Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cheney Is An Idiot

Dick Cheney has recently advertised his opinion that the Obama presidency is the worst in his unfortunately prolonged lifetime. Had Cheney died at the end of his latest term in office, his and Bush junior's administration would have easily surpassed all other contenders for the worst in his lifetime. Mr. Cheney cannot, however, burnish his own time in office by tarnishing his successor's administration. The man who spearheaded the destruction of the twin towers and Bldg. 7 has no rivals in the arena of bald-faced impudence and perfidy in office.

The Constitution already resembled Swiss cheese when the Bush-Cheney team left office. The calls to alarm by republicans over Obama's dismantling of the Constitution are too generous. There was frankly little left to dismantle when Bush/Cheney exited the oval office in a cloud of skyscraper dust.

Those who are alive to the irony of the situation must smile when pundits, generals, senators, congressmen, and a host of other "watchdogs" of our freedoms unanimously blame Obama for everything that is wrong with America. Fox News could virtually dispense with so-called reportage and simply chant "We hate Obama" in unison for the length of their programs. Discrediting Obama is a republican ploy to paint themselves as patriots and pave the way for yet another Bush presidency.

Obama has broken precedent on a number of issues, on Iran and Israel, immigration and so on. Outrageous you say? But Bush and Cheney broke precedent when they opted for all out war on Iraq on fabricated evidence for personal profit. Had they left Saddam in power, none of the disintegration we see today in the Middle East would have happened. They tortured, denied prisoners due process, killed thousands for control over Iraqi oil fields, eavesdropped on us all in the name of freedom, and lied about it all repeatedly. They destroyed the American economy by waging costly, wasteful and needless wars, causing thousands of unseen casualties because of the ongoing economic damages resulting from their actions. They encouraged Russia and other nations to act unilaterally. They increased terrorism a hundred-fold. And they want us to believe Obama is still worse?

No, Mr. Cheney, you have no rival in the dark arts. You and Bush Jr. and your cronies destroyed this country from within and now want to give the credit for that piece of treason to Obama, but that will remain your legacy till a' the seas gang dry and the rocks melt wi' the sun.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

State Secrecy Vs Public Privacy

When a government takes all important decisions in secret and passes laws by surreptitiously sneaking them past the public in closed or late night sessions or tacked onto other seemingly innocuous bills, yet demands unlimited access to the most private information of citizens, you can be certain it's not being done for our protection.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

When Police become brutal, they become criminally liable

When the police become brutal, they surrender the legal legitimacy from which their authority derives. There is no legal basis for brutality. Legitimate enforcement authority is based on the legal and moral obligation to protect the public against brutality and other forms of aggression.

Preemptive or preventive war is simply indefensible

Defensive war is the only kind that is--defensible. It's too easy for governments to falsify the pretext for their aggressive maneuvers to make preemptive war a legitimate option, and legitimate governments would never attempt to engage in them. In fact, any government that seeks to wage a preventive or preemptive war renders itself highly suspect of using war for personal or private advantage. If fear of attack were a sufficient pretext to wage war, the most paranoid leaders would be the most justified in attacking others.

Giving credence to any assertion based on evidence not available for inspection and independent evaluation is nothing other than misplaced trust. If persons in position of authority or occupants of office urge some course of action but demur from sharing the grounds for their decision, they should be given no more credence or latitude than any private person.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Not A Love Story

Where do I begin to tell the story of a society that has gone so far off the rails that democracy has become one of those flat western sets that resembles a town but is little more than boards, paint and supporting two-by-fours. When the govt. can no longer be bothered to keep up the charade that they serve at the consent of the governed, then it really is time to call the game on account of absurdity. This is not the kind of transparency that inspires public confidence.

One wonders why the govt. still maintains the pretense of needing a reason to wage war at all; why it still labors to find a justifiable pretext for deploying its forces. But one must remember there are still many gullible to be played to and persuaded things are not as bad as they fear. There's safety in numbers and the fewer people suspect, the more easily they can continue the game of loot and shoot.