Right about now, the Senate should be voting on confirming Samuel Alito as the newest Supreme Court Justice. I don’t need to tell you what this means to the country. In much the same way that many Americans thought it was no big deal to vote for George W. Bush the first and second times (what’s the worst that could happen?), and are now finding out exactly what that vote meant for America, it will take some time before America realizes how serious the ramifications are of having this guy in the Supreme Court.
As a friend of mine pointed out, it is Bush’s right (as the semi-president) to nominate whomever he wishes to the position. The problem with this nominee is that he is not only Bush’s second choice — meant to appease the right-wing, which went on the attack after Harriet Miers was nominated first — but that his appointment swings the balance of the Supreme Court to positions which most Americans oppose.
This statement by Senator Ted Kennedy puts this nomination in perspective, both from a present-day standtpoint, as well as an historical one.
The Supreme Court has been the last refuge for many causes throughout the past several decades. It has been responsible for pushing the country forward toward equality and justice when America as a whole considered tradition more important that those two qualities. With the appointment of Samuel Alito, a justice who has shown a desire for chipping away at civil rights hard-earned through blood, America has entered a very dark era. The balance has shifted, most likely for the next twenty or thirty years. I’m going to try to keep an open mind, but as I look around at my co-workers and at the people simply going about their day, I wonder if they realize what has happened today? It might seem like only a pebble thrown into a pond right now… We’ll have to wait to see how large the waves become. My fear is that two decades from now we’ll look back and clearly see the beginnings of a tsunami that devastated what was once a shining symbol of justice and hope in the world.
I sincerely hope I’m wrong.
Here’s the problem with electing a guy who “you’d like to have a beer with.” Actually, there are a lot of problems with it, but the key one is that Bush evidently cannot read, or just doesn’t want to. Government agencies spend millions of dollars and lots of time generating these quick briefs for Bush to read (or have read to him), and it appears that every time some kind of imminent danger is approaching, he’s not paying attention. Anyone remember “Bin Laden Determined To Strike Within U.S.?”
The latest is this article in the New York Times that says Bush was alerted by the Department of Homeland Security that “[New Orleans] would probably soon be inundated with floodwater, forcing the long-term relocation of hundreds of thousands of people.”
Three days later Bush appeared in an interview with Diane Sawyer where he tried to answer for the complete and total inaction by government to help the citizens of New Orleans. He offered many excuses, among them, “I don’t think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees.” That was the key… No one anticipated this. Of course, later we heard all the stories about how the budget for finishing the levees had been pushed back and pushed back, amidst the cries of danger from the local representatives living there who knew that there would be serious consequences if a hurricane struck before the levees were finished.
Lies, lies, more lies, and endless coverups to erase the tracks behind the lies. I wonder if the south has finally had enough of Republicans, or at least of Neo-Cons dressed in Republican clothes. Hillary was right. This administration will go down as one of the most corrupt and worst administrations in US History.
So either Bush can’t read, or he doesn’t want to read, or he doesn’t want to be read to. How else can you explain this? That he’s just plain evil and didn’t care if 1300 people died in New Orleans? I can’t imagine that’s the answer. Perhaps it’s just pure incompetence. Bush fiddled while New Orleans drowned.
It didn’t have to be this way. 1300 more families have lost loved ones because some people thought it would be a good idea to have a guy in office who “you’d like to have a beer with.”
Each time we hear the phrase, “we’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them here,” we should remember that there are real people dying in Iraq. These are real people who had real lives and real families who did not need to die. We can not forgive those terrorists who are doing the killing, but we are as much responsible for starting something that we can not finish — for starting something that did not need to be started. Reading this today really brings this home. There are good people everywhere, just trying to live their lives. We have no business inflicting our world views and religions on others.
Air America has just launched a Premium Service where you can subscribe to Podcasts of any show, or stream them on demand. Very cool. I’m already a subscriber. Now, instead of listening to Randi Rhodes from 3-7, I can listen to the previous day’s Majority Report, Mike Malloy Show, or Air America Mornings.
Heard this on the Majority Report last night. In a day when we’re learning that the armor that our soldiers were given for the war in Iraq was substandard, and that 70% of fatalities could’ve been prevented, I hardly think this is appropriate… The pentagon is apparently all behind telling the families to just laugh off any stress they may be feeling when their family members are over in Iraq. If this is a joke, it’s not funny.
Strange that I should come across this article today about how someone wants the Washington Post to correct a piece that ran saying that Grand GOP Lobbying King, Jack Abramoff gave to Democrats as well as Republicans (apparently, he didn’t). Just the other day I was listening to Sean Hannity who was claiming that the Democrats were trying to make the Abramoff scandal into a purely-GOP scandal, even though Abramoff gave to Democrats as well as Republicans.
More lies from the Hannity. Why am I not surprised? Looks like he’s not happy with merely skewering the truth these days. I guess his thought is that when things look so bad for the GOP that there’s no escaping even by bending the truth, just lie. Just outright lie. Why am I not surprised?