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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-12 11:27 PM
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George Clooney should not be judging those of us who care deeply about issues.
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I think his qualifications to do so are suspect. He doesn't have to worry about his future, whether Medicare and Social Security are there for him.

He doesn't know beans about the harm being done to public education.

I frankly believe his attitude is like that of way too many Democrats, and it is going to divide this party this year regardless of the outcome of the November election. It is the attitude that one does not criticize the president, no matter what that president does.

He said:

What about core Obama celebrity supporters Clooney and Winfrey? Far from being disillusioned with Obama,Clooney said recently: Im disillusioned by the people who are disillusioned by Obama.

Democrats eat their own, the actor said. Im a firm believer in sticking by and sticking up for the people whom youve elected.
He went on to list the accomplishments of the Obama administration, wondering why Democrats werent selling them better.

Im Disillusioned By The People Who Are Disillusioned By Obama

I disagree with him. To criticize a president is healthy, it shows we are paying attention to issues.

Teddy Roosevelt's words suit me better:

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

Teddy Roosevelt quotes.

I recently wrote that I noticed that those who mocked me for being supportive of Howard Dean in 2003, no matter what.....are the very ones who are cheering Obama so fiercely. They are shutting out those of us who question the right wing policies often being put into place.

It is going to divide the party at a crucial time this year. It is tearing many of us apart who know we are going to speak out for issues of the people, and to point out that the WH has not been doing that.

It's ironic that so many who mocked me back then are even more devoted to a political personality. They judge me now not by my education journals, not by the stances I take, but because I question the policies of this administration.

I believe that as the election year of 2012 progresses, there will be added pressure not to speak out on pertinent issues. Our country is in deep trouble, and we in 2008 gave our party a majority to fix it. They had two years in which they could have turned around so many things, but they did not.

And we lost in 2010 to a group of uninformed people who actually stood up and spoke out loudly for their beliefs, confused and wrongheaded though those beliefs might be. That old canard of Bill Clinton, that it is better to be "wrong and strong" than "weak and right" really took hold. And that was a shame. Being "wrong and strong" is dangerous indeed.

We are judged now by loyalty to party leaders, not by quality of writing, not by standing for issues

I much prefer the approach toward dissent that Matt Damon has taken.

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, "We Bought a Zoo" star Matt Damon had some harsh words for President Barack Obama.

"You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better," says Damon, a former Obama cheerleader.

"I've talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level," he adds. "One of them said to me, 'Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.'"

Matt Damon bashes Obama

I have never said one way or the other whether I will vote for Obama or not. That is deliberate on my part because it is nobody's business but mine.

But I will continue in the best way I can to point out that he is destroying public education through his policies of education reform.

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  -George Clooney should not be judging those of us who care deeply about issues. madfloridian  Jan-16-12 11:27 PM   #0 
  - Just as an aside, "Damon bashes Obama?" "Former Obama cheerleader?"  No Elephants   Jan-16-12 11:56 PM   #1 
  - Clooney is a cloistered rich man.  girl gone mad   Jan-17-12 01:19 PM   #2 
  - and Damon is just a poor boy  Whisp   Feb-09-12 11:28 AM   #29 
  - I want this  progressoid   Jan-17-12 07:56 PM   #3 
  - I will never be on front page at DU3.  madfloridian   Jan-17-12 09:13 PM   #5 
  - republicans beat dems because they are unified, not because  ellenfl   Jan-17-12 08:38 PM   #4 
  - That's what I hear.  madfloridian   Jan-17-12 09:14 PM   #6 
  - And one more thing.  madfloridian   Jan-17-12 09:19 PM   #7 
  - Yeah. To hell with principle.  Jakes Progress   Jan-25-12 09:06 PM   #22 
  - No, that is not why Republicans beat Dems. Not at all. It's about  No Elephants   Feb-06-12 02:02 PM   #27 
  - I agree with Clooney  krawhitham   Jan-17-12 11:06 PM   #8 
  - Please don't use that term "professional left".  madfloridian   Jan-17-12 11:24 PM   #10 
  - Call it like I see it, sorry if that bothers you  krawhitham   Jan-18-12 01:34 AM   #14 
  - At least Gibbs used it to mean those who are paid to be on the left, like  No Elephants   Feb-06-12 02:01 PM   #26 
  - +one, and thanks...I haven't been on the internet at all in  tnlefty   Jan-18-12 10:42 PM   #18 
     - Love the part about your mother.  madfloridian   Jan-18-12 10:54 PM   #19 
        - Clay Bennett, Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist who is now at  tnlefty   Jan-20-12 06:23 PM   #21 
  - How condescending your words are: "You seem to be found of quotes"  madfloridian   Jan-17-12 11:44 PM   #12 
  - one post ,4 quotes from 4 different people including yourself  krawhitham   Jan-18-12 01:44 AM   #15 
     - Fond.  madfloridian   Jan-18-12 08:02 PM   #16 
  - Of course you do.  Jakes Progress   Jan-25-12 09:12 PM   #23 
  - better Clooney link  krawhitham   Jan-17-12 11:13 PM   #9 
  - You do realize that he made the bad guys in his movie Democrats?  madfloridian   Jan-17-12 11:28 PM   #11 
     - You realize it is a MOVIE right?  krawhitham   Jan-18-12 01:33 AM   #13 
        - Oh, gee, no. A movie?  madfloridian   Jan-18-12 08:30 PM   #17 
        - Of course we realize. We didn't think you actually got ideas  Jakes Progress   Jan-25-12 09:14 PM   #24 
  - I like George, but --  Hell Hath No Fury   Jan-19-12 12:25 PM   #20 
  - I like him too. But here, he comes off as a dumb, out of touch douche.  Jakes Progress   Jan-25-12 09:15 PM   #25 
     - I don't think he is a douche. He tried really hard to stop genocide.  No Elephants   Feb-06-12 02:07 PM   #28 
        - I didn't say he was a douche.  Jakes Progress   Feb-24-12 12:34 AM   #31 
  - No...he shouldn't. There's probably something in it for him as to why he's  KoKo   Feb-15-12 07:15 PM   #30 

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