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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 29,165

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In Support of a Great DUer

William Pitt and I don't always see eye to eye. And calling the President a "used care salesman" isn't my style.

But I will say:

1. Nobody on DU knows more about the Iraq War than Mr. Pitt. Nobody. When Mr. Pitt speaks, we should listen.

2. Mr. Pitt has done more than you or I to advance the Liberal cause. He's been in the trenches, fighting the good fight, since long before it was fashionable.

3. To call Mr. Pitt racist, or a right winger, is simply absurd and awful.

Look around: do you think things are getting better in America? Are the 99% better off than 30 years ago?

Many of us answer both of these questions with a thunderous NO!, and we want change, real change. No more one step forward and three back. We don't think that more hungry and homeless children, in exchange for the wealthiest still paying hyperlow taxes is shared sacrifice, or that ending Medicare is a serious proposal. We think these things are feeding a cancer.

We see deepening pain, and deepening desperation, on our streets and in our homes. We see a generation of children adrift, who've never known economic security. We see an America that's a sad shadow of the highly-imperfect but marvelous country we knew as children, an America that marched, day by day, towards a future of shared prosperity.

Sometimes we dreamers get emotional and say stupid things. Especially me. But to doubt the sincerity of our cause... particularly for a person who has done so much, so publicly, as Mr. Pitt... is a shame.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 27, 2014, 08:18 PM (391 replies)

Look people - the Iraq War was an honest mistake

Not everyone wanted it, and to be sure some little mistakes were made in interpreting intelligence. But they were honest mistakes. It was all initiated and managed properly, by men and women who love their country. Patriots.

We tortured, killed, and were killed for all the right reasons, and things just didn't work out quite the way we'd hoped other than a lot of the right people making a huge, huge amount of money. But there's nothing wrong with making ginormous money in America off of well-intentioned wars: we don't begrudge the 99% having to make sacrifices so the 1% can buy solid-gold dog houses, because that is who we are.

Schmucks. We are schmucks.

So, to the Purity-Test Left, I ask that you stop the talk of "lying us into war", of "war crimes", of "the need for human decency", and all the rest of your crap that loses elections. No more hatred. No more #%^*ing retarded ideas. Enough from you people.

We must look forward, not back. The future is bright, schmucks.


Movin'-forward Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 26, 2014, 10:09 PM (169 replies)

No, Moonbats, it's NOT about YOU

So President Obama will be calling for an end to the collection of everyone's phone records.

Some of Those On The Left will attempt to take credit for this. They'll say "Oooh, but the President's continually defended this practice! Only because we whined and complained like spoiled toddlers did he stop this violation of our Constitution! Yay, we win!!!"

No, you didn't win.

Look, people: President Obama never, ever defended spying on every American before it was made public by Comrade Eddie Snowden. Not once.

It was all Moscow Eddie's fault that the President had to defend this practice, that he never, ever wanted to defend in public. Having to defend this plan in public has been very, very troubling for him. So the President will simply be doing what he's always wanted to do: end the program, as far as the public knows.

So Liberals: suck it up. You had nothing whatsoever to do with this and it's not a victory. You are still a miniscule and puny fringe group, incapable of changing anything. Other than, of course, ruining Democratic election chances by your vast numbers staying away from the polls in a humongous, nation-crushing pout.

So you get nothing. No credit. None.

Sweet dreams,

Third-Way Manny

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 24, 2014, 11:06 PM (59 replies)

"But we couldn't *possibly* have gotten single payer!"

Could we have gotten single payer, a.k.a. Medicare for All?


Polls consistently found that two-thirds of Americans were in favor of Medicare for All when the ACA was being negotiated.

Two thirds!

Including, IIRC, more than half of Republicans.

Two thirds!

Any political party that can't turn the will of two-thirds of Americans into law either doesn't want what The People want, or they totally suck as politicians. Either way, they ain't getting the job done.

Two thirds!

That's all you need to know. Everything else is a detail, a needless distraction.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 23, 2014, 09:15 PM (455 replies)

You are either a Freeper or a Purity-Test Democrat

Unless you believe in the same things that I do.


Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 22, 2014, 11:07 PM (102 replies)

I think DU members who favor spousal abuse should go to a different site.

We should stop tolerating spousal abuse. It's not what Democrats do.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 21, 2014, 11:50 PM (79 replies)

Why are we arguing about Obamacare?

It's here, and it's probably the only thing that can't change until 2017, the one change Obama won't negotiate.

Anyone with a brain and a heart knows that Medicare for All will be far, far better. Let's work for that. And let's work to elect FDR Democrats who'll work with us.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 21, 2014, 07:48 PM (10 replies)

It's all #%^*ing Truman's fault

Our Third Way friends are yammering that some "moderate" Democrats were replaced by Republicans because of Kos and the rest of us FDR Democrats.


They got replaced because of Harry Truman's rule:

“Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time”

Two-thirds of Americans favor almost any Liberal policy you can name - even most Republicans favor Medicare for All. You cannot #%^*ing tell me that running against stuff that two-thirds of Americans favor is a winning strategy.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 20, 2014, 11:19 PM (8 replies)

Snowden ist der Teufel!

German parliament confirms NSA inquiry, to start in April

No parliamentarian voted against the establishment of a special Bundestag committee investigating the global spying activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US and counterparts like the GCHQ in the UK. Another key question for the committee will likely be whether the German intelligence agencies were either aware of, or complicit in, the gathering of people's data.

The four major German parties will all provide parliamentarians for the eight-person committee.

"A society in which everything is monitored is not free," committee chairman Clemens Binninger, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, said in parliament. "We do not want to live in such a society."


The Mittelbayerische Zeitung on Thursday reported, citing government sources, that the committee was considering ways to involve former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in the process. The paper reported that Snowden might speak to the committee via the Internet telephone service Skype. The European Parliament had invited Snowden to do so earlier this year; he subsequently issued a written statement instead.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 20, 2014, 10:34 PM (12 replies)

Looks like a number of principled FDR Democrats will be running for President in 2016

They will work together to take out the schoolyard bully, if the schoolyard bully shows up.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 20, 2014, 08:34 PM (9 replies)
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