Obama and Republicans Seek to Define 2012 – NYTimes.com.
Obama and Republicans Seek to Define 2012
DES MOINES – The 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney said on Thursday, “could be our last chance” to save the United States from Greece-like bankruptcy.
The nation, he said, is “only inches away from no longer being a free economy.” The task ahead, he proclaimed at another campaign stop days before the Iowa caucuses kick off the Republican primary season, was nothing less than “saving the soul of America.”
Mr. Romney is hardly alone in elevating the stakes of the presidential race to levels approaching survival of our way of life.
What is under way now is a contest to define what the election is about. Even as the Republican candidates have been fighting it out among themselves in an ever-shifting primary campaign, Mr. Obama has been ramping up his effort to make 2012 a clash of competing visions about how to ensure a future for the American middle class. In the process, he is also working to define what the election is not about: the persistently high unemployment rate and his inability to point to hope for a robust economic recovery.
Read the full story here: The New York Times
No Such Place as ‘Post-Racial’ America – NYTimes.com.
No Such Place as ‘Post-Racial’ America
Please, I beg you, stop using the bankrupt and meaningless term “post-racial!” There’s no such thing as “post-racial.” There’s no place that fits the description “post-racial America.” There’s no “post-racial era.” It’s a term for a concept that does not exist. There’s no there there.
We are not a nation devoid of racial discrimination nor are we a nation where race does not matter. Race and racism are still critical factors in determining what happens and who gets ahead in America. The election of Barack Obama ushered in this silly term and now that he’s begun running for re-election, I’m here to brusquely escort it out of the party called American English because it’s a con man of a term, selling you a concept that doesn’t exist.
Read tzhe full story here: The New York Times
Filling in the Blanks – NYTimes.com.
Fill in the Blanks
Published: September 18, 2011
Just a few winters ago my wife and I took our daughters to witness the inauguration of a man who had campaigned on hope and embodied possibility. We are pretty immune to political euphoria, but, circulating among the footsore pilgrims, we could imagine our country had embraced the idea that we were all in this together. When the newly sworn-in president congratulated us all on choosing unity of purpose over recriminations and worn-out dogmas, we wanted to believe that we had done exactly that.
Inaugurations, of course, are ceremonial ephemera. After the “Ask not” comes the Bay of Pigs. After the 60-plus approval rating comes the 9-plus unemployment rate. But it is worth pondering how we got from that day to this partisan clamor, how we lost that sense of common cause, and how it became a consensus of the commentariat that Barack Obama is in serious danger of being a one-term president.
The decline in Obama’s political fortunes, the Great Disappointment, can be attributed to four main factors: the intractable legacy bequeathed by George W. Bush; Republican resistance amounting to sabotage; the unrealistic expectations and inevitable disenchantment of some of the president’s supporters; and, to be sure, the man himself.
Read the full story here: The New York Times
Opinionator – A Gathering of Opinion From Around the Web
May 5, 2011, 8:30 pm
Let’s Clear the Fog of War
By TIMOTHY EGAN
Birthed in a big lie about weapons of mass destruction, the war in Iraq was in desperate need of a hero in 2003 when Jessica Lynch wrecked her Humvee and was knocked unconscious in enemy territory. Nine days later, the 19-year-old Army clerk was rescued by American soldiers from an Iraqi hospital.
That much was true. From there — in newspaper articles, countless talk-radio fabrications and a book — Lynch was transformed from a nameless casualty to “the little girl Rambo from the hills of West Virginia who went down fighting,” as she said in later testimony.
Give her credit: for her service, and for her fierce honesty in the face of myth-making, official and for-profit. It’s more than the defense brass did in her case, or that of the other poster boy for military mendacity, the Army Ranger Pat Tillman. He was killed by his own troops in Afghanistan — a truth the Pentagon thought we couldn’t handle, so they spun a tale of heroism in the face of hostile fire.
Now, with the extraordinary raid that netted Osama bin Laden, the fog of war makes it tempting to exaggerate. The story of what happened in the darkened residence of a coward who sent others to blow themselves up has changed, understandably, over the last few days. Of late, the White House says it will not give out any more operational details.
But they owe us a complete story, an honest story, one for the record.
Read the full article here: Clearing the Fog of War in Abbottabad – NYTimes.com.
A Michigan-based group called the Bible Nation Society, which has been urging Congress to pass a resolution commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, also says that President Obama may be the Antichrist.
Read the full article here: Bible Nation Society: Obama is the Antichrist | The American Independent.
By directly and coolly engaging a debate with his most fevered critics, Obama offered the most unmistakable validation ever to the idea that we are living in an era of public life with no referee—and no common understandings between fair and unfair, between relevant and trivial, or even between facts and fantasy.
Read the full article here: A new era of accusation and innuendo – Jonathan Martin and John F. Harris – POLITICO.com.
Es stimmt m.E. bedenklich, was die Unabhängigkeit der Justiz hier in den USA angeht, wenn Urteile über die Verfassungsmäßigkeit von Obama’s Gesundheitsreform, zumindest bisher, entlang parteipolitischen Linien gefällt werden. Lt. New York Times haben bisher nur von republikanischen Präsdenten berufene Richter die Gesundheitsreform für nicht verfassungskonform erklärt, während von demokratischen Präsidenten nominierte Richter sie für verfassungsmäßig halten:
“The opinion by Judge Hudson, who has a long history in Republican politics in Northern Virginia, continued a partisan pattern in the health care cases. Thus far, judges appointed by Republican presidents have ruled consistently against the Obama administration, while Democratic appointees have found for it.
That has reinforced the notion — fueled by the White House — that the lawsuits are as much a political assault as a constitutional one. The Richmond case was filed by Virginia’s attorney general, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, and all but one of the 20 attorneys general and governors who filed a similar case in Pensacola, Fla., are Republicans.”
Zitiert aus: New York Times, 13. Dezember 2010
Ich muss zugeben, ich tue mich auch – so sehr ich auch denke, dass eine Gesundheitsreform hier in den USA mehr als überfällig ist und dass jeder Zugang zu einer Krankenversicherung haben sollte – sehr schwer damit, zu akzeptieren, dass es strafbar [wenn ich recht erinnere, soll das mit einer Geldstrafe von bis zu $600 geahndet werden können] sein soll, wenn man keine Krankenversicherung hat.
That’s what the New York Times had recently called David Axelrod, the president’s chief adviser.
“a philosophy delivered without a passport and with a view (on a clear day) of Russia”, quoted from The New York Times
“From an inspirational notion, however flawed in execution, that has buttressed the global spread of liberty, American exceptionalism has morphed into the fortress of those who see themselves threatened by ‘one-worlders’ (read Barack Obama) and who believe it’s more important to know how to dress moose than find Mumbai.”