Friday, January 13, 2006

What's it going to take?

From firedoglake:
...It is a dangerous time to be an American. We live under virtually unchallenged one party rule, and that one party is on a rampage to make torture morally acceptable. Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman invite screaming racist Michelle Malkin to lunch, and today Peter Kirsanow is paraded before the Senate by the GOP as an "expert." Both of these people applaud rounding up American citizens and putting them into concentration camps....

I agree. Today’s Right is a dangerous, extremist movement fully capable of the excesses of twentieth century fascism. The polite response to this threat by the media, The New York Times, for example, and also the Democratic Senators leaves this movement unchallenged. It baffles me. I wonder what it will take to energize an effective resistance. You would think defending and advocating torture as acceptable American policy would be enough. But of course it is not. Nor is it enough that we wage a war of aggression on falsified pretenses, keep prisoners in camps without trial or the protection of international law, have a government that flouts the law and illegally taps communications, spies on dissenters, and gets caught accepting huge bribes from special interests.

I am contemptuous of all those Democrats in privileged and influential positions who give the Right a forum, who do not challenge them bluntly and forcefully on every single issue. It strains me greatly to be minimally civil to Republican family members, Republicans I work with, and old Republican friends, all of them ordinary people, simple members of the chorus but none-the-less vital parts of this terrible engine.

Go read firedoglake and check out Nancy Pelosi:

WASHINGTON Jan 12, 2006 — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said Republicans had created "one of the most closed, corrupt congresses in history" and urged the House ethics committee to investigate GOP lawmakers linked to lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

"It's hard for the American people to understand how corrupt it is here," the California Democrat said at a news conference.


Avedon said...

Do me a favor - change "flaunts" to "flouts", and then feel free to delete this comment.

tiger red said...

Correction made. Thanks.