Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Tristero over at Digby's place nails it:
We are not the radicals. To force women who wish to terminate their pregnancies - for whatever reason - to use coathangers - that's radical. And unspeakably cruel. To refuse to recognize, both legally and publicly, a couple in love - that's radical. And narrow-mindedly cruel. To base foreign policy on the president's "gut" and an obviously untenable unilateralism - that's radical. And stupid. To get a team of unscrupulous lawyers trained in the black arts of sophistry (ahem!) but ignorant of American history to gut the Constitution and argue that a president is just an ominipotent monarch under a different name - that's radical. And utterly un-American.Yo tambien. Go read it all.
That's why I'm blogging.
Consider the "war on terror." Terrorists have been around for a long time (read Mark Kleiman on Sampson as the first suicide bomber, for instance). They are going to be around for a long time. Doesn't really matter if we're talking about Timothy McVeigh or Osama bin forgotten. As long as there are pissed off people who have the means and the will to kill innocent civilians, there will be terrorism somewhere in the world.
Letting the president (any president) assume some sort of super war time powers based on the notion that things are different now means that we are going to be stuck with presidents having those powers until the people rise up and take them away.
Letting the president ignore the law is a terribly slippery slope.
Bill in Portland Maine, writing at Daily Kos, gives us a pretty good picture of where we end up and how we get there.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
With that in mind, remember to Buy Blue.