Saturday, July 14, 2007

A Life Lived In Fear Is A Life Half Lived

Wow. What a week. Closed on my condo, moved, preparing to uproot my life in a way I never have before. Yet, there is a feeling of trepidation. Not fear, for fear is the mind killer, but....trepidation, and excitement. And sorrow.

Sorrow for the direction my country has gone in the past eight years. Sorrow that we have been forced to give up so many of our principles in the name of George W. Bush. Sorrow that so many people, including some I love dearly, don't get that the Bush administration has not only weakened our Constitution and democracy, but our standing in the world as well. Sorrow that Michael Chertoff, the man who is supposed to protect us against terrorists attacks provokes the fear of them by saying that he "has a gut feeling" that their will be major terrorist attack in the U.S. this summer. (Well, Michael, if that is what your gut is telling you, what are doing to stop it? Or are you even trying? Oh wait, if the people aren't afraid.....). Sorrow that that the Supreme Court is on the verge of overturning years of precedent (if you didn't notice, they pretty much overturned Brown vs. the Board of Education last week, but no one noticed.....). Sorrow that so many people are finally realizing what a small minority knew, and tried to warn about, this president from the very beginning.
(Kudos to Bill Moyers, and of all people, Peggy Noonan.)

There are two video clips that show just how pathetic the situation has become. One is pure satire, but very telling. Check it out here.



The other is far too real, and reveals far too much about the hubris and denial of the Worst President ever. God Bless You, Helen Thomas:



So, maybe it isn't such a bad time to get the hell out of the country.

And with this non-fluff, Barrowman free post, my blog by-atches, I now pronounce myself officially back.

10 comments:

Citizen Deux said...

Zzzzzz....

Huh, what? Sorry did you say something? Oh yes it was,

"Sorrow that we have been forced to give up so many of our principles in the name of George W. Bush. Sorrow that so many people, including some I love dearly, don't get that the Bush administration has not only weakened our Constitution and democracy"

Hmmm.

Tough one that. I would love to discuss a specific example.

Any one.

I'll wait.

Take your time.

zzzzzzzZZZ

captjackharkness said...

The principle that we do not invade other nations, or if we do invade, it should be the people that have already attacked us, and get those bad guys first.

The principle that we do not torture. Instead, we lead by example. The principle that we don't hold people without charge, and that all are subject to a fair trial. During WW2, the POW's on our soil were treated with respect and dignity-which helped our side in the post war victory.

The principle that there are three branches of government, and that one is not above the other. That the founding fathers started this system of checks and balances for a reason. That there should be no such thing as executive privelege or speaking "off the record" when summoned to testify before congress-all should be accountable for their actions.

The principle that you don't question someone's patriotism simply because they don't agree with your point of view, or that you don't slander someone's reputation and destroy their lives if they don't give you the answers you want.....


That we own up to our mistakes.

Citizen Deux said...

ZZzzzzzz....

Huh, what? Beckham, is that you? No I wouldn't pay you $250MM for anything...huh? The Capt?

Oh, sorry.

To your comments;

The principle that we do not invade other nations - Sorry, invalid. Preemptive action was predicated in Mexico, N. Korea, Vietnam, Greneda, Panama, Iraq in the Gulf War and a host of other circumstances. We do not need - by law and treaty - to wait for the first blow to take military action. It's noble, but senseless.

The principle that we do not torture. This one is a bit trickier. Because we have always used coercive methods (i.e.torture) to some degree. The fact that we allow counsel and others to act on the behalf of the bad guys is unique to the USA. We should lead by example, but this is not this administration's genesis.

The principle that we don't hold people without charge - and we do, all the time. All are subject to a fair trial, under the Constitution - what about when you aren't operating under the Constitution? POWs on US soil were protected by the Constitution and the Geneva convention. How much that helped in post WWII is debateable. The Marshall plan was far more impactful as well as the intransigence of the Soviet Union.

The principle that there are three branches of government. When did this change? Last time I checked the Courts and Congress both were slapping around the executive branch.

Executive privelege exists, codified by law. Don't like it? Change the law. Again, not of this administration's doing. The last comment sounds like congress shold be the highest of the bodies.

The principle that you don't question someone's patriotism simply because they don't agree with your point of view, or that you don't slander someone's reputation and destroy their lives if they don't give you the answers you want.

And this circumstance is unique to this administration or its opponents how? Clinton, GHWB, Reagan, Carter, Nixon, Kennedy, ad infinitum, they all engaged in slanderous rhetoric. That, my friend, is politics.

Again, once you have something new to offer, let me know.

Til then, no Victoria, you don't look more masculine than your husband...


zzzZZZ

captjackharkness said...

Stop dissing' my metrosexual fantasy! I have so little to live love life these days, let me have my dreams. (*sniff*).

MOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM-Deux is being mean to me.....

Citizen Deux said...

Sorry - by the way, how many pounds will the QM2 set you back? A nice way to travel, but that time could be spent acclimating to your new home.

captjackharkness said...

The QM2 was actually pretty inexpensive dollar wise (for steerage, of course), but I am in agreement that I need the six days the crossing would take to get moved in/acclimated to my surroundings. So, back to Premium Economy on BA.

sonicfrog said...

...The principle that there are three branches of government...

Didn't Cheney recently try to argue he was a fourth branch or something :-)

Citizen Deux said...

Yes, he was the branch with the nuts on it!!!

;-)

captjackharkness said...

But then again, sometimes you feel like a nut.....

Pursey Tuttweiler said...

Don't want to discuss politics, but yes, it is a great time to leave this country. I would love to move to France.