Archive for the ‘patriotism’ category

Nancy Pelosi is a red herring

May 17, 2009

Not literally, of course — she’s not a rotting fish.  But the fingerpointing at the Speaker of the House is designed to acomplish two things, both detrimental to the Democratic agenda.

First, there misdirection play of claiming that Nancy is somehow responsible for not stopping the Bush torture program.  This is designed to turn the media’s attention away from the real culprits, the ones who designed, implemented, pushed and justified the torture program.  Dick Cheney, anyone?  What about Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove, David Addington, or Jay Bybee?  Or let’s point at the very top of the chain of command — the CIC himself! (more…)

Family Values

November 3, 2008

There is a political party in this country that self-righteously claims the mantle of protector of “family values.”   But in practice the GOP seems uncaring about spewing hatred and invective at or in the presence of the youngest and most vulnerable Americans.

Once upon a time parents could let their children answer the phone, retrieve the mail and watch primetime TV without worry that their young ones would be subjected to  ugly scary images in political commercials, racist political attacks disguised as comic books, or frightening robocalls accusing a political opponent of being “in league with terrorists” or “unpatriotic”. (more…)

Celebrate Independence Day by re-reading and pondering this radical document …

July 4, 2008

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the
thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. (more…)