[The new detainee bill] also would prohibit blatant abuses of detainees but grant the president flexibility to decide what interrogation techniques are legally permissible. (from CNN.com)It comes as no surprise to anyone that I despise the Republican Party. But being a person who tries to be fair, I gotta tell ya that I find myself loathing the Democrats just as much. And it's not because they're nearly as bad a bunch of corrupt corporate whores as the GOP, though they are.
It's because they are a bunch of weak, gutless, morally empty pussies. If the Democratic Party loses this November, it will be not because the Republican party is better than they are, it will be because whatever opportunity they may have had to take a moral stand on the Rights of Human Beings, as defined by the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, was squandered by them in a show of either abject cowardess or fully-compensated look-the-other-wayedness.
I suspect that if the Republicans are given another two years worth of rope, we'll find them swinging from it in 2008. I think we can survive another two years of Republican Rule, assuming that afterwards the Rule of Law returns.
That the Bush Cabal, both the White House and their Congressional rubber-stampers, be brought down completely is important for the survival of this country, at least in a form recognisable (and not nauseating) to the Founders. Not only that, but it is important for the Democratic Party, and it is important for the Republican Party.
Look at it this way. Let's suppose that the Democrats take charge again in Congress. Given the complete lack of cojones shown over a legally and morally straightforward issue like Torture, or Lack of Habeus Corpus, do we really believe that the Democrats will wage an effective investigation into the malfeasance of the Bush Administration?
But imagine if they lose in 2006: It will be, hopefully, the last straw for an American Public sick of the Democrats lack of effectiveness. Heads will roll. Meanwhile, as the Bush Cabal currently in control of the GOP continues on their headlong unconstitution race towards fascism, they will continue to commit more and more egregious offenses against the Bill of Rights.
Come 2008, the Public will be greeted with a choice between another four years of autocratic rule by whoever Karl Rove and Dick Cheney line up for the next Chief Puppet, or a clean slate of vocal Democrats, freshly outraged, untainted by compromise with Evil, and ready for battle. Democrats win, the Republican Party, soundly trounced, implodes, returning actual Conservatives to the ranks of its leadership (rather than the piratical anarchists currently in charge). Everybody wins except those who would destroy the American Dream for a few more square feet in their second palatial vacation home.
That's my dream, anyway.
It wont happen, though. Democrats will regain power in Congress, then go on to be so ineffective as to make FEMA look competent. George Bush will continue to get a free pass to loot the nation and piss on the Constitution. The debt will reach new peaks, but a frightened Democratic majority will not risk their 2008 war-chest by substanially raising taxes on the rich, but instead will raise taxes on everyone else. The rich will continue to get richer. The poor will continue to get poorer. The middle class will continue to shrink. Infrastructure will continue to crumble. The military will continue to be hard-pressed and under served. Education will become a series of lessons designed to allow students to pass tests featuring only government-approved "facts". Health insurance will continue to become a greater burden for many, and a thing of the past for most.
In 2008, Frist, Brownback, or some other torture-loving "defender of freedom and security" will be elected President, maintaining the current Cabal's power and continuing our slide into the Dark Ages.
Welcome Friends, to Amerika.
That's my nightmare.
Bottom line here: Congress, the part of our government constitutionally mandated to be the "Deciders", has once again handed that lying sack of shit George Dubya Bush another blank check. They have washed their hands of this war, again. They have failed, dismally, to learn the one very basic lesson that Lord Bush should have taught them: Never give BushCo free reign to do anything.
I'm sure you're reading this and thinking, "oh Jesus, what's gotten into Dave?" Well, dont worry, I'm just soul-sick is all. My country is dying, and jackals are feasting on it's flesh even as it expires.
For a long time, I didnt pay any attention. Now I'm angry. I'm sure come November 7 I'll vote for any Democrat I can, praying that it'll be enough. Come spring, as nothing changes, depression will set in. By 2008, I'll be resigned to it, and I'll start blogging about television shows and music. Maybe I'll change the color... something happy...