Archive for April 23rd, 2009

Democracy 101

Accountability = Democracy.  Impunity = Not Democracy.

So, stories over the last few years, all coming together over the last few days, unambiguously tell us that the highest officials of the US Government ordered the commission of war crimes, in order to obtain false information to justify an even more egregious crime of waging an unnecessary, aggressive war in which innocent people are still being killed. But when the opposition party takes over, the official response is that the US government cannot hold a single person legally accountable.

At the same time, Wall Street banksters have just devastated the US economy and world economy, causing billions of people untold economic suffering that will last (even worsen) for years, and not a single bankster has been held legally accountable. Most are still in their enriched executive positions, demanding the terms under which the government will continue to prop them up, as they successfully lobby Congress to weaken every piece of consumer protection or meaningful oversight.

You stand back and look at this, and it’s hard not to see it as a massive “systemic” failure of the US governance system. The principle of accountability, notions of fairness and justice, and the simple concept that no one is about the law — sorry, but these are all in freefall, and almost none of our “democratic” leaders seem to give a damn.

If laws are not enforced, or are only enforced for the little people, then they have no value, and the people who control our government have no incentive to obey the law or look out for anyone’s interests but their own.

It looks like we’re officially there.

April 23rd, 2009 at 09:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Prisoners,Republicans,Torture

Wanker Of The Day

Joe Lieberman was for torture before he was against it.

What a two-faced little weasel.  He’s finally on the right side of the issue… now that all the embarrassing revelations about BushCo’s illegal torture practices are leaking out.

He still doesn’t want any prosecutions, though.  Bygones!

April 23rd, 2009 at 11:55am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Lieberman,Politics,Republicans,Torture,Wankers

Hannity Agrees To Let Charles Grodin Waterboard Him For Charity

This is… bizarre:

GRODIN: You’re for torture.

HANNITY: I am for enhanced interrogation.

GRODIN: You don’t believe it’s torture. Have you ever been waterboarded?

HANNITY: No, but Ollie North has.

GRODIN: Would you consent to be waterboarded? We can waterboard you?

HANNITY: Sure.

GRODIN: Are you busy on Sunday?

HANNITY: I’ll do it for charity. I’ll let you do it. I’ll do it for the troops’ families.

Because nothing says “charity” quite like torture by simulated drowning.

Of course, this will never ever happen, but if it did, I would be awfully curious to see how Hannity would reconcile “OMG NO MORE PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!” with arguing that waterboarding’s no big thing, and certainly not torture.

April 23rd, 2009 at 11:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Torture,Wankers

Shep Smith Has Issues With Torture

I think this means he’s opposed to torture, as opposed to a variation of the “When America does it, it’s not illegal” defense.

His uncensored online rant is even better:

“We are America!” he shouted, slamming his hand on the table. “I don’t give a rat’s ass if it helps. We are AMERICA! We do not fucking torture!!”

You go, Shep!  This may come as a shock to conservative torture apologists, but patriotism and opposition to torture are not mutually exclusive.  Quite the contrary.

April 23rd, 2009 at 08:00am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Torture


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