I was catching up on my reading at Huffington Post this a.m. and while reading David Bromwich's column, I stopped cold at this paragraph:
The trouble is that Cheney and Bush are happy to divide the country. They mean to play their terrible hand to the end; and they do not take no for an answer. Compromise with them, and you are the one who is compromised. The statement by Dick Cheney in January 2007, about the impact of the election on his plans for the Middle East, showed the curious streak of frankness that marks his political character. "It won't stop us," he said.
After watching Bill Moyers Journal last night, I did some further research and it really clarified some things for me that I wish could be clearer to most Americans.
The upshot is: We're already in a Constitutional crisis because the Executive has overreached, has admitted to criminal acts and has comported itself as if a monarch. Most people wouldn't argue with much of that, but it's important to note that the crisis will not be CREATED by impeachment proceedings; impeachment was designed to END a Constitutional crisis.
For some time now, I've believed that John McCain is the administration's handpicked "boy" to succeed Bush in 2008. What I couldn't figure out was how they would try to ensure that it happened. Now I'm beginning to see the light.
The letter to talk show host Stephanie Miller from "Sock" has spurred me once again to need to say that things are worse than we want to believe. A portion of the letter appears below (warning, the language is nasty); the unredacted version appears on Brad Blog. (http://www.bradblog.com/...
I wrote an email to Stephanie that I've included also. This is the best I can do to put into words the threat we all face (every American). I don't want to believe this, no one does, but if we continue to turn a blind eye, history repeats itself.
Here's an idea: If (god forbid) the Republicans retain control of the Congress this November, every Democrat in the House and Senate should switch parties and become Republicans.
And every Democrat, Independent and progressive out here in the rest of the country should reregister as a Republican.
Democrats are boring. Democrats are the Middle of the Road. What everyone seems to forget in an election season is: The Middle of the Road is where most of us live.
* Most of us are not extremists -- on either side.
* Most of us are not rich.
* Most of us are not famous.
* Most of us work for a living.
* Most of us are raising families.
* Most of us go to church.
Most of us just want to be left to live our lives and don't really care what other people do as long as they don't try to hurt us or our families.
This from a news story on WCCO Minneapolis the other day. A kit already exists that can retrofit almost any vehicle for ethanol. It's a big secret; guess why?
HR6 is still in committee after having been amended to change the language to preclude courts from deciding the "definition of marriage." The vote to send the bill to the rules committee failed. My Senator, Warren Limmer of Maple Grove, is a Republican who seems to think his argument against the bill is procedural: If we don't pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, there will be court challenges to our state statutes banning gay marriages. I've been gay for 49 years and I'm tired. Still, I wrote a letter to my Senator, and I've included it in this diary in case it might be helpful to someone else who might then write theirs (in MN or other states).
WARNING: Pessimism Ahead. This is my first diary and it is intended in all seriousness.
I have listened to (or read) dkos, the news, other blogs and other people for a few years now and I'm still waiting for some kind of strategy to emerge. In the "blogosphere," it is all about the step by step effort to win elections and put more like-minded people into office. We have to get things back on track with steady, small steps until we win it back.
My question is: How did we lose it in the first place? Did we EVER have it? Or has this always been the struggle?