Is this America’s Sumner moment?

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Right now, we’re playing out the same patterns that have occurred throughout history: we will follow whoever will give us stability. Time and time again, people have ignored evil and jump through crazy hoops in order to “keep their stuff”.

During the radio show today, Glenn told the story of Charles Sumner, an abolitionist Senator who was attacked on the Senate floor by pro-slavery rival Congressman Preston Brooks. Glenn said that Sumner and his allies were the Tea Party of the day.

Brooks only received a fine for the attack and no jail time, and in the South was cheered for his actions. He ended up resigning his seat in the House of Representatives.

Glenn said that back during the Civil War and the end of slavery, the people in the South were willing to do anything in order to maintain their property. As Glenn put it, they would do anything to “keep their stuff”.

Today, Glenn said people are doing the same thing. They are being told by the government that if we don’t support the rebels in the Syria the region will be destabilized, so people go along with it so they “keep their stuff” and maintain stability.

Glenn said that it doesn’t make sense the United States would suddenly find itself at the “red line” with the Syrian government after 98,000 have already been killed in the war because a hundred people were attacked with a chemical weapon.

“Now, I want you to understand, 98,000 people have been killed by Assad. 98,000 people. Why did that happen? That happened because the Middle East went unstable. Why did that happen? Because somebody saw a guy set himself on fire in Tunisia, then they saw a little thing in Egypt happen, the Arab spring, then it went to Algeria and Libya. Then the people in Syria said well, we have a dictator too. Maybe we should stand up, because this is the way of the world,” Glenn said.

Glenn warned that the same intelligence people who said Benghazi was a spontaneous uprising resulting from a YouTube video are the same ones saying Syria used chemical weapons.

“They know that it was a YouTube video and we should listen to them and go give arms and send our troops to work with the people who are eating others on the battlefield. Why? Because we want our stuff,” Glenn said.

Why did people in the South cheer on Sumner? “Because they wanted their stuff,” Glenn said. “People were property. What the argument was in the south was, if you get rid of slaves, we’re wiped out economically. We’ve not nothing economically your life as you know it is over. And so people were willing to jump through any crazy hoops to be able to keep their stuff.”

“Man’s story always repeats itself. We are repeating it again. We are giving arms to cannibals. Why? Because were being told by our government, our leaders, who we should not trust, we are being told that if this falls apart, then all your stuff a gone.”

  • Anonymous

    To those paying attention, this is further proof that there is NO foreign policy at work in the Mid East.  That which passes for “policy” is nothing more than Obama’s whim.  How else do we explain his support for the enemies of this nation as they fight the Syrian government?  Will giving them arms suddenly make them see the light and cause them to love us?  “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” unless and (more likely) until we “feel” like turning on the enemy of my enemy and terrorizing the crap out of him because we “feel” like killing him, too.  Obama must love this because this really starts to look like Progressive paradise. 

    The kicker is that, once again, as we learned today, the U.S. will negotiate some kind of truce with our sworn enemy in Afghanistan – the Taliban.  Good Heaven, help us…

  • Mike Nelson

    I never thought that I would be able to look into Putin’s eyes and see the truth of his words – until Obama was on the other side of the debate.

    What a bitch he makes us look… thank you, Mr Obama, for your incompetent platitudes and wistful imagery.  Your humiliating antics and bumbling narcissism, by comparison, make Barney Fife appear a scholarly professional with a silver tongue.

    And thank you, President Putin, for being the adult in the room.  At least you have the balls to treat our shitbag president like the manchild he has proven to be.

    God help us all.

    • ZaMan

      Go eff yourself, you racist asshole! Never thought I would see the day when so many so-called Americans would side with a Russian President over our own! You Yahoo commenters are seriously screwed up when your vile hatred for our President has you taking Putin’s side. I disagreed with Bush vehemently on many issues, and saw him as less than competent, but I never hated the man, and would certainly never allow the world to see that I side more with a Russian President than I do my own.
      why don’t all you Obama haters move to Russia!!!! you’re all pathetic! Oh, and by the way, don’t play that “we love freedom” crap card!

      • greywolfrs

        Why don’t you go play a game of “hide and go fuck yourself.” Everyone who disagrees with Obamao and you is not a racist. Hey stupid, when someone speaks the truth, it doesn’t matter who it is. Dumb M F er.

        • ZaMan

          You hateful scumbag would even side with a Forigen born murder over Our President because he’s black!
           Republicans are being extremely coward and trying to hide behind Obama for their failed policies, and they are rabid, trying to pass a law in which they could cut $2 billion dollar in food stamps to 2 million hungry Americans, so they can channel that money to Pentagon and all the forces which will be needed to fight Syrian, Iranians, Turks, Egyptians, Hezbollah, Hamas, while at the same time directly or indirectly arming–are you ready for this?–Al Queda!!!
           People are mistaken, the U.S. President is almost always a puppet of the big corporations and a scapegoat for corrupt Congress. Did you see photo of McCain with kidnapper rebels in Syria as he illegally entered the country week before last? He is acting worse than any other Bozo, and doing it all with the American taxpayer money.
           As for Obama arming AQ: As most Americans are reading today, Osama Bin Laden apparently did work for the CIA in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. The name they gave him was Tim Ossman. There is a declassified document on internet and people swear it is the truth:

          • greywolfrs

            I know you hate the truth, but it is what it is. By the way, you seem to be making assumptions again, sticky chin. I am NOT a Republican. You are a complete idiot.

      • Mike Nelson

        Hate hate hate… racist, racist, racist…

        blah blah blah.

        It’s old, pal.  I’ve never been a racist, but you’ve always been a rude, ignorant shill.  Maybe it’s time to grow up.

        Like Hillary said, “Can’t we just have a conversation?” and “I’m sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic…”

        I’m a vet – can you say the same?

  • suz

    there should be a “there are no wmd” campaign just like the left put out against bush.

    • Pcola 325

      Where do you think they got the WMD’s? Remember the truck convoys leaving Iraq? Thanks to Clinton weakening the military, it took us months to get ready to “invade” Iraq. Gave them plenty of time to move stuff out of there.

      • greywolfrs

        Where did they get them?

      • suz

        okay — at the time that was happening i was more of a “lefty” — i hated bush.  now (older, wiser)  i see things differently — not that i’ve changed my mind about bush. but he ain’t no bho, completely destroying our country.

        now we see, as you say, clinton made steps to foil the next president’s military and bush made way for this guy to bring us down.

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