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Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Bush's Fear Based Initiatives

I watched Al Gore on CSPAN last night and during the times I was not thinking, "He should be the President" I was thinking, "Damn right AL! You tell 'em!"

He was very good when he called the pretend patriots out on their basic lack of guts.

Fear drives out reason. Fear suppresses the politics of discourse and opens the door to the politics of destruction. Justice Brandeis once wrote: "Men feared witches and burnt women."

The founders of our country faced dire threats. If they failed in their endeavors, they would have been hung as traitors. The very existence of our country was at risk.

Yet, in the teeth of those dangers, they insisted on establishing the Bill of Rights.

Is our Congress today in more danger than were their predecessors when the British army was marching on the Capitol? Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of missiles poised to be launched against us and annihilate our country at a moment's notice? Is America in more danger now than when we faced worldwide fascism on the march-when our fathers fought and won two World Wars simultaneously?

It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same.
- Via Eschaton

ECHELON. Hypocrite. Exit stage left.

I know that you think the Bush cannot break the law, that in a time of war he IS the law - but that is not what out founding fathers envisioned. It is just wrong and un-American to think that.

Clinton used the FISA court and there is no reason for any President to NOT use the FISA court unless they are committed to breaking the law and setting the executive branch above the judicial and legislative branches.
So conservatives are now reduced to arguing it's OK because "Clinton did it." And Clinton didn't even do it (didn't deny the law applied to him, I mean).

Next I expect conservatives to defend Bush's spying and law-flouting by claiming there was "No controlling legal authority" or "It depends on the definition of 'is'"

If conservatives want to emulate Clinton so badly, how about balancing the budget?
If conservatives want to emulate Clinton so badly, how about balancing the budget?

Oh my. That's gonna leave a mark.
I haven't seen a political cartoon in a while. But I hope they are all portraying Bush wearing headphones and a satellite dish.
Please, please will the Dems campaign this year on this:

"Elect me because the evil President is trying TOO HARD to keep us safe."

And before you accuse Bush of breaking the law, look at US v. Bin Laden, or Truong or any of the other times that SCOTUS has upheld this.

"how about balancing the budget"

Believe me, I wish they would.
Face it, the current Administration has led principled conservatives into defending the indefensible day after day. Conservatives now find themselves justifying behavior and policies they would hang a Democrat for. If you still want to be a Republican, the only way you can keep your integrity now is to wish for a completely different set of Republicans.

And when you do install your principled conservatives in office, and you finally succeed in balancing the budget over the corpses of Social Security and Medicare: Swarms of aging baby boomers will attack your mansions by night, bearing patio torches and Weed Whackers.
Nice visual.
I cheered out loud when I head Gore give part of this speech on the news. Where did the personality come from? Damned if I know, but I like it. Might not have helped in 2000, but it could set him up for 2008...
it could set him up for 2008...

Re-elect Gore!
Haha, watch, the Republicans will come along and say he's only elgible for one term since he already was elected once! lol. ok, I'm done.
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