Friday, March 13, 2009

All Things Impeachment, Cheney Assassination Squads, The Economic News, Progressives, And Chuck Norris Has Taken One Too Many To The Head.

All Things Impeachment, Cheney Assassination Squads, The Economic News, Progressives, And Chuck Norris Has Taken One Too Many To The Head.


“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask
not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed
you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and
 may posterity forget
that ye were our countrymen!”

-Sam Adams-




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This past November, President Obama was elected with "the largest share of the popular vote received by any presidential candidate in 20 years" after running on the most progressive platform of any presidential candidate in at least 15 years, which included "a promise of universal health care coverage, a dramatic transformation to a low-carbon economy, and a historic investment in education." As soon as he was elected, however, conservatives and many in the media rushed to claim that despite Obama's resounding victory, "America remains a center-right country." More often then not, this claim was based on the fact that in polling that asks Americans to identify themselves as conservative, liberal, or moderate, "nearly twice as many people call themselves conservatives as liberals." But two new studies released yesterday by the Progressive Studies Program at the Center for American Progress challenge this conventional wisdom. Instead of relying on the conservative/liberal/moderate framework, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow John Halpin and Karl Agne broke down the electorate on a new 5-point scale of political ideology that reflects the primary ways people think about themselves today. Under this approach, 34 percent of the country self-identifies as "conservative," 29 percent as "moderate," 15 percent as "liberal," 16 percent as "progressive," and 2 percent as "libertarian." After moderates were asked which label they leaned towards, the overall ideological breakdown of the country divided into fairly neat left and right groupings, with 47 percent of Americans identifying as progressive or liberal, 48 percent as conservative or libertarian, and the rest unsure. Combining the ideological identification questions with 40 specific ideological statements equally divided between progressive and conservative beliefs, Halpin and Agne found the nation is evenly split in its stated political identity but is decidedly center-left in its policy orientation.

AMERICANS WANT PROGRESSIVE POLICY: Halpin and Agne's survey found that when it comes to domestic policy, a majority of Americans increasingly favor progressive ideas such as sustainable lifestyles and green energy; public investment in education, infrastructure, and science; financial support for the poor, elderly, and sick; regulation of business to protect workers and consumers; and guaranteed affordable health coverage for every American. The progressive approach was also preferred on the international front, finding that after the Bush years, the American public is "far more interested in restoring the country's image abroad, fighting climate change, and pursuing security through diplomacy, alliances, and international institutions than in the continued pursuit of national objectives through the sole projection of military might." In fact, most of the ideas with the strongest consensus (approximately two-thirds total agreement  and 40 percent strong agreement), are all progressive positions. Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe that investments in education, infrastructure, and science "are necessary to ensure America's long-term economic growth;" 76 percent agree that America's economic future requires a transition to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar; 73 percent of Americans believe that "government regulations are necessary to keep businesses in check and protect workers and consumers;" and nearly two in three Americans agree that "the federal government should guarantee affordable health coverage for every American." In all, the study found that Americans are "solidly center-left in their ideas about [the] role of government, the economy and domestic politics and somewhat less so on cultural and social issues." 

TRENDING TOWARD PROGRESSIVISM: One of the most striking findings of the survey was the significant increase in public favorability towards the "progressive" political identification. Favorable ratings of "progressive" increased by 25-points from 2004 to 2009, with almost all of the gains coming from people who previously were unaware of the term or unable to rate it moving into at least a "somewhat favorable" position. At the same time that awareness of progressivism is spreading, the American electorate is moving in a progressive direction both demographically and geographically. In his New Progressive America report, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Ruy Teixeira finds that an "array of growing demographic groups" have "aligned themselves with progressives and swelled their ranks." Between 1988 and 2008, the minority share of voters in presidential elections has risen by 11 percentage points, while the share of increasingly progressive white college graduate voters has risen by four points. As the share of white-working class voters, who have remained conservative in their orientation, has plummeted by 15 points. Additionally, the young Millennial Generation, which supported Obama by a stunning 66-to-32 percent margin in 2008, is adding 4.5 million adults to the voting pool every year. Geographically, "progressive gains since 1988 have been heavily concentrated in not just the urbanized cores of large metropolitan areas, but also the growing suburbs around them. Even in exurbia, progressives have made big gains." Within states, fast-growing dynamic metropolitan areas have shown "a persistent pattern of strong pro-progressive shifts."

Despite the clear shift in American attitudes towards progressive values and governance, conservatives are clinging to the myth that the American public agrees with them. In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, hate radio talker Rush Limbaugh bellowed that "we're not a minority" and that President Obama's progressive agenda was an "assault" on America "from within." On MSNBC's Morning Joe yesterday, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), claimed that Republicans were "fired" because the American people were tired of big government. But as Halpin and Agne demonstrate, American beliefs about government have moved in a progressive direction. Six in 10 Americans believe that "government should do more to promote the common good," versus 37 percent who feel that "government should do more to promote individual liberty." Regarding concepts of freedom, the Progressive Studies Program study found that 57 percent believe that "freedom requires economic opportunity and minimum measures of security, such as food, housing, medical care and old age protection," compared to 38 percent who favor the idea that "freedom requires that individuals be left alone to pursue their lives as they please and to deal with the consequences of their actions on their own."


Joe Conason on Conservative Nihilism
"From Frozen Minds, a ‘Spending Freeze’" -- Things are bad, and very likely to get worse—but the Republicans seem determined to plunge us into a real depression, gambling that catastrophe would return them to power.

E.J. Dionne on Why Obama Must Be More Than Pragmatic
"The Point of Pointing Fingers" -- Obama speaks disdainfully of “ideology,” but there comes a time when first principles need to be articulated. Conservatives have entered this fight with guns blazing while progressives have hidden behind a Maginot Line armed only with the word pragmatism.



Norris's Nutty War on President Obama


Chuck Norris claims thousands of right wing cell groups exist and will rebel against U.S. government


The call by some right wing leaders for rebellion and for the military to refuse the commander in chief’s orders is joined by Chuck Norris who claims that thousands of right wing cell groups have organized and are ready for a second American Revolution. During an appearance on the Glen Beck radio show he promised that if things get any worse from his point of view he may “run for president of Texas.” The martial artist/actor/activist claims that Texas was never formally a part of the United States in the first place and that if rebellion is to come through secession Texas would lead the way.


Today in his syndicated column on WorldNetDaily Norris reiterates the point: “That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state.”


He continues; calling on a second American Revolution; “…we've bastardized the First Amendment, reinterpreted America's religious history and secularized our society until we ooze skepticism and circumvent religion on every level of public and private life.


How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution? We the people have the authority according to America's Declaration of Independence, which states: That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”


Norris claims that; “Thousands of cell groups will be united around the country in solidarity over the concerns for our nation.” The right wing cells will meet during a live telecast, "We Surround Them," on Friday March 13 at 5 p.m.


He closes with the words of Sam Houston followed by a plug for his next martial arts event.


“We view ourselves on the eve of battle."


Chuck Norris, Texas secessionist  |  The Week Magazine - 2 hours ago

“In what could be the most egregious misuse of his Chuck Norris powers” since he endorsed Mike Huckabee, said Edward Ericson Jr. in the Baltimore City Paper, the martial artist and TV star suggested that Texas was ripe to secede from the union, that he ‘may run for President’ of the Republic of Texas, and that there are thousands of “right-wing ‘cells’” ready to follow radio host Glen Beck’s marching orders

The need to secede “may be a reality sooner than we think,” said Chuck Norris in Townhall. My president-of-Texas quip was tongue-in-cheek, but the idea behind it isn’t. Washington is “moving farther and farther from its Founders’ vision and government,” and the people won’t stand for it. And Texas—it’s own republic from 1836 to 1846—is the logical place to make a stand.

“Texas tried to cut out once already,” with the rest of the Confederacy, said Bud Kennedy in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and it was an epic failure. Norris’ main beef seems to be that we have “a secular government,” and he blames both parties. “Gosh.” Well, before we get all excited and “gather arms to establish One Nation Under Chuck,” we should check his eligibility: He may be a Texas Ranger, but he’s also a native-born Oklahoman.





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