Friday, May 25, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
SALON.com suggests why W hasn't been impeached yet:
"The truth is that Bush's high crimes and misdemeanors, far from being too small, are too great. What has saved Bush is the fact that his lies were, literally, a matter of life and death. They were about war. And they were sanctified by 9/11. Bush tapped into a deep American strain of fearful, reflexive bellicosity, which Congress and the media went along with for a long time and which has remained largely unexamined to this day. Congress, the media and most of the American people have yet to turn decisively against Bush because to do so would be to turn against some part of themselves. This doesn't mean we support Bush, simply that at some dim, half-conscious level we're too confused -- not least by our own complicity -- to work up the cold, final anger we'd need to go through impeachment. We haven't done the necessary work to separate ourselves from our abusive spouse. We need therapy -- not to save this disastrous marriage, but to end it."via Towleroad.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
It's sad that it takes a fictional legal drama to effectively articulate the terrifying farce of lawlessness being perpetuated by the current administration, but hey, why question the messenger? Thank you, David E. Kelley.
("Hat tip" to Sullivan)
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Liberal idealists believe a better time lies ahead of us, something we can progress to, and then all things will be right.
While I've always leaned toward liberalism's optimism (and political progressivism), I'm more and more seeing the universe as a precariously whirling balancing act of competing agendas, events, reactions, and compensations.
A friend told me that Newt Gingrich once said something to the effect of anyone in their twenties who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart; anyone in their fifties who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain. I haven't checked for the exact wording, or even if he said such a thing, but--me, I'd like to remind him that both organs are necessary for a fully-functioning human being.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Conservaqueer Andrew Sullivan weighs in and also points us to those congresspeople who crossed lines.
I myself must admit I understand the idealistic position of opposing "hate crimes" in general, as it smacks of ThoughtCrime as well as doubting the practicality of expecting a federal law to keep the kids on playgrounds from tormenting queers and give bat-wielding gay-bashers pause before they head out on a hunt. But I also understand that getting the federal government to finally recognize homos as a "class" of people worthy of protection from murder (much their own civil rights protections) it might not be all bad.
Bush, according to the Xtians (not to be confused with those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus "I never said a WORD about Queers" Christ) will veto the bill. Anybody remember his talk about "compassionate conservatism" way back around the turn of (this) century?
Other Xtians crow that the date of the vote was specifically scheduled as an insult to them because it happened on the National Day of Prayer.
But some followers of Jesus see hypocrisy among their ranks.
Meanwhile, Barbara Walters tackles the thorny issue of "the girl with a dick."