Monday, July 04, 2005

Independent Thinkers

Polls are starting to indicate that the country is finally waking up from the nightmare of fear and ignorance that this administration employed to lead us into this ghastly, seemingly never-ending war. The Downing Street Memo provides evidence that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." Last week, a bipartisan group of members of Congress, led by Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), introduced H.J.RES.55, the "Withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq Resolution."

Due to media censure, not many people are even aware of the Downing Street Memo. Despite that, there is a not only growing number of Americans calling for withdrawal, but for impeachment as well. According to the latest Zogby poll, 42% of us now agree that if the President lied us into this war, he should be impeached.

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence confirmed this principle:
"...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..."

A very few people - a handful of Bush's corporate buddies - are getting rich from war-profiteering in Iraq. As a result, America is no longer the greatest country in the world. It is looking more and more like a fascistic oligarchy. A business deal is one thing, but to lie about it at the expense of 1700 Americans, countless Iraqis, and our nation's economic stability, is unconscionable, and impeachable. In his lame-duck pro-war speech last week, Bush was quacking about waving the flag to show support of the troops, and even had the nerve to ask others to enlist, because recruitment is down. To use these brave young men an women for profit is despicable.

As Dylan said in "Masters of War":
"You might say that I’m young,
you might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know,
though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never forgive what you do...
Let me ask you one question:
is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness?
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
when your death takes its toll
All the money you made won’t ever buy back your soul."

Despite the President’s jingoistic pleas of fighting terrorism in the name 9/11, God, and country, enlistment is down, because young people can see through the lies, flag waving, and pseudo-Christian claims of moral high ground, and refuse march to their death, just to make a few people rich.

Throughout history, this type of idealism has been criticized - by not by the "liberal media", or the "Hollywood elite", but by the most intelligent minds this nation has produced. Einstein said, "Nationalism, on my opinion, is nothing more than an idealistic rationalization for militarism and aggression." ... "He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."

On this 4th of July, let us refuse to march rank and file to Bush's drumbeat of war. Let us become a independent thinkers like Einstein, impeach Bush, and march to a different drummer.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

No Child's Behind Left

Deep in the No Child Left Behind Act there is a clause that requires public schools to provide the names, addresses, and home phone numbers of their students to the military. If a school refuses, it could lose its federal funding. Any way you look at it, this is a family privacy nightmare, another strong-arming of our local schools, and a creepy warm-up to the Draft. The Pentagon needs new bodies, and is working with a private company to create information dossiers on millions of young Americans to help identify college and high school students as young as 16 to target for military recruiting. The massive database includes an array of personal information including birth dates, Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses, grade point averages, ethnicity and what subjects the students are studying. Why grade point averages and ethnicity? In order to target children that are less likely to go to college. The Pentagon has hired the Massachusetts-based company BeNow to run the database apparently in an effort to circumvent laws that restrict the government's right to collect or hold citizen information by turning to private firms to do the work. This information will not only be available to the military, but also to corporations like Halliburton that hire mercenaries called “private contractors”. Won't mom be proud to see her children grow up to be killers? If not, she can opt out of this infernal marketing program by logging onto www.leavemychildalone.org.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Liberal Radio Finally Gets Some Props

Lately the administration has been feeling the heat from both isles to set a timetable for an exit of Iraq. The President's poll numbers are down, and Republicans are defecting from the party. Now the neo-cons are getting desperate. Recently, Karl Rove said, in so many words, that conservatives are the only ones that had the balls to go to war against the terrorists and protect America, and that the liberals are basically a bunch of pussies that are putting our troops in danger by calling to bring them home.

He said, "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers ... Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year? Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.”

Bill O’Reilly ratings are plunging with the President's poll numbers, and he is freaking out, because contrary to his prediction, Liberal radio is exploding across the country. O'Reilly, who is without shame, said that FBI should arrest his growing competition, the “clowns” at Air America Radio for being traitors!

Responding to controversial comments by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) regarding the treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, O’Reilly said that Americans “must know the difference between dissent from the Iraq war and the war on terror and undermining it,” and that “any American who undermines that war ... is a traitor.” He then hurled this accusation at Air America Radio: “So, all those clowns at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. Will you have that done, please? Send over the FBI and just put them in chains, because they, you know, they’re undermining everything and they don’t care.”

From the June 20 broadcast of Westwood One’s The Radio Factor with Bill O’Reilly:
O’REILLY: And when he [Durbin] went out there, his intent was to whip up the American public against the Bush detainee policy. That’s what his intent was. His intent wasn’t to undermine the war effort, because he never even thought about it. He never even thought about it. But by not thinking about it, he made an egregious mistake because you must know the difference between dissent from the Iraq war and the war on terror and undermining it. And any American that undermines that war, with our soldiers in the field, or undermines the war on terror, with 3,000 dead on 9-11, is a traitor. Everybody got it? Dissent, fine; undermining, you’re a traitor. Got it? So, all those clowns over at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. Will you have that done, please? Send over the FBI and just put them in chains, because they, you know, they’re undermining everything and they don’t care, couldn’t care less.