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Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul and Social Justice

Posted on May 27, 2010

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3:29 Robert Scheer

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:29:40 GMT


  (Answering question from the Internet.) I think Rand Paul and Ron Paul are threatening because they are serious and consistent, even though I personally think they are wrong. But I think it is difficult for the mass media, which seeks to avoid the main issues, to deal with issues that involve people that can make principal decisions. It is difficult for the media to take ideas seriously. 

3:29 Comment From Jason

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:29:59 GMT

Comment: The more I read about how Bill Clinton should get some blame for our financial and social mess (NAFTA, welfare reform, deregulation), I’m a bit of a disillusioned liberal now. I’m also not convinced Obama or our current Congress is doing any better. Who or what are we supposed to believe in now?


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3:30 Robert Scheer

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:30:27 GMT


  Good question.

3:33 Robert Scheer

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:33:00 GMT


  (Answering Jason.) I think there are people on the Democratic side who have shown a principled position in dealing with our economic situation. Kucinich, Bernie Sanders, Henry Waxman, Congressman Grayson—there are people there who have watched out for the interest of average Americans. And what we need to do is back them; Kantwell has been good. Back in Clinton [the Clinton administration], we had Brooksley Born, who was great, but Clinton didn’t back her. In charge of the commodities trading commission, she was great, but was silenced. We have to look for the honest people and provide support for them; they exist. 

3:33 Truthdig

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:33:06 GMT


  Last question.

3:33 Comment From haroldbeu

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:33:10 GMT

Comment: One reason people get turned off with politics is that they want the good to always triumph. And politics, like life, rarely gives us pure righteousness. But what we are supposed to believe is that we are the ones who are responsible to speak out, organize and not depend on politicians to do our bidding. And every now and then people do organize and something good happens, as in the case of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

3:33 Robert Scheer

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:33:56 GMT


  I agree.

3:34 celebtown via twitter

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:34:02 GMT


  Why is Rand Paul trying to split the people of the United States? Tell Me.

3:35 Robert Scheer

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:35:28 GMT


  First of all, let me not be too pessimistic. There are good things coming out of Congress in financial regulation; I would give them a B- or B+. Health care was a move in the right direction. Unfortunately they’ve dropped the ball on getting out of Afghanistan. We’ll see about Iraq, but it is not looking good. ... The main and the big disappointment here is that we have been betrayed by Wall Street. We saved Wall Street and Wall Street has not saved us. That is the beginning and end of the story. 

3:35 Truthdig

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:35:37 GMT


  That’s all, folks.

3:35 billdamon via twitter

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:35:39 GMT


  Rand Paul’s favorables with Republicans went way up in Kentucky AFTER he came out against the Civil Rights Act. WOW.

3:35 Truthdig

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:35:42 GMT


  Thanks, Bob.

3:35 Robert Scheer

Thu, 27 May 2010 23:35:49 GMT


  Thank you, everyone. See you next week.

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By alibrarian, May 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment
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Obama “smarter than FDR.” Don’t make me throw up. I have read that Ob watches ESPN but doesn’t even watch the News. (Alter confirms that he does watch ESPN—while autographing photographs??? Does he think he’s a movie star?) You know what, he’s President—WATCH THE DAMN NEWS. And it’s cute that he takes time to go to Malia and Sasha’s sporting events, but I think we need a full time President. (Frankly, as a working mother, I almost never was able to attend my daughter’s games.) If ever we needed a full-time President, it’s NOW! The economy, the oil-spill, wars—and we are stuck with an amateur.

I felt, during the campaign, that Ob was just NOT ready, to be President—even though I voted for him. His performance as President has confirmed that feeling over and over. As a life-long Democrat, this makes me so sad because it may be many years before we get another Democrat elected, and despite flaws, I sincerely believe that the majority of us (WE the people) have better life-chances with a Democratic President.

I will not be bothering to buy or read Mr. Alter’s Obama-BROMANCE. And somebody tell him he needs a new anecdote—we’ve all heard about Ob’s lecturing the generals—for his interviews.

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By 10hawks, May 29, 2010 at 8:35 am Link to this comment
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I like Rand Paul too.

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By T. A. Madison, May 28, 2010 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

Many thanks for providing needed perspectives Mr. Scheer.  Your comments help considerably especially in noting Paul and Palin as “sideshows” that distract from ending “unconstitutional war”.  Many thanks.

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By 1212, May 28, 2010 at 9:23 am Link to this comment
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Has anyone thought about the housing market crash
as a deliberate policy decision to reduce the cost
of housing employers must factor into pay and thus
make the U.S. more competitive?  I know that for
years various business policy groups here in
California bemoaned how much they had to pay to
attract people to Silicon Valley and other burgeoning
areas.  Certainly it would be typical that addressing
the problem would involve dumping the costs on the
little guy and putting money in the pockets of the
usual suspects.  Don’t reject this notion out of
hand because it sounds like a conspiracy theory.
Wake up, folks!  I can testify from personal experience that our society is governed by conspiracies.  Call them trade associations, chambers of commerce, or law firms lobbying in
capitols.  They are how things get done in the USA.

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By Virginia777, May 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment

“I do believe there is a need for public education and I do support that.”

Awesome, Robert Scheer!

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