Friday, September 29, 2006
ew. Seriously? ew.
Normally, I don't comment on politics, not only because I don't want to offend folks but because frankly I Just Don't Get It. I don't understand any of it deeply enough to actually be offensive to anyone (well, maybe offensively ignorant...).
And this issue is no different - I just don't understand how any individual who survived 8th grade civics could possibly see this as a good idea. Does nobody read Sinclair Lewis anymore?
I feel like someone told an elaborately dirty joke but all I heard was the punchline, a little too late and wildly out of context.
"No more habeas FUCKING corpus! get it? Bwa-hahahaha!"
I need help with this. Normally in cases where I don't understand the controversy over something I do one of two things -
1)I research all the pros and cons and lefts and rights and all the opinions from all sides of the story (even the truth). I look very carefully and thoroughly into the position of the viewpoint I oppose, and try my very hardest to see the Other Side of the Story, as objectively and reasonably and fairly as I can, with all the civility and rationality I can muster. Because I can't understand my own point of view completely unless I also understand the other guy.
2)I ignore it all completely.
Now this issue seems to demand a third option, which I can't seem to grasp at the moment.
(I took the handle because there are a lot of things in this life that make me say exactly what you posted in my comments. Cheers!)
Sen. Fuckstain is apparently up in the polls lately. how does that happen?
Bruce Ackerman, a critic of the administration and a professor of law and political science at Yale University, sharply criticized the bill but agreed that it strengthened the White House position. “The president walked away with a lot more than most people thought,” Mr. Ackerman said. He said the bill “further entrenches presidential power” and allows the administration to declare even an American citizen an unlawful combatant subject to indefinite detention.
I've been trying to lose all hope for some time, but I can't pull it off because I have a brilliant son and a number of beautiful and brilliant students.
And you women--you and belle and gandhi and kristin--in that picture GR posted at her site. That gives me hope too.
That and Jose Quervo.
At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I think I know what the good german people were going through in those years leading up to WW2. It's not an overnight shock to the system, but a steady, demoralizing erosion, until you can't clearly remember what true liberty felt like.
When they kick out your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun
You can crush us
You can bruise us
But you'll have to answer to
Oh- the guns of Brixton
So maybe the Clash isn't the most articulate way to discuss the intricacies of polisci and the realities it presents: Don't fucking care. I am at leisure to say whatever I please, whenever I please. My country gave me that and I'm giving it right back to them - both barrels.