Alright people, there's alot of new posts below. If you're interested in subjects more like art or family, you should completely skip this post. If politics is your brew, this one is for you.
So, let's start by saying that I'm glad Slick Willy reacted the way he did. I'm a little too Italian to think that I wouldn't have reacted in the same way. My problem, though, isn't the interview, my problem is the offical response from the White House. Condi's all flappin' her jaw about and saying that they weren't given a solid strategy or plan for dealing with the Al Queda situation. I didn't believe her at first. But then I found this! And then this!! And now, I know the truth.
And, because he's funny, here's what Jon Stewart said about the issue:
But that's not what's really bothering me.
What's bothering me is the piece of legislation that was passed by the Senate today. With the stroke of a pen, the reputation and good will of the United States of America which took over 200 years to build, was destroyed. America has stooped to the lowest of the low when she may espouse only two years ago that "freedom from torture is an inalienable human right" and that the "United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example" and in the next breath pass legislation that would grant legality to this!
The NY Times (that old rag) calls it "our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts" for how it allows the executive to arbitrarily decide who is and isn't a terrorist and whether or not they have any right to challenge his authority.
I like Barak Obama alot. I like how he has the credibility and respect of the African Nations. I'd really like to see him make a run for VP in 2008. He voted against this legistlation, and he urged others to do so as well. "But politics won today. Politics won. The Administration got its vote, and now it will have its victory lap, and now they will be able to go out on the campaign trail and tell the American people that they were the ones who were tough on the terrorists."
"The bill also expands the definition of an unlawful enemy combatant to cover anyone who has “has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.” Quick, define “purposefully and materially.” One person has already been charged with aiding terrorists because he sold a satellite TV package that includes the Hezbollah network." (source)
Since the elected officials put in place in order to ask tough questions of the executive and keep him in check have failed to do so, someone else has to ask the questions around here: Do you believe the Administration has over the past five years earned the colossal expanse of trust the Congress is about to give it in the name of fighting terrorism? Do you believe that Administration officials will be able to accurately and adequately identify so-called "enemy combatants" here at home so as to separate out the truly bad guys from the guys who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? Did you want your legislative branch to abdicate so completely its responsibility to ensure that there are adequate checks and balances upon executive power even in a time of terror? You might have answered "no" to all three questions. But your answer doesn't matter. And neither does mine. To Congress, the answer is "yes, sir." (source)
Why is the Congress so bent on dissolving its own power? It seems with each passing year, the executive becomes more and more powerful. More signing statements, more secrecy, less oversight, more ways to go over, under, or around the legislative branch all of which are granted under the pretext that we are in a time of war.
I am not even kidding when I say my heart hurt today. My heart hurt for the USA. Last night I went and saw Burning Coal's production of 1776. Fantastic. Check out their blog on the list. But my point is, I must've been on some sort of Nationalistic/Patriotic high from learning more about the lives of the founding fathers. Maybe that's why I was so upset today. But I had the overwhelming feeling that this was a black day on American history.