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'we welcome the scrutiny of the world'
Author: Raine    Date: 09/25/2014 13:11:13

You have seen the headlines, He talked about Syria, about Russia and about how this is not a war against Islam, but rather a fight against extremists around the world. It was the last few moments of his speech that gave me pause.

This is what America is prepared to do – taking action against immediate threats, while pursuing a world in which the need for such action is diminished. The United States will never shy away from defending our interests, but nor will we shrink from the promise of this institution and its Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the notion that peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of a better life.

I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within our own borders. This is true. In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear.

But we welcome the scrutiny of the world – because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems and make our union more perfect. America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals, and are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short. Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary. Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy – with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and countries for the better.

After nearly six years as President, I believe that this promise can help light the world. Because I’ve seen a longing for positive change – for peace and freedom and opportunity – in the eyes of young people I’ve met around the globe. They remind me that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what God you pray to, or who you love, there is something fundamental that we all share. Eleanor Roosevelt, a champion of the UN and America’s role in it, once asked, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places,” she said, “close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works.”
This passage reminded me of another President, one that many Americans became intimate with just this month, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In a speech at Madison Square garden given on October 31, 1936, he stated:
For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace--business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me--and I welcome their hatred.
President Obama is no FDR; he will never use the office he holds the way FDR did. Having said that - this is a president who welcomes the scrutiny of the world and his own nation. For a few years now, prognosticators, pundits allies and foes have wondered what if Mr. Obama Gave a speech such at the one given by FDR. This is one excellent analysis from 3 years ago.
Franklin D. Roosevelt did not fix the economy with the New Deal programs he signed into law in his first term. As he prepared in the fall of 1936 to face the voters he promised to double down on the kind of economic interventionism he had already tried, in a spirit of constant experimentation until he found something that would resuscitate the economy more than the first round of stimulus had.
(snip)
In a big hard-hitting New York Times piece, political psychologist Drew Westin channeled the frustration of many liberals with what they see as the too-timid, polite, retreating President Obama who is too unwilling to what FDR did.

Westen cited the famous “I welcome their hatred” passage as an example of the kind of speech Obama needs to give, to call out the plutocrats and to double down on “change” as FDR did. I linked to it when it appeared, and also to a smart Jonathan Chait rebuttal, which argued that Westin overrated the power of a presidential address.

A couple of days later, a friend sent me this table of the partisan breakdown of Congress going back to the 1850s. If you look it over you’ll see that the current status of Washington -- closely divided government -- is not the historical norm. There have been long periods when both the Repubs and the Dems held total control of all branches and even of the Senate by filibuster-proof margins. (In fact, Obama experienced something like that during the first two years of his current term.)
(snip)
It would be silly to think that FDR’s speech was the reason he was able to win that victory or pass those bills. Rather, he was able to give that speech because he had little to fear politically from the financiers or the profiteers he vilified, nor legislatively from the Repubs in Congress. He wasn't courting swing voters in key states (he carried 46 or the then-48) nor did he need any moderate Republicans to help him pass his second-term program.
We have right now, a Congress that will not return to Washington DC until October 1 and will leave the next day. They will not be back for the rest of the year. Yesterday from the United Nations General Assembly President Obama came as close to anything to the "I welcome their hatred speech" that I think we may see. It had the added bonus of being on a global scale, sitting there for the entire world to see.

I abhor bombs, I abhor war, but I also believe this: Peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of a better life. We are not a perfect nation, and we have no perfect leaders, but I welcome the integrity it takes to say that mistakes made do not mean we should stop striving to be a better nation, not just for our own citizens, but as residents of the Planet Earth. Small steps and small ways will eventually bring the momentum we need.
President Barack Obama will announce a new executive order at the United Nations meeting on climate change Tuesday, directing federal agencies to consider climate change in all international development programs.

A White House official said the order will require agencies to "factor climate resilience into the design of their international development programs and investments." The White House didn't release the text of the order prior to the announcement. Obama also will announce tools that the U.S. plans to make available to other countries to "help vulnerable populations around the world strengthen their climate resilience."

The announcement comes amid pressure on the U.S. and other developed countries to commit more funding to climate aid for poorer nations.
Confronting the global Climate crisis is a universal human right and as the president quotes Eleanor Roosevelt, I will too:
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, “In Our Hands” (1958 speech delivered on the tenth anniversary of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


and
Raine

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Comment by wickedpam on 09/25/2014 13:34:20
Morning

Comment by Scoopster on 09/25/2014 13:43:44
Mornin' folks

Well said Raine m'dear!

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 13:49:29
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Mornin' folks

Well said Raine m'dear!
Why thank you!


Comment by Scoopster on 09/25/2014 13:50:14
Comment by Mondobubba on 09/25/2014 14:04:44


Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 14:16:31
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I was afraid I might have been making to big a leap. I cannot help but think that even though Roosvelt had so much wind behind his back, Obama is far more similar to him than many want to acknowledge.

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 14:46:47
Must be seen. My fave was the part where she said that Obama should just lift sequestration.

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 14:55:25
Oh this caller is just, well, not bright at all.

Comment by Mondobubba on 09/25/2014 14:56:18
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I was afraid I might have been making to big a leap. I cannot help but think that even though Roosvelt had so much wind behind his back, Obama is far more similar to him than many want to acknowledge.



I didn't think you were making a big leap at all. I am pretty sure that POTUS and he speech writers went back and looked at Roosevelt's speeches for some inspiration.

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 14:57:29
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Oh this caller is just, well, not bright at all.
SKEETER!!!


Comment by BobR on 09/25/2014 14:58:54
Comment by TriSec on 09/25/2014 15:00:50
Hi folks. T248 is in the field this weekend. I need Saturday coverage. I am particularly proud of Dr. Maddow today- she said "Lowell" on the air twice last night... Correctly!

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 15:02:34
I have very mixed feeling about this for the very reasons put forth in the article.


Comment by Scoopster on 09/25/2014 15:07:39
Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 15:07:58
saying 'the saudi's do' WRT to beheading is a red herring im when discussing what is happening with ISIS.

Yes the saudi's suck, however, we are talking about a genocidal group of people here in ISIS. This is bigger than beheadings.

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 15:12:58
Comment by wickedpam on 09/25/2014 15:17:47
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Oh this caller is just, well, not bright at all.
SKEETER!!!



dammit! missed it - stupid work.

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 15:28:26
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Oh this caller is just, well, not bright at all.
SKEETER!!!



dammit! missed it - stupid work.
I Suspect they will put it up on the sound cloud on the SMShow web page. it was unreal.


Comment by wickedpam on 09/25/2014 15:35:11
Quote by Raine:
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Oh this caller is just, well, not bright at all.
SKEETER!!!



dammit! missed it - stupid work.
I Suspect they will put it up on the sound cloud on the SMShow web page. it was unreal.


awesome - sounds like it was a doozy!


Comment by Mondobubba on 09/25/2014 15:42:05
Comment by Scoopster on 09/25/2014 15:55:22


Just got into a pissing contest with a friend discussing this article. I kept trying to bring up the point that it's not about seeing them as emotionless or not having the capacity to come up with good ideas, but that they simply refuse to do it because working with libruls is letting the enemy win! And he kept trying to make the point that I was doing exactly that in reverse, which is total bullshit.

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 15:55:28
crappity crap.
Iraq's prime minister says his country's intelligence operation has uncovered a plot for an imminent attack on subway systems in United States and Paris.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he was told of the plot by Baghdad on Thursday, and that it was the work of foreign fighters of the Islamic State group in Iraq. Asked if the attack was imminent, he said, "Yes."

Asked if the attacked had been thwarted, he said, "No." Al-Abadi said the United States had been alerted.

He made the remarks at a meeting with journalists on the sidelines of a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.
I am seriously hoping that the PM and the US had a conversation about this before he told journalists.



Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 16:01:43
Quote by Scoopster:


Just got into a pissing contest with a friend discussing this article. I kept trying to bring up the point that it's not about seeing them as emotionless or not having the capacity to come up with good ideas, but that they simply refuse to do it because working with libruls is letting the enemy win! And he kept trying to make the point that I was doing exactly that in reverse, which is total bullshit.
This kinda says it all:

Indeed, let’s make this plain: if you’re a member of a political party, and you find it necessary to remind the public that your party is capable of human emotion and routine human behavior, then your party may have a very serious problem.

It’s not that Minchillo’s ad is wrong, of course. Obviously, Republicans are human beings living normal American lives. The problem is the overly defensive nature of the argument – if you have to remind the public that Republicans “are people” and “have emotions,” then you’re implicitly suggesting that Republicans’ basic humanity is, at least for some, in doubt.
I knew a hard core conservative who drove a ford hybrid. She said she sis it because she wanted to save money on gas.

ok… I said to her it was a really good thing because it also helps the environment, she laughed at me and basically said she did care about that.


Comment by Mondobubba on 09/25/2014 16:05:22
Quote by Scoopster:


Just got into a pissing contest with a friend discussing this article. I kept trying to bring up the point that it's not about seeing them as emotionless or not having the capacity to come up with good ideas, but that they simply refuse to do it because working with libruls is letting the enemy win! And he kept trying to make the point that I was doing exactly that in reverse, which is total bullshit.



I know plenty of Republicans with beads and tattoos. The premise of the ad is well, stupid.

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 16:10:38
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Just got into a pissing contest with a friend discussing this article. I kept trying to bring up the point that it's not about seeing them as emotionless or not having the capacity to come up with good ideas, but that they simply refuse to do it because working with libruls is letting the enemy win! And he kept trying to make the point that I was doing exactly that in reverse, which is total bullshit.



I know plenty of Republicans with beads and tattoos. The premise of the ad is well, stupid.
You know the problem is this, Republicans are how though of as solely people like this:
http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--x6prA7pv--/jn4pwjkiiuripallgenl.jpg


People with little moral character or care for other people.

This ad shows the serious schism in the conservative movement. until they rid themselves of the baggers and the corporatists, well all they have are lame ads like this.

Comment by Scoopster on 09/25/2014 16:21:11
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Just got into a pissing contest with a friend discussing this article. I kept trying to bring up the point that it's not about seeing them as emotionless or not having the capacity to come up with good ideas, but that they simply refuse to do it because working with libruls is letting the enemy win! And he kept trying to make the point that I was doing exactly that in reverse, which is total bullshit.

I know plenty of Republicans with beads and tattoos. The premise of the ad is well, stupid.

Oh yeah I get that, and my friend agreed. He was bitching at me tho, claiming that I'm ignoring how a conservative feels about a subject and saying that their feelings don't count because I'm hyperpartisan. Even after I tried to explain to him that was simply not true, that conservatives have the capacity to have reasonable ideas and to present them in a reasonable manner and they simply choose not to because OMGLIBRULZ.

And he's a pretty progressive fellow himself. It annoys me so much when he does this shit.

Comment by livingonli on 09/25/2014 16:48:41
Good day, folks. It does seem like the right is dominated in discourse these days by the very kind of people that John Dean pointed out were the problem in "Conservatives without Conscience" a decade ago.

Comment by Mondobubba on 09/25/2014 17:13:17
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Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Scoopster:


Just got into a pissing contest with a friend discussing this article. I kept trying to bring up the point that it's not about seeing them as emotionless or not having the capacity to come up with good ideas, but that they simply refuse to do it because working with libruls is letting the enemy win! And he kept trying to make the point that I was doing exactly that in reverse, which is total bullshit.

I know plenty of Republicans with beads and tattoos. The premise of the ad is well, stupid.

Oh yeah I get that, and my friend agreed. He was bitching at me tho, claiming that I'm ignoring how a conservative feels about a subject and saying that their feelings don't count because I'm hyperpartisan. Even after I tried to explain to him that was simply not true, that conservatives have the capacity to have reasonable ideas and to present them in a reasonable manner and they simply choose not to because OMGLIBRULZ.

And he's a pretty progressive fellow himself. It annoys me so much when he does this shit.



I dig it. I would even go farther and you might have hit this point, what if their feelings are based on false premise? I mean besides OMGLIBRULZ. Then fuck you and your feelsing.

Comment by Scoopster on 09/25/2014 17:23:04
Comment by Scoopster on 09/25/2014 17:50:01
http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/rmg0ztrj1sevwxpnm6oi.jpg



Ya know, she lives down in Watch Hill. I should totally go snort some weed with her.

Comment by Mondobubba on 09/25/2014 18:07:49



Well of course. FastandfuriousIRSblahblahblah?

Comment by Mondobubba on 09/25/2014 19:01:22
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Ya know, she lives down in Watch Hill. I should totally go snort some weed with her.



http://33.media.tumblr.com/48835f7443689868eb015988c5a9f785/tumblr_mh5virdeMm1rpduwho1_500.gif


Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 19:56:31
Could use some help, please see my Status Update on the BoF. Will explain later as to why. (nothing super bad, we just can't make it)

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 21:15:33
The Tix have been accepted.

Comment by Raine on 09/25/2014 21:39:46
So here is the story:


I had a big scare and I have a small sad.

-- and when I say small sad , I mean this in the greater idea of things.

We had tickets to the Giants game tonite being played at Fed Ex field pretty sweet tix. (lower level, 30 yard line Giants side.) I have never seen my beloved big blue play live, not even when I was in NY. Bobber was working from home because we had friends the coincidentally we going to the game as well and we were going to tailgate together. They were bringing the meat, we would bring the grill and the growlers of home brew.

Out of the blue, This morning he got sick. At 11 am he said I am not feeling well (he was fine earlier in the day) I brought him tea and took his temp… 101.8. He was having chills so badly it looked seizure like. I put Ice on him to bring the fever down. Took the temp again about 20 minutes later and the fever was still rising. We went to the urgent care office (his doctor is just too far away for stuff like this)) They took his temp again and now his fever was 102.7 -- plus, his heart beat was thru the roof (147 per minute). They got the fever to come down (tylenol and Ibuprofen) and his heart rate to slow down. Diagnosis: He has a viral Flu like thing. They did not call it the flu. He will be ok. He is resting at home. Unless his fever shoots up again or his heart starts racing again he just needs to let this work itself through. If anything like this happens in the next 72 hours, we were instructed to go to the ER as they can take blood tests and get results far more quickly, makes sense. This is an amazing urgent care facility.

He wanted me to go to the game anyway, and I was like hell no. (It was a no brainer. The Giants are here every year, we can wait another year)

I'm just a little bummed about the game but very happy that Hubby is alright. In order to get him, and myself to be honest, to stop feeling bad about this, we both decided to give the tickets away with one string attached: Pay it forward.

It makes my sad a lot less knowing that someone else is enjoying the game tonite.