Uncle Tom or Uncle Sam: Nader says criticism of Obama long overdue

Submitted by Eternity on Fri, 12/18/2009 - 11:20.

The Daily Beast - Democrats are steaming over the White House’s capitulation to liberal nemesis Joe Lieberman’s demands to remove a public option and Medicare buy-in from the Senate’s heath-care bill. Progressive figures including Howard Dean and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas have gone so far as to suggest scrapping the bill entirely and starting over, sparking rebukes from White House officials like David Axelrod, who called such a move “insane” in a Morning Joe interview on MSNBC on Thursday. With polls already showing many Democrats planning on sitting out 2010 midterms, the conflict has drawn comparisons to Ralph Nader’s third-party run in 2000, which many Democrats blame for tipping the election to George W. Bush—and for leaving Lieberman to wreak havoc in the Senate.

This is all good news to Nader, a vocal critic of the bill who considers the health-care debate a turning point in the left’s relationship to Obama.  Read more.

I''ve read quite a few pages here but

I really haven't seen anyone posting anything too much that is negitive against any of his actions at all (save me once :)

And no comments on this thread.... wondering why people are fearful to have a discussion on criticism of Obama??

There are SEVERAL sites that do a respectable job os that (grin) NewsWithViews.com is one. ---copy in part--







Today, Nobel Laureate Obama carries on Bush’s folly and commenced bombing Libya last week.


Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said, “Thus far, the president has been unable to construct a foreign policy, any foreign policy.”


In other words, Obama and his staff manage our government by the seat of their pants with a totally reactive style, i.e., they don’t have a plan and they don’t know what they are doing!


“March 19 marks the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a nation that had no weapons of mass destruction and was not involved in the 9/11 attacks,” said journalist Charles Davis. “It was sold to the American public as a war to defend our nation and free the Iraqi people. Defense Secretary Assistant Ken Adelman predicted that "Liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk."


Let’s look back at that cakewalk.


1. 4,400 U.S. Soldiers died for a lie. Projections of over 100,000 will commit suicide after their tours of duty. Over 175,000 Vietnam vets killed themselves after leaving the war zone in 1975.


2. Bankrupting our nation. We spend $12 billion every 30 days while our own country degrades within at every level. We stand $14 trillion in debt and sinking fast.


3. According to the National Priorities Project, “The money the U.S. government spent destroying Iraq could have provided yearly salaries for 12.5 million teachers or paid the annual healthcare costs for 167 million Americans. When elected officials tell us our nation is bankrupt, we should tell them to bring our war dollars home.”


4. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead. A 2006 study by researchers at John Hopkins University published in the Lancet medical journal found that in just over three years there had been 654,965 "excess Iraqi deaths as a consequence of the war," with Iraq’s death rate more than doubling due to gunfire. A January 2008 analysis by British polling firm Opinion Research Business, meanwhile, estimated "That over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003."


5. Lights still out. “Then came the 2003 invasion, which destroyed electrical plants, sewage systems, water treatment facilities, hospitals and more,” said Davis. “Eight years later, the living conditions of Iraqis are worse than under Saddam Hussein.”


6. Millions flee their homes. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, since 2003 "More than 4.7 million Iraqis have fled their homes.”


7. Poisoning Iraqi Society. “The U.S. military dropped thousands of bombs across Iraq laced with depleted uranium, the radioactive waste produced from manufacturing nuclear fuel,” said Davis. “It’s not just Falluja facing a cancer epidemic. Al Jazeera reports that in the central Iraq province of Babil, reported cancer cases rose from 500 in 2004 to 7,000 in 2008.”


Bush and now Obama violated their oath of office by sending our country and our kids into unlawful wars. Only Congress maintains the right to wage war. Congress and our presidents send our kids off to die or become maimed, but they never send their own children. Our kids serve our country; when will our country serve our kids? Our kids have become a mercenary army for the fat cats of the military industrial complex.




Why are we still occupying Iraq with 50,000 soldiers? Why 130,000 soldiers in Afghanistan? Why 572,000 military personnel in 700 bases in 120 countries around the world? Why the cost of all that when our own country crumbles underneath us? Anybody got an answer to this level of The Peter Principle? We’re paying for this folly and it will ultimately take our civilization down. Guess what? Your two senators from your state, who support all this folly by funding it for the past 10 years, illustrate The Peter Principle everyday!


What are you doing about it? Answer: most likely, nothing!


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Food for thought here for sure, Betty



The problem is, America is NOT a Democracy - it is a Republic! As our Founding Fathers established, can we keep it?