April 12, 2013


Just in case you weren't aware of it, beloved TV host Phil Donahue was booted off the air for speaking out against the Iraq war on air. You just do't do that--and as this article points out, liberals including MSNBC have gone silent on the horrors of war now that Obama and not Bush is waging it and planning for more. Why should you care? Other than the fact that you're paying for people to die unnecessarily, here's a really important reason to care about it. Neither Obama, democrats or republicans are telling you the truth. We don't need to cut anything from social security, medicare or medicaid. We need to stop war. But we won't stop it because war makes some people a lot of money. In turn, those war profiteers bribe our government to make more war. Now the liars who run this country are claiming that they need to chop social services, close schools, chop fire dpt and police force budgets, home heating assistance for the poor, etc. They'll cut absolutely anything until people are destitute and miserable even though it's proven that austerity measures hurt economies rather than saving them. Obama isn't suggesting cuts to social security to tame the deficit--Bush's unpaid for wars CAUSED the deficit. So anyone including Obama or democrats saying that we need to cut social is not even offering a solution to the correct problem. Great article from Huffpo: I spent years as a political pundit on mainstream TV -- at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. I was outnumbered, outshouted, red-baited and finally terminated. Inside mainstream media, I saw that major issues were not only dodged, but sometimes not even acknowledged to exist. Today there's an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block. And why other industrialized countries have free college education and universal healthcare, but we don't. It's arguably our country's biggest problem -- a problem that Martin Luther King Jr. focused on before he was assassinated 45 years ago, and has only worsened since then (which was the height of the Vietnam War). That problem is U.S. militarism and perpetual war. In 1967, King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" -- and said, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." Nowadays MSNBC hosts yell at Fox News hosts, and vice versa, about all sorts of issues -- but when the Obama administration expanded the bloody war in Afghanistan, the shouting heads at both channels went almost silent. When Obama's drone war expanded, there was little shouting. Not at MSNBC, not at Fox. Nor at CNN, CBS, ABC or so-called public broadcasting. We can have raging debates in mainstream media about issues like gun control and gay marriage and minimum wage, but when the elites of both parties agree on military intervention -- as they so often do -- debate is nearly nonexistent. Anyone in the mainstream who goes out on a limb to loudly question this oversized creature in the middle of the room known as militarism or interventionism is likely to disappear faster than you can say 'Phil Donahue.' MORE: HUFFPO