Believe in democracy and the right of a people to choose their own government? Absolutely.
Those people didn't choose the 'right' sort of government? Bomb them.
Freedom of speech for us here at home? Absolutely.
People who say things they don't like? Attack them.
So here we have the latest opportunity to stand up and be counted for what people here in the United States claim they believe and once again the right is acting like... well like the right. Libyans are a sovereign nation. They have a right to fight for their own brand of democracy which might mean they choose a theocracy using a religion some here in the United States not only do not like but fear.
Where it came to Egypt and now Libya, does the right want us to send in our troops and have us hated more places? Occupy more land overseas? The irony of that is they probably do and then don't want to pay for any of it. They put the Iraq war on credit and now when the bills come due, they blame a different president. They are as guilty of it all as the president who did their bidding.
This would almost be funny if it didn't make me so angry. The United States, as a brand overseas, for anything but material, is not respected nearly as much as it once was. That's all the fault of Obama, screech the righties, while they ignore the real reasons.
Righties ignore that we invaded a sovereign nation supposedly on a pretext which kept changing. They ignore that we authorized and did torture against all civilized rules. They ignore the fact that we kept increasing our debt doing all of this and didn't act like we had much interest in listening to anybody else's ideas. They ignore the fact that we elected a president who considered a swagger to be a sign of strength. All of this came during the Bush years (or any rightie president since Eisenhower) and now when they finally realize we are considered the bully on the block, they are angry at Obama. Figures.
When you say that, you sound like you don't like any of them. Pretty much that's the case because in every situation, where I see evidence to examine, they are on the side of the rich and powerful against the working class and the poor. They would take away and have taken away freedoms of our own people, spout off patriotic rhetoric right before they suggest they might secede. Yeah pretty much I don't like anything they stand for. The right wing is nothing but a mouthpiece for those who want to keep power at any price and they buy the tools they need either through dollars or flattery.
Here's a good piece on Libya and the right, but it plays out this way everywhere I look. If you can see somewhere it doesn't, I'd be happy to hear the example. It's not like I enjoy the feeling of disgust I feel right now when I think of the names of these righties (don't dare call them conservatives. They don't even know the meaning of that word), and the things they say.
by Peter Beinart.