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Freedom Rider: Attack of the Cruise Missile Liberals

Liberals Love War

By BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley | Created 03/30/2011

Americans are warlike – as long as they think they can be victorious. These nominal Democrats and Republicans “differ only on who they want to see doing the dominating.” Today, a Black Democrat is the head killer in charge, allowing the likes of Ed Schultz, Bill Maher and Juan Cole to endorse the criminal assault on Libya. When the chips are down, fraudulent anti-war liberals show their true racist, Manifest Destiny-loving colors. “The true anti-war movement must reawaken itself and hit the streets in the hundreds of thousands.”

The desire for America to dominate the rest of the world is prevalent among most of its citizens, regardless of party affiliation.”

Peace loving Americans are few and far between. The vast majority of our citizens see nothing wrong with their government killing masses of people as long as the rationale sounds high minded and noble.

The love of bloodshed is generally connected with the right wing in this country, but nothing could be further from the truth. The desire for America to dominate the rest of the world is prevalent among most of its citizens, regardless of party affiliation. Those citizens differ only on who they want to see doing the dominating. Republicans are ecstatic when a Republican president drops bombs, sends drones on killing missions or occupies other nations. Democrats are equally enthusiastic when one of their own does the same.

Democratic party reaction to President Obama’s military intervention in Libya is but the latest example of the American propensity to exult over government sponsored violence. Obama, like George W. Bush before him, claims that his intervention, no-fly zone, peace mission (take your pick) is being conducted only for the most humanitarian of purposes. The dead bodies belie the claims of dogooderism but those words have a distinct power for people in this country and will always be used as a pretext for someone dying somewhere on the planet.

The belief in white American superiority affects and infects every policy discussion in this nation.”

The legacy of Manifest Destiny and the belief in white American superiority affects and infects every policy discussion in this nation. The equation of goodness and rightness with white America holds sway very strongly and sadly not just for white people either. The willingness to see white behavior as normative means that foreign policy decisions get a pass precisely at the moment when resistance and skepticism are needed.

No, Barack Obama isn’t white, but he may as well be. He is president precisely because he assured voters that he would not change the complexion of their belief systems. If he didn’t fulfill the deeply ingrained belief that might makes right as long as America, a country thought of as white, is in charge of world affairs, he would never have become the president.

The United States attack on Libya has brought out the worst in this phenomenon. Liberals are gleeful that conservative icon Newt Gingrich backtracked on supporting intervention until the Democratic president actually intervened, but Gingrich is no different than they are.

We now have MSNBC television host Ed Schultz [10] proclaiming “Support for Obama’s Invasion of Libya.” Never mind that Obama has taken great pains to claim that the bombing will be of limited duration and that ground troops will not have a presence there. Schultz seems to be ahead of the president on this one, but his show of support is telling in revealing the true support for American motivations in its interventions abroad. Likewise Juan Cole [11] in an “Open Letter to the Left on Libya” dismisses criticism of the intervention thusly. “I would like to urge the Left to learn to chew gum and walk at the same time,” and adds, “We should avoid making ‘foreign intervention’ an absolute taboo . . .”

Barack Obama isn’t white, but he may as well be.”

Foreign interventions conducted by the United States should be taboo. Our system is not designed to be in any way humanitarian. Its motives are to say the least suspect and no matter how evil its enemies are made out to be, the evidence of past history should make us suspicious of the arguments in favor of war.

The liberal hawks, like Obama, have no concern for Libyan civilians who are enduring bombing, and exposure to depleted uranium shells which create cancers and birth defects for years to come. This is not conjecture, but has been seen in Iraq and ought to be a reason for anyone who claims to be on the “left” to oppose the actions which bring it to pass.

The true anti-war activist, not just anti-Republican activist, has to raise its voice. The true anti-war movement must reawaken itself and hit the streets in the hundreds of thousands, just as they did in 2003 before the invasion of Iraq. That moment can be recreated, and in a deeper, more honest way, now that a Democrat is the head killer in charge.

Margaret Kimberley‘s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. [12] Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.com.

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INDECENT SLIMEBALLS: Paul LePage, Governor of Maine

Note: This is a special category of people who, knowing the ravages of poverty, rise to fortune, and like many self-made people, waste no time in thinking (a) that anyone (!) can do the same; or (b) that the “losers” deserve what they get (or rather, don’t get).  The empathetic imagination is sorely lacking in these individuals. They make instant common cause with other millionaires and zillionaires at the top. The idea that wealth and poverty are two sides of the same coin is alien to their narrow, mean-spirited  minds.  Obviously, by a large margin, they’re at home in the Republican party, which has long specialized in enemies of the people like this, but Democrats also have their share of indecents.—P. Greanville

HUFFPOST REPORTING

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Orders Removal Of Labor Mural From State Agency
By Amanda Terkelaterkel@huffingtonpost.com

First Posted: 03/23/11 01:17 PM Updated: 03/23/11 01:17 PM

WASHINGTON –– Governor Paul LePage (R-Maine) has sparked a fresh battle with the state’s union community, ordering a mural at the Department of Labor (DOL) taken down on the grounds that the image is biased against business owners.

On Tuesday, Maine DOL Acting Commissioner Laura Boyett sent out an e-mail saying that after some complaints from businesses, the mural would be removed. Additionally, the state would be renaming eight conference rooms, many of which commemorate former labor leaders and one honoring the first female U.S. Cabinet secretary.

“We have received feedback that the administration building is not perceived as equally receptive to both businesses and workers — primarily because of the nature of the mural in the lobby and the names of our conference rooms,” wrote Boyett in the e-mail, posted by Maine blog Dirigo Blue. “Whether or not the perception is valid is not really at issue and therefore, not open to debate. If either of our two constituencies perceives that they are not welcome in our administration building and this translates to a belief that their needs will not be heard or met by this department, then it presents a barrier to achieving our mission.”

Maine AFL-CIO President Don Berry issued a statement condemning the announcement, saying, “No matter what you name a room, no matter how many pictures you take down, the truth is that this state was built by and for working people and this move dishonors the generations of hard-working Mainers who came before us. Paul LePage cannot erase our history, and he will not silence the voice of the working class in Maine.”

The mural, pictured below (from The Portland Press-Herald), depicts various scenes from Maine’s labor history, including strikes in Lewiston and Jay:

LePage Press Secretary Adrienne Bennett told The Huffington Post the governor’s office is exploring alternative places to keep the mural, perhaps in the state museum, and believes they can move it without damaging the artwork. “We’re not going to put an ‘Open for Business’ sign in the lobby either,” she said when asked what would replace the painting. “It’s going to be neutral.”

“When you walk into our Department of Labor lobby, you see this mural, which is on several walls,” added Bennett. “There’s no getting around it. You see it, and it’s there. The administration feels it’s inappropriate for a taxpayer-funded agency to appear to be on one side or another. Clearly, the mural depicts one side. … [W]e’ve got to make sure, as a Department and as a state government, we’re representing all Maine people.

Judy Taylor, the artist behind the piece, took issue with Bennett’s statement and stressed that there was no political agenda in her work.

“My response is that it’s history, so it’s not a present-day depiction of taxpayers,” she said. “It’s episodes pulled from history. So that, to me, is a very odd argument. Anybody that would be in a Labor Department, if they went 100 years back into their history, they would find episodes that aren’t of reality today.”

The mural was erected in 2008, as The Lewiston Sun-Journal notes, after the Maine Arts Commission chose Taylor through a jury selection.

Taylor also told The Huffington Post that the reactions she has received to her art have always been “very very positive” — from both business leaders and workers alike. She noted at one point, a businessman told her he was particularly moved by the painting because it reminded him of his grandmother’s stories about working at a textile mill.

LePage has been the target of labor protests in recent weeks, after he proposed raising the retirement age for some state workers and eventually capping cost-of-living adjustments for retirees in an effort to address the state’s fiscal situation.

Maine state Rep. Diane Russell (D) traveled to Wisconsin last month to show solidarity with the labor demonstratorsprotesting Governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget bill, which strips union workers of their collective bargaining rights. She explaining that “if the levees break in Madison, everyone gets flooded.”

“It is on the backs of hard working people that companies make their profits,” Russell told The Huffington Post in response the the DOL proposal. “That position deserves respect. It is not enough for conservatives to undermine the rights of workers across this country; now they are literally erasing them from the halls of history.”

List of the rooms that are up for a name change:

  • Able ME Room (DOL program)
  • César Chávez Room (labor leader)
  • William Looney Room (politician)
  • Marianne Martin Room (labor commissioner)
  • Frances Perkins Room (first U.S. Labor Secretary and first female Cabinet member)
  • Rose Schneiderman Room (labor leader)
  • Charles Scontras Room (labor historian)
  • Sarah Wilson Room

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BONUS FEATURE
The same LePage as seen by the establishment

Forbes Focus

Ready For Business

Steven Bertoni, 12.30.10, 11:20 AM EST

Forbes Magazine dated January 17, 2011

Paul LePage went from homeless teen to Maine’s next governor.
Can he save the state’s economy, too?

LePage

Paul LePage, Maine’s Republican governor-elect, knows a thing or two about turnarounds. Homeless as a teen, LePage shined shoes and cleaned horse stables to eventually earn a college degree. As general manager of Marden’s Surplus & Salvage, he made a bundle selling cast-off items, from snow shovels to stiletto heels. After New York retailer Century 21 was damaged in the Sept. 11 attacks, his company bought its entire ash-covered inventory, letting Mainers afford to wear Prada under their parkas.

Now it’s up to LePage, a businessman and political outsider, to salvage Maine’s economy from the convoluted regulatory system, poor infrastructure and high taxes that led FORBES to rank it as the worst state for business in an October survey. It’s a big leap for the blustery LePage, who once suggested President Obama “go to hell” (he later apologized). His previous political experience was serving as mayor of heavily Democratic Waterville (pop.: 15,000), which counts 1,800-student Colby College among its largest employers.

WHILE PUSHED INTO POWER by the Tea Party and an angry rural constituency, LePage is no party ideologue. His budget team includes the Democrats’ former finance director. He also backs the reelection of Senator Olympia Snowe, a liberal Republican and Tea Party target. Why? Her late husband, Peter Snowe, might have saved his life.

“Companies have told me, show us that you are moving in a different direction and excite us and we’ll look at Maine,” LePage says. “In four years if people think I failed, they’ll send me into retirement.”

In a tale oft told on the campaign trail, LePage, 62, says that at age 11 he was beaten by his father, who gave him a 50-cent piece and instructed him to tell doctors he had tumbled down the stairs. Instead LePage, the eldest son of 18 children, took off. For the next two years he lived on the streets of Lewiston, sleeping in hallways, cars and the local brothel. “Some of those strippers were like surrogate moms,” LePage says with a laugh. At age 13 LePage was taken in by two local families and was later befriended by state legislator Peter Snowe, who promised to pay for college. LePage, a native French speaker, struggled with the SAT’s verbal section. “I didn’t break 300,” he says. LePage was accepted by Husson University after Snowe convinced the school to give him the test in French. After earning an M.B.A. from the University of Maine, LePage worked in forestry and later as a consultant before running Marden’s.

He plans to train state employees to better serve the private sector and has asked businesses to join a “red-tape” panel to soften stringent state regulations. LePage wants to cut Maine’s top income tax rate from 6.85% to 5%, plus reduce levies on cigarettes and booze by 25%. To keep retirees from fleeing to Florida, he would like to stop taxing pensions. He also hopes to replace Maine’s public health insurance plan with a market-based one. Democrats think the tax cuts could blast a billion-dollar hole in the budget, but LePage claims the gap would be filled by higher sales-tax revenues generated by increased business activity.

He should be great for Maine if he can overcome the progressives who are doing everything they can to sabotage him.

Maine’s 7.3% jobless rate beats the national average of 9.6%. Still LePage figures he can create jobs by courting more high-tech and biotech companies. In the meantime he wants to increase investment in the $4 billion lumber industry (90% of Maine is forested) to bridge the transition. He must do this while protecting the woodlands and shoreline that attract an annual $7.7 billion in tourism revenue.