Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, May 20, 2013
This OpEd is probably some of the best, and most genuinely warranted criticism of President Obama which I’ve yet read.
As late former president Theodore Roosevelt wrote:
“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.* Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”
-Theodore Roosevelt’s OpEd Column entitled “Sedition, A Free Press and Personal Rule” published May 7, 1918 in the Kansas City Star
*Roosevelt’s sharp criticism of President Wilson‘s leadership during World War I led the Post Office to warn that the Star that such views might cost the paper its second-class mailing privileges.
Obama A Big Hypocrite? Ask Legal Schnauzer, Roger Shuler
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My guest today is Legal Schnauzer, Roger Shuler. Welcome back to OpEdNews, Roger.
JB: Your recent piece The President Paints Himself Into An Ethical Corner By Voicing Outrage Over Evolving Scandal At The IRS is pretty scathing. What’s got you so upset?
RS: In early January 2009, just a few days before he took office, President-Elect Obama said he intended to “look forward, as opposed to looking backwards” on apparent crimes under the Bush administration. As president, Obama seems to have followed through on that pledge because his Justice Department has failed to review political prosecutions such as the one involving former Governor Don Siegelman in Alabama, where I live.
Political prosecutions, of course, were just of one of many improper acts on the justice front during the Bush years–torture, warrantless wiretapping, firings of U.S. attorneys were among the others. In essence, Obama issued a decree that no one would be held accountable for those acts.
Obama’s “look forward” statement made no sense at the time, and it makes even less sense now, coming after he expressed outrage the other day over disclosures about the IRS targeting conservative groups for political reasons. Obama said in a news conference that he would not “tolerate” such actions, that wrongdoers must be held “accountable,” and the problem must be “fixed.”
But his inaction toward the DOJ shows that he will tolerate the targeting of political opponents, that he will not hold individuals accountable for such actions, and he will not take steps to fix the problem. Obama was uttering empty words at his press conference about the IRS. Many of us expect that from a Republican chief executive; we should demand better from a Democrat.
JB: For readers unfamiliar with the Siegelman case, Roger, can you give us a brief overview of what happened and why anyone outside of Alabama should care? It didn’t happen under Obama’s watch so how can he be blamed?
RS: Don Siegelman was a Democratic governor in a deep-red state, a state where Karl Rove has a strong power base. Siegelman accepted a campaign donation from a businessman named Richard Scrushy, and then appointed Scrushy to a health-care regulatory board–a board on which Scrushy had served under three previous governors.
The standard for a bribery conviction in the campaign-donation context is that the prosecution must prove an “explicit agreement” in a something-for-something deal (known in legalese as a “quid pro quo.”) No evidence at trial pointed to such an unlawful deal, and the federal judge presiding over the case (a George W. Bush appointee named Mark Fuller) gave incorrect jury instructions that did not include the “explicit agreement” requirement. He allowed the jury to Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, March 30, 2012
Some folks would say “common sense,” and to some extent, that’s probably true.
Well… better make that “to a great extent.”
But, a state lottery is another thing Alabama ain’t got.
And, the Republicans in the legislature in the past administration and the present administration seem to have absolutely no inclination to allow the people the opportunity to vote on it… whether to have state sponsored gammlin’, that is.
Folks’ve tried to get one for education but have failed. And, in a move called “proration,” the governor this year cut all state budgets across the board by 10.6%, excluding education, because Alabama’s state constitution, for better or for worse, forbids going into debt and requires a balanced budget. Bonds are a different matter.
But, one other thing the state’s legislature doesn’t do Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The irony is not lost.
Fell off horse. Broke ribs. Gets back on same horse. Returns to campaign for same office from which he was previously ousted.
And what’s that colloquially popular saying? “Fuck you and the horse you rode in on”?
You’ll need to read the news item below to fully grasp the significance. It’s simply too ironic.
Folks, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried!
Primer & Brief Political Biography of Republican Roy Moore:
• Resident of Etowah County, AL
• Unsuccessful candidate for several local public offices
• Appointed to public office by late Republican Alabama Governor Guy Hunt (first Republican governor since Reconstruction) to fill the unexpired term of16th Circuit Court judge Julius Swann, whom died in office
• Popularly known as “the Ten Commandments Judge” because he posted a small plaque of them on courtroom wall
• ACLU filed suit against him for his numerous private religious promotions in court, 1995
• Achieved renown/notoriety for his belligerent attitude
• Successfully campaigned for Alabama Supreme Court Justice with help of Karl Rove, 2000
• Prosecuted by Republican Alabama Attorney General William H. “Bill” Pryor, Jr. for defying Federal Court Order to remove Ten Commandments monument which he commissioned & had secretly installed in the dead of night in the public rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building
• Removed as Chief Justice by unprecedented and unanimous vote of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary November 13, 2003, for defying Federal Court Order
• Defeated gubernatorial candidacy by incumbent Republican Governor Bob Riley, 2006
• Re-seeking public office as Alabama Supreme Court Justice, 2012
Roy Moore (right) plans to ride a horse to the polls to cast his ballot in Tuesday's Republican primary. He and the other 2 candidates for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, incumbent Chuck Malone (left) and Mobile County Presiding Circuit Judge Charles Graddick (center) plan to vote early and then gather with supporters to wait for results.
Published: Monday, March 12, 2012, 2:05 PM Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012, 2:05 PM
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, February 4, 2011
It’s a disheartening state of affairs to learn that even such accusations could even be considered partially, even possibly true. Where is our political “high road”? The more secretive our government becomes – and we are witnessing increased secrecy, much under the guise of “privacy,” or “executive privilege” – the more tyrannical and prone to corruption our government becomes. The Founding Fathers knew that well. Open government demonstrates to EVERYONE that accountability to EVERYONE is ongoing. When there are no “smoke-filled backroom deals,” no “cloak and dagger,” there is no reason to hide. Political partisans are are NOT enemies, we are brothers living in the same house.
Riley’s final days filled with checks, deals
Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 6:00 am
by Bob Martin, The Montgomery Independent, TheWetumpkaHerald.com
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