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Many people do not distinguish America in the sense of the governmental regime and America in the sense of the aggregate of the people’s personal characteristics and their historical and contemporaneous accomplishments in peaceful, productive, and creative endeavors of many kinds—economic, scientific, technological, artistic, charitable, athletic, you name it. Hence comes the verbal vitriol that is spewed on those who criticize or denounce America in the former sense, embellished with the use of the hackneyed terms ‘America hater’ and ‘blame America’ to slander the critics.

But what can any decent, fair-minded person say about America in the first sense? The governmental regime in this country has been rotten from the get-go. It upheld slavery for more than seventy years and then fought a savage, unnecessary war to prevent the peaceful secession of eleven states. It slaughtered and brutalized Indians, stole their lands, denied them justice in the courts, and ultimately confined them to wretched reservations where they were treated in a way that insured their eternal subjugation and ruin there. In many states it constructed a Jim Crow system in which the freed slaves and their descendants were treated with legal contempt and subjected to institutionalized humiliation. It gained a major part of the public domain from Mexico by unjust violence and conquest. In the twentieth century, it thrust the nation into a series of unnecessary foreign wars, fought for the most part by conscripts given a ‘choice’ between imprisonment and killing people with whom they had no just personal quarrel. Its politics at every level have been pervasively corrupt. Its political economy has operated for nearly a century as a system of thoroughgoing participatory fascism, which serves to empower mendacious politicians and to enrich the politically strongest special interests. And so forth, ad infinitum.

Presented with these plain facts, the red-white-and-blue patriots sputter about how other countries are so much worse. Okay, grant that other countries might be worse (although no such case can be sustained factually across the board). So what? Should an evil regime be applauded and even, not uncommonly, loved merely because it is the lesser evil? Nothing requires us to cut slack for the lesser evil, and in fact the pervasive tendency to do so plays a large role in creating the conditions in which the U.S. regime now grows more and more evil.

— Robert Higgs (via kinkykinkshamer)

(via thecheekylibertarian)

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The Obama administration leaks classified information continuously. They do it to glorify the President, or manipulate public opinion, or even to help produce a pre-election propaganda film about the Osama bin Laden raid. The Obama administration does not hate unauthorized leaks of classified information. They are more responsible for such leaks than anyone. What they hate are leaks that embarrass them or expose their wrongdoing. Those are the only kinds of leaks that are prosecuted. It’s a completely one-sided and manipulative abuse of secrecy laws. It’s all designed to ensure that the only information we as citizens can learn is what they want us to learn because it makes them look good. The only leaks they’re interested in severely punishing are those that undermine them politically. The “enemy” they’re seeking to keep ignorant with selective and excessive leak prosecutions are not The Terrorists or The Chinese Communists. It’s the American people.
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motherjones:

How Polarized Is Your State?
California really is two states. Not northern and southern, though. Unless water is involved, LA and San Francisco can get along OK. Basically, what this chart shows is coastal vs. inland. Most of coastal California is as liberal as its stereotype, while inland California is somewhere to the right of rural Georgia. Lately, the coastals have taken firm command of Sacramento, and the inlanders haven’t yet figured out how to respond.

motherjones:

How Polarized Is Your State?

California really is two states. Not northern and southern, though. Unless water is involved, LA and San Francisco can get along OK. Basically, what this chart shows is coastal vs. inland. Most of coastal California is as liberal as its stereotype, while inland California is somewhere to the right of rural Georgia. Lately, the coastals have taken firm command of Sacramento, and the inlanders haven’t yet figured out how to respond.

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Even before Benghazi, the IRS and the Department of Justice controversies started heating up, the economy had consistently taken a back seat to issues such as immigration and gun control.

“The economy is by far the most important issue for voters,” says Karlyn Bowman, a polling expert at the American Enterprise Institute. “It’s not unusual for Washington preoccupations to be different than those of the public.”

She says that the public is skeptical that Washington can provide economic answers at this point. Politicians themselves seem a little dubious.

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mediamattersforamerica:

A handy guide to the most basic myths and facts about Benghazi. But with the mainstream media now shilling the Fox-created myths, you can expect a whole lot more.

Ahem, while MediaMatters claims to be progressive, you should know this as spin from David Brock aprominent Democratic political operative. 
Benghazi was a failure of the State Department on every level. It could have been avoided, it could have been mitigated on the ground, and it should have been reported honestly. But none of those things were done. Citizens on both sides are and should be outraged. 

mediamattersforamerica:

A handy guide to the most basic myths and facts about Benghazi. But with the mainstream media now shilling the Fox-created myths, you can expect a whole lot more.

Ahem, while MediaMatters claims to be progressive, you should know this as spin from David Brock aprominent Democratic political operative. 

Benghazi was a failure of the State Department on every level. It could have been avoided, it could have been mitigated on the ground, and it should have been reported honestly. But none of those things were done. Citizens on both sides are and should be outraged. 

(via rotomangler)

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For far too long, conservatives have failed to coalesce around a long-term vision of what a free-market healthcare system should look like. Republican attention to healthcare, in turn, has only arisen sporadically, in response to Democratic initiatives.
— Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Avik Roy, “The future of free market healthcare” for Reuters Opinion. [Read the full piece] (via reuters)
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