A (usually comedic) blog I like to follow in my spare time recently published a post talking about the latest events in Libya to ask why conservatives are so against the pro-democracy uprisings of the so-called Jasmine Revolution, when a conservative Republican government undertook multi-billion dollar invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in order to “bring democracy” to those lands. An interesting question, no doubt, for someone stuck in the false dichotomy of conservatives and liberals. Wouldn’t this be a fiscal boon, with democracy flourishing in the Middle-East at no expense to U.S. coffers? For those of us living outside of the dichotomy, the answer becomes more obvious why these explosive events are so reviled by the power-brokers of the status quo.
I think an important piece of this blogger’s misunderstanding is the assumption that the Democrats are in favor of the events unfolding across several nations at this very moment. When one thinks that Obama and the Democratic Party are cheering on the citizens of Egypt, Libya, etc. the issue can become confused. Only after understanding the long-standing foreign policy of the U.S. government (regardless of party or ideology) for what it is, it is easy to see its fingerprints on dictators have been propped up time and again and democratic movements that have been actively targeted and destroyed. Isn’t it strange that virtually every new uprising in this movement is described as being within a U.S. ally? If our government were such a beacon of liberty, why are so many of our allies dictators with disgusting human-rights policies? The answer is, our government has had a big hand in creating these human-rights abuses and in securing the power these dictators grip.
Iran, under the suspicion alone of working towards nuclear weapons, is shackled in U.N. sanctions and is surrounded by U.S. client-states waiting to pounce. News that Libya has killed over 1,000 pro-democracy protestors is greeted with the news that the U.S. is “looking at” sanctions and “will be consulting broadly about these issues in the coming days.” Our government is dragging its feet as slowly as it can in an effort to give Gaddafi as much time as he needs to suppress this revolt. Even in the face of hundreds of innocents being killed.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, though advertised and sold as such, were never intended to bring democracy to the beaten masses of these countries. They were simply countries that needed to be forcefully brought back into alignment with U.S. interests. Both had important natural resources; governments that did not pay respect to our imperial agenda; and surrounded Iran, which I’m positive was anything but coincidence. The governments we introduced in those newly tamed countries are only democratic in name and are regularly listed as some of the most corrupt governments in the world. They are corrupt by design as they are simply tools of the U.S. government, colonies if you like.
So the Republican and Democratic parties are both furious as they watch decades of work go down the tubes and their hand-picked governments tumble across the Middle-East, it just happens that the Republicans are being more honest about it. The Democrats, always pretending to be a party of the people, must live in denial and cheer on the revolts through gritted teeth – jealous at the freedom the Republicans enjoy.
An eventful holiday season this seems to be! Right now, I seem to hear about the evils of Wikileaks from almost everywhere. Liberal blogs froth at the mouth, furious at the privilege of receiving more information on what their cherished Obama administration is really up to. I think it’s an anger analogous to someone refusing to be woken up in in the morning after a late night of drinking. The alarm goes off, but the rude reality – that it is indeed morning – is angrily denied and the alarm is silenced, or smashed. The ever-growing infamy of Julian Assange has become dangerous around the world. I wonder if he will take Ecuador up in their offer of residency? Will he be silenced?
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I had to take this paragraph from a certain “extremely” liberal blog because it infuriates me to such an extent:
To all the people on the left who scream and yell about warrantless wiretapping of American citizens and internet privacy, have you ever heard of cookies (browser type cookies not chocolate chip)? How about spyware? I’ve heard and read several stories about how marketers know every little damn thing about us, target their ads to individual people and how there are massive databases on our every move we make. So if the marketers can know everything about us, what is the big deal with the government knowing the same info. At least their goals of protecting the public from terrorism is a noble goal, instead of a capitalistic one. And yes, I don’t like it when Republicans are in control but that is the price we pay for our democracy. I have a friend who was always paranoid about being watched and listened to by “the man” or big brother and I remember thinking to myself, what the hell do they want to spy on me for? They are wasting their damn time spying on me and since I’m not doing anything to be worried about, why worry about it?
It is such a call to moral equivalence that I couldn’t have faked a better example. The argument, it seems, is that the Left should be content with the government spying on its citizens because companies do similar things? I of course tried to make him see the error of such apathy, but my comments were promptly deleted.
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This being an election year, we are again subjected to pre-approved candidates that do not represent solutions but wish to distract us with catchy slogans and scare us into voting for them. Bush voters regularly stated the ability for Bush to provide security from terrorism as the reason they chose to vote for him (which is needless to say, hilarious), and voters for Obama could be relied upon to unironically state the need for “hope” and “change” as legit reasons for their own choices. The former being scared into voting for a madman, the later being distracted into voting for the same.
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When one takes the time to read liberal blogs a pattern quickly becomes apparent. When one is so entangled in the system of our government it obscures what one is actually cheering for or raging against. The line, ideologically speaking, becomes so blurred that thankfully one is able to determine which people deserve cheering or choking with a simple initial next to their name proudly proclaiming R or D! A member such as Arlen Specter, once a Republican and embodying everything “wrong” with our society, can change his party affiliation and suddenly this baptism allows for the ignoring of his policy beliefs by the liberal masses.
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