So It's Not The America You Think You Know - Deal With It!
On Monday Robert Steinback wrote an opinion piece for the Miami Herald that got picked up and repeated ad nauseam all over the Blogsphere. Even prominent left-leaning sites like Salon and Smirking Chimp reprinted it. The gist was that Mr. Steinback feels blindsided by all the illegal, unconstitutional, immoral acts that the Bush administration engages in under the guise of fighting the so-called War on Terror. He moans and whines about this being, "No America that I know," and Boing Boing, for their part, calls it "stirring".
You know what I call it: Self-indulgent, hand-wringing bullshit that comes at least three god-damned years too late! The signs that America had fundamentally changed were all around us way before 9/11, and anyone who couldn't see them was either a moron or a member of the administration.
On December 12, 2000, the day the Supreme Court improperly stopped the vote recount in Florida, we should have known that the judiciary was no longer acting to defend the Constitution but rather acting in their own interest, and some of us (not Mr. Steinbeck apparently) did.
We may not have know exactly how Bush would choose to abuse his authority, but on September 21, 2001 when he announced in a speech to the nation, "...you are either with us or with the terrorists," some of us sure as shit knew that he would.
We may not have known how thoroughly Congress would abdicate it's role as a check on the unrestrained exercise of executive power, but on the October 25, 2001 the day the USA Patriot Act passed the Senate, without a proper reading, no time for review, and almost no debate many of us knew that they would.
I think that Mr. Steinback is just another sniveling press hack who writes OpEd's in order to sell papers at any cost while the republic burns. I think that the America he sees is made up of sheep willing to trade liberty for security. I think that there is a whole different America out there, one made up of liberals, patriots, and yes, even bloggers who saw the signs and insisted on doing something about it. But now the question is, can we do more than bleat repeatedly into our world-wide-echo-chamber? There must be something more. Musn't there?
I'm tired now and am going to stop for a bit. Maybe with the coming of the new year, I'll be refreshed. Here's to hoping.
Honestly, I was with the notion of attcking the terrorists(I'd of course assumed he'd attack terrorists, not Iraq) but the day of the Patriot act, I raelized he was attacking Ameircans.
And, oh yeah -- you've been tagged.
P.S. Happy New Year, you liberal bastards.
YOU DEAL WITH THE AMERICA YOU HAVE, NOT THE AMERICA YOU *WISH* YOU HAD!
Happy New Years everybody! Be safe and happy!
Alicia, you're absolutely right. You can never let the dialogue end. And Stacy, thanks for cracking open Rumy's Can-o-Whup-Ass. I think that I may make his words my operating principle for the next year.
So with that in mind, no more Kvatching!
Everyone have a safe and happy New Year's.
Perhaps Letterman (as in David) said it best a while back on the show, back when the news about the faulty intelligence came out - I'll paraphrase:
"Well, we now know that the president admits the intelligence used to make the decision to invade Iraq was wrong. Just plain wrong. That is astounding. This is unprecidented in the history of the United States (dramatic pause)
...Well, no harm done."
P.S. Thanks for blogrolling me, btw.
Blog on all and Feliez Ano Neueavo