Resistance Fighter Aprille Calls For Direction
I am as fervent and dedicated as the next PO'ed Democrat, but to be perfectly honest about this, I lost my sense of direction a month ago. I find myself shooting arrows into the air, with the certainty that they have to hit someone I am MAD at, because I am now mad at EVERYONE! Who would have dreamed that our mass protest of the THEFT of OUR Election would evolve into this CIRCLE JERK of one miserable attack after another? This snake has more damn heads than the Hydra, and my advice to the Stock market is, "BUY SHOVELS!"BBBR Resistance Fighter "Ralph" Provides Direction
Three months ago we had a PRESIDENT who actually WON two elections, a thriving economy, and the knowledge that in spite of all the venom spewed by the Rethugs for the last eight years, we had emerged ALIVE and WELL! We run a campaign, face the issues, WIN an election and end up with the WRONG dog in the doghouse, more SPIN than a MAYTAG, the threat of a retro-active IMPEACHMENT, renewed personal attacks on the Clintons, and a handful of SMOKE and a heart full of PAIN!
Would someone care to enlighten me here as to HOW we allowed this to happen? I want to jot a notation in my Day Planner as something to not do again! My e-mail address book reads like a "Who's Who"/ Bluebook/ DC Social Register/ Politician/ Media/ CEO of every Corp/ Inc./ Group/Association in the Free World combo, and AOL-Time Warner wants to know if I ever SLEEP and get OFF their service! My boss appreciates my showing up at work, but has made one small suggestion recently: seems he thinks I should actually be productive while there. (I have always suspected he was a Rethuglican...go figure!) So I promise to fire shots around the world as these issues come up but PLEASE tell me WHO to aim at and make it as easy as possible for me to reach the correct TARGET group.
I have been warned that the next time I fire off a SCATHING letter calling down the illegal actions of a few bad apples and threaten a RICO investigation, my friends at TheSoprano's.com will put out a contract on ME! (They weren't half as understanding as the producers of The West Wing were!)
I am at the point that if I don't keep laughing, I can't STOP crying! I keep checking my own ZIP CODE just to assure myself I am still in AMERICA! I feel like a stranger in my own country! We knew pResident Shrub had a language problem but if THIS is his version of a more "civil and refined" atmosphere in America, he needs to check the meaning of his words! Time for him to walk the walk he talked, and call off the Junkyard dogs… NOW!
I know it seems utterly outrageous but this [impeachment] move by the republicans is designed to distract us from the real battles we need to be fighting. Clinton is quite capable of kicking their ass (yes, I am a New Yorker), so we had best focus on taking the offensive and focusing our energies... indeed all of this seems to be getting more serious by the week -- like we are living in a bad movie, and it is approaching the dread of really dark sci-fi visions much sooner than I expected. Just wait until the next war starts up in the middle east. The real reason for the change in the assassination law is probably to unleash a more horrible set of precision "smart" weapons. The tragedy is that this will cross a line and invite retaliation, and the dynamics have changed so that its no longer even about defending the common infrastructure of our country...
But it is now clearly up to average people to stand up very soon to fight for a return to the goals of a Common Good. It is no longer about political parties whatsoever. I fully respect the emotional reactions of anger and disgust about the attacks on Clinton. Sunday night I was willing to say it was just a few oddball republicans in the Senate, but news reports on Monday indicate that the republican leadership is moving this forward. It is no longer about Clinton - its not even really aimed at distracting leftwing activists from attending to the larger Bush agenda. If they move this forward seriously in the House, then it is a clear sign that the republicans are willing to basically shut down the government again.
All the more reason that we need to get focused on the institution that will in the end justify the use of force against the American people -- we need to stay focused on the Supreme Court. We need to seriously begin an organized campaign demanding the impeachment of Scalia at least; and it is quite appropriate to bring up Iran-Contra pardons as strongly and loudly as possible in this campaign. It is a campaign about the defense of our institutions.
I think we need a rally in early April - I was quite prepared to wait and go more slowly, but this is a bad sign. Again, not so much for what it says about motives of specific politicians, republicans, or the radical right. Take a step back and look at this structurally - its another assault against the basic foundations of our three branches of government.
Thankfully people that can get media attention are speaking up intensely -- I think it was Kevin Phillips on NPR, but he delivered a withering indictment of the Bush tax plan and basically said he had no justification and no legitimacy as President (that this plan was beyond all historical precedent and a bald attempt to pay back his financial supporters). Really, this is disturbing in what it says about the shakiness of our political institutions right now.
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