The Republican Model for Labor in America

No matter what your opinion on the auto bailout, one lasting image of that fight was Mitch McConnell, and his fellow facist neo-con flock "informing" Americans how we are too fat and sassy because we strive to create, and sustain a viable middle-class. Yes, the same group that supports bailing out the bankers, and for outrageous CEO pay that milks the very companies they run were telling us that the real problem were the greedy American workers, who god forbid want fair wages and some kind of benefits for their efforts.

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Greed, Murder and Cowardice: The Pillars of Democracy?

"The true strength of rulers and empires lies not in armies or emotions, but in the belief of men that they are inflexibly open and truthful and legal. As soon as a government departs from that standard, it ceases to be anything more than "the gang in possession," and its days are numbered."(H. G. Wells, as quoted in the Gravel Edition of the Pentagon Papers.)

The enemies of democracy are the enemies of the rule of law.
"enemies both foreign & domestic..."

Our Presidents and our armed forces swear to protect the Constitution from this threat - with good reason.  The Constitution is the rule of law and it is the one thing that can prevent tyrants, thieves and murderers from the ruinous world of their unchecked greed and brutality.

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

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Watching Patton

front-paged at Booman Tribune]

Last night I watched Patton (1970) for, I don't know, the sixth time?  In any case, it was the first time I'd watched the movie since George W. Bush became President.  For those of you that don't know, the movie chronicles the exploits of General George Patton during World War Two.  The story is told largely through the eyes of the G.I.s general, Omar Bradley.  Bradley is alternately admiring of Patton's virtuosity and disgusted by his willingness to sacrifice men to his quest for glory.  I've known men that served under Patton, and they were equally ambivalent.  They hated the man, but serving under him was their proudest achievement.  Even in a war where the cause is indisputably just, war is a moral quagmire.

Patton spoke as a man that knew our cause was just.

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