There’s a tendency in this country to speak of ex-presidents with the same generosity one would use to speak of the recently departed. A “funeral parlance” (if you’ll forgive the awful pun) that leads folks to look on the old administration with rose-tinted glasses. Considering the replacement, that’s going to be doubly true this year.
Not at Culture War Reporters, though.
Here’s our final grade for Obama,
Note: The issues selected here are based upon the principles we here at CWR seem to touch on most frequently. We hope to make this a regular tradition, provided the United States still exists in four years and that this writer will not have been imprisoned or sent to work on a lunar penal colony.
Advocates of the president will be swift to point out that the unemployment rate at the beginning of the president’s term was in the double digits, and has since fallen to about 4.9% after years of slow but steady recovery. And there absolutely should be credit where it’s due- the Obama administration has seen the recovery of the economy. Can I whine about it not being enough though? You bet I can.
While many Americans are finally back to work, the positions they find themselves in are often low-paying with little to no security. While that’s not entirely the president’s fault, the president himself has been agonizingly slow (and bafflingly conservative) in advocating a raise for the minimum wage. While the extremely wealthy are paying slightly more in taxes, taxes have also risen for folks making less than $250,000 a year (which is the overwhelming ****ing majority of us) with the majority of the president’s proposed reforms having ended in defeat. All in all the extremely rich continue to enjoy unrivalled luxury and unchallenged control of US politics and wealth.
Final Grade: D+
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Tagged ACA, affordable care act, Barack Obama, BLM, Chelsea Manning, civil rights, Dakota Access Pipeline, deportation, disparity, Donald Trump, drones, economy, environment, Equality, healthcare, hispanic, israel, justice, legacy, Liberty, minimum wage, NDAA, Obama, obamacare, palestine, president, Snowden, Standing Rock, Syria, Troy Davis, Trump, TSA, wealth
In spite of what has been the single nastiest election in American history (yes, ever) many folks are already turning their bloodshot eyes to the 2020 election.
(Assuming we’re not all dead or in internment camps, obviously.)
“Will he? Won’t he?”
That’s the question folks are asking themselves.
In spite of Biden’s declaration, it’s still unclear if Biden actually will run in 2020. Which hasn’t stopped countless hopefuls from working themselves into a frenzy.
Posted in America, government, history, news, politics
Tagged 2020, Biden, democrat, election, fans, gaff, hawk, internet, Iraq War, israel, issues, Joe Biden, Joseph Biden, Mass Incarceration, Mass Surveillance, meme, memes, Neoliberalism, Policies, president, The Onion, Trump, Vice President, War on Drugs
At the time of this writing, the results of the New Hampshire primaries have yet to be tallied. While it’s generally predicated that they’ll reflect a sweeping win for Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, following weeks will see the battle carried on to Nevada and South Carolina, where Sander’s rival Hillary Clinton is polling much stronger.
The war for the White House is far, far from over, but in the Democrat’s camp it’s still surprising that there’d be such a struggle to begin with.
After all, it was supposed to be a cakewalk.
Former first lady, former New York senator, former Secretary of State, former presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton was supposed to have this in the bag. With her extensive political career, her chosen-one status among the party establishment, her global reputation, her nomination was so certain many had dubbed it a “coronation“.
Months into the campaign, and barely scraping by after a virtual tie in Iowa, Clinton’s hopes for an easy win have been obliterated- and yours truly couldn’t be happier about it.
Am I a Sanders fan?
I’m not sure yet. Continue reading
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Tagged 2008, border, campaign, Cersei Lannister, Clinton, DOMA, fence, Flip-flop, Frank Underwood, Game of Thrones, Hillary Clinton, immigration, Iraq War, israel, LGBTQ+, lie, Machiavelli, misogyny, NAFTA, New Hampshire, obamacare, Pajiba, palestine, president, realism, Realist, Sanders, War on Drugs, Whitehouse, Why Hillary Shouldn't Be President
Readers, we interrupt your regular horror-themed post to bring you news from the Middle East- where, for anyone not keeping up, things have started heating up (even in this cold October).
Past weeks have seen a surge of violence on the streets of Jerusalem, as a spate of stabbings has left 8 Israelis and 56 Palestinians dead. Tensions continue to rise in a cycle of attacks and brutal retaliations, leading many to question if the region will see a 3rd Intifada in the coming days and weeks. With the looming threat of an all-out uprising, many within the region and internally have urgently called for peace.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netenyahu has not been among them.
Speaking at the World Zionist Convention this past Tuesday, Netenyahu proclaimed to his rapt audience that (and I quote):
“Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time – he wanted to expel the Jews.”
-BBC World News (I’d link you to the YouTube clip, but I don’t want to give those racists the hits)
Netenyahu would go on to claim that it was only after meeting Haj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti (high-ranking Islamic religious scholar) of Jerusalem, that the “final solution” was implemented- Netenyahu claiming that Hitler only began the holocaust at the behest of the mufti.
And that is…
…just so ****ing stupid that I don’t even know where to begin.
I mean that every single word of that is wrong. And not just wrong but so obviously and categorically wrong. The wholesale murder of Jews/Roma/homosexuals/the disabled/communists/etc. was already well (as in years) underway by the time the mufti met with Hitler. Historians both within Israel and without, and across the full political spectrum, have poured their collective derision on Netenyahu’s barefaced lie.
-Everyone on the planet.
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Tagged "Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time - he wanted to expel the Jews.", Attacks, Benjamin Netenyahu, Bibi, bigotry, death, Fury, germany, golda mier, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, Hitler, Holocaust, Intifada, israel, Jerusalem, killing, Knife, memes, Merkel, Mufti, nazi, nazis, palestine, palestinian, politics, repression, response, Revisionism, Shoah, Violence, World Zionist Convention, zionism
About a year ago I wrote a paper on media bias in coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict. In her feedback, my professor accused me of being a Palestinian sympathizer and in the same breath called me pro-Israel. This conversation, in my mind, highlights the fact that no matter how careful I am, neutrality on this issue has become nearly impossible.
Bethlehem, The West Bank: Every morning hundreds of Palestinians line up at the barrier to make it through the checkpoint in time for work in Jerusalem. It often takes 3+ hours to make it through.
Let’s face it, no one wants to talk about the Israel-Palestine conflict. No matter what stance you take, you’re going to offend someone. Since violence and tensions have somewhat lessened since last year, or at least have become overrun by other more flashy news stories, there hasn’t been a whole lot of coverage on the conflict. Though governments may be in a constant process of peace talks and negotiation the situation for most Israeli and Palestinian citizens remains unchanged.
The Western Wall, Jerusalem
About three years ago I spent some time living in both Israel and the West Bank. As a writer and photographer I naturally blogged about my experience, and the response I got was both shocking and highly predictable. This conflict touches on so many aspects of history and culture that it has become absolutely polarizing on the fronts of ethnicity and religion. Like the situation with my professor I managed to piss off people on both sides as I desperately clung to what I liked to think was middle ground, searching for a “pro-peace” option.
Posted in government, Guest Post, Islam, morality, news
Tagged Bethlehem, borders, conflict, Hamas, human-rights, israel, Jerusalem, land, middle-east, Military, Muslim, palestine, Palestinians, peace, Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Peace, riots, security, settlements, The Green Line, water, West Bank
Sounds like the title of a really good or really awful thriller, doesn’t it?
Let me bring you up to speed on what happened.
With a hotly contested election still raging in Israel, embattled prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to make an impromptu visit to US Congress, in a desperate bid to show his voters that he can dictate US foreign policy better than his rivals can.
Which, in his defense, is probably true.
After (yet another) fear-mongering speech on the dangers of a nuclear Iran, Netanyahu received the kind of tearful, thunderous applause that’d normally be reserved by preteen girls for their favorite boy band.
Like this, but so much more so…
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Tagged 47 traitors, administration, alternet, applause, Benjamin Netanyahu, childish, Congress, democrats, dome of the rock, executive branch, foreign affairs, international law, Iran, Islam, Islamic, israel, Javad Zarif, law, letter, nuclear, Obama, palestine, Palestinians, power, program, reception, republicans, speech, treason, war
Readers, today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. At it’s greatest strength, the barrier separating East and West Berlin stretched 96 miles. 96 miles of concrete and barbed wire. 96 miles of trenches and kill-zones.
And that- all of that- is nothing.
Nothing in comparison to the wall Israel has built in, around, and through the West Bank territory.
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Tagged apartheid, Barrier Wall, Berlin, Berlin Wall, bigotry, border, Check Point, Childbirth, Chuck Schumer, death, Demolish, fall of the Berlin wall, Ghetto, Hilary Clinton, israel, israeli, JDL, palestine, Palestinian women, racism, reagan, Separation Wall, Size, Tear Down This Wall, terrorism, West Bank, West Berlin