Quit your caterwauling for Christ’s sake

August 2nd, 2007

If you do a search of my archives, viagra sale illness you’ll discover I’m no fan of George W. Bush.

I was never thrilled about the war in Iraq. Having a Department of “Homeland Security” creeps me out. And I think terrorism should be treated as a crime not a global conflict.

But I am sick to death of the apocalyptic bleating from the folks on the Left.

Over the last eight years, cialis sales America didn’t turn into Amerika.

American citizens are not being dragged off to the gulag.

The NSA is not peeking in through your windows.

George Bush, discount Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove are not Hitler, Himmler, and Goering reincarnated.

If you ever want the rest of us to take you seriously, ratchet down the rhetoric and re-enter reality.

George Bush will be gone soon enough and – odds are – it will be the Right’s turn to squall about Hurricane Hillary and the Democratic-lead decline of democracy.

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  • 1. John Michlig  |  August 2nd, 2007 at 10:43 am

    This one jumped out.

    “American citizens are not being dragged off to the gulag.”

    You probably meant to write “Caucasian American citizens with names like ‘Jeff’ and ‘Nate’ are not being dragged off to the gulag.”

    http://www.pacifica.org/program-guide/op,segment-page/segment_id,435/

    “The CIA and FBI agents have been interrogating hundreds of detainees at secret prisons in Ethiopia. Many of the prisoners were recently transferred there secretly and illegally from Kenya and Somalia. They are being held without charge or access to counsel. One of those held is 24 year-old U.S. citizen, Amir Mohamed Meshal. We speak with an attorney working on Meshal’s case, Human Rights Watch and a reporter in Nairobi who covered the story. [includes rush transcript]
    The Associated Press reports the CIA and FBI agents have been interrogating hundreds of detainees at secret prisons in Ethiopia. Many of the prisoners were recently transferred there secretly and illegally from Kenya and Somalia. They are being held without charge or access to lawyers or their families.
    At least one of the prisoners held in Ethiopia is an American citizen. 24 year-old Amir Mohamed Meshal was detained in Kenya, then transferred to Somalia, then to Ethiopia. On Monday, Congressember Rush Holt of New Jersey called on Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to demand his release. Meshal’s parents live in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.”

  • 2. Elliot  |  August 2nd, 2007 at 11:36 am

    John, you’re way too smart to be this disingenuous.

    Here’s a quote from the story:

    “MY GOODMAN: John Sifton of Human Rights Watch, we called the FBI. They declined to come on. But Democracy Now! spoke with Richard Kolko, a spokesperson for the FBI. He said the FBI did question Meshal. He reiterated the point the US never had custody of him. He also said the FBI was questioning people there to protect America from terrorism. He wouldn‚Äôt say why they questioned Meshal. He reiterated the point Meshal was arrested by a foreign sovereign state. And he said if you get arrested in Tijuana with marijuana and you‚Äôre a US citizen, you don‚Äôt get a free pass; it doesn‚Äôt work that way”

    This sounds like a very complicated situation and certainly doesn’t equate to jackbooted Homeland Security thugs breaking down front doors in Peoria and dragging people off (which is what you would think was happening from the ongoing doom crying on the Left).

  • 3. Chris  |  August 2nd, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    I have always said to people on the left if the BusHitler is as bad as you all think why are you still walking the streets

    Why have you become an unperson shipped off to some camp in Utah?

    Having been to former communist countries and other places where you are required to carry an internal passport at all time and must stop and actually show your “papers” to any authority figure you demands to see them.

    I just laugh at them they have no clue how much freedom we enjoy in this country.

    Trust me the left in this nation is a big a threat to our rights as the far right hell they might even be more of a threat since they are such strong believers in the idea of the Nanny State

    Hell even England has stronger laws on fighting terrorism than the us many of the laws that the UK uses would be deemed unconstitutional in the US.

    It must be hard going through life being scared of so many bogymen.

  • 4. John Michlig  |  August 2nd, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    I take it back.

    Why shouldn’t I pledge blind trust to men of such strong moral character as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, et. al.? One has only to look at the resumes of these fine men to see sterling example after sterling example of their good judgement, management skill, and willingness to make transparent their “ways and means.”

    (That goes for Bill Clinton, Al Gore, etc. as well.)

    Vigilance, friends. Democracy demands that we watch the watchers.

  • 5. Elliot  |  August 2nd, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    On that we agree, John.

    I don’t trust any politician.

    (Of course, I’m just an old anarchist at heart. ;)

  • 6. John Michlig  |  August 2nd, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    “Healthy distrust” is a good basis for common ground : )

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