People sometimes ask me why the band is called Max and the Marginalized. The reason is this: over the past eight years, normal voices of dissent have been cast to the margins, made into pariahs of political discourse. Whether it’s countless attempts to make those who opposed the war seem unpatriotic. If you think it’s wrong to let AT+T spy on Americans then you don’t care about the safety of Americans. On and fucking on.
Well, it looks like no matter what, this trend won’t be going anywhere, no matter who is elected.
For those of you catching up on Gen. Wesley Clark’s supposed flap that has put him in the doghouse over at the Headquarters of the Obamalith, here’s the Cliff’s notes:
1) Gen. Wesley Clark goes on TV and says that John McCain’s being shot down in Vietnam doesn’t make him any more qualified to be President. Clark himself took four bullets in that same conflict, FYI.
2) The McCain campaign, as you’d predict, gets in a tizzy.
3) Prominent Vets like Jon Soltz and Lt. Gen. Robert Gard speak out in defense of Clark and his statement that in fact, being shot down in Vietnam does not qualify someone for the highest office in the land.
4) The Obama campaign, after having a strong and authoritative voice like Clark’s say something that is completely accurate, carries more weight from a military man, and something that Obama himself would get in tons of trouble for saying, mysteriously disowns Clark’s statements, and (using a phrase I’m so goddamn sick of) threw Clark under the bus.
Bad enough. It’s one of the things in recent weeks from the Obama HQ that has a ton of us, his supporters, shaking our heads in confusion (along with FISA, executing child rapists, etc.)
This was today’s installment (from Steve Clemons, HuffPost):
General Wesley Clark is not attending the Democratic National Convention. I was told by General Clark’s personal office in Little Rock that he would not be attending.
He was informed by Barack Obama’s people that there was no reason to come.
General Clark has been given no role of any kind at the convention.
Rubbing salt in the wound even more, the “theme” of Wednesday’s Democratic convention agenda is “Securing America.”
Wesley Clark’s PAC also happens to be called SECURING AMERICA.
So there you have it. Four-star Generals getting pushed to the margins for making a very accurate and acceptable statement about Obamas opponent, and then being gratuitously disinvited from the Democratic National Convention.
It will take a lot to make me not vote for Obama in November, but if things keep up like this, I’ll be holding my nose when I do.
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