Obama now has some mild constitutional concerns, as does the US Senate body (see http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2009-03-23-tax-bill_N.htm). “As a general proposition, you don’t want to be passing laws that are just targeting a handful of individuals,” says Obama. That’s an odd statement coming from someone who holds a law degree–that a concept is “a general proposition,” when in fact it’s a basic rule of the US system of government.
The US started going downhill as soon as people started figuring out ways to abuse their own rules. It’s an inevitable path, sadly.
I could end up being wrong on this, but I still predict that Obama will sign a bill that represents some form of constitutional abuse.
I used to buy into the notion of “think of all the lives that were saved.” What a crock of shit. The two bombings of tens of thousands of innocent civilians ranks up there with all the other many monstrous evils of the 20th century. The bombing of Dresden can be added to the atrocities committed by the US (along with the Allies in this case).
A very simple point can be made: They could have chosen to focus the bombs on military targets, which are supposed to be fair game during wartime. They chose not to, and there is absolutely no excusing that.
I add, though, a note to Holocaust deniers, because I’ve seen some of their whinings: It doesn’t wipe away the shit perpetrated by Germans, Turks, and other European nations during WWII.
Everytime I hear someone say “I don’t have to worry about a drug raid.” or “Only the guilty should be afraid of the police.” I can only roll my eyes and pity the fool. I too hope this will result in some push-back; or at least undermine its support.
This is, literally, just a few miles from where I live and work. And this is the same jurisdiction that killed the murder suspect in his cell a short while ago. The stories are sensational enough that one can hope for push-back from the public.
What will I say
when my children ask me
Where was I flying upon that day?
With trembling voice
I gave the order
To the bombardier of Enola Gay
Charles W. Johnson—whose blog post I linked to in my own—recently turned me on to Utah Phillips’ music, and I rather like it. Unfortunately, Phillips recently passed on.
Make sure to take a listen to Utah Phillip’s “Enola Gay:
I turn to see
the fireball rising
“My god, my god” all I can say
I hear a voice
within me crying
My mother’s name was Enola Gay
Roger: People who say that the military “protects your freedom” have a habit of dropping the last few words of the full phrase: “…to obey the government.”
See? They’re really doing their rightful job.
Any idea why the military is not protecting me from these TSA goons?
I’ve had a number of people insist the military “protects my freedom.”
Sooooooo……. Why don’t they?
I voice a similar sentiment to Suprynowicz at a signing of his “Waco Killers” book. But his argument changed my mind — if we don’t try to free these poor kidnap victims, who will?
i’ve always hoped to be called to jury duty, so i could hang the jury on whatever the charges were. if that isn’t possible, it would be a great opportunity to spread the message and maybe get the guy off.