The Mysterious Mind of the Leftist Obama Worshipper

Over on FB, there is a page called “Being Liberal”. It does stuff like valiantly defy whatever crazy stuff Pat Robertson says today and bravely faces the applause of its peers as it courageously pats itself on the back. However, it has been remarkably silent about the Dear Leader’s rampup to war with Syria and our willingness to act as Al-Quaeda’s Air Force (such an improvement over our meanly forcing Al-Quaida to *steal* planes 12 years ago). Finally, somebody noted this strange quietude and asked these Paladins of Conscience for an explanation, which they testily gave:

(M) A lot of conservatives have been posting on this page, asking why the liberals who protested our war with Iraq are being hypocrites and not protesting our war with Syria, and I’d like to take a second to answer that question.

We’re not at war with Syria, so there’s no reason to start protesting against it. We’re not protesting against World War III either, that doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be liberals who oppose it if it happens. Anti-war liberals aren’t required to protest against wars that haven’t even started. If they are, then I would like to firmly announce my opposition to the war with Canada.

Hopefully that’s a sufficient answer.

Of *course* it’s sufficient. Everybody remembers how the Left prudently refrained from protesting Bush’s War in Iraq until March 21, 2003. No need to jump the gun and be hasty. In fact, those Christians in the Middle East are rocking the boat and making life hard for our Just and Wise Leader by their uncharitable assumption that the US armed forces are massing to blow them all to hell and not actually massing to invite them to tea. Why, if there was any justice Our Dear Leader *would* attack, just to shut their mean, judgmental mouths! No wonder our policies in the Mideast so consistently result in the death and exile of Christians! They have it coming!

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  • rshorton

    Snarkiness doesn’t help Catholics make their points. We need to speak the truth in love.

    • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

      Speak the truth first. This lot already have enough love… for themselves.

    • Lydia

      Au contraire. We have a grand and glorious tradition of snark. Examples of snarky Catholics include St. Jerome, St Paul, St. Thomas More, St. Jose Maria Escriva, Hillaire Belloc and G.K. Chesterton. It can be a useful rhetorical device, and needn’t be loveless.

      • Imp the Vladaler

        wit != snark

        • … and Catholics have employed both, as needed.

    • Thibaud

      Snarkiness is the most charitable answer to this disgusting display of spineless hipocrisy. And note that those cowards themselves use snarkiness by writing that “they do not oppose WWIII” either, because ha ha of course there is no chance of WWIII hapenning. A comment that may very well soon result in a horrible case of tragic irony if the US and its vassals’ bombing of Syria actually lead to WWIII because of Russia’s investment in this conflict. A possibility that is not unlikely, as many people actually directly involved in Syria fear that this could the horrible end result of all this (for instance, this is what Mgr. Antoine Audo, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo and President of Caritas Syria stated he feared in an interview with Vatican Radio. But what does he know, he’s just a stupid Middle Eastern Christian, America’s favorite punching-ball).

  • Iran has already said that if we strike Syria, the Iranians will strike Israel. And, of course, Russia has military bases in Syria. Maybe WWIII, maybe not–but certainly not an area to be messing around in without any pressing national interest whatsoever.

  • enness

    I know one liberal who said anything about NDAA. One.

    • iamlucky13

      Ron Wyden did. Despite the various criticisms I’ve had of him over the years I lived in Oregon, I must at least give him credit for trying to amend the NDAA with some (not a lot, but some) explicit limits on NSA activities. He failed, unfortunately.

      A couple others, plus a couple Republicans:

      • enness

        Fair enough — I’m referring to my personal circle of friends and acquaintances.

  • Half Heathen

    I suspect that, among other reasons, the media wing of the DNC advised the Administration that they could no longer gloss over the various scandals (IRS, NSA, Benghazi, etc.) so that a major “story” was urgently needed to suck up air time when the public got back from summer vacation.

  • Elmwood

    If it makes anyone feel better, GWB or Romney would have already invaded Syria by now.

    The god of war shows no political biases and often finds a happy home with American Catholics, lay and clergy alike. Look at the relative laxity of our bishops before the Iraq War. War is good for the economy and proving you’re a hero and that America is Exceptional all at once!

    • enness

      No, it doesn’t really. Neither of them was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after three weeks in office, either.

  • Eve Fisher

    Speaking as a liberal who worships no one on this earth, only God above, I protested the Iraq war from the first drumbeats, writing to literally EVERYBODY in Congress and the White House, giving the history of Iraq, Iran, etc. (I am an historian) and pointing out that, while Saddam Hussein was as nasty a military thug dictator as they get, he was also Osama Bin Laden’s #1 enemy in the Middle East (he was on Bin Laden’s hit list, too), AND Iraq had nothing, absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. As opposed to our “closest allies”, Saudi Arabia.

    May I suggest that lobbing grenades at the crazies on either side – Pat Robertson and his ilk or the ultra-Leftists – gets no one anywhere, only riles feathers, and sidetracks discussion.

    Re Syria – we have no money for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, infrastructure, policemen, fire fighters, or just about anything else – but we do, apparently, for war. At least according to John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and others who are leading the parade. I am sorry to tell everyone, but we do not have the greatest military in the world – the military-industrial complex has us, and it is eating us alive.

    • chezami

      It is Obama leading the parade here. And yet you can’t bring yourself to so much as name him.

  • elizacoop

    I don’t know what city you live in, Mark, but here in Minneapolis MN we’ve held a weekly anti-war protest since 2002. Come to the Lake Street Bridge any Wednesday a 5 p.m. to join us. Many or most of us are probably “leftist” by your standards, but all are welcome. You may not hang out on lefty/progressive sites enough to know that there is massive disenchantment with Obama, who is and always was a corporate Democrat.

  • tz1

    In fact, those Christians in the Middle East are rocking the boat and
    making life hard for our Just and Wise Leader by their uncharitable
    assumption that the US armed forces are massing to blow them all to hell/
    and not actually massing to invite them to tea.

    I thought martyrdom was being blown into heaven – even bypassing purgatory. The blower ends up in hell. As in “war is hell” – which is quite literal.