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Faux "Progressives"
Monday, 03 August 2009 17:01
by Timothy V. Gatto

I wrote a small article yesterday about an e-mail I had received from Commondreams.org.The article begged the question of why didn’t the staff at Commondreams.org understand what and who Barack Obama was before now? This thought led me to wonder if any of the so-called “progressive” journalists ever bothered to vet Barack Obama? When I say “vet”, I’m bringing up the question of whether they actually checked his political history or even bothered to see what corporate entities were paying for his campaign? As journalists, wouldn’t you expect that these writers would have investigated Barack Obama before they started to write of his “glorious” exploits?

I know that most “progressive” writers studied McCain and Sarah Palin’s backgrounds. There wasn’t much that the GOP couldn’t hide from them. What I can’t understand to this day, is why weren’t Obama’s corporate ties brought to the fore? This is particularly apt after the discoveries that were brought out about Goldman-Sachs. They just happened to be one of the largest bankrollers for the future president. I wrote about it several times. You would believe that some astute so-called “journalist” would have taken the hint from me and pulled up opensecrets.org, The Center for Responsive Politics site that tracks campaign donations. The information is still there to see, that is, if anyone is at all interested. Just by following his biggest contributors, you could see what direction Obama was going to take. Here are eleven of his largest contributors, just in case going to opensecrets.org is just too much to ask of you;

University of California $1,564,490, Goldman Sachs $994,795, Harvard University $854,017, Microsoft Corp$833,617, Google Inc $803,436Citigroup Inc $699,790,JPMorgan Chase & Co $695,132, Time Warner $589,334, Sidley Austin LLP $588,598, Stanford University $586,557, National Amusements Inc $550,683, UBS AG $543,219

(Because of contribution limits, organizations that bundle together many individual contributions are often among the top donors to presidential candidates. These contributions can come from the organization's members or employees (and their families). The organization may support one candidate, or hedge its bets by supporting multiple candidates. Groups with national networks of donors - like EMILY's List and Club for Growth - make for particularly big bundlers.) Source; Opensecrets.org

Obama supported immunity for the Telecoms after he was first against it. Where were the progressive journalists and websites when he rolled over on that before the election? I’d like to remind everyone reading this that the “progressive” media was absolutely up in arms over the wiretaps by the Bush administration and some actually called for charges to be brought against him and the Telecom’s. Why, when Obama voted for immunity, didn’t they scream about that? Was it because it was Obama that was helping the Telecom industry and Bush to break the law?

The more I see the Obama administration in action, the more I ask myself where are all of those principled journalists that called Bush out for every war-mongering, unconstitutional thing he did? Here Obama is bringing back “preventive detention” without habeas corpus, military commissions without habeas corpus (that he railed about with Bush), and is enlarging the war in Afghanistan and attacking Pakistan and in the process “Balkanizing” that country.

You don’t see the “progressive” websites churning out articles about the growth of NATO in a world that doesn’t have a Warsaw Pact to justify its existence! I didn’t read any criticism when Obama and Biden both condemned Russia for “attacking” Georgia when the facts were that it was Georgia that attacked Russia!


Israel is a thorn is America’s side. The recent incursion into Gaza was a criminal act by the Israeli’s. Try to write a piece about that and post it on most of your “progressive” websites and see how far you will get. Your article might be on for 30 seconds before you get banned for being “anti-Semitic”.

I’m not writing this in the hope that some of the so-called “progressive” sites and writers will change. I feel that they are beyond redemption. I also believe that the people who lambasted Bush and now coddle Obama know exactly what they are doing. Principle has absolutely nothing to do with it…politics does. As long as the wars are being waged by a Democrat, and our constitutional rights subverted by a Democrat, somehow it’s all ok. No, I’m not writing to change what these “progressives” are doing, I’m writing this so that the people reading this will understand where the outrage went. The sites that took Bush apart and gave people hope are now remaining silent while we delve deeper into the abyss of war and restraints on our constitutional rights.

I was going to list some of the “progressive” sites that really need to be shunned by anyone with half a brain. I’m not going to do that because it would be an insult to your intelligence. I’m sure that you can figure it out by yourself. All one must do to understand just what is going on is to look at how many writers complain about the Obama administration, and those that complain about Israel’s policies there are still writing on these sites. I believe you will find most of these people are banned. I’m banned and so are many of the people that think as I do. It seems that if you don’t follow the Democratic Party line, you are anathema.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to wake up and smell the corruption. The Democrats are not going to do anything that will change the status quo or the direction that this nation is headed in. I’d like to say it is time for another political party but that won’t happen either. What Americans who have any sense need to do is to stop believing just about everything the two corporate political parties put forward. The nation has already bailed out a corrupted banking and investment system that deserved to implode. What did the average citizen get out of it? These are the same entities that helped elect Obama! Think about that for a moment and the only thing you can say after you do is “damn… screwed again”!

It would have been better if the Federal government had given that money directly to the American people in the form of vouchers. Richard Cook, a former NASA economist, suggested $1,500 per month per adult to be spent for necessities. Think of the economic boom that would have brought! Small businesses would have had a hard time keeping up with demand for goods and services. The government would have gotten much of that money back in tax receipts. Instead, they gave it to the banks and let them squander most of us and then didn’t let the public in on who got what.

If I got one person thinking, I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. If you start reading these “progressive” websites with one eye open, you are now ahead of the game. The sad truth is that the Democrats are no better and no worse than the Republicans. They are two sides of the same coin. They work for the interests that keep them in business and believe me, it isn’t you, and it damn sure isn’t me.

One other thing, the sites that published this must be straight-up, or you wouldn’t be reading this in the first place.

timgatto@hotmail.com and http://liberalpro.blogspot.com
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