Thursday, September 28, 2006

3-Month Debate Signifies Nothing

Have you noticed that since King George has raised his banner and charged forward as a Christian crusader, our country has never sunk lower into the morass of expediency over long-held human rights.

Suspect detainees denied recourse to the courts. Subjected to interrogation treatment we would be outraged over if it happened to our citizens. Justify, excuse and finally condone all the Bush-backed actions that used to set us apart from the barbarians.

"House Approves Bill on Detainees," (HR 6166) is just the latest sad commentary on the state of our country.

"Designated as enemy combatants, such suspects enjoy fewer rights than prisoners of war, and much of the congressional debate centered on which, if any, rudimentary legal rights should apply to them." (WaPo)

The Democrats assured passage of HR6166 when 34 of them sided with the Republicans, caving in to the pressure applied by the GOP that a "no" vote would mean they were weak on terrorism.... "It is outrageous that House Democrats, at the urging of their leaders, continue to oppose giving President Bush the tools he needs to protect our country,".... as articulated by House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-OH).

The bill now goes to the Senate and is expected to easily pass there. All of the posturing by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), John Warner (R-VA) and Lindsey Graham (R-NC) over their concerns that detainee treatment adhere to the Geneva Conventions have now been "compromised" into Bush having his Decider all-powerful way.

The whole sorry three-month debate reminds us of.....

".... a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

Shakespeare's Macbeth

2 comments:

Casey Kochmer said...

I can't believe this. The Bush backed terror bill is just the administration asking for the right to continue the torture and instilling of terror upon others.
And for what? All the president has done is to make the world a more dangerous place. The leaked CIA report documents
Do you feel safer? Heck no.
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This congress and the president have gone mad.

Its time to reclaim our freedom.

Its about each of us, being ourselves Standing up against this giving up of liberties and human decency.

If its a question of what action.

Well its time to do what Martin Luther king did in the 60's and just flat Speak out and start by refusing to play by their games.

And that is to stop living in fear and to start acting out in humanity.

The only question where is a leader willing to stir the people to the common cuase of human decency?

any ideas? somehow we have to get a grass roots process actively together .

Truth Hunter said...

Casey, That is the BIG question isn't it.... who is out there who can lead the country out of the mess Bush has made, if that is even possible.

This thought may surprise some, but I've been following Rudy Giuliani for a while. He seems balanced, progressive and is a leader as he evidenced on 9/11 and the days after.

If he would consider a run as an Independent (don't think the GOP will have him) or a Democrat I would give him a serious look.

At one time I thought McCain was someone of "character" who could lead. I just heard that he is planning on supporting George "Macaca" Allen of VA, thus continuing his GOP-base pandering.

Disappointing, but not many pols make it to DC and remain unsullied by/in the process.

What are your thoughts?