More Stupid Senatorial Tricks or Why I Finally Concede the Democratic Party Will Never Beat the Republicansposted by Bill Arnett @ 11:58 AM Permalink
Yesterday I woke to watch a Democratically-controlled Senate pass an amendment offered by Barbara Boxer to essentially censure a private citizen's group for the language they used in an ad in the exercise of their right to free speech; the MoveOn.Org ad and organization, of course.
By the time I could call her California office (1-415-403-0100) to promise her that I would never again vote for any politician, especially a DEMOCRATIC politician, that would seek to censure private language used freely by private persons or entities as is their right, it was fait accompli and the bill had passed by a bare 1 point margin.
Then John Cornhole [I know it's not his name, but, damn, that's the way I think of this jerk off. Bill] from Texas posed another amendment on the same subject and it passed by overwhelming majorities, as it was much more vicious in tone to meet Republican-base expectations.
I imagine Our Founding Father's, already dizzy and ill beyond belief from spinning in their graves these last seven years, finally ceased spinning, gave up, and acknowledged that the Great American Experiment, the world's finest democracy, has died, shriveled-up, dehydrated to dust, and been blown away by the ill-wind and bad will of of over 70 senators who voted for the measure against everything America used to hold dear.
It's really over. Our democracy cannot survive legislative bodies that can and will substitute their obviously flawed vision of what free speech is and whom may exercise it for the one everyone in my generation grew up understanding.
Free speech zones, tasering students and others to keep them from speaking, only allowing pre-secreened audiences in to see our presidents and politicians, and wasting taxpayer time and money passing toothless, but nonetheless significant, resolutions to condemn a group of millions of Americans for language that was neither slanderous nor libelous nor even untrue being used in their behalf to alert the world to what many of us already know.
It's over, it's over, it's over. Perceptions are important, and yesterday the free world learned that America is no longer the home of the brave and the land of the free. We're a pack of cowards too afraid to stand up to a Republican party that has utterly corrupted our government, that is seeking to conquer the world with military might, and that will commit genocide against every last Iraqi, if necessary, to steal and control the oil fields of the Middle East.
And we're so scared spitless of our own shadows that we must now silence and condemn free speech when the precious legislative time could have been spent doing, oh, I don't know, maybe something that would help the elderly, the infirm, the seniors and others slipping into poverty, and the millions of our citizens who so desperately need our government to help them, but will never see that help come while every dollar that comes into America, by loans from other countries, is sucked into the black hole of Iraq.
Deficits so big we can no longer afford democracy or the ancillary rights that formerly accompanied it.