Instead of celebrating Chris Dodd’s temporary victory in the warrantless wiretapping bill, we should be planning ahead. The next vote will take place in January and you better believe that the Republicrats are having meeting after meeting, trying to figure out what to do to gratify their master, George W Bush. It was a grassroots effort that made Dodd (and Feingold, Kennedy and others) stand up to the establishment, so it has to be through us writing letters and making phone calls that our victory becomes permanent. The other side has already began their smear on Chris Dodd, with Harry Reid saying that Dodd won’t be running for president anymore in January and will not be trying to grandstand. Glenn Greenwald has another great blog today; this one discussing the Republicrat tactics. It seems that they believe the only motivation for someone to stick up for the little man is for political purposes. Never mind that the purpose of being a politician should be to stick up for the little man, that’s just an evil way to think. Kennedy’s seat is secure, Feingold was elected in a very red seat and therefore is taking an unpopular stance, and Dodd seems to be genuinely concerned (and can’t really think he has a chance at becoming the Democratic nominee anyway). Harry Reid obviously does everything he does in order to get more power or make more money, so it’s hard for him to fathom someone (especially someone in power) doing something because they think it’s the right thing to do. Ronald Reagan once said, “Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” Amen Ronnie.
The massive amount of Democrats who either completely agree with Bush’s antics or do nothing to stop him make me wonder if it was like this leading up to Nixon’s impeachment. A two party system becomes invalid when both sides start acting the same, so I’m assuming that the Democrats stepped it up back then and went along with public opinion in order to do what was right. I understand that it should be harder to fire the president and vice-president from their jobs than it would be a cashier from Home Depot- there should have to be solid evidence even before an accusation is made because, if we were allowed to publicly investigate any president at any time, our system would be an even bigger mess. However, there seems to be more evidence coming out in the past couple years against Bush, Cheney, and the rest of them than there ever was during Watergate. Did it take this long back then? Did things feel like they were never going to happen? Were people feeling as desperate in the 60’s as a lot of us are right now?
Maybe people in the 60’s were feeling hopeless, but the main difference is that they did something about it. They took to the streets en masse; a lot of people honestly felt that there was a revolution brewing, that anything and everything was possible. Now, we’re too busy watching reality TV and buying big cars to risk anything. It bothers me more than I can put into words how something like the Homegrown Terror Act (which is Democratic sponsored, by the way) can be about to pass, and no one is doing anything about it. I met a few people at school who got a little angry when they first heard about it and now have calmed down. Everyone needs to print out the bill (HR 1955), hang it up above their computer, look at it every morning, and be terrified. This is the United State of America, we are better than this; it shouldn’t matter which side of the isle you’re on, who you plan to vote for, what religion you practice- this is fucked up. I was listening to Thom Hartmann yesterday and he was talking about an interview he read with a “good German” from the 20’s and 30’s. They asked this German why people weren’t out in the streets, how they could have just let all this happen. The German said that it happened so slowly- that people were waiting for something big to happen, some reason for everyone to spontaneously riot or something, but it never came. He said they didn’t just jump from A to Z; they went from A to B to C and so on. It’s the old frog in the pot of water analogy- I think the water may be starting to heat up now.
If things were just extremely fucked up inside of the US that would be bad enough, but we have played a part in the disturbing politics of many other countries as well. Iraq is in absolute ruin because the US decided that they are the police of the world, Iran and Korea (and many other countries) are under sanctions which have no effect on the leaders, but instead starve and kill the innocent populations, Palestine is like hell on earth because the US supplies Israel with enough weapons and support to make them untouchable. The most incredible part (besides 90% of US citizens not giving a shit) is who our friends are. The majority of the 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, who have done nothing to prevent anything else from happening, and yet they are practically best friends with the US- and especially the Bush family. Pakistan is ruled by an insane military leader who fixes elections and takes away rights and jobs from anyone who opposes him, not to mention the fact that Bin Laden (remember him?) is hiding in the mountains there and they are a political mess. Guess what? We’ve (and I say we because it’s our tax dollars) given them billions of dollars since 9/11 to further their nuclear weapons program, among other nonsense.
In the only good news of the day (besides both the Nets and Nuggets winning), it appears that Rudy Giuliani’s campaign is sinking faster than his bid to keep his homosexuality private. Giuliani is the only candidate who, if elected, would cause me to drop out of school and become a Venezuelan resident.