The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Hey, kids: If you found this page while looking for a children's book, you came to the wrong place. It has profanity in it, in response to an obscene law that was just approved by the U.S. Senate.
Oh, thanks in advance for paying off the $9 trillion deficit. And if someone wrongly calls you an "enemy combatant," I hear the southern border is easy to get through. You might also consider Canada, but maybe not. Especially if you were born in Syria.
Yesterday was a good-news and bad, bad, bad, bad, bad-news day.
The good news was that most Democratic Senators stood up for American decency.
The bad, bad, bad, bad, bad news is twofold. Several Democratic Senators didn't, as several House Democrats didn't earlier this week.
And, of course, our country has been deeply disgraced by writing torture into — and habeas corpus out of — our laws.
In various forums, I've seen more than a few comments saying "I'll never vote for (fill-in-the-blank Democratic weasel who voted for this bill)."
Now, I've strongly criticized Democrats here from time to time, and I rooted for Ned Lamont's primary victory over DINO Joe Lieberman.
But if these three words don't send chills up your spine, you've been living like Terri Schiavo these last six years: Ralph. Nader. Florida.
I'm totally fucking disappointed in all the Dems who voted for this bill. I hope the next chance we get, we can replace them with smarter and braver Democrats.
But the fact is that we are living the nightmare of Republican hegemony, and the Donkey party is our only hope.
Thanks to a tip from Elayne Riggs, I finally caught up with quasi-surreal '70s musical 1776, where one of the key plot lines is the standoff between Jefferson (White Shadow star Ken Howard) and the southern representatives who won't sign the Declaration of Independence until the prohibition of slavery is struck from it.
As much as we all love Ben Franklin (and actor Howard Da Silva), it makes your stomach churn to watch him urge on this deal with devil.
The sad fact is that life isn't just full of compromises, sometimes it's full of revolting compromises.
I don't suggest you ever fully trust or admire the chickenshits from either party who voted for this monstrosity.
But don't lose sight of which party is the only one who would have pursued such a bill.
Pop quiz: how many GOP Senators voted against this bill? One: Lincoln Chafee. Apparently, if you're going to be a Republican and not be a dick, you'd better be named "Lincoln."
So tell me, friends, is voting for your local Fidel McEarthshoe from the Free-Range Hemp Party going to help? It isn't, it isn't, it isn't, it isn't, it isn't. You're throwing your vote away, and by gum we need it to help get these motherfuckers out of office.
These fucking fascists don't throw their votes away on symbolic gestures. And in so doing, they're consolidating power to an absolutely alarming degree.
That said, I'm not through being pissed off at the Democrats who voted to make Bush Torturer-in-Chief and taking habeus corpus behind the barn and shooting it.
For god's sake, don't tell me that a Dem who sold out our Constitution and conscience was practicing smart politics. Uggh!
But the bottom line is that we have to vote Democratic this November. Get out the vote, even if it's for one of these compromised fucks — Carper (Del.), Johnson (S.D.), Landrieu (La.), Lautenberg (N.J.), Menendez (N.J), Nelson (Fla.), Nelson (Neb.), Pryor (Ark.), Rockefeller (W. Va.), Salazar (Co.), Stabenow (Mich.) — or their brethren who caved in to the Repubs in the House.
If you do have to hold your nose to vote, remember that you can make a course-correction next time he comes up for a primary. After all, there's one yea-voter that you don't have to sully your conscience with: Lieberman (Conn.).