Matt Z wrote:
It seems to me that many people (including many in the media) care more about their petty party loyalties than they do about their own principals. Many who were sharply critical of Bush for the Patriot Act are now defending the Obama administrations domestic spying program. Meanwhile others who defended the Patriot Act are now attacking Obama.
I agree 100%. There is a whole lot of that going on. That's how they control us, with this "us vs them" demagoguery. It's not standing up for a point of view much of the time, it's this identification with either Democrats or Republicans as "us" and the other party as "them". While I may disagree with Republicans on 99% of things, I do agree if and when they are right. While I may support Democrats, it's only as the lessor of 2 evils, I only agree with them half the time, and I have no problem saying so. Other people seem to blindly follow one or the other, or have ridiculous "false middle" fallacy beliefs where they pretend that two sides are equally valid regardless of the merit of either, the existence of additional "sides", or any other facts. It simply does not logically follow that every difference of view must be as such, and it serves only to falsely bolster their pompous, "above the fray" feeling of undeserved self-importance, which belies (only to the most foolish) their fatuousness and intellectual dishonesty; in short, the target audience of CNN.
Bush was a panicked fool, and Obama is blinded by his single-minded desire to dish out as much whoop-ass on the terrorists as possible, regardless of the cost, primarily to counter the Republicans ridiculous stereotypical narrative of Democrats being soft on terrorism.
Every day I get more and more disgusted with our puppet government as they continue to whittle our rights down to only those deemed desirable for us to have, in the view of their oligarchic corporate overlords.