Monday, July 28, 2008

W Trailer

This is the trailer for Oliver Stone's biopic of George W. Bush. I posted this over on the Maverick at the Movies blog too, but this has so much promise that I wanted to share it here too.

Friday, July 11, 2008

"You say you want a revolution, man/I say that you're full of shit" - Marilyn Manson, Disposable Teens

Today, President Bush will sign the FISA law, which will retroactively legalize the Administration’s illegal wiretapping operation and give immunity to the telecom companies that aided and abetted them to do it. A nearly identical bill had been presented for a vote a few months ago and was defeated. This was seen as a sign of progress, part of the change Democrat Barack Obama has been calling for, the kind of action his supporters have rallied around him for. What the Bush Administration did was illegal and like their laundry list of other scandals, they have tried to cover their tails and the tails of complicit corporations by changing the law. Rule of law and preservation of civil liberties has never been a high priority for the Bush Administration; from the PATRIOT Act to the Child Online Protection Act to the FISA bill, the White House has been willing to shred the Constitution to consolidate the power of the Executive Branch, advance nonsensical ideological goals, and protect corporate allies. Today’s signing ceremony is a continuation of this trend.

But that is not the worst part. The FISA bill Bush will sign into law was supported by Senators on both sides of the aisle—including Barack Obama. It is more than disheartening; it’s disillusioning and demoralizing. I have been slow to join the Obama movement, and his capitulation on this matter confirms my suspicion that the man is an opportunist whose rhetoric is hollow and whose call for change is only cosmetic.

This does not make me a McCain supporter. That man is just as bad. And that is the problem. Just like the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, the Democrats are running to the center, trying to appease an imaginary constituency that wants a Republi-Crat politician; someone who is so compromised that they don’t actually stand for anything. This crowd does not exist. There is a desire, especially among those enlightened individuals who do not tie themselves to party allegiances, to elevate the discourse above party lines but that should not be mistaken for processing integrity into sludge.

To keep it in perspective, this is just one vote. But the passage of the PATRIOT Act or the authorization of the president to go to war in Iraq were also just one vote and the ramifications of those decisions are felt far into the future.

I hope Obama’s revolution is not over before it began, but maybe it never really existed in the first place.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Birthday America

I think this picture says a lot. Maybe not all, but certainly a lot.

Happy Fourth of July.