Sunday, January 15, 2017

NYT Reinvents Obama's Disgraceful Legacy

NYT Reinvents Obama’s Disgraceful Legacy

by Stephen Lendman

No US president promised more and delivered less. None did more harm to more people at home and abroad.

None more disgraced his high office. None more warrant prosecution and imprisonment for high crimes of war and against humanity.

Not according to NYT editors, reinventing Obama’s legacy, praising instead of condemning him.

The Times: He “pull(ed) the nation back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression…”

Fact: He created a protracted Main Street Depression by serving Wall Street, war-profiteers and other corporate predators exclusively while letting essential homeland needs go begging.

The Times: He “preserv(ed) or creat(ed) an average of 1.6 million jobs a year for four years.”

Fact: He thirdworldized America, made it like Guatemala for most people, created mass poverty, unemployment and underemployment, cut benefits for people most in need, while the vast majority of jobs created on his watch were rotten low-pay, part-time ones with few or no benefits.

The Times laughably equated his destructive domestic agenda to Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. It was polar opposite - serving privileged interests exclusively, ignoring public ones.

His Affordable Care Act is an unaffordable scam. His education agenda is privatization for corporate profit-making. His labor reform is denying workers fundamental rights.

His environmental agenda is drill, baby, drill, damn the consequences. His promised transparency is the most secretive Machiavellian regime in US history. His open society is the most spied on. His notion of freedom is eliminating it one police state law and executive order at a time.

The Times: “Americans will miss (his) negotiating skills on tough issues and the dignity and character (he) brought to the White House.”

Fact: He’s a disgraceful con man, a world-class thug, a menace to humanity, contemptuous of fundamental rights.

He raped and destroyed one country after another, waged war on truth-telling, punished more whistleblowers than all previous US presidents combined, appointed himself judge, jury and executioner to murder anyone he wished, including US citizens. His kill list mocked due process and habeas rights.

He institutionalized indefinite detentions by executive order, a major constitutional breach. On his say alone, anyone can be arrested and indefinitely detained uncharged and untried forever. 

He kept Guantanamo and other US global torture prisons operating, detainees denied all fundamental rights. Extreme abuse of power replaced rule of law principles on his watch - hardening Bush/Cheney policies.

He replaced political, economic and social justice with force-fed austerity and endless wars of aggression - governing under a police state apparatus. He made democracy a four-letter word.

He didn’t give a damn about ordinary people anywhere and it showed - the hallmark of a fascist despot.

The Times’ attempt to reinvent his disgraceful legacy fell flat!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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