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On David Cameron, Barack Obama and why he thinks America is heading for dictatorship.
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Using Tea-Party and Republican interchangably shows a lack of comprehension on the part of Mr. Vidal. This is caused either by leftist bias, or lazy research methods. I realize the old guy is getting along in years, but isn't the legacy long enough? Does he need to continue the Yoda routine?
Hey, NS. Is there no filter you can use to blot out all this right wing spammer filth? If you only wish to hear your own opinions, Bruce go talk to yourself in the mirror.
Drudge Rednecks versus the New Statesman elitists. This is fun!
Wow...Vidal ironically uses vicious language to describe people he portrays as vicious.
What a pitiful man.
Obama has spent over two million dollars to hide his birth certificate and other records; his social security number dates back to a man born in the 1800's; he is illegal and hiding the facts. His healthcare reform only raised the cost of care for everyone and now jeapordizes lives because there isn't enough doctors to see all of the patients. Waiting two weeks for an appointment is the norm and it is getting worse.
Using the race card ad nauseum is not doing the left any credit. People are wise to their phony pandering and mock social concern. They are only after elitist control. What have they done in any country in the world that isn't an utter disaster?
Gore Vidal is living proof that semen is not brain food whether it's taken up the keister or swallowed. There is no fool like an old fool.
Let's see, 90% of blacks think OJ is innocent and 90% of blacks think Nobama is doing a good job. Hmmmm, any racial bias on those numbers?
Nobama is an amatuer and arrogant beyond compare. He is a twit and will be remembered as the most devisive, destructive and incompetent president in our great history.
Wow, that's a brilliant analysis. So let me get this straight, this washed up, old ass European, thinks that Republicans don't like Obama because we are racist! Wow, that' a new one. I guess the healthy disagreement of ideas is silly and we should devolve into name calling and racebaiting.
"These are the small-town enemies of everybody" I love being reminded how stupid guys like me are. Small town, self employed idiots who have no use in society except generating tax revenue!! We should just change the laws so guys like me just hand over the money we make to smart liberals like this smuck. Then they can use those super brains to put the money to use in the best way. Maybe we could just be milked for tax revenues everyday like dairy cows.
This is exactly what he's talking about. Obama is a communist, muslim, etc... You baggers hate anything that isn't a monolithic, right wing ignoramus. It's the Rethugnicants who are the commie lovers. Why else are the rich Rethugs selling out the American people to the Chinese? Selling out our country's environmental future for the almighty dollar. And for the numnut Faux News watcher, you do know that the recession started with Bush and officially ended with Obama right?
And for why Bush was based relentlessly besides being a complete dumbazzz? Well for one, the Rethugs and Bush's brother in FL stole the election so he was never viewed as a legitimate president, 2 invades Iraq, lowers taxes for the top 1% where the only thing that trickled down was a great big pile of stinking Poo on the rest of us. 3 he was an idiot.
So for 8 years the Rethugs drove all our jobs to China, raped and pillaged our savings (Surplus Clinton left), deregulated everything so the Lords of the Manor could get richer and you people are complaining about the turn around that is taking more than 2 years to fix 8 years of F-UPs?
None of you are even close to being in the 1% but you're lemmings. You really think Big business is going to sacrifice profits and dividends for consumer safety or environmental concerns.
Wow. No wonder you Baggers need to be checked.
Why would anyone print this line of bull? This commie clown has no credibility. What happened to the democrats anyway? Their whole leadership talks about going socialist, communist, marxists. And to pete up above, I'll name 1 thing that proves the clown and thief is a marxist, he is taking wealth from the producers, and giving it to the non-producers. It makes sense from a marxist point of view that it is acorn, unions, and illegals. They will always have their hands out looking for more. They are parasites, which is a great description of a marxist, communist, socialist.
@ Mr Thompson about the relationship between socialism and fascism.
Oh dear what a misguided life you lead, Sir. The only historical fact here is that Marx, Hitler.. Mussolini.. you name it just cloaked fascist ideas in the guise of socialism in order to attract their people to it. The idea that socialism in itself is fascist is absurd.
Gore Vidal is an idiot disguised as some sort of great thinker.
If you think the American healthcare system is expensive now, wait until it's free.
Phew! I think the American nutters have now found something else to occupy their time.
Obama did not give every one health care; there are several million not covered. Some of us get less but, pay more. Those millions un-covered will be fined by our IRS; Obama has already hired the extra IRS agents; it is all a bad joke.
Just another detached from reality angry Leftist living in an alternate universe. LOL !!
The USA was fundamentally and radically changed with the ratification of the 16th and 17th Amendments to the US Constitution!--
I agree with everything you said TOM!
But, I must add the 14th to that list
I'm sure you have read the "won kim ark" case!
IMO the federal gubmint is out of G.D Control and the U.S.A is headed for a civil war. But who knows so many people want to be slaves now
to a all powerful collective.
Chairman Obama's already using the DOJ and IRS against people he doesn't like. How much longer until he suspends elections altogether "For the common good"?
Gore Vidal is headed for the funny farm. Soon. That seems to be the only logical conclusion to draw from this interview.
Guess what lefties? Obama is a failure. Nobody on the side of the majority in this country cares how many times you scream fascist! or racist! anymore. See you in Nov!
You must wakeup from your hypnosis and begin to reflect on the obvious. You will find the most parsimonious explanation is correct, and that your induced mental contortions to dismiss the obvious are what keep you confused in your perspectives and life.
To bear witness to the obvious commonality in Marxism, socialism, fascism, and communism is absurd only to the miseducated, the indoctrinated.
You defend a point of view as if it were your own, as if it were your very life. Actually, it was put into you through the process of conditioning. You are just a product of what others have planned and intended for you to believe.
It is very easy to properly educate yourself with respect to the common Marxist / socialist / communist / fascist history, roots, foundation, philosophy, development, activities, governmental structure, name, symbols, agenda, goals, programs, and results.
I would give you along list of sources as to where to begin your education, however it is up to you to reawaken your innate curiosity and desire to recognize how you've been mislead. I have done my part to bring this to your attention, now it is in your hands to examine how you mind has been conditioned to deny what your common sense once showed you in how to recognize the obvious truth.
Every time I bring this topic to the attention of readers and lecture participants around the world, there are at least a few who contact me later to say how odd it is that they didn't see the obvious before.
It is in itself an interesting study to examine this awakening and how it comes about and what the impediments are to it happening. Begin to research the topic, discuss it with others who are investigating. You will begin to see again, with eyes open, common sense engaged, as you did in your earlier days in life.
Pathetic ramblings of demensia. It's sad they use him this way.
No one hates Barack Obama because he's black. He's hated because he's a Marxist and an anti-colonialist bent on redistributing American wealth. His ban on American drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico while financing Brazil and Mexico to drill there is proof that he's a traitor to his country. He has probably set back race relations fifty years.
Mr Thompson writes as though he is an authority on history but is quite simply wrong.
The 'Socialist' in Nazi is an incorrect use. Hitler believed that the communists were ruining Germany.There are any number of quotes from the man himself on this subject- he was determined that 'Marxism was to be exterminated'. The government did control industry but not to spread wealth across the nation- the wealth was directed to the elite few which would be typical of a fascist state. Mr Thompson's rant is more about his own ignorance of Marxist doctrine than history.
The Nazis persecuted homosexuals (Criminal Code Paragraph 175)and they were sentenced to death. There are a number of primary sources where leading Nazis spoke against homosexuality.
I have the feeling Mr Thompson should do some actual research on Hitler- based on this rant he may find a new hero.
So we've got a 'birther' making comments. See the BBC's "Q&A: Obama's birth certificate" at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8171314.stm for an examination of this nonsense.
Hey "Gore"! I'm not a racists! I think the white half of Obama sucks too.
Yes, Benedict...retaking our country does indeed occupy our time -- so does the freedom to express our opinions about it. We may be a bit of a windy lot and we certainly disagree amongst ourselves, but we're at least ACTIVE and ENGAGED, and unwilling to just passively accept (or even worse, rush headlong into) self-obliteration like your typical European. We're busily reshaping the most powerful nation on earth, and the rest of the world by default along with it.
What, exactly, are YOU doing for YOUR own nation -- you know, the one that had 'Mohammed' as the most popular baby boy's name recently?
Barry S.E.I.U. ACORN Soetoro resents a strong America. He disdains Her strengths, Her history, Her values. He disdains Her Constitution. He is a Trojan Horse.
Mr. Gore is stuck in the 1960's. Back thne I thought Republicans were totalitarian fascist. Today I see conservative Republicans as trhe anti-totalitarian fascist because they want a very limited central government. So how can Republicans want a dicatorship?!?! On the other hand, democrats want a strong central government in the hands of a one-party totalitarian, fascist, leftwing central government. With czars running almost every aspect of out lives and diets. The science czar, John Holdren, supports empowering central government to control populations.
Anita Dunn, another Obama appointee, believes Chariman Mao is the perfect role-model for guidance in how to grab political power to run central government by totalitarian measures.
Gore Vidal, like myself in the 1960's, is looking in the wrong direction!
Gore Vidal is getting senile. The Democrat-Progressives would support a dictator if they could.
Gore jumped the shark a long time ago. He offers nothing of interest or substance anymore.
Hey guys! Have you seen what other poison this magazine spreads?
Crazy Republicans prefer strip clubs to mosques: http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/mehdi-hasan/2010/10/strip-club-ground-...
Old Gore may be knocking on a bit but he still knows how to get up their noses! Bet they can't wait for him to pop his clogs so they can all kiss his arse. This doesn't look like senility to me, he's still as sharp as it gets.
Way to go Gore!
Gore Vidal makes a fine looking zombie.
Vidal's problem is obvious.
His head is in a place where the sun does not shine!
Lee, It's important not to entertain deluded beliefs.
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Think Vidal is right on about America heading towards a dictatorship, he just missed the democrats under O will try with in the next three weeks.
Stop abusing the elderly with questions that their brains can no longer handle. Have you no shame? Trying to make political advantage with disregard to the aged frailness of Gore. Would you have him drive you down the road in traffic? No? Then why get his political thought on tough issues. Democratic media desperation. Pathetic.
Gotta love how the marxists won't allow anyone to disagree with their idols. I guess we all have to be marxists now, or we'll be sent straight to the re-education camps as racist baggers, eh?
I have a daughter who is half black. When Obama was elected I predicted what would happen: He would divide and destroy the unity and wealth of the USA and the world and give blacks and minorities everywhere a bad name. On the positive side, he would unite his opponents and be run out of town with his red tail between his legs.
I love it when liberals/socialists engage in the exact conduct they say that they hate. Vidal's hatred and sweeping generalization of MILLIONS of people he doesn't know show his true colors.
Predictable and boring. Yawn.
And it's even funnier that the left ACTUALLY BELIEVES that most conservatives (not to mention independents, alot of Democrats etc.) can't stand Obama because he is a total failure. Nothing but a socialist idealogue whose radical leftist views were fomented at the bastion of that philosophy.
Bye bye Dems. Thank for playing.
P.S. I am an independent, so save the Rush Limbaugh-esque comments...
The interesting part is Vidal, with a well-documented history of radical leftist behavior and writings, is somehow treated as qualified to opine on ANYTHING!
Gore Vidal's been right about a lot of things, usually too late or too early to do anyone any good. He's wrong about Obama though. Obama's an utter mediocrity, and very weak. Even more than Reagan, others do his thinking and "deciding" for him. That said, he's no worse than Bush or Clinton. With any luck the Tea Party will destroy both parties, by which I mean the two heads of the corrupt, Constitution-smashing Moloch that is our government. I want to feel clean again.
I pity this has-been because he is just so pathetic. This has become the mantra of the liberal left: when all else fails, play the race card.
Although I don't agree with all of his policies, I don't dislike Obama personally. Rather I dislike all of his disciples who treat him like he is the next messiah. These sheep want you to just blindly follow him and all of America's problems will be magically fixed.
Is he done yet? The irrelevancy that is Gore Vidal and the Left.
They teeter between verbal flatulence and media flagellation of anyone who does not think like them.
So many disliking Gore Vidal because he is intellegent, informed and witty, exactly the opposite of all these ignortant assholes who hate the truth that the US and Britain are corrupt to the core and just want scapegoats not truth. You are sheep who have been fleeced by the elites and so ignorant that you can only rant and rave at puppets like Obama. Obama redistributing US wealth? You are ignorant.
Gore Vidal is a totally delusionalold Marxist who once wrote an over-rated novel. Who cares WHAT he says????
without a doubt, obama is center-right on his mostleft leaning days.
that issomewhat ironic considering the racist hate the right wing spews his way.
i am glad other people of substance believe that the u.s. is the corrupt evil group of money grubbing whores we are.
obama is doing to the democrats what reagan did to the republicans
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