Saturday, December 31, 2005

The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

Molly Ivins
"For those of you who have forgotten just what a stonewall paranoid Nixon was, the poor man used to stalk around the White House demanding that his political enemies be killed. Many still believe there was a certain Richard III grandeur to Nixon's collapse because he was also a man of notable talents. There is neither grandeur nor tragedy in watching this president, the Testy Kid, violate his oath to uphold the laws and Constitution of our country. "
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"I don't like to play scary games where we all stay awake late at night, telling each other scary stories -- but there's a reason we have never given our government this kind of power. As the late Sen. Frank Church said, 'That capability could at any time be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capacity to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide.' And if a dictator took over, the NSA 'could enable it to impose total tyranny.'
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Folks, we KNOW this program is being and will be misused. We know it from the past record and current reporting. The program has already targeted vegans and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- and, boy, if those aren't outposts of al-Qaida, what is? Could this be more pathetic?

This could scarcely be clearer. Either the president of the United States is going to have to understand and admit he has done something very wrong, or he will have to be impeached. The first time this happened, the institutional response was magnificent. The courts, the press, the Congress all functioned superbly. Anyone think we're up to that again? Then whom do we blame when we lose the republic? "

4 comments:

davyproctorboy said...

True from beginning to end! I had already emailed this article out as my article du jour. Where would we be without Molly and other freethinkers like her?

Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

The world watches with interest. Our interest is in whether the blood of liberty still circulates with force in the corpse of American democracy. I think most of us gave up hope on your Republic when you started allowing every Tom, Dick and fucking Harry to test your urine for conformity. I mean what is more invasive - having some sick fuck watch you pee in a cup or having your calls to Domino's monitored?

Xanthippas said...

I honestly don't know how those on the right can defend this overreaching by the President. They know it's an abuse of his power, even in the midst of a "war" on terror, and they would never support such a thing if Clinton were in office.

JPW said...

The republican apologist are out in full force, lying about whatever they can to steer the issue away from the freakin' treason that it is. Some sites have posted some really good comments from the rethugs when they were railroading Clinton. Talking about 'rule of law' and 'the president isn't above it (rule of law)'. What they meant to say is that it is not OK if a Demo does it but it is fine and dandy if a Repug does. True Lies, True Hypocrits