Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Wed, 2011-06-01 16:41.
Heinlein wrote this near forty years ago, using colloquialisms of speech from fifty years prior. And amazingly it's still fully true today. In general we get Businesses Politician = Republican and Reform Politician = Democrat
Submitted by Garry Reed on Sat, 2009-02-07 17:41.
Prosecute Bush? Former President George Walker Bush? Forty-three? For illegal acts? Like violations of the Constitution type illegal acts?
Are you kidding? Impeachment is one thing. It's what one political party does to the guy of the other political party. It's rare, but it's still just politics.
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Tue, 2009-02-03 10:46.
"1 Million Killed, 4.5 Million Displaced, 1-2 Million Widows, 5 Million Orphans. That is what we have done in Iraq."
"So, why is rendition still happening? Are we really just supposed to look the other way while rendition continues, because we have a new President? I must be missing some vital piece of information about rendition. Maybe it’s more like a vacation where people go off to an island somewhere and drink Coco Locos..."
Submitted by Jim Davidson on Wed, 2008-07-09 17:45.
Jim Davidson points out the implication of frank treason in Seymour Hersh's detailed evaluation of Bush/Cheney war in Iran activities. Cheney, et al., are giving aid and comfort to identifiable enemies, they should be tried for treason by a court of competent jurisdiction, found guilty, and executed. Supporting MEK terrorists to foment rebellion in Iran is treason.
Submitted by Michelle L on Mon, 2008-06-30 10:11.
But the absolute worst part of all this is that no matter what the lowly citizens of this country think about egging Iran into what some are already calling WWIII, (or being complicit in Israel egging them on) the power-hungry warmongering asshats in Washington will do what they want- from starting wars to funding what they themselves call rogue nations- will continue to do so because the very same lowly citizens keep voting them into office
Submitted by The Melinda on Sun, 2008-06-01 10:33.
The largest and most significant power for governance is the people. Government is best likened to the plunger you use to clear your toilet; it is just the tool used by the people to order their business. The people precede all government and possess absolutely the right to alter or change government as they deem necessary. When government gets uppity the people should remember who is in charge.
Submitted by Staff on Sun, 2008-03-16 00:00.
House Democrats recently adopted a budget with massive tax hikes, many of which are directed at those Americans who can least afford them. By allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire in 2010, this budget will raise income taxes not only on those in the highest income brackets, but raises the lowest bracket from 10% to 15% as well. Estates would again be taxed at 55%. The child tax credit would drop from $1000 to $500. Senior citizens relying on investment income would be hurt by increases in dividend and capital gains taxes. It's not just that the Democrats want to raises taxes on the rich. They want to raises taxes on everybody.
The problem is, policing the world is expensive, and if elected officials insist upon continuing to fund our current foreign policy, the money has to come from somewhere. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost us over $1 trillion. The Democrats' budget gives the President all the funding he needs for his foreign policy, so one wonders how serious they ever were about ending the war. While Democrats propose to tax and spend, many Republicans aim to borrow and spend, which hurts the taxpayer just as much in the long run.
Submitted by M.J. Taylor on Mon, 2007-12-10 19:43.
The latest National Intelligence Estimate has been greeted by a mixture of relief and alarm. As I have been saying all along, Iran indeed poses no quantifiable imminent nuclear threat to us or her neighbors. It is with much alarm, however, that we see the administration continue to ratchet up the war rhetoric as if nothing has changed.
Indeed nothing has changed from the administration's perspective, as they have had this latest intelligence report for some time. Only this week has it been made known to the public. They want it both ways with Iran. On the one hand, they discredit the report entirely, despite it being one of the most comprehensive intelligence reports on the subject, with over 1,000 source notes in the document. On the other hand, when discrediting it fails, they claim that the timing of the abandonment of the weapons program, just as we were invading Iraq, means our pressure must have worked, so we must keep it up with a new round of even tougher sanctions. Russia and China are not buying this, apparently, and again we are finding ourselves on a lonely tenuous platform on the world stage.
Submitted by Michelle L on Thu, 2007-10-18 11:16.
I have been known to visit websites that are frequented by, shall we say, somewhat less-than-politically-correct commentators. A rash of recent comments have stated, "George W. Bush is a douche bag".
Submitted by Staff on Sun, 2007-09-02 00:00.
Faced with dwindling support of the Iraq War, the warhawks are redoubling their efforts. They imply we are in Iraq attacking those who attacked us, and yet this is not the case. As we know, Saddam Hussein, though not a particularly savory character, had nothing to do with 9/11. The neo-cons claim surrender should not be an option. In the same breath they claim we were attacked because of our freedoms. Why then, are they so anxious to surrender our freedoms with legislation like the Patriot Act, a repeal of our 4th amendment rights, executive orders, and presidential signing statements? With politicians like these, who needs terrorists? Do they think if we destroy our freedoms for the terrorists they will no longer have a reason to attack us? This seems the epitome of cowardice coming from those who claim a monopoly on patriotic courage
Submitted by Staff on Mon, 2007-07-30 00:00.
While fear itself is not always the product of irrationality, once experienced it tends to lead away from reason, especially if the experience is extreme in duration or intensity. When people are fearful they tend to be willing to irrationally surrender their rights.
Thus, fear is a threat to rational liberty. The psychology of fear is an essential component of those who would have us believe we must increasingly rely on the elite who manage the apparatus of the central government.
The statement “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin. It is clear, people seek out safety and security when they are in a state of fear, and it is the result of this psychological state that often leads to the surrender of liberty.
Submitted by Staff on Thu, 2007-07-12 00:00.
I have been one of the strongest opponents of military action against Iraq . I voted against the initial authorization in 2002 and I have voted against every supplemental appropriations bill to fund the war. I even voted against the initial “ Iraq regime change” legislation back in 1998. I believe our troops should be brought back to the United States without delay. Unfortunately, one of the reasons I oppose this legislation is that it masquerades as a troop withdrawal measure but in reality may well end up increasing US commitments in the Middle East .
Mr. Speaker, this is precisely the debate we should have had four years ago, before Congress voted to abrogate its Constitutional obligation to declare war and transfer that authority to the president. Some in this body were rather glib in declaring the constitution antiquated while voting to cede the ability to initiate hostilities to the President. Now we see the result of ignoring the Constitution, and we are bringing even more mayhem to the process with this legislation.
Submitted by The Melinda on Mon, 2007-04-23 11:19.
George Bush wants a legacy and he has one. Death of Iraqis, death of Americans, the death of freedom, the Constitution, and the desecration of the vision that was America.
Submitted by Staff on Tue, 2007-04-17 00:00.
All the reasons given to justify a preemptive strike against Iraq were wrong. Congress and the American people were misled.
Support for the war came from various special interests that had agitated for an invasion of Iraq since 1998. The Iraq Liberation Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, stated that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was official U.S. policy. This policy was carried out in 2003.
Congress failed miserably in meeting its crucial obligations as the branch of government charged with deciding whether to declare war. It wrongly and unconstitutionally transferred this power to the president, and the president did not hesitate to use it.
Submitted by Staff on Sun, 2007-03-25 13:59.
Consider the following policy proposals that have been floating around Washington in the months leading up to the 2006 election: (a) creating a new cabinet-level federal Department of Families; (b) giving every child $2,000 at birth; (c) having the federal government fund 70,000 new math and science teachers; and (d) requiring every American to purchase health insurance. One might expect that those proposals were made by liberal Democrats, perhaps Ted Kennedy or Hillary Clinton preparing for their Senate majority. In fact, every one of them was made by conservative Republicans.
Or consider President George W. Bush. Bush was the first Republican since Eisenhower to run for president without calling for cutting or abolishing a single government program. Since his election, Bush has presided over the largest expansion of government spending since Lyndon Johnson initiated the Great Society. Domestic spending has increased by 27 percent during his presidency. More people now work for the federal government than at any time since the Cold War. Not a single federal program has been eliminated.