Archive for September 5th, 2006

I Am Proved Fucking Right!

I wrote this very long post well over a year ago about how we desperately need electoral and media reform to preserve democracy in America, and now look:

o Almost two years after laughing off claims of irregularities, the New York Times finally realizes that the 2004 election was fishy, and that we could be heading for a “meltdown” in Ohio and “disaster” in New York if those states don’t aggressively pursue electoral reform. Gee, thanks, guys. Very timely. Nice work.

o ABC takes it upon themselves to broadcast pure, distilled Republican propaganda (“Bush tough and strong! Clinton cowardly and weak!”) in the guise of a “docudrama” to commemorate the fifth anniversary of 9/11. (I can’t choose any one thing to link to, but I recommend browsing Eschaton, Firedoglake, and Think Progress for lots of infuriating goodness) I also predicted that the Republicans would try to exploit the anniversary to remind the American people how lucky they are to have a Strong Daddy in charge during these Dangerous Times.

Being infallible totally sucks sometimes.

3 comments September 5th, 2006 at 06:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Favorites,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Spypartisanship

Glenn Greenwald has once again brought his combination of excellence and exasperation to bear on the subject of warrantless wiretaps, this time hammering at the two false narratives currently in play for the 2006 election cycle; namely that FISA somehow prevents the government from spying on terrorists, and that most Americans are in favor of warrantless wiretapping.

Greenwald doesn’t come out and say it, but I suspect that the two falsehoods are interrelated. If you accept the premise of the first, then the second flows naturally from it, since most Americans are indeed in favor of spying on terrorists.

With all that in mind, the next time the media or Republicans start spouting these bogus talking points, I want to hear Democrats point out that the difference between the parties is not that Republicans want to spy on al Qaeda and Democrats don’t, but that Democrats only want to spy on al Qaeda.

I think that might just be simple enough to work.

September 5th, 2006 at 09:43am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Media,Politics,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers


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