Big Brother

December 21, 2005 at 2:09 pm (New, Politics)

Judge James Robertson of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court resigned in protest of Bush’s secret spying program. This is worrisome in the fact that not only are our military, intelligence, judicial, and even some legislative bodies revolting against the president’s over-reaching presidential powers, but its also worrisome because it seems obvious that there must be illegality in the way the president has acted in this instance.

At the White House, spokesman Scott McClellan was asked to explain why Bush last year said, “Any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires — a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so.” McClellan said the quote referred only to the USA Patriot Act.

This doublespeak hair-splitting is increasingly damaging to the sort of credibility our government, especially the executive branch has as a democratic institution. If there are those ways by which the president can get legal wiretaps I see no reason why he shouldn’t use those channels rather than the clandestine ones. And don’t tell me that this illegal secrecy is needed to fight Al Qaida, because getting a court order from the court if it is a necessity should not be any obstacle and it covers your bases and adds credibility to your case and actions. If this was a matter of fighting the terrorists then why haven’t we seen better improvements in homeland security as recommended by the 9/11 Commission. No, this is more about presidential (and vice-presidential) power, than security.

By usurping the powers that provide checks and balances to the executive branch, the White House is in effect making itself ripe for abuse and corruption (which I think has most certainly already happened). As out clueless leader looks around the world for new places to “spread democracy” to, one cannot even feign shock to see the sort of anti-Americanism that exists in the world, especially the Middle East. Now I am not condoning this anti-Americanism (because that is what Republicans LOVE to jump on to accuse liberals of “treason” and other such bullshit), but it certainly isn’t totally unfair to see why people doubt America’s motives when the president and his ilk lie to their own people and subvert the same democracy they tout to the world as being so unique to America.

I wholeheartedly support investigation into this secret spy pogrom (oops I meant program!) as well as CIA secret prisons.

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Fanatics and Fools

December 8, 2005 at 8:07 pm (New, Politics)

So now the ultra-conservative religious right is bitching about Christmas. They are bitching because retail stores are more and more calling their holiday sales just that, holiday sales. And schools recess for winter break. What is the problem you might ask? Apparently the religious right is appaled at multiculturalism. They believe America should put the Christ back in Christmas and do away with “happy holidays” wishes, and basically eradicate the mentions of other cultural holiday such as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc. To them, only their precious Christ holiday matters. Other cultures can just fuck off. The problem with this notion. America is chock FULL of other cultures and the fact that retailers and schools are wising up to the fact that their consumers and students might not be Christian nuts has clued them in to being more culture conscious or inclusive. But the Christian right pegs it as a loss of morals and a loss of the “true” meaning of Christmas. Oh fuck off! I’m sure that they all lead perfectly sacred Christmas lives and don’t partake in the rampant consumerism that is the Christmas holiday. Please. Perhaps instead of worrying about putting Christ back into Christmas, they should worry about putting themselves back into Christ’s teachings and love. Now as an ardent atheist I obviously find this whole debate comical for a more detached reason. But I won’t go into it now. But when these gay-bashing, misogynist, racist bastards even start talking of Christ I want to just vomit. They talk about Christ like he’s a brand new Corvette they’re using to impress their dates and get laid. They wave him around and wear him around their necks like a Cracker Jack prize. THEY have lost the meaning of Christ, and though I don’t believe that Christ, if he existed, was anything other than a man, I still see the fundamental horror in the way they use him and his image to get votes and further fuck up this country. The GOP and the Religious Right have forsaken their God, His Son, and teachings by their most heinous attacks on the rights and right to exist of others. They have taken teachings of love and forgiveness and used them to frighten and terrorize their followers into submission. Unfortunately, with their puppet in the White House, the ony kind of Christian that gets news is the fundamental evangelical. The idiot Creationist in Intelligent Design clothing. The Christian that hates is much more newsworthy (because one is our president) than the countless other moderate and liberal Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc seeking to build bridges and create a place where someone can be religious and pious and gay. Or have an abortion. Or be of another skin color than white. Just as I despise the terrorists who day in and day out strike and kill our American and allied soldiers fighting for a war of lies, I also hate the faux Christian who stands on his soapbox on Capitol Hill and from his television studio at CBN and spews vile and venomous hatred to those he or she is entrusted to lead to Heaven through love and forgiveness. They are just as much terrorists. And their kingdom must come down as well. It is destroying our country. I leave you with paraphrased words someone once said. The only true Christian is Christ, for he’s the only one to suffer and die on the cross. Perhaps these fundamental evangelicals should practice some humility as they attempt to take away the rights of those they fail to dialogue with and even try to understand. God fucking Bless.

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Time and time and time again.

December 6, 2005 at 10:17 pm (New)

Well friends, time is short when it comes to keeping a blog, but alas alack alas, c’est la vie. But stay tuned of course for more brilliant and insightful commentary to be posted as my random brain sees fit.

-Nick

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