Archive | May, 2007

I wish I had said this

26 May

MSNBC’s Keith Olberman hammers the wimpy, empty-suit Democrats and Bush.

I’m going to pass this on to my reps in Congress as well as the Democratic “leadership.” They need to know how we feel about this acquiescence to madness.

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AND….the Dems cave

24 May

Why am I having a hard time believing this? After passing an Iraq War funding bill that contained nonbinding guidelines for troop withdrawal, Bush vetoed it. And he says he won’t sign a bill that contains nothing except all the money he wants for the war.

And the Dems wet themselves and say “okay, gee, we didn’t mean to upset you.”

What happened to all the tough, principled leadership we heard about in January? Must have been empty words.

It is no wonder that the Dems have a hard time winning elections. (Don’t tell me I’m wrong, that they won in 2006–they barely won in an election when it should have been a blowout.) They talk all they want, but when it comes to standing up for what the voters want–our troops out of the hellhole they are in, and right now fer cryin’ out loud–the Dems are afraid that the Republicans will accuse them of not supporting the troops.

As Bob Geiger notes today, four Senators have the, ahem, fortitude to stand up for this baloney: Russ Feingold, Christopher Dodd, John Kerry and Bernie Sanders. On the outside, only John Edwards–out of how many presidential candidates?–has said the Congress has to stand up to Bush. Hopefully we’ll see others join Edwards and Dodd in opposing this president who seems hellbent on proving he’s right, regardless of how many American troops die or are wounded.

What you gonna do, Hillary?

Barack, what about you?

Mr. Biden?

The bottom line is that the Repubs have outflanked the Dems in Congress. For the first time in seven years, the minority wrested control from the majority. And it will continue to happen so long as the Dems are afraid to stand up and tell the truth: the Iraq war is a disaster, there’s no way to win it due to the mismanagement, and they have to force the troops to come home. Iraq may get worse, but it will be up to others to fix it becauseĀ  not one more American life is worth losing in this mess.

A few thoughts on Falwell’s passing

22 May

Generally, I never had many good things to say about Jerry Falwell. Being an ACLU member, it didn’t quite sit right with me when he blamed the ACLU, among others, for helping the 9/11 attacks to happen. But even before then, in the 1980s, when he went to the aparteid government of South Africa and proclaimed it to be a good thing, that soured me as well.

The editorial cartoonists have been having a field day with Falwell’s death, and it may be fair.

But I’m not going to add onto the pile. Do I weep at his passing, no. Do I feel bad for his family? I feel bad for any family that loses a loved one, even if the guy may not be on my Christmas card list.

But out of respect for a virtue that Falwell found it hard to practice–tolerance–I will not say anything harsh about him. He was wrong about many things, sometimes cruely so. But my hope is that somewhere inside there was a core of sincerity that drove him, a desire to do the right thing, even though I think it was the wrong thing.

Do I believe Jerry Falwell is in hell? I would hope not. If he truly regretted mistakes that he made, the hurtful things he said about other people, and he has made it to heaven, then that means there is hope for the rest of us imperfect people. If Jerry Falwell can be welcomed in heaven, then surely we can too.

Best. Podcast. Ever.

12 May

That’s kind of an absolute, but I do have to say that Provoke Radio is my new favorite podcast for making me think. Hosted by a Jesuit priest, the show addresses various issues in our world and engages in conversations with experts on the topics. Their advertising is accurate–at the end of the show, you’re no longer asking “why isn’t anyone doing anything about this” and you’re asking “why am I not doing anything?”

The show is not overtly religious, but it doesn’t shy away from placing these issues and discussions in the context of Christianity, Judaism or Islam, and it encourages people of faith and secularists to come together. Well worth your time.

This is what all the hoopla is about

8 May

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Not terribly exciting, is it…but it is fun to be part of the anti-corporate online zeal. šŸ™‚