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WNYC's Andrea Bernstein compares the political atmosphere in 2008 to the political atmosphere this year as we head into the conventions next week.
"You used five posts when one would do. This clearly demonstrates that either you are paid by the piece or have ADHD."Well, Alum,There are problems with your comment. Many of them.Clearly, I wasn't born in this country. What is unknown is that I didn't receive orders like: write in one comment or you will be labeled.Well, I don't care where Obama was born. I do despise him.I saw him as charlatan in 2007, and see him the same way now.No, I don't think Obama is a socialist. I actually think that he has only one ideology - I have to be rich, powerful and famous. Unlike him, I am a Social-Democrat who doesn't care about my being rich, famous and powerful.I am still a registered Democrat, but it looks like am not going to vote this year. Early in 2007, I declared pompously (untypical for me) that "I'd rather die than vote for Obama" and I am even more adamant now. I think that the world is in danger right now and I have no doubt that Obama's behaviour (ignorant or worse) has contributed to this disintegration. And yes, distabilized world is bad, very bad for America.I also see nothing what he has done domestically to engourage a change of mind. Among other things, I am not forgiving him his killing of single payer. Now, you don't know how comical you interpretation (from what look like very limited educational perspective) of me, personally multicultural, miltilingual and yes, "multidegreed" is.dr anna
@Anna from New York --
You used five posts when one would do. This clearly demonstrates that either you are paid by the piece or have ADHD.
We get that you are an Obama-hater. The fact that you can recall no other candidate's pre-election autobiography is illustrative of your derangement. I'll give you a hint, google "My Six Crises".
You are deluded if you think that Obama was born anyplace else other than Hawaii. You are deluded if you think that Obama is a socialist. You are deluded if you think that electing a tax-evading, flip-flopping, pseudo-con hairstyle into the White House will do anything but make our present problems worse.
Giving the Republican party the power to nominate the next two Supreme Court justices would just seal our doom.
"So Obama has been treated and regarded differently then other presidents. From being called a LIAR during a State of the Union Speech"John from office,Well, other presidents don't precede their run for office with "autobiography" (translation: "fairy tales for the feeble minded")
Well, can we be surprised the "Truth" votes for "Hope.The rest is paying for charlatanry.
The lie who calls herself "Truth,"I am waiting for impeachment procedures and then maybe we will find out why our President did to this country (and the world what he did?
John from office,Well, you are an antisemite.
"Obama is a mixed race man, well educated, raised by white grandparents who better understands America"I agree. Obama/Reverend Wright/Weather Underground understood that ignorant population, deprived of knowledge of history and any sensitivity to demagoguery will vote for "Hope, unity, change."I don't know of any other President who had such contempt for Americans as Obama/Reverend Wright/Weather Underground. First you serve "I Am Wonderful" "autobiography," then smile and repeat "Hope, unity, change" and ... morons chant "Hope, unity, change."
I eagerly await the debates, maybe THEN mitt will tell everyone, including his blind followers and race haters, what he has planned for this Country.
Thanks for bringing up global climate disruption & its near-absence from both campaigns. I just got an email from the League of Conservation Voters about a SignOn petition to call on Jim Lehrer to ask the candidates about it in the 1st presidential debate.
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"Conventions aren't news, they're infomercials" puts it succinctly, yet WNYC and every other media outlet will faithfully reproduce those informercials. Indeed, WNYC is touting how many people they're sending down to Tampa (what a squandering of member contributions). Insider meta-commentary about how the parties are trying to tell their "stories" just doesn't cover it.
NPR's ex-Congressional reporter Andrea Seabrook's rare moment of truth-telling about political reporting -- that she couldn't tell her audience when politicians were lying to her (um, like everyday) -- speaks volumes about how the media covers this world.
Gov. Christie's comments on the Republican party platform reminds me of the losing campers' chant led by Bill Murray in the movie "Meatballs": "It just doesn't matter!, It just doesn't matter"
"WE Believe in America"? Really??
Well, you couldn't prove it by the amount of filibustering going on in the Senate. The fact that the VOTERS have NOT acted to end the GOP logjamming of the country's business makes me infer that they are okay with it. And then you wonder why a Tea Party spoiled brat behavior holds the floor.
We sort of asked for this...and the only way to end it is to give the President enough seats to MAKE the GOP compromise.
But, gee, the Dems successfully avoid talking about the miniaturization of Obama's Presidency.
BRIAN - You guys always want to go back to abortion, war on women, yada, yada.
BRIAN - You guys always want to go back to abortion, the war on women, yada, yada.
Since we are revisiting Abortion as an issue, maybe we can revisit Slavery, voting for women and for good measure prohibition. And we cannot forget going back to the gold standard, so we can all walk around with gold coins.
This is the world of the Mitt/Ryan/Adelson administration.
The difference in the political atmosphere is that "hope and change" has become an actual record of debt, doubt, demoralization and decline.
And you are all in denial
Hey, MartinC -
Your radio must somehow miraculously be able to tune in the future. Why don't you do something useful with it? Warn the innocent about impending disaster...Win the Lottery. Move away.
Instead you waste your time decrying Obama's poor performance for not getting a recalcitrant and obstreperous Senate to actually obey their oaths of office and act Americans mattered more than party. Filibusters for the sole purpose of blocking the people's business is treason. When more voters see it my way (rather than yours), we'll cast out these GOP traitors.
Until then...post away!
Romney will:Voucher-ize (abolish) MedicarePrivatize (abolish) Social SecurityDefund (abolish) MedicaidRaise taxes on the middle class and poorLower taxes on the richProtect corporate subsidiesProtect offshore-blind-trust-accountsIncrease the MIC budgetEliminate the Dept. of Education and the EPADe-regulate Wall Street and BanksEliminate women's rights, equal pay and health careRepeal the Affordable Health Care ActRepeal the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay ActDefund Planned ParenthoodCut 4.1 million jobs by 2014And raise the deficit to $16 trillion by 2021
If Romney/Ryan/Rove think we're going to blame the President for the consequences of the GOP's Campaign of Obstruction & Chicanery, they need to have their heads examined.
...oops, sorry. Couldn't resist.My bad.
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Look in the mirror Mr. Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan , I am hispanic, black, Irish and Spanish. You cannot see your own racism in your comments.
You write like a self important "expert", when all you are is a little cog in a machine looking to rid America of the Negro President. Don't forget to call him Anti Israel, that important! Little minds, little "member".
Finished now, Dr. Schweitzer, LOL?The self-righteous little white guys who believe they are the only ones in the world who aren't racists are really amusing.
After 4 years of poor performance and a record that even Obama doesn't want to discuss...they still need to play the race card....against the very same well-meaning white people who put Obama there in the first place. Even the liberal white guys need to invent evil white guys. Guffaw!
Oh, that we might all be as spiritually and morally superior as THESE white guys.Sigh.
Yes, and then they state for the umpteenth time the bogus claim (which nobody believes after hundreds of slobbering encomiums) that they are really Republicans. What a hoot! That's why I love to listen, read and post here. You couldn’t make this stuff up.
To his credit, Obama, has dealt with all the racial nonsense with DIGNITY, and shown himself to be a President. May God and the electorate grant him a second term so that he may smit all things unamerican, like the Tea Party. And in the second term may the Adelson court cases proceed.
Sorry I misspoke, I meant wrap their very little heads around having a black man in the Whitehouse.
Ed, lets remember block and tackle. One week after Obama won the Republicans met and decided to block any and all legislation put forth by Obama. All to deny him a second term. Hope and change was killed by the politics of MEAN.
Lets not forget that many Americans still cannot wrap their heads around having a Black man, a negro, an african american, in the Whitehouse. So Obama has been treated and regarded differently then other presidents. From being called a LIAR during a State of the Union Speech, to the questioning of his birth certificate, to the racial coding in the Adelson/Ryan/Romney ads.
Welfare=Black, Food stamps=Black, Urban=Black, He does not understand America= code for he is not one of us he is a negro, muslim not native born. I am a Republican, but am ashamed at the tone and actions of my party.
Ameica is better than this, Obama is a mixed race man, well educated, raised by white grandparents who better understands America, then any Romney/Adelson/Ryan can.
Hope and change sounded good. But this time we need real, substantial reasons for hope.
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