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I am beginning to notice a disturbing pattern

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There’s something strange going on…

Recall that at the height of the health reform fight, after Senator Brown was elected in MA and the Democrats looked like they were on the verge of total failure. It looked like Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement would indeed be his Waterloo… and then, Anthem Blue Cross raised rates by 40%.

On the verge of the financial reform fight, Goldman Sachs was sued by the FEC and grilled mercilessly by a bipartisan Senate committee for it’s shenanigans of knowingly selling “sh$%ty” securities to customers and profiting from their failure.

The next big fight is immigration reform, and Arizona passes a draconian law essentially legalizing racial profiling of its Hispanic population – soon to be a majority. (It also revealed the Tea Party to be hypocrites when it comes to big government and Constitutional fidelity).

And of course, with the climate bill coming down the line, we have a gargantuan oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is shaping up to be the worst environmental disaster since the Exxon Valdez. (UPDATE: Obama just banned all further offshore drilling until an investigation concludes)

Let’s even throw in the observation that President Obama is about to select a new justice for the Supreme Court – mere months after the universally reviled Citizens United case opened the floodgates to infinite corporate money over our elections.

Notice any pattern?

If I were Glenn Beck, these dots would now duly be connected by a conspiracy theory line of outlandish proportion. But I think that it’s really more likely that the convergence of reality with policy and reform is a “happy” coincidence – though of course these disasters all have real tragic consequences for ordinary people caught in the middle of them. It would be better if these tragic events could have been prevented, but by occurring, they demonstrate the lack of any preventative mechanism. And thus make the case for the reforms in President Obama’s domestic agenda far more forcefully than any speech or campaign ad.

Let’s just hope that the pattern doesn’t hold when it’s time to ratify the new START treaty.



  • PonderousMan

    If something happens related to the implementation of the nuclear materials safeguards. After all, nuclear terrorism continues to be an industry with seriously unfulfilled potential – thank the gods…

  • crap

    “It also revealed the Tea Party to be hypocrites when it comes to big government and Constitutional fidelity”
    WOW, why am I not surprised.
    You continue to convince me you’re a fool.

  • Timhogs

    There was also the “Swine Flu Pandemic” panic just before the Health Care debate began….
    And it’s probably before your time, but “The China Syndrome” was just just another Hollywood potboiler, except two weeks after it came out everything went haywire at Three Mile Island…
    Of course when faced with all this, I tend to fall back to Heinlein’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice.”

  • Kevin D.

    “Heinlein’s Razor!” That’s what that’s called. I heard the quote in the past but I couldn’t remember who said it.

  • Alicia

    Great post, Aziz. And yes, I agree about the Tea Party. They only care about civil liberties for middle-aged white men and their wives.

  • Ruggy

    We need to come up with a better word for this kind of thing than “conspiracy.”
    The term “conspiracy” implies active plotting – by people who can at least think. So in my opinion, applying this term to most of what happens in this world gives people way too much credit. ;-)
    While there certainly are plenty of real conspiracies, I think the word we are looking for will imply something more akin to a de facto conspiracy.

  • douglas_macneill

    Maybe the guidance of God _is_ at work here–_provided that_ we dare accept that President Obama just may be on the side of the angels in these matters.
    (I’m a mainline Christian, so I wonder how Muslims understand or visualize the way divine guidance may work.)

  • James

    I do agree that Obama is going to use everything he can to push his socialist policies and will use the oil spill to stop as much drilling in the US as he can. However, the Arizona law in no way pushes racism, nor does it conflict with the US Constitution. In fact it is the responsibility of the Federal government to control our borders, and to limit immigration to LEGAL immigrants that spent the time to follow rules and procedures to get into this country, and that want to be here to embrace this country.
    Reading the law may help some that want to assume it is racist. There is nothing racist or unconstitutional about keeping illegal aliens out of this country so that LEGAL immigrants are able to gain entrance in a manner that does not destroy state economies with illegals flooding our medical system, criminal system, and political system.
    Both parties have failed to formulate a useful and effective immigration party, and after tragic deaths and booming crime, including Phoenix finding itself in the top 5, I think its 2nd but top 5 is close enough, in kidnappings worldwide. Arizona is simply attempting to enforce the federal laws already on the books that the federal government refuses to enforce.
    The fact of the matter is that the law was patterned after the existing federal law that feds refuse to enforce, and subsequent amendments have made it clear that profiling is not permitted, and you better believe that liberal attorneys are waiting in the wood works to sue any officer that does any of the things that proponents claim the law calls for officers to do.
    There may not be conspiracies to create these moments, but Obama canceling the standing plan to control the spill and taking his time to address the spill does not require a conspiracy, simply an opportunistic parasite, that will maximize human suffering to push his agenda.
    You definitely make too many points to address them all, and to comment on the areas that I happen to agree with you. One last important crisis you mentioned is the treatment of Goldman Sachs by the politicians bought and paid for by the Financial District. It is beyond belief that the morons that created our economic implosion are the fools this administration put in charge of fixing it. Both sides sold their souls, but Frank and Dodd lecturing anyone in this matter when they are responsible for halting any and all efforts to reform Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae which could have averted the entire meltdown is laughable, as is calling the enforcement of federal law, racist.
    Wish I had room to address the points you make where I happened to agree with you.

  • http://2000ah.blogspot.com Edward

    That darn Reality and it’s liberal bias.

  • Filiagape

    Divine guidance is not different in Christianity than in Islam, Douglas. If we could just get religious people, who believe in a Divine presence in this world and not a completely “scientific”, secular world view to learn more about faiths other than their own, we would realize that we have much more in common than not, and ignorance is pushing us apart. After all, well all trace back to Abraham, at least in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (listed in chronological order).

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