Daily Topics - Wednesday March 24th 2010

newspaper imagesQuote:  "The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." --Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823

Hour One - Are Republicans and Teabaggers now a threat to America?

To all you COMMY DEMOCRATS & SPINELESS REPUBLICANS www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMIsmSml5gs

Hour Two - Do the owners of media have too much influence on politics? Dan Gainor www.businessandmedia.org

Hour Three - What advice does a Republican have to stop the right wing crazy train from taking over their party? Conservative journalist David Frum www.frumforum.com

Comments

Zero G. (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#1

The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed.

Increasingly, this appears to be a fallacy. Consider the domestic and worldwide protest against the US invaision of Iraq. The effort to prevent the aggression fell on the deaf ears of the military-industrial-media elite. The press has been co-opted as an adjunct to the global corporate agenda, which will kill for profit, torture for profit, lie for profit. Remember the parade on t.v. of former generals and colonels describing the toys and shocking and awful military hardware.

So, Obama has his health insurance bill. Now he is able to reschedule his Indonesia trip.

Obama’s Bad Prescription for Indonesia
by Amy Goodman

Zero G. (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#2

Obama’s Bad Prescription for Indonesia
by Amy Goodman
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/03/24-0

Thought I had the hyperlink code right....

Rick in Canadia (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#3

Thom,
You brought up the ‘breaking’ Obama comment. That did strike me as either racist or at least personally dis-respectful but to me it was just one of the long line of such bits of code that have floated to the surface.
They don't all define the official policy of the GOP but they indicate some of the motivators in the background.
Newt's caution to the Dems that this could be as big a disaster as the Civil Rights legislation was priceless.

Aside from the 'Baby Killer' (not at the president) did I not hear Boos when Nancy Pelosi thanked President Obama for his work on the bill?

In the same way that the Republicans delight in using the term Democrat party, I have heard many references to ‘Mr. Obama’ instead of President Obama. These aren’t even the pitiful screamers on the radio that are still chanting Barrack Hussein Obama. These are the semi-mainstream broadcasters and of course the Republican politicains.

Is this some reference to ‘Mr. Smith goes to Washington’ or just further denial of the 2008 election results? Was George W. Bush often refered to as ‘Mr’.?

You know your ‘code’. I think their ‘Obamageddon’ talk might be more of the faithful finally realizing that they LOST in 2008. Unfortunately that leads to ‘I’m cleaning my gun’ comments and worse.
Rather than the end of the world, I think this may be the end of the GOP and when the nut-jobs stop believing Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck, that there is even hope of regaining power they believe they are entitled to, a lot of them may come off the rails.

Sad to say and I hope not but these may be the most dangerous of times.
Congratulations on your progress, keep it up.
(What’s next? You are running out of time to get some control over your voting system before the fall.)

Cheers,
Rick in Canadia

Zero G. (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#4

More on the "free" press:

Reporter: NATO covering up, lying about civilian killings
By Daniel Tencer
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
http://rawstory.com/2010/03/nato-covering-lying-civilian-killings/

A British reporter who reported on an apparent cover-up of the killing of an Afghan family says the NATO-led forces in that country habitually lie about innocent civilians' deaths.

Jerome Starkey, the Afghanistan correspondent for the Times of London, says the "embed culture" of reporting in war zones results in military censorship and self-censorship that allows military commanders to get away with falsehoods about civilian deaths.

Embedded reporters, are they really the "free press"?

Gene Savory (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#5

Regarding the debate surrounding any chances of getting the government to serve the people:

There isn't much honest conversation in D.C. We should be changing the system that allows so many sociopaths to converge on and infest our government. It's not a debate, it's a race between schooners full of lies with sails made of money.

Quark (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#6

My comment yesterday: "I truly believe that anarchy and democratic (small “d”) failure is the goal of today’s Republican Party."

Anarchy — Another “distraction”

I came away from Michael Moore’s movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story”, with the reinforced conclusion (mine) that so much of the disorder from the “right” is a distraction — a smoke screen — for what is REALLY going on: the stealing of wealth by the corporations from the American people. The distraction has had to get ever bigger and noisier (in 4 video clips, from the Rachel Maddow Show last night):

1) Emboldened Extremist Incites Violence:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show#3601...

Quark (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#7

Neugebauer Campaigns on Outburst, Belying Apology

Rachel Maddow video clip #2:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show#3601...

Quark (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#8

Too much democracy for Gohmert?

Rachel Maddow video clip #3:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show#3601...

Quark (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#9

14 state AGs draw spotlight with suit.

Rachel Maddow video clip #4:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show#3601...

Quark (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#10

Bush's Wars served the same purpose --- to distract while they were stealing.

Contemporary meaning of “anarchy” (these plus dozens more on Google):

1) a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)

Main Entry: an·ar·chy
Pronunciation: \ˈa-nər-kē, -ˌnär-\
Function: noun
Etymology: Medieval Latin anarchia, from Greek, from anarchos having no ruler, from an- + archos ruler — more at arch-
Date: 1539

2) wordnetweb – princeton U.:

a : absence of government b : a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority c : a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government

2) merriam-webster:
a : absence or denial of any authority or established order b : absence of order : disorder

3) dictionary.reference:

an·ar·chy   /ˈænərki/ Show Spelled[an-er-kee] Show IPA
–noun
1.a state of society without government or law.
2.political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control: The death of the king was followed by a year of anarchy.
3.a theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society.
4.confusion; chaos; disorder: Intellectual and moral anarchy followed his loss of faith.

Zero G. (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#11

Are Republicans and Teabaggers now a threat to America?

They've been a threat since before the crash of '29, since the coup attempt against FDR...,

...but always, the Democrats respond by looking forward, not backward. Never prosecuting, never responding...

Zero G. (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#12

My comment yesterday: “I truly believe that anarchy and democratic (small “d”) failure is the goal of today’s Republican Party.” - Quark

It's the way the Fascists generally come to power.

Mark K (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#13

I was listening to Mike Papantonio over the weekend talking about how rabid anti-government outfits like the Sovereign Citizens movement appear to be regaining some momentum in this country. “Sovereign Citizens” think that they are “organic” to the land (Native Americans might have a different view), and thus government entities have no control over them, or the power to tax them. They believe that the 14th Amendment somehow “tricked” the “organic”—i.e. white—people into becoming citizens of the all-powerful entity that calls itself the “United States,” but in “reality” this was a purely “voluntary” construct, and people could merely “vacate” this citizenship on whim. Since the amendment conferred citizenship on blacks, only blacks (who are “organic”) should be obliged to pay taxes in return for rights that were given to them by federally-created construct. Like Timothy McVeigh’s sidekick Terry Nichols believed, since they had been “tricked” into signing “contracts” that obliged them to be regulated by “pernicious” laws, it was “organic” (i.e. white) people’s “duty” to resist the evil government. Joe Stark, who flew a plane into a North Austin office building recently, would have been a good fit in this grouping. Papantonio noted that since many of these Sovereign Citizens have managed to run afoul of the law for engaging in “paper terrorism,” it was odd how they didn’t seem to mind enjoying their new tax-payer paid home—jail.

Meanwhile, the tea party Brown Shirts didn’t waste much time in voicing their displeasure at the passage of the health care reform, engaging in their own pathetic little Kristallnacht antics, breaking windows at a few Democratic headquarters, and making death threats against representatives who voted for the bill. Sarah Palin did her part by calling on the troops not to “retreat” but to “reload,” directing them to a website with a map marked with bulls-eyes “targeting” certain Democratic lawmakers. Real subtle stuff. Pat Buchanan got all red-faced when confronted with the ugly truth, but all he could do yesterday was complain that Bob Letcher must have been “dragged” to that tea party event in Ohio to expressly for the purpose of embarrassing him. Meanwhile, Mike Vanderboegh, militia man and racist nativist, has managed to get himself back in the news for a few minutes, declaring that he is preparing for the “next civil war.” With 24 percent of all Republicans who believe that Barack Obama may be the “Anti-Christ,” the loonies are out in force.

Speedbird 9 (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#14

Also, it may be hard to believe, but Orly Taitz is actually running for California Secretary of State. This being California and the majority of my fellow Californians are stupid (remember who the governor this state is), doesn't fill me with enough confidence that this 'candidate' would be laughed off the ballot - as she should be.

Gene Savory (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#15

I have a dental practice. It involves a toothbrush and floss.

Mark K (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#16

A slight edit to the above missive--Sovereign Citizens believe that blacks "are not organic" to the land, thus subject to federal regulations.

Quark (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#17

Zero G.,

Re: "…but always, the Democrats respond by looking forward, not backward. Never prosecuting, never responding…"

I've felt frustration over this SO many times while watching politics throughout my adult life. It is like watching the Titanic approach the iceberg and not being able to shout warnings loud enough from here in the hinterlands.

harry ashburn.... (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#18

@gene: My dental plan involves a glass of water and Polydent.

"Kids Make Nutritious Snacks" -headline from leftwingwacko.com

Ed in Redondo (aka DancingBear) (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#19

It has become abundantly clear that far too many broadcasters are not using the people's airwaves, which they lease from us in a manner that serves the public's best interest. The extreme polarization, rampant misinformation and widespread general ignorance is a direct result of too many irresponsible broadcasters using their microphones to spread inflammatory lies and half truths for the sake of personal aggrandizement, ideological advantage and corporate profit. The rise of recent "Tea-Bagger" threats and extremist violence adds the weight of a threatened civil peace to all the other arguments that the next major reform we need to undertake is media reform. We can't afford to ignore the alternate and false reality created by hate radio and corporate spun TV news any longer. The time to act for media reform is now.

Ed

SoloPocono (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#20

This morning whilst browsing through my usual blogs, I came across an ABSOLUTE READ!!! It HAS to be the MOST detailed, MOST Referenced, "list" of the "new" Republican Party. This gentleman has REALLY done his research. The comments and replies after the article are almost as necessary, (some, arguably, even more so), to understanding WHY the Conservatives have fallen SO low. I HIGHLY recommend reading and forwarding this post-especially to Independents and Conservatives who you feel are not connecting to the extremist views which the Conservative media have put "out there", and rank and file Republicans, have adopted.
A MUST READ!!!! "An Open Letter To Conservatives"
http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/americandad/index.php

Yellowbird (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#21

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ten-reasons-why-this-is-not-a-bull-mark...

This article I post regarding Thom's assessment of the next economic collapse. Seems the hairs are up on some necks in Wall Street again.

Nels (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#22

I really don't like the Patriot Act, despise it completely, but since its still in effect why not put it to good use.

Lets demand that these fanatical religious terrorist extremists be rounded up and put in jail.

See how the Teabaggers love Bush/Cheney politics then!

Ed in Redondo (aka DancingBear) (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#23

Thom:
"the divide is not regionalized like in the Civil War"

Actually, it is. The regional lines are no longer north-south, they are predominantly urban states and counties vs predominantly rural states and counties. Blue America actually outnumbers Red America, but Red America looks so much bigger on a map because hardly anybody lives there - they have more square miles then people.

Ed

Charles in OH (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#24

Appears Canadiens no how to deal with the hate mongers.

Protesters at the University of Ottawa forced the cancellation of an appearance by Ann Coulter.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36013193/ns/world_news-americas/?GT1=43001

Or was it because only 100 people showed up to hear her.

Nels (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#25

Ed, maybe they need more room to live because they don't like living too close to each other. Lots of hate needs lots of room, I guess.

Charles in OH (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#26

OOps - Canadiens know not no

Quark (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#27

SoloPocono,

Thanks for that URL. The piece was wonderful. I'm going to send it to friends, relatives and others.

Zero G. (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#28

Why is Thom giving torture advocate David Frum a forum?

HOWARD KURTZ: David Frum, in your view, has the coverage been hostile to the Bush-era interrogation techniques and supportive of the idea that we ought to go after the people who are responsible?

DAVID FRUM: I wouldn't say that. I think the coverage has not -- where it has failed it has not conveyed just how radically unprecedented what the president has proposed is. It just has never happened that we have had prosecutions after the fact, or even the consideration of prosecutions after the fact, of individuals concerning things they did in the course of their official duty.

One more thing.People need to understand that in Washington, the process is the punishment. Even if the president eventually decides, no, we're not going to do this, we're not going to break course and do something new, we'll shut it down, the very fact that people have been exposed to the uncertainty implies huge legal costs. It implies interruption of people's careers, and this is new ground. And I think that is the thing that needs to be conveyed above all else. We're in uncharted territory.

KURTZ: Being investigated is an ordeal, as we learned during Whitewater and so many other investigations.

Joan Walsh, let me turn the question around. Is the coverage in the past week sympathetic to the idea of holding Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld accountable for what happened? And isn't that what the left wants?

JOAN WALSH: Well, no. I think the coverage has not been sympathetic to that idea. I think the coverage has pooh-poohed that idea and actually taken David Frum's point of view quite seriously, that this would be some sort of partisan witch hunt. And really, Howie, this is a complicated situation, but I don't believe that Obama himself flip-flopped. Surely, we saw what Rahm said last Sunday, but the president himself has been relatively silent. He did say he'd prefer to look forward.

So, in Frum's view of history, the Nuremberg Trials never happened, Lt. Calley was never prosecuted, etc. Now I will accept that far too many instances of torture, complicity in coups and supporting the right-wing dictators which allow American corporations to extract wealth, ala United Fruit-Chaquita have gone unpunished. Time to change that.

May I also remind those reading that today is the anniversary of Archbishop Romero's murder while celebrating mass.

Ed in Redondo (aka DancingBear) (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#29

Like a nation of ditto-headed unibombers, they live in remote shacks in the woods because they can't handle civilization... It is a plausible theory.

Ed

Nels (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#30

How can the media be free when its owned by very few. I would say at the moment media is enslaved.

harry ashburn.... (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#31

@Charles: not no knot?

Ed in Redondo (aka DancingBear) (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#32

@Nels

Broadcast media which is defined by the one speaking to the many is by its very nature an anti-democratic technology that needs to be tightly regulated to keep it from being misused by the powerful few against the interest of the many.

Ed

Nels (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#33

No tin foil in Gainors head!?!?!? It must have finally been absorbed directly into it.

Zero G. (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#34

@Nels

It used to be that newspapermen were basically working class, now they are part of the uber-elite. Enslaved with a six or seven figure income.

Zero G. (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#35

Contracted my thought, back when newspapermen were the majority of the press, now supplanted by tv models, reading copy.

Nels (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#36

Dan Gainors understanding of extreme left wing... if your not slightly to the right of center your an extreme leftist.

Ed in Redondo (aka DancingBear) (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#37

Regulations that insure a large and diverse pool of broadcast outlets and ownership (as with the internet today, or with print media in past generations) is the only way to keep broadcast technologies from degenerating to their anti-democratic "one speaking to the many" base nature.

Ed

Ed in Redondo (aka DancingBear) (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#38

I want to say more on this media topic, but alas I have to go now.

Type at you-all later.

Ed

Nels (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#39

Ed & Zero G. I entirely agree with both of your points in regards to my media comment.

I don't know how you tightly and effectively regulate the media though. My first guess would be the explicit separation of one media outlet owing another.

Gerald Socha (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#40

Family Values and Hatred

Please reflect on the goose-stepping GOP!

The GOP will talk about family values but their modus operandi in dealing with Americans is hatred. There will be more violence with our younger population because they are using the goose-stepping GOP as their role models. There will be more hatred, violence, killings, maiming, etc among this younger population.

Let us look at the hatred spewed toward the gays and lesbians! We should not judge gays and lesbians because God will be the judge.

I oppose people who abort fetuses but killing these people is not the answer. I am a sinner and I must study my sinful ways. I should not add the sin of murder because I oppose people who abort fetuses. The answer is not murder and more sins added to my soul.

Zero G. (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#41

Oscar Romero: Bishop of the Poor
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Renny Golden
http://www.uscatholic.org/culture/social-justice/2009/02/oscar-romero-bi...

In 1980, in the midst of a U.S. funded war the UN Truth Commission called genocidal, the soon-to-be-assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero promised history that life, not death, would have the last word. "I do not believe in death without resurrection," he said. "If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the Salvadoran people."

On each anniversary of his death, the people will march through the streets carrying that promise printed on thousands of banners. Mothers will make pupusas (thick tortillas with beans) at 5 a.m., pack them, and prepare the children for a two-to-four hour ride or walk to the city to remember the gentle man they called Monseñor.

Oscar Romero gave his last homily on March 24. Moments before a sharpshooter felled him, reflecting on scripture, he said, "One must not love oneself so much, as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life that history demands of us, and those that fend off danger will lose their lives." The homily, however, that sealed his fate took place the day before when he took the terrifying step of publicly confronting the military.

Romero begged for international intervention. He was alone. The people were alone. In 1980 the war claimed the lives of 3,000 per month, with cadavers clogging the streams, and tortured bodies thrown in garbage dumps and the streets of the capitol weekly. With one exception, all the Salvadoran bishops turned their backs on him, going so far as to send a secret document to Rome reporting him, accusing him of being "politicized" and of seeking popularity.
more...

In memory of Archbishop Romero, Thom, please confront David Frum on torture,

Charles in OH (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#42

Back in the day, anybody could publish a newspaper by taking their screed to the local printer plunking down a few coins for the printer's service and voila a newspaper is born.

Thomas Jode (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#43

Why would I want my younger siblings, my children, and my children's children and beyond to have a Mass-Media oligarchy lie to them about the world in which they live. Thom's right! We need people like him and more to help create the Middle class, the Radical, Educated Middle that is the founding basis of this country.

Nels (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#44

@Charles, we something like that again... like a network of computers that pretty much anyone can access and research as much information as they could possibly imagine, but not only that but also be able to post to this network so that their opinion could be heard too.

We'll need a series of pipes though ;-)

.

.

.

Don't think for a moment that their not plotting on ways to take over the Internet too.

PRGK1 (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#45

In reference to the Income Tax Issue- IMO the most cogent argument is not whether the amendment passed, but addresses the issue of the definition of "Income"- specifically, that income can only result from the profit of a business venture or investments, and thus IS appropriately subject to taxation, but that Wages, Salaries, etc., are not Income but Exchange. That is why in the Tax Code, at the beginning is verbage .."... For the purposes of this act all Wages, Salaries, Tips, etc. shall be considered as "Income"..." . To my knowledge that is why the Tax Honesty movement people can accurately claim that there is no law that taxes wages.. I believe it is this distinction that has been successfully argued in various court decisions.

Anyone else up on this?

Nels (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#46

Arrest the vandals, arrest any virulent neo-con spouting advocacy of and inciting violence. Their acting like terrorist, treat them like terrorists. Send them to Gitmo.

Gerald Socha (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#47

Communal Penance

On March 23, 2010 my wife and I attended a Communal Penance service at our Church. The pastor invites additional priests to hear individual confessions after a short service in examination of our conscience. A Communal Penance service is twice a year, such as just before Christmas and just before Easter.

The guest priest talked about the Prodigal Son, workers in the vineyards, and John Schultz, a gangster from New York who killed many persons in his lifetime.

Was it fair for the master to a vineyard worker the same amount of money who worked one hour while some workers worked a full day? Was it fair for the father to have a party for the Prodigal Son who left home for years and lost all his money on wine, women, and song while the older son remained near his father and working the land for his father?

John Schultz, a notorious gangster from New York, was shot and near death when he asked to see a priest. John Schultz confessed his sins and the priest gave him absolution for his sins. Thousands of parishioners from the Diocese of New York called and let their outrage be heard that John Schultz received absolution for his sins.

The priest at the Communal Penance service said something that startled me. He said that God is not about fairness. God is about love, mercy, and forgiveness. I knew that God is about love, mercy, and forgiveness but not about fairness startled me. I also knew that I wanted a God to judge me who is about love, mercy, and forgiveness because as a sinner such a God judging me means that I may have a chance for salvation. If God is about justice and fairness very few sinners would have a chance for salvation.

On other matters and thoughts as side notes we should never underestimate the stupidity of Americans. There should be no doubt that hatred is rampant in the United States of Hell.

I also want to say that the United States Supreme Court will repeal health care reform for Americans. The Catholic Mafia in the Supreme Court is a private corporation and as a corporation they rule in favor of corporation. Health care companies are corporations who will receive a favorable ruling from the Supreme that repeals health care for Americans.

The United States Supreme Court should be abolished because each state has a supreme court and the Department of Commerce could rule on certain interstate issues The Supreme Court building could be renovated into a museum that will remind Americans of our nation’s history of carrying ongoing mass murders and crimes against humanity in order to expand America’s empire.

Yellowbird (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#48

Interesting article about Rumsfeld's house, which includes NEIGHBORS and a description of the neighborhood. Interesting.

http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/06/30/travel/escapes/30michaels.html

Rick in Canadia (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#49

Charles,
From what I have seen, the Ann Coulter talk was canceled for security reasons, I suppose also because there were 100 people there to see her and 2000 protesting.
We do have hate speech laws but I don't think that was the direct reason.
I'd almost rather she didn't get any more press coverage out of this.

It may well have been a problem in not matching the gender listed on 'Her' passport. We have those scanners now too ;-)
Cheers,
Rick

Nels (not verified) 10 years 20 weeks ago
#50

@Thom, you can't possibly be old enough to remember when Journalism was separated from sales. The press has been co-opted by sales since the day they put advertisements in their newspapers. However, it has gotten progressively worse over the years, so much so, that it can seem that back in your youth it was pure and unbiased.

Trump is willing to let more people die to steal an election. Will he get away with it?

Thom plus logo Last year the US Postal Service delivered over 1 billion prescriptions to Americans. It's the main way that veterans get their medications, and increasingly all across America people are getting their pharmaceuticals that way.

Donald Trump doesn't care. He doesn't care how many people die because their medications are late and they go into diabetic shock or their blood pressure explodes. He just doesn't care.
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom Hartmann is a literary descendent of Ben Franklin and Tom Paine. His unflinching observations and deep passion inspire us to explore contemporary culture, politics, and economics; challenge us to face the facts of the societies we are creating; and empower us to demand a better world for our children and grandchildren."
John Perkins, author of the New York Times bestselling book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
From Screwed:
"Once again, Thom Hartmann hits the bull’s eye with a much needed exposé of the so-called ‘free market.’ Anyone concerned about the future of our nation needs to read Screwed now."
Michael Toms, Founding President, New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network and author of A Time For Choices: Deep Dialogues for Deep Democracy
From Cracking the Code:
"No one communicates more thoughtfully or effectively on the radio airwaves than Thom Hartmann. He gets inside the arguments and helps people to think them through—to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."
to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."