as we ignore the necessity to quit burning fossil fuel. Four years of Romney doing nothing to control Climate Change would bring us closer to the free-fall zone. The survival of humanity and most other life on the planet hangs in the balance.

We need to start a major effort to build the Thorium and other generation 4 reactors that were planned long ago. The programs were dropped in one of the worst episodes of shortsighted craziness in US history. We need to encourage Obama to start those projects again.

-3 # paulrevere 2012-06-05 12:03
Excuse me...the man LIED to get the job. He absolutely does not DESERVE re-election. He has been found out, and we now know who and what he is. You are an exuse maker for immorality, zero ethics and a contiuation of slaughter mentality in the name of and against the spirit of what to some degree has been a several hundred year light of hope for all the people on this planet...THAT is gone! And you advocate for more practical politics and lesser of two evils...BS in capitals Sir!
-14 # James38 2012-06-05 00:12
I very strongly recommend that every person read the following books:

"Storms of My Grandchildren" by Dr James E Hsnsen

"Power to Save the World" by Gwyneth Cravens

"SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future" by Richard Martin

We are in dire danger. Hansen, an Emonent Climate Scientist with NASA, explains the Science and history of Climate Change, and shows us the peril and some of the ways out of the mess.

Cravens and Martin both explain how Nuclear energy is a vital and necessary part of any serious effort to save humanity from near if not total extinction.

There is a major amount of fear and propaganda clouding discussions of Nuclear Energy. A serious study is the only way out of the confusion, and these three books are a distillation of the necessary knowledge.

One vital fact is that generation 4 reactors are not only inherently safe, shutting down completely if any problem occurrs - with no operator intervention necessary, but they can use present stockpiles of Nuclear "waste" as fuel, eliminating the storage problem and giving us power for hundreds of years.
+11 # Vardoz 2012-06-05 10:54
Not true- I don't know where you got this but international spokes people from Switzerland and other nations have said that if reactor # 4 goes it will release 85 times more readiation then Gernoybal. Using lethal radioactive materials to boil water that has the potential to kill vast populations of people for generations is insane! Also the NRC is not updating old reactors and many reactors in California, are built on faults, also insane and they have already closed down the Diablo Canyon reactor. Scrubbers need to be put on coal fire stacks, Solar towers are now being used in Spain to supply clean energy to whole cities but the oild and NRC have blocked building them here. In the Sahara, vast areas are going to have solar planes cover a large area. Also cars could be 10 times more fuel efficient then they are. Jets also need to reduce their emmissions as well. They are one of the biggest contributors to CO2 emmissions.
+10 # Vardoz 2012-06-05 11:03
We are voting for Obama again. We don't like a lot of what he is doing. He's made some big mistakes but we know that Mitt and Rove will do much more harm. We don't want our social safety nets destroyed. We don't want our educational system privatized and we don't want the Tea Party in charge. This does not mean we will stop protesting his mistakes and wrong doing. Many did not vote during the last congressional election and that's how we got the Tea Party who are willing to sacrifice everything just to defeat Obama. I will never forget Boehner's quote, "no jobs so be it." It took Roosevelt 2 terms and a lot of screw ups to get it write and if large numbers of people call the Obama hotline 202-456-1111 and there is a huge public outcry that has an impact. We should also be protesting the way tey are in Canada. If we get Mitt and Company now will look real good to us.
-1 # Noni77 2012-06-06 03:46
Choosing the known evil because another choice "might" be worse? Not bright. Voting Obama OUT would tell the DNC to vet their nominees for COMPETENCY and HONESTY.
+3 # lexy677 2012-06-07 04:00
.....and voting in Romney and his crowd would ensure that the average working class citizen is reduced to the economic level of a Bangladshi that what you want?
+3 # Jerry 2012-06-05 13:02
Obama could do police actions like he did with the seals in Pakistan, minus the killing of a non resisting person. Since he already has that in his quiver, one might conclude he is using drones because its cheaper, and he doesn't care who he kills. The purpose of the seals use must have been to get positive identification. If it’s not bin Laden, you can dump the body in the ocean and claim it was.
You BOTE(better of two evils) folks throwing in the towel so early is like Obama's positioning himself in the middle, only to move to the right to get something passed. It’s the way you get ACA instead of single payer - the somewhat better than the worst, never the best. Support Rocky Anderson now. You can move to Obama in Nov. if Rocky can't win. Since we didn't get a primary to pull Obama and the democrats back to the left, they're steering to the right. And there is no way of knowing what Obama and the democrats will do with Social Security, Medicare, and the safety net. Look what they did with welfare. And Obama says he will compromise on those things. Some minor adjustments are reasonable, but since he refuses to put his vision out there, we don't know how much he will trade away. And Obama is a damn conservative. He got elected by being a dark horse.
Have you learned nothing from the increased cancer rate and thyroid problems from the dosing we've gotten from nuclear? Deep thermal can provide all the electricity we need without that danger.
+2 # Jerry 2012-06-05 13:02
Obama's Kegan appointment to SCOTUS was supposedly to bring Kennedy to the left, but since it hasn't, all you can say is that it was a conservative appointment, which is what Obama appears to be. He isn't the liberals’ savior of SCOTUS.
+4 # Dion Giles 2012-06-05 20:03
James 38 writes: "One vital fact is that generation 4 reactors are not only inherently safe, shutting down completely if any problem occurrs - with no operator intervention necessary"

Yep, they're as safe as the computers that control them. Puts me in mind of the yarn about the computer-contro lled airliner. Before takeoff the computer voice went out over the intercom: "This plane is first of the new wave. No pilot or co-pilot, just computers will be flying it. The airline assures all passengers that this plane is perfectly safe. Nothing whatsoever can go wrong (click) go wrong (click) go wrong. . . .”
+2 # RLF 2012-06-05 04:58
Agreed. These people and thier 'civilian' (if there is such a thing in a war like this) would cut our throats in a second and lose no sleep over it. That being said...I think we could manage to keep them off our planes and out of our country with out being over there.
-3 # Noni77 2012-06-06 03:50
Odd how the US government imports the "enemy" by the millions? Would we have allowed massive immigration by the Germans or Japanese or Italians during WWII?
+4 # Jerry 2012-06-05 11:55
You are ignoring the passer bys that are killed, and the signature strikes on those that are unknown but are behaving in a way the CIA thinks they are terrorist associated. If FDR could have wiped out enemy generals, he would have been wiping out self declared leaders of a nationally declared enemy. That is not the case with Obama who is murdering people only identified by secret information of which we have no way of knowing the reliability.
+13 # giraffee2012 2012-06-04 22:58
Kennedy had flaws but he was very good for the USA. Obama may not be as good or even good enough - but one thing for sure is that Romney is a horror show that we never can recover from -- "W" damaged us and we haven't recovered - so blame Obama for not living his dream for USA. "W" was in for 8 years and Obama could not (not even can Superman) fix the damage in 3+ years. But I hear the Dems falling for the rhetoric and amnesia that seems to "FORGET what happened under Bush & company" -- -

For the rest of us 99% - vote straight Dem and that includes vote for Obama. Or die
+11 # RLF 2012-06-05 04:59
To fix the damage, Obama would have to WANT to fix the damage...that is the problem.
+2 # MizKatz 2012-06-04 23:32
To RMDC who won't vote for Obama...just remember the Nader effect in past elections. You won't split the Republican vote--only the Democratic vote. Yes, we need a viable third party candidate, but unless Bernie Sanders changes his mind, we don't have one. A vote for any current third party candidate, sadly, is tantamount to a vote for Mr. Romney.
0 # Jerry 2012-06-05 13:07
Making that choice now rather than in Nov dooms us to the two party system.
+21 # Majikman 2012-06-04 23:56
Ya gotta love repug revisionist history. Bush and his thugs who broke this government beyond recognition apparently never existed and it's all Obama's fault.
I am not an Obama apologist (I knew we were screwed when he appointed Rahm, Summers, etal) and perhaps he had no choice. Doesn't matter...the MIC that runs this country wants the status quo.
The only hope is for this country is mass civil disobedience.
-26 # HJ7 2012-06-05 00:28
After this brief and disastrous experiment with Chicago style politics in the white house a decent and moral human being, even a Morman, will be like a breath of fresh air.
+16 # DaveHOz 2012-06-05 00:43
If Romney wins he'll appoint right-wing crazies to the Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade and ensure Citizens United and corporate personhood are the law of the land forever. It *does* make a difference if Romney is elected!!!

I intend to hold my nose and vote for Obama, and then work at the grassroots so that someday true progressives will be viable candidates...
0 # paulrevere 2012-06-05 12:51
Maybe...just maybe, your Armageddon for the left description is what is needed to awaken the somnambulent?
+2 # giraffee2012 2012-06-05 16:39
Quoting DaveHOz:
If Romney wins he'll appoint right-wing crazies to the Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade and ensure Citizens United and corporate personhood are the law of the land forever. It *does* make a difference if Romney is elected!!!

I intend to hold my nose and vote for Obama, and then work at the grassroots so that someday true progressives will be viable candidates...

Well said - thank you DaveHOz
0 # Kiwikid 2012-06-05 01:18
Wow, he's not a popular man, is he? If this is what his friends are saying about him, it looks as if Obama is toast.
This may be a good thing, good for the long term Democratic party anyway. If the Mitt wins, the Gop will finally be faced with fixing the mess they've created. Unfortunately this will ultimately be a bad thing for the 99% - because they won't be able to - not with the policies they're currently advocating. If democracy survives another GOP term it could result in a subsequent long period of Dem leadership. Lots of 'ifs'.
0 # moby doug 2012-06-08 12:20
With Romney in the White House and the Repigs in control of SCOTUS and one or both houses of Congress, the GOP will do everything it can to LOCK DOWN its power, and destroy the last of the opposition, forever. That's what Citizens United is all about. That's what's happening in states like Wisconsin and Ohio, where far right pols (Scott Walker, Kasich) owned by neo-fascist billionaires are busting the last unions and handing the states, lock stock and barrel, over to corporate cronies.
+9 # rhodge4477 2012-06-05 01:43
ok- Comments are very valid/sincere and precise. Seems the choice once again between the 'lesser evil' syndrome appears. At this juncture, once again, the determining factor for future hope/ameliorati on/dare I say 'survival?' etc. lies with the appointments surely to be made by the 'next' administration of Supreme Court Justices (5-4 now) three impending retirees leaves us with a potential 6-3 lock in either direction currently in play. Or worse 7-2? Our current system, while critically broken would never recover in my lifetime (I'm 54) given a conservative 'super' majority to damage it even further than the 5-4 (incorrectly named) "Citizens" United debacle. While I'm almost loathe to support the hypocrisy of the last 3 years, I'm more extremely terrified of an impending return to the disastrous debacle that was bushco. Tell your friends that even though once again we have a 'lesser of the two' dynamic, the stark and extreme differences make it imperative as outlined that we retain the Obama Administration, then we REALLY hit them HARD with our collective will and determination to have O U R voices heard and complied with (Alternative energy/Civil Righs-liberties -privacy/Govern ment accountability with meaningful urgent progress and disclosure of all kinds/fiscal restraint with war as a history lesson learned just for starters. Say I'm naive, but innovation and determination and cooperation and respect will go a long way to improve our collective gain. Obama or what then?
+6 # conniejo 2012-06-05 08:43
I agree, rhodge. The Supreme Court is THE issue for the upcoming election, as it has been so many times before. The Bush presidency, which got us into this horrible economic mess with which we are struggling, and "Citizens United" were imposed on us by the Court. We have no one else to blame if we elect a president who gives the activist right-wing judges a stronger majority.
+6 # James38 2012-06-05 09:25
Very well said, rhodge.
+9 # humanmancalvin 2012-06-05 02:18
The presidents oops open mike moment with the Russian pol told a wonderful story. "I will have more flexibility after I am reelected. I am reading that the man is sick & tired of beating his head against an impenetrable wall.Despite right wing propaganda to the contrary, President Obama has bent over backwards in attempts at bridging a gap only to be kicked in the sack repeatedly. No more Mr. nice president in 2nd term baby. The Terminator will inhabit the Oval Office. And was sucks & very messed up decisions have to be made & this strong man makes them though I am sure he agonizes over each one which is why he goes the extra step of naming targets himself. he is in this way taking full responsibility just like a grown up does.
Obama/Biden in November for a saner more adult presidency. Oh yea, please do not forget to load both houses in Blue.
0 # RobertMStahl 2012-06-05 07:02
The plutocracy is a product of the Old Guard. Evolution is substitution, and all wars are won by flanking. Aside from an awareness, a cognition of the complimentary relationship between symmetric and asymmetric laws of nature, Gregory Bateson's Steps to an Ecology of Mind, there is asymmetric crime that takes advantage of the means of symmetry, largely in this case, parallel processing, the simplest of technologies to appreciate, yet the most abused. In any event, we should be fully aware of the missing-in-acti on Indira Singh (Google Indira Singh Guns and Butter), as well as William Binney and James Bamford's take on the means by which the electronic age is usurped into an Old Guard vis a vis Bluffdale, Utah. The culture must change in an ever changing world. Again, parallel processing works best for the commonwealth, but is marginally compromised to service the 1%.
+6 # cordleycoit 2012-06-05 07:54
The President likes to kill people which ought to be a warning sign. His opponent would like to kill as well are we sending the crazies to the White House. Billy The Goat Clinton had personal problems Shrub was one short of six Obama is blood crazed and Mittens would tear Iranians apart with his teeth. Is the White House a half way house for the psychotic?
+2 # Richard Raznikov 2012-06-05 11:03
Pretty much covers it.
+2 # Broger 2012-06-05 09:37
I'm voting for Rocky Anderson and I won't stop voting third party until we get it right. The two-party system will never work again. It's bought and controlled and is out of our hands.
I realized what was going on in our country when the JFK commissions couldn't even lie sufficiently to cover up their
messy assassination plot. They had to hide behind classified
secrets that would be held for 50 years. How perverted can democracy get before we realize we don't have one.
-2 # 8myveggies 2012-06-07 11:42
I'm voting Green and I won't stop voting third party until we get it right either.

I agree completely with your assessment of our political situation.
+4 # jwb110 2012-06-05 10:49
I am not a Hawk. Getting out of the Middle East and leaving very wealthy Oil Interests to make their own diplomatic deals with the Arab World would save us a bunch of trouble. Going into Iraq and installing a regime change only served to take the one secular nation in the MIddle East and turn it into an unstable Religious minefield.
If the target had always been Bin Ladin, Bush could have made that happen in Afghanistan and stayed the hell out of Iraq. All he achieved was to take the one secular nation in the Middle East and turn it into another religious minefield. The is the way for "end of times" politicians.
Writers constantly talk about the death of children in the Middle East and continually without considering the arc of history. WWII, fought on European soil, killed many children. The Germans and the French and the Italians and Japanese were guilty of this before the US even entered the war.
If the Arab WOrld held its children in high regad they would be trying to get to the table and end the conflict. Instead they are driven by some foolish tenant in Islam that has made them believe that all those children are martyrs, and they very well may be. If so the war might be seen as a service to get them all to heaven and their reward of virgins.
That is what happens when war are driven my religious fanaticism.
Protect our own children first.
+9 # bingers 2012-06-05 13:26
"If the target had always been Bin Ladin, Bush could have made that happen in Afghanistan and stayed the hell out of Iraq."

If the target was bin Laden Bush could have taken the Taliban up on its' offer to turn over every al Qaeda member in Afghanistan to the world court, despite Islam's charge to protect your guests to the death. But Bush wanted his kangaroo court and refused their offer. All this death was a direct result of Bush's ego.
+10 # Listner 2012-06-05 10:49
Call me crazy but I don't want to live in a world where we wave goodbye to our children as they go off to war. Since higher education is out of reach and they can't afford health care, the war machine seems like a good option.They feed you, teach you to kill, help you with your wounds and all the while, pay you 67 cents an hour for EVERY hour you're in.It's a system already in place in China and 100 million Chinese can't be wrong.

To consider Mittens as an option is foolish. There won't be enough left of our democracy to fix after a debacle like that. I'll vote for Obama because he is absolutely the best of two evils and because you can't imagine the alternative. He will address the issues of education and health care, as well as appoint people to the supreme court we can live with.A Mittens presidency would be THE END of this nation as we know it and we WON"T get it back, EVER !!

Have three and a half years completely wiped clean your memory ??
+6 # angelfish 2012-06-05 12:51
All you Fools who are "not voting for Obama" need to WAKE UP and realize the consequences of a Romney Presidency! Surely to GOD, Obama is a better alternative! In my opinion, it's TOO HIGH a price to have to pay to punish the Country for the inability of this President to overcome the NO, NO and NO AGAIN ReTHUGlicans who currently RULE our Congress! The Office DOES have it's limitations, and, all things considered, President Obama has moved mountains considering all the obstructions and roadblocks put in his way by the regressive, repressive, Nut-Job Wing of the Far RIGHT ReTHUGlican Party. Do you REALLY want these people riding rough-shod over us AGAIN? NEVER vote ReTHUGlican. Never, EVER again! The People, UNITED, will NEVER be defeated!
+6 # bingers 2012-06-05 13:20
No matter what you think of Obama, every Republican is far, far worse and Romney is a disaster. We've already seen what Obama would do regarding the Supreme Court, appoint moderates who believe in the constitution and what any Republican would do, appoint a political constitution hating corrupt justice. If for no other reason, never vote Republican if you value America. Obama may have disappointed you, but a Romney would disappoint you on steroids.
+10 # Vince 2012-06-05 13:22
Robert Scheer is a brilliant political journalist with a long and distinguished career, but he's gone overboard this time. To compare Obama's drone strikes to the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan or to the heinous carpet bombing of Vietnam is grossly unfair to Obama and to the suffering and death sustained by those two countries and their people. It's patently absurd. It is also verging on irresonsible in an election in which we have exactly two choices: bad and worse. (Does he really imagine Romney will somehow be kinder and gentler?)

As for allowing Romney--poster boy for the 1% to win, as RMDC and Coffeewriter suggest--this is simply cutting off our noses to spite our faces. We have two viable choices in November; casting a vote for anyone but Obama is a vote for Romney (as we should have learned from Florida in 2000, Gore v. Bush). Lotuslover is on the money: how many more Citizen's United-like decisions will we see with a Romney-appointe d court?
-1 # Lowflyin_Lolana 2012-06-05 20:34
"The word “realist” is now identical to “hypocrite".

Robert Scheer is the best when it comes to picking out the word games.
0 # Jerry 2012-06-06 02:05
Best of two evils will always get you evil. So if you want tyranny, stick with it. But you don't have to decide now - Nov. is early enough. At least until then, support someone you believe in. I like Rocky Anderson. This will tell you a lot about him -

You can have the lesser of two evils as a fall back safeguard if the alternative doesn't look like he/she has a chance.
0 # Robert B 2012-06-06 08:10
The far left has a long history of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Just before every election, they start fussing. If it isn't 100% perfect in every way, then it's no damn good at all, these politicians are all part of the same cabal, so why bother voting? I can see why the LA Times canned this guy. The far left would be disappointed if Gus Hall were President, but the right-wingers always cheer for their own, even if it's an incompetent, half-literate fascist like George W. Bush. They would claw their way through rabid dogs and rusty razor blades to vote for any candidate the GOP puts up. The far left shoots themselves multiple times in both feet, and then whines a lot when they lose. Drop dead, Scheer.
+4 # bingers 2012-06-06 17:22
There is no far left. It's just that the Republican party has gone so bat crap insane that they think Obama who is to the right of Eisenhower is the most leftist person to ever run for the presidency.

Every Republican in national office is working for the destruction of American democracy.

And for noni, it was the Barbary pirates, Adams and the treaty of Tripoli which assured Islam that we had no problem with "Musselmen" which was what they called Muslims then.
0 # paulrevere 2012-06-06 10:37
So we have a POTUS who has been flying right of center, and worse, colors for three and a half years.

And we are to somehow make the leap that his next four will unveil 'the real' liberal in his heart?

I wanna pooooonnneeeeee ee tooooooo!

I see no difference in that reasoning than in the reasoning of those who are calling for a vote for Anderson, Stein etc.

One long shot is as good as another and relying upon some bogeyman scenario about SCOTUS appointments, when your guy is killing women and children while eating a Big Mac from 8000 miles away seems down right as cognitively dissonant as anything the FauxSnoozers are tossing on the table.
+1 # mjc 2012-06-07 08:48
Like your attitude, paulrevere. The real question is whether we should vote for this phony liberal or the empty suit, rock-headed conservative? And for me that means no choice at all but the future of the Supreme Court and better health care are all that is weighting my decision.
+1 # Vince 2012-06-06 14:11
Interesting ... Noni77 seems to think, in response to my comment (perhaps among others) that "Choosing the known evil because another choice 'might' be worse? Not bright." "Not bright" might also apply to Noni not reading carefully; I never mentioned the word "evil" in my comment. (I said "bad" and "worse.") Further, I implied that Truman and Johnson were evil, NOT Obama; that was half of the point of my e-mail, which Noni clearly missed. Finally, Romney is *hardly* an unknown. We know exactly what he's going to do as president in part because he's made it part of his campaign platform! Pretending he is an unknown quantity is far more deplorable than being unintelligent ("not bright"). Please read Robert B. ... Noni and Jerry fit in here perfectly.
0 # Edward Mainland 2012-06-06 15:04
Why is it "far left" to stand against violations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Code of Military Conduct -- all of which Obama, like Bush, has covered up, enabled, exploited and perpetrated? It's not "far left" to state openly that Obama gives precious little evidence of his alleged background as a constitutional scholar and academic.
+2 # Sallyport 2012-06-07 14:14
I did not vote for Obama in '08, thinking him an empty suit with nothing but the ambition to be President animating him. I didn't foresee his delight in militarism, his contempt for civil rights, his abject grovelling before huge finance/insuran ce interests. In spite of all that, I don't see how I can avoid voting for him this time. That is, I will NOT vote for him, but I will vote AGAINST Romney. Everything that we know about Romney & his backers makes it unthinkable to consent to his taking office.
0 # tomo 2012-06-08 19:20
If you vote for him, Sallyport, you vote for him.

Believe me, he will take it as a mandate.

I actually think he's more dangerous than Romney because he's much better at peddling the corporate poison than Romney could ever be. (Romney would like to be as good a liar as Obama is, but his Mormon faith won't let him. Nixon, with the Quaker spirit of his mother hovering over him, had the same problem. He constantly worked at lying well--but never really got the hang of it. Great liars are, I suspect, born with the gift. Reagan had it. Bill Clinton has it. So does Obama.
0 # tomo 2012-06-08 00:47
Scheer's article is great article. The reason some Americans will still vote for Obama is because they don't take seriously the lives of people outside our borders. Scheer takes the deaths of such people seriously. The apologists for Obama say, "Well, c'mon. His drone murders are small compared to the murders he might commit."

If a majority of Americans think this way--console themselves, that is, that America is less criminal than it might be, then maybe the Koch Brothers and their friends are benefactors after all. Clearly the demented rich are doing things which, unchecked, will destroy our economy. But once our economy is gone, so one would think will be our days as a super-power as well. Considering how we have squandered our opportunities, maybe this is all for the best.

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