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Torture Is Torture

I guess this is what sticks in my craw most about these self-righteous leaders we are stuck with and Eugene Robinson said it pretty well…

Eugene Robinson – Torture Is Torture – washingtonpost.com: “But we shouldn’t have to talk about the practicalities of torture, because the real question is moral: What kind of nation are we? What kind of people are we?

Bush’s view of the world is based on the idea of American exceptionalism: that this country is unique, that its ideas and values are not just worthy or admirable but superior to any others. This attitude annoys the rest of the world to no end — a lot of other countries think they’re pretty special, too — but accept for the moment that the American system is in fact the best of all systems and that the great experiment begun by the Founding Fathers was a signal event in the history of mankind. Accept, if you will, Bush’s view that the United States is steadfastly blessed by a loving God.

What do you imagine God might think about torture, Mr. President?”

In everything this administration does they claim the righteous ground. For me the entire message of every religion is are should be “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Golden Rule. Taught to me by my grandmother, reinforced by parents and teachers.
Unfortunately, the new Church of Corporate Power has perverted the Golden Rule. Their version reads “do unto others for the maximum profit and don’t get caught.”
We would not be having this conversation on torture but for the fact that someone talked. We would not be having a conversation on wiretaps but for the fact that someone talked. We would not be having a conversation on secret prisons but for the fact that someone talked.
This administration does not want to have these conversations. They do not want the American People to ask these questions. That is why they hide behind the official secrets act and try to classify everything. Go back over the last five years and reread the history. Even before 9/11 this administration was hiding things. Lucky for the American People, sooner or later someone always talks. Mr President you cannot hide forever…Someone will talk.

Ann Richards

A great lady who preceded the mess we had with Gov. G W Bush died last week. Molly Ivins remembers a thing or two in her latest column. Go have a read…

Creators.com – Creators Syndicate: “At a long-ago political do at Scholz Garten in Austin, everybody who was anybody was there meetin’ and greetin’ at a furious pace. A group of us got the tired feet and went to lean our butts against a table at the back wall of the bar. Perched like birds in a row were Bob Bullock, then state comptroller, moi, Charles Miles, the head of Bullock’s personnel department, and Ms. Ann Richards. Bullock, 20 years in Texas politics, knew every sorry, no good sumbitch in the entire state. Some old racist judge from East Texas came up to him, ‘Bob, my boy, how are you?’

Bullock said, ‘Judge, I’d like you to meet my friends: This is Molly Ivins with the Texas Observer.’

The judge peered up at me and said, ‘How yew, little lady?’

Bullock, ‘And this is Charles Miles, the head of my personnel department.’ Miles, who is black, stuck out his hand, and the judge got an expression on his face as though he had just stepped into a fresh cowpie. He reached out and touched Charlie’s palm with one finger, while turning eagerly to the pretty, blonde, blue-eyed Ann Richards. ‘And who is this lovely lady?’

Ann beamed and replied, ‘I am Mrs. Miles.’ “

Ann Richards was the best Governor the state of Texas has had in my limited memory. Sadly, we will never know how well she governed because the Bush Team has spent the past decade undoing her work. Rest In Peace Madam Governor…

Get out of Jail Free Card

Mr. President, this is not a Monopoly Game (‘though I’m sure from your point of view, there isn’t much difference). You will be held accountable by history if not by the Courts of this world. Congress will not give you a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

You have “Decided” how you will pursue this “War” and now you want someone to take the accountability. Seems like it matches the pattern we have become accustomed to from you since you left college.

Bush’s Problem

Bush’s problem is he sees big issues and has simplistic responses. With his inability to expand, and unwillingness to change, his ideas he leaves even his own party scratching their heads.

Tribunal Dispute Could Ruin GOP Strategy – washingtonpost.com: “The problem, Lungren said, is that the complexity of the tribunal and wiretapping issues do not lend themselves to the quick action Bush wants.

‘This is a big deal to drop in our laps,’ he added. ‘There is some discomfort with the time period we’ve been given.'”

And then you have to wonder who it is that is driving the country when time after time the response to a problem skews off into some strange direction and never seems to get back to the original issue.

Since when has breaking the law by the executive branch been the status quo? I mean, come on Mr. President…warrantless wiretaps and torture, secret prisons and secret evidence…are you the only person in America (or the world) who doesn’t see how off the charts UN-American this is? And it’s on these issues you want to run an election. If we are ever to see justice return to this country then I can only hope you get what you want and the elections this fall turn on the reality of your “issues”. Right is right, legal is legal and you Mr. President are neither.