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Showing posts with label Bowe Bergdahl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bowe Bergdahl. Show all posts

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bergdahl Reading Ayn Rand, Jared Miller As Libertarian, and Edward Snowden As A Ron Paul Sycophant.

Why are Ayn Rand's writings and Libertarianism so prevalent in our news and current events? 

Over the past few years the word "Libertarian or Libertarianism" has eased into the everyday fabric of the nation. An ideology that seems to represent a false premise from its early infancy (In the US) through its current state of being. "Give me the liberty to do whatever I want and give me 100% privacy, I want small government, allow me to deny rights to others and do not charge me any taxes!" The ridiculousness of it all.

Libertarian ideology and the movement seems to attract Americans who seek an idyllic state without realization people destroy ideal states. People turn what could be utopia into movements that can and do attract crackpots and opportunist.  Example, there may have been conservatives who actually thought the Tea Party was going to be good for the nation. Is it a coincidence the very people who started and funded the Tea party are also Libertarian? Wonder those predominately older white Americans who embraced the 2009 Tea Party did so with consideration of existential opportunity for racist groups, militia, and a platform for talk of armed revolution? 

A 2010 WISER, University of Washington Institute for Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality, study (poll) delineated a perspective on the Koch Tea Party and, for me at least, a perspective on the many Libertarians.

The data are compelling, and provides a validating foundation for my premise regarding the commonalty of the Tea Party and "so-called" libertarians. Progressives, independents and truly concerned conservatives (all seven of them) should take note. We should take note of the WISER Study and Hullabalo's analyses while contemplating people like Edward Snowden (Ron Paul sycophant), Jared Miller (whacked-out Las Vegas killer embraced Libertarianism among all things anti-US), and guilty via his reading and rumors about his parents: Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdhal's insertion with Snowden and Miller is for sake of points related to libertarianism and fringe elements vs. actual associative linkage. 

Hullabalo provides and "easy-to-read" assessment analysis of the charts. My reason for posting the graphics relates much more to modern-day manifestation of young white males perpetrating acts based on ideology that is not only divisive it is negatively effusive.

Libertarian ideology is not only shaping GOP politics, it is influencing society via attracting some who in the long run will be judged as undesirable. 

The Kochs via the Tea Party and the 2010 mid-terms shaped federal governance for many years to come.

Let's consider for a second.....

The Kochs gave conceptual birth to and funded the early Tea Party.

The US public has turned on the Tea Party like falling off the face of Mount Rushmore. 

Gallup December 13th, 2013
Opinions of the Tea Party Movement Since 2010

As of May 2014, the Koch's assessment of the political environment and current strategy of forsaking the movement are Libertarian.

The Koch brothers have claimed the ideology for many years with only recent declaration from Charles Koch he is not a Libertarian. From David Kochs 1980 vice-presidential run for the White House to nascent mega-million donations to the GOP, Charles Kochs last month commented to the NY Times as follows:
Writes the Times' Nicholas Confessore: 
Since 1980, the Republican Party has moved closer to the Koch family’s views on government regulation. Its rising members now court the Kochs and like-minded donors at twice-yearly "seminars" that the brothers organize. In 2012, David Koch was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. 
“I think the Republican Party has a great chance of being successful and that’s why I support it,” Mr. Koch told reporters at an American Prosperity reception in Tampa, Fla., that year. “The Libertarian Party is a great concept. I love the ideals, but it got too far off the deep end, and so I dropped out.” 
Ron Paul is a Libertarian celebrity. As a 'star' libertarian, he stands as a man who has a history of a disgusting racist newsletter (during the 1990s) and who has been reported as far closer to white supremacist for comfort. I have avoided mention of his mantra of legalizing heroin during times when very young white people are using the substance as a drug of choice. As I re-read the last sentence it looks like I failed to avoid mentioning heroin abuse after all.

Yes, Paul and the Kochs are Libertarian. 

My central reason for mentioning Libertarianism relates to a millennial white male demographic group that has denizens who embrace the ideology. There appears an increasing affinity for the ideology among young men who are shaping our world in ways that could prove terminal. Media is reporting this week, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's has a libertarian connection. Bergdahl's parents are reported as libertarian (unable to confirm to date) and the Washington Post and other sources are reporting the captive often wrote zany passages and was a follower of Ayn Rand:

Bergdahl and Ayn Rand 
"Bergdahl also developed Ayn Rand–ian ideas about finding "complete freedom": On June 27, he sent an e-mail to his friends titled “Who is John Galt?,” a reference to the hero of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged,” about individualism in a dystopian America. 
I will serve no bandit, nor lair, for i know John Galt, and understand . . .” Bergdahl wrote. “This life is too short to serve those who compromise value, and its ethics. i am done compromising.”
Three days later, Bergdahl walked off his post.

On the last page of his journal, the Post reports, Bergdahl imagined "a story about one going-crazy-to wander the earth alone."

Apparently Bowe Bergdahl former POW, had a fascination with Ayn Rand and carried a copy of "Atlas Shrugged" wherever he went. It was one of the possessions he mailed home to his best friend Kim Harrison before he went missing.

The Raw Story recently published a piece that adds additional perspective on Libertarian impact on our society. Since, I have acquaintances who embrace Libertarianism, at least in part, I will not comment farther after The Raw Story piece. My over-riding point is the impact of conservatism that reaches the psyches of people who show signs of deep rooted psychological issues.

Basically, I am hearing the name Ayn Rand for more than is comfortable and her name is prevalent based on philosophies other than her commendable writings on civil rights.

Salon published a piece on June 14th, 2014, that you must take a few minutes and read. You simply must do so, even if it means skipping the piece from the Raw Story posted below.  

Libertarian host who inspired Vegas killers: They were ‘victims,’ murdering cops saves lives (via Raw Story )
A libertarian gun activist — who was convicted on weapons charges after he carried a loaded shotgun in downtown Washington, D.C. — this week defended two people who recently went on a shooting rampage in Las Vegas, killing two police officers and…


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bergdahl: Landmines For The GOP!

Repost from The Daily Kos

The GOP is Heading for a World of Hurt on Bergdahl, here's why

Daily Kos member

THU JUN 05, 2014 AT 06:20 AM PDT

UPDATED: The GOP is Heading for a World of Hurt on Bergdahl, here's why

Since I posted the comment, there have been a few developments that even add MORE to my argument. So, without further ado....

As the actual FACTS start coming out about Bowe Bergdahl, here is what we know:

1. Bergdahl had left his base without permissions on at least one prior occasion, and had come back! This is according to a report in the Army Times. In fact, his fellow soldiers failed to report it at the time. The implications of this are huge. It means that it would be impossible to prove desertion under UCMJ Article 85, because you cannot prove he intended to leave permanently. Specifically, that article states:

(a) Any member of the armed forces whoĆ¢€“
(1) without authority goes or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to remain away therefrom permanently; 
(2) quits his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to avoid hazardous duty or to shirk important service; or 
(3) without being regularly separated from one of the armed forces enlists or accepts an appointment in the same or another on of the armed forces without fully disclosing the fact that he has not been regularly separated, or enters any foreign armed service except when authorized by the United States; is guilty of desertion.

The only two provisions that remotely could be applicable to Bowe Bergdahl are subsections (1) and (2). The first one is eliminated by the fact that he had done this before. Given that he returned on the prior occasion, it would be extremely difficult to prove an intent to "remain away....permanently." The second subsection is also difficult to prove if he left his base at night, when he was not otherwise on duty. So, as a consequence, you can pretty much rule out Bergdahl being charged with "desertion." At worst, he can be charged under Article 86: Absence Without Leave. That is a far less serious charge, and "time served" as a POW of the Haqqani network would probably be deemed sufficient punishment. Which, incidentally, would also considered an extenuating circumstance under that article.

UPDATE: The 35 page classified Army report (as reported to the New York Times) that was compiled 2 months after Bergdahl disappeared, concluded that he had left his unit twice, not once. And the Army blamed lax security practices and a lack of discipline. Moreover, the supposed letter he left confessing to everything was not mentioned in the report at all.

2. According to the now famous article by Michael Hastings about Bergdahl, his unit was basically a bunch of undisciplined fuck ups who went out on patrol without helmets, lost weapons, totally lacked morale and respect for military authority, etc. At least two commanders were actually demoted! So, you have to take with a grain of salt the accusations being made against Bergdahl by these people. Especially now that we know they failed to report Bergdahl left the base without permission on a prior occasion, and are still telling the media that he is a "deserter" when they know damn well that's not true.

3. The New York Times has also reported that it is almost impossible to attribute the losses the unit suffered to Bergdahl, or looking for Bergdahl. Given the lack of unit discipline, etc. One wonders whether Bergdahl is being scapegoated by these people, who were drummed up by GOP political operatives. You don't want to minimize the pain of the families of the lost soldiers. But, frankly, there is a tremendous amount of misinformation being pushed. And, a lot of speculation. It's just an unprovable allegation.

4. And, finally, Bergdahl's apparent heroism while in captivity has been almost completely ignored and glossed over. Michael Hastingsoriginally reported that Bergdahl lulled his captors into believing he was sympathetic to them, and when they let their guard down he escaped for 3 days. When they finally found him in a hand-dug trench he covered with leaves, he was nearly naked an exhausted. Yet, it took 5 Taliban to subdue him as he fought back trying to avoid being recaptured.

Just last night, we found out that he escaped not once, but twice! Because of this, his captors kept moving him around and kept him under tight wraps. This made it exceedingly difficult and risky to attempt a rescue mission.

And, finally, the infamous "ashamed to be an American" e-mails that numbnuts like Sarah Palin keep using to attacking Bergdahl, were actually quite patriotic in context. He was complaining about the low caliber of person he had to suffer through in his unit, and how crappily they treated the Afghans (In one case, he said they indifferently ran over a child with a truck!). He was ashamed of the way the military operated there.

He was not expressing a desire to join the Taliban. He felt sympathy for the Afghan civilians who were being mistreated and abused by both sides. (These e-mails were reported in Michael Hastings' profile pieces).

When all is said and done, and Bergdahl is allowed to give his side of the story, the Republicans and Conservatives who were attacking him are going to regret it.

One other point on this that I didn't address in my comment. All of the crazy rightwingers who are suggesting that Bergdahl be executed for desertion are even more batshit crazy than it might seem at first. Even if he WAS guilty of desertion (a proposition which is extremely doubtful at this point), only one U.S. service member has been executed for the offense since the Civil War! That man was Pvt. Eddie Slovik during World War II. In his case, he signed a confession -- over the objections of his commanders! - and was defiant of military authority. Eventually, Dwight Eisenhower authorized his execution to set an example.

Moreover, in 1974 President Gerald Ford signed a conditional amnesty for Vietnam War deserters, if they agreed to two years of public service in some other capacity.

And, finally, the lone soldier convicted in connection with the My Lai massacre of Civillian Vietnamese villagers during Vietnam -- Lt. William Calley -- had his sentence reduced to House arrest and then finally commuted to time served by President Nixon after 3 years.

And, to make this even more pertinent, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who plead guilty to murdering 16 Afghan Civilians in their homes, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

In other words, the batshit rightwingers want to impose a sentence on Bowe Bergdahl that is a) unsupported by any evidence; b) hasn't been imposed on a US Soldier in 70 years, and only once in 140 years; and c) more harsh than what was imposed on convicted mass murderers of civilians.

The lemming like nature of these profoundly disturbed wackos can be summarized in the following tweet:

7:44 AM PT: Just a note: This diary was meant to go viral to get these facts spread as far as possible. So, if you can, please tweet it, or post it to Facebook, etc. It is designed to be a one-stop informational tool for people who want to fight back against the disinformation on social media.

12:16 PM PT: Thanks to one of the commenters for linking to this well-researched post on Fark, which goes a long way toward debunking the claims that Bergdahl's capture led to all the deaths people are asserting. StumbleUpon