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Massive contradictions in logic tend to drive me right up a wall. I'm not talking about little things, like people who crave hot coffee in the summer, or ice cream in the winter. I'm talking about the really big ones.
A perfect example happened several years ago. Pope John Paul was making one of his semi annual tours of America, and he had come to Seattle to pontificate (see what I did there?). Well of course the local news networks were falling over each other with coverage. I for one did not watch because quite frankly I could not care less what any Pope has to say.
Later that night the newscaster summarized PJP's speech. "The Pope reaffirmed the church's stance against birth control, he then went on to encourage America to do more for the poor and indigent." Well I lost it. I stood there screaming at the television, "Where the fuck do you think all those poor and indigent come from you stupid old polock." (I'm not proud of it, but it's what I really did say.)
Frankly I haven't had a moment quite like that since. Not even during the eight years that Bushco was in charge. But in reading the text of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, I could feel the urge to shout at people who weren't in the room rising rapidly.
It was these parts in particular,
"Furthermore, America cannot insist that others follow the rules of the road if we refuse to follow them ourselves. For when we don't, our action can appear arbitrary, and undercut the legitimacy of future intervention — no matter how justified."
"I believe that the United States of America must remain a standard bearer in the conduct of war. That is what makes us different from those whom we fight. That is a source of our strength. That is why I prohibited torture. That is why I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed. And that is why I have reaffirmed America's commitment to abide by the Geneva Conventions. We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not just when it is easy, but when it is hard."
"I believe that peace is unstable where citizens are denied the right to speak freely or worship as they please, choose their own leaders or assemble without fear. Pent up grievances fester, and the suppression of tribal and religious identity can lead to violence. We also know that the opposite is true. Only when Europe became free did it finally find peace. America has never fought a war against a democracy, and our closest friends are governments that protect the rights of their citizens. No matter how callously defined, neither America's interests — nor the worlds — are served by the denial of human aspirations."
It is undoubtedly true that development rarely takes root without security; it is also true that security does not exist where human beings do not have access to enough food, or clean water, or the medicine they need to survive. It does not exist where children cannot aspire to a decent education or a job that supports a family. The absence of hope can rot a society from within."
What an incredible steaming crock of shit.
First of all as far as you prohibiting torture, well you did but you didn't. Like most people addicted to power and Imperialism you couldn't give up all of your power, even that which is immoral. So you made sure to leave loopholes.
Beyond that I find it outrageous that you can carry on so blithely about the effects of disenfranchisement, and crushing poverty on people, and yet you seem oblivious to the ways in which those very things are going on in the United States. You know, the country you carry on at such length about being sworn to defend etc? And as far as there "never having been a war against Democracy"? How naive can you be. What the hell do you think the far Right nut jobs are attempting right now?
Frankly Mr. President, either you are a lot dumber than you appear, or you truly just don't give a shit about anything excepting looking and sounding good, with no thought to how many of the little people have to die so that you can accomplish those twin goals.
Personally at this point I don't care which it is. Either way the result is the same, we all get to starve, and suffer, and die, while the elites dance, and dine and sip champagne.
So congratulations Mr. Obama, enjoy your "peace" prize and your presidency, for however long it lasts.
Keep The Peace My Brothers And Sisters!