Let Me Be Clear

Monday, December 21st, 2009

This column by my colleague Jacob Sullum is a brilliant dissection of Obama’s rhetorical shenanigans.

My friend Gene Healy has on his car about the only bumper sticker I’d consider putting on mine. It says, simply:

They’re Lying

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16 Responses to “Let Me Be Clear”

  1. #1 |  Mattocracy | 

    I’m gonna put that bumber sticker next to my “They Live” bumber sticker.

  2. #2 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Obama’s style is different, but it is a message of big government…same since FDR.

    Maybe if we voted in someone from the other party…

  3. #3 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Could this be the end of political endorsements on The Agitator?

  4. #4 |  SB7 | 

    Great sticker. I was going to ask whereI could get one, then I just decided to google it myself. Here’s one place (item BS314). I sure wouldn’t mind having an Agitator-themed version of this though, if you’re looking for some swag to sell.

  5. #5 |  MacGregory | 

    #1 Mattocracy
    [into my wristwatch] I’ve got one that can see!

    If this is “They Live,” I want dibs on Meg Foster.

  6. #6 |  Radley Balko | 

    Could this be the end of political endorsements on The Agitator?

    I didn’t endorse Obama. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever made an official “endorsement.”

  7. #7 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Folks, if small government could get someone elected, both parties would be preaching and actually legislating smaller government.

    The concept of reducing government is merely something that the Republicans give lip service to in order to attract those mainstream party voters who like to call themselves libertarians. Democrats don’t even bother.

    Elections are won by promising people “free” stuff like unemployment checks, Social Security, houses (ie: easy to get mortgages), job security, minimum wages, safe food, and… health care. A Senator will sell his vote for a big cash campaign contribution, but a citizen will trade his vote for the mere hint of a suggestion of a promise of a pipe dream.

    If you really want to personally deliver some serious pain to the bastards who are responsible for all the stupid stuff that happens in Washington, you don’t even need to go to DC. Instead, just go to your neighbor’s house and kick him as hard as you can right in the nuts.

  8. #8 |  Dave Krueger | 

    My plan to reduce health care costs would be to end our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan immediately. It would be tough, but the medical industry could probably adjust to not having that perpetual supply of new patients needing lifetime treatment for missing limbs, blindness, psychological illnesses, etc.

  9. #9 |  Cynical in CA | 

    My reference was not to Obama, Radley. It was to endorsements in general, of which you have submitted more than a few, some of which have been embarrassing to say the least. Frankly, the idea of political endorsement itself is embarrassing.

    Judging by your respect of Healy’s bumper sticker, it appears that your skepticism of things political has taken a healthy turn for the better.

  10. #10 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    As I remember it, Radley was talking well of Bob Barr, but that was about it. No official Agitator nod…

  11. #11 |  Cynical in CA | 

    I’ll just throw out one name and leave it at that, just to substantiate my comments:

    Mark Sanford.

    There that’s it. And that should be more than enough. Hell, we’re all human, nobody’s perfect. That’s why no one should ever endorse a political candidate. They’re all the same, and I don’t mean just imperfect. See Gene Healy’s bumpersticker.

  12. #12 |  John Wilburn | 

    All politicians have one thing in common; they all crawled out from under the same piece of rat shit – keep that in mind, and you won’t need to waste your time deciding which one you dislike the least…

  13. #13 |  MacGregory | 

    I say Colts-Vikings, superbowl. Fuck the endorsements Balko. I say Minn. by a last sec field goal.

  14. #14 |  john | 

    i found some bumper stickers…


  15. #15 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    …a citizen will trade his vote for the mere hint of a suggestion of a promise of a pipe dream.

    Citizens sell their vote for shit they were brainwashed with during their indoctrination at the public schools. IMHO, Americans willingly sign up for their slaughter. Hard not to say “Fuck ’em.”

    Radley also endorsed Palin as a MILF Governor when he visited Alaska prior to her getting the VP nod, but he didn’t explicitly endorse her politics. I’m OK with this.

    I think you can “talk well of” a politician to identify when they get it right, but you still have to remember they are all complete garbage (except Ron Paul…who is elected by Texans…just remember that).

    MacG: Vikings are one of those teams that cannot ever win. Mostly because I am a cursed fan. Colts win another one this year. It’s all rigged.

  16. #16 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Not to belabor this, but Ron Paul is no different from any other politician.

    After all, he holds elective office, which means that he operates under the State system.

    Ron Paul might be a great guy, I have no idea, I’ve never met him. But once he puts on his Congressman hat, he’s the same as all of them.

    I know this will not be a popular opinion just about anywhere, but the truth is often the most unpopular concept imaginable. The entire field of psychology is based on overcoming individuals’ denials of truth. There must be a reason why people feel the need to deceive themselves.

    If Ron Paul were such a threat to the establishment, he would have disappeared long ago. Obviously there’s a reason they keep him around. I believe that reason is that he keeps some marginal players in the game — i.e., libertarians who have not quite abandoned the State.

    Think about it.