And the truth hurts. Arthur Silber writes an ongoing political blog that would put Glenn Greenwald to shame (Sorry Glenn). Silber does his best to predict what’s going on behind current political events and then confirms or rejects his predictions in future posts as events unfold. His uncanny prescience of the political world is incredibly instructive. And the topics he writes about are endless —From “The Folly of Intervention” to depression to dissidence. There’s a reason you probably haven’t heard of him. The more of a threat you are to the status quo the less likely you will be well known. Here’s a snippet from his blog http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com:
It is very odd indeed that one truth about Barack Obama’s presidency thus far is widely accepted by both the right and left (using those terms broadly, and as they are commonly used to describe American political affiliations). The truth I refer to is the fact that what had once been controversial policies when first implemented by George W. Bush — indefinite detention without charges and warrantless, virtually unlimited surveillance, to name just two obvious examples — have been continued by Obama, despite the fact that Obama as candidate sometimes protested against them. Most observers also agree that Obama has not only continued these policies, but normalized and institutionalized them (and sometimes expanded their reach), thus seeking to make them a permanent part of the State apparatus going into the future.
Since those on the right (with rare exceptions) supported these policies when Bush pursued them, they are relieved and happy that Obama has chosen this course. Such people can therefore be granted recognition for demonstrating consistency with regard to their professed beliefs. The same cannot be said for those on the left (again, with rare exceptions). They vehemently denounced the policies when a Republican adopted them; when Obama continued, institutionalized and occasionally expanded them, they rationalized his actions (always seeking to divest Obama of moral agency and responsibility in one way or another), or chose to remain silent. Those on the left continue this approach today. We can therefore say, speaking generally, that those on the right believe something — that is, they believe that power should be used to pursue certain ends, and not others — while those on the left believe in nothing but power, power for its own sake, power as an end in itself.
I’ve made this argument for many years. And even though one might be tempted to say that those on the right are marginally better, insofar as they believe in something beyond power for its own sake and thereby remain somewhat recognizably human, while those on the left who choose to engage in perpetual Obama apologetics have rendered themselves into formless, unthinking blobs of meaningless matter, I think that conclusion is an error. We cannot forget what those on the right believe — and since what they believe requires the brutalization, suffering and death of innocent human beings, they are finally as thoroughly detestable as those on the left. Nonetheless, I think this observation from that long-ago post is also true: “But in a psychological sense, I probably would have to say the Democrats (and certain of their apologists) are worse: to say you recognize evil to any extent at all, yet to fail to oppose it or, which is still more reprehensible, to act for its furtherance, consigns one to the lowest rung of Hell.”
It is not enough that Obama has continued, institutionalized and even broadened what so many people proclaimed to be unacceptable evils when adopted by Bush. America has proven steadfast in its determination to be “exceptional,” so its lauded president has publicly proclaimed his assertion of absolute power — and almost no one notices, and almost no one cares:
As I have written before: “the claim of a ‘right’ to dispense death arbitrarily — the claim that the State may murder anyone it chooses, whenever it desires — constitutes a separate category altogether, a category of which this particular claim is the sole unit. When death is unleashed, all possibility of action is ended forever.” For this reason — and it is the only reason required — it is not “perfectly rational and reasonable” to decide that “the evils of their candidate [Obama] are outweighed by the evils of the GOP candidate.”
There is no evil beyond the claimed “right” to murder by arbitrary edict, to murder anyone, anywhere, anytime. If you support this particular evil — and if you vote for Obama, you support it — then you will support anything.
As I explained in “Accomplices to Murder,” all those who voted for Romney support evil in the same manner. In the last election, 120 million Americans voted for evil. This particular evil — which is of necessity the greatest evil possible, since death forever precludes all other possibilities of every kind — is fine with them. They accept it, and they support it. Most other Americans appear to have chosen to remain unaware of the State’s assertion of absolute power and what it means. It is not that the information is unavailable to them, for the State proclaims its adoption of evil regularly in the nation’s most prominent newspapers. Evil has arisen in the manner of a gargantuan statue in the largest public gathering place in America — and almost all Americans walk by it every day, carefully averting their gaze, refusing to see the massive edifice that has been erected directly in front of their unseeing eyes.
Obama regularly and systematically orders the murders of innocent human beings — human beings he knows to be innocent. The president of the United States is a serial murderer. The president of the United States boastfully proclaims his status as a serial murderer to all the world. This monumental fact — and it is a fact, one which Obama and his fellow criminals repeat to us over and over, to make certain we hear it, even if we refuse to understand it — matters only to a vanishingly small number of Americans.
This is the point where you and every person desperately needs to take it personally. This is not a charade or a carefree patriotic parade with colorful floats and banners, although that is exactly how almost every public voice speaks about it, if they bother to speak about it at all This is, all too literally, a matter of life and death. I made a similar point many years ago, when I was attempting yet again to reach those who refused to acknowledge the significance of Bush’s policies:
To put the point the other way, which will hopefully penetrate the wall of resistance erected by so many people: the only reason you aren’t in a concentration camp right now is because Bush hasn’t decided to send you to one — yet. But he claims he has the power to do so — and there are almost no voices of any prominence to dispute the contention. What is even worse than the loss of liberty is the fact that most Americans aren’t even aware that the loss has occurred.
We can now edit that passage, but only slightly, to bring us into accord with the precepts of the Glorious Age of Obama:
The only reason you aren’t dead right now is because Obama hasn’t decided to kill you — yet. But he claims he has the power to do so — and there are almost no voices of any prominence to dispute the contention.
You need to think of Obama ordering a drone strike on your wife or husband, or your lover, or your children — or you. Imagine it in every detail. Then tell me how “accepting” you are of this monster. Then tell me how you justify having voted for him, if you did. As I indicated, the same is true for all those who voted for Romney, and for all those millions who think it doesn’t matter. —From: Taking it Personally