Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Demanding Truth from Power
How much more of this can we bear?
Can Fitz rescue us from these deranged war-mongers?
Chant it: Fitzmas, Fitzmas, Fitzmas.......
Hey, Congress are you paying attention? You had damned well better be, unless you want to be conspirators after the fact, if not out-right conspirators.
Don't make us have to remind you for whom you are working. If we have to, it won't be pretty.
Demanding Truth from Power:
By David Swanson, TomPaine.com
David Swanson is co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, Washington director of Democrats.com and a board member of Progressive Democrats of America.
It was disturbing to see so many members of Congress in both parties clamoring to get Bush's autograph on their copies of his State of the Union-not because it was such a dishonest speech that did such a disservice to this country, and not because they should have been handing him subpoenas instead. Rather, my concern arises from the habit Bush has developed following the signing of any document. Typically he goes home, talks to his lawyers, and issues a 'signing statement' the next day radically altering what he has just signed. Bad as that speech was, it could get a lot worse.
Of course the state of our union is what it is regardless, and Bush had almost nothing to say about it. He claimed our economy was thriving, a claim fairly well debunked by Virginia Sen. Jim Webb's Democratic response. But, for the most part, when the president got at all specific in his speech, he proposed new initiatives and said little or nothing about the past six miserable years. In the seventh year of his presidency, he proposed balancing the budget in five years and reducing gasoline usage in 10 years.