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watch it: the 8/1/09 weekly address from President Barack Obama

Blah blah blah… So, I guess we’re never gonna hear, “Let’s string up the corporate bastards and greedy Wall Street weasels who got us into this mess,” huh?



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  • Victor Plenty

    People who speak in terms like “let’s string up the bastards” don’t ask for your vote. They ask for your blood, whether they admit it or not.

    I’m happy President Obama is not the violent socialist revolutionary his attackers (and apparently, some of his erstwhile friends) accuse him of being. It’s far too late for any violent revolution to succeed. The economic tyrants hold all the power in the arena of force and violence.

    Real change, if it ever comes, will have to come by more gradual and more difficult methods. In this talk Obama mentions building new foundations for our economy. If we keep a grip on our sanity, that’s exactly what we’ll do. Innovation and working together might enable us to spread the benefits of economic growth to more of our fellow citizens.

    Revolution and violence will spread only misery.

  • JoshB

    “Let’s string up the corporate bastards and greedy Wall Street weasels who got us into this mess,”
    “Let’s string up the (President) and greedy (socialist congressional) weasels who got us into this mess,”

    Funny how swapping out a few proper nouns turns this sentence into a potentially criminal right-wing incitement to violence, with possible racist overtones.

  • Victor Plenty

    Gee, JoshB, I hope this doesn’t mean we’re going to end up on opposite sides if this all leads to American Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo. You seem a decent fellow.

  • JoshB

    Opposite sides? No, no. Well, maybe. Only if you mean to thwart my plans for world domination. Which I really don’t recommend, because I will be a cruel and vindictive ruler, and my enemies will be shown no mercy! Muahaha!!!

  • Pollas

    I’d rather hear “let’s string up Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, who caused the housing disaster that really caused the collapse of the economy”. Then maybe the corporate bastards and Wall Street weasels could be taken care of.

  • Victor Plenty

    Nice try, Pollas, but nobody who knows the facts, or just has a lick of common sense, is going to buy that tired old attempt to blame the whole crisis on the poor.

    Even when it’s dressed up in its shiny new suit and pretending to be a principled criticism of corrupt politicians, that whole argument still reeks of corporate propaganda.

    “Don’t blame us, the rich and connected! We’re the real victims! Blame the working class people we swindled into buying houses they couldn’t afford. Blame the government programs we twisted to let us cheat ordinary folks out of their paychecks. Blame the politicians we bribed to put those loopholes in the laws. Blame anybody else, but not the ones who still control the media because we got out with bags and bags of ill-gotten gains just before the crash! We’re crying ourselves to sleep in our modest mansions because we envy the people who stole more and bought bigger mansions before the whole thing fell apart.”

    The sad fact is, even if you went back in time to get rid of Frank and Dodd, it wouldn’t prevent the problem. The people actually responsible for causing the problem would just buy themselves some other Congresscritters and carry out exactly the same process of massive deception and fraud.

    And they’re going to keep doing it to us over and over again until we stop buying their lies, and rebuild our economy on more honest foundations.

  • MaryAnn

    I’m happy President Obama is not the violent socialist revolutionary his attackers (and apparently, some of his erstwhile friends) accuse him of being. It’s far too late for any violent revolution to succeed. The economic tyrants hold all the power in the arena of force and violence.

    Oh, come on. Does anyone really think I’m advocating for violent revolution?

    But why isn’t ANYONE talking about putting people who cheat and steal in prison? Or making them pay in other ways… like maybe a 100-percent tax on ill-gotten gains?

    Is this America today? Get arrested three times with pot on your person, and go to jail for 20 years… but steal billions and crash the economy, and you get bailed out to continue doing the same?

  • AJP

    The reason no one (in power at least) is talking about putting “people who cheat and steal in prison” is that Obama (and others) realize that they are dependent upon those same people and the institutions they represent to make a recovery work. Getting all indignant and righteous will make everyone feel better emotionally from the cathartic release, and then the recovery tanks, which would be bad.

    It sucks, but then again, most of the time reality sucks.

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