Posted by: quiscus | May 7, 2012

May 7, 2012

1. “Voting for War, Again and Again

Looking at recent history, you would conclude not that the Constitution allows the president to make war, but that it requires him to do so.

It has been a long time since any president could seek a second term while making that boast. Looking at recent history, you would conclude not that the Constitution allows the president to make war, but that it requires him to do so. Modern leaders don’t brag about keeping us out of war but about getting us in.

Military considerations increasingly shape—and warp—our entire system of democracy and law. Despite the absence of any major threat to our safety and independence, we have become a garrison state, permanently mobilized for incessant intervention. It’s a safe bet that whoever wins in November, we will be embroiled in a new war sometime in the next four years.

Romney and Obama may pretend they represent stark differences in America’s approach to national security and world affairs. But in this realm, there is no Democratic or Republican party. There is only the war party.”

http://reason.com/archives/2012/05/07/voting-for-war-again-and-again

2. “Sarkozy’s Loss in Part due to his Islamophobia

Sarkozy, by embracing the noxious language of hatred of immigrants and fear-mongering about secular Socialists spreading Muslim theocracy in the villages of France, failed to convince the hard right to vote for him but managed to alienate the center. Even MPs in his own party began speaking out against his having gone too far.

Of course, the kind of violent, anti-immigrant, and Muslim-hating language Sarkozy used is par for the course in the GOP in the US today. But aside from some Libertarians such as Ron Paul, where are the mainstream centrist Republicans who will openly denounce it? Who among Republicans recognizes that the sorts of things Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney say about a monolithic Muslim Caliphate menace are violent and contradictory to the values of the American Republic. Not to mention the things many of them say about Latino immigrants. ”

http://www.juancole.com/2012/05/sarkozys-loss-in-part-due-to-his-islamophobia.html

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