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The Nature of the World We Live In

So, The Washington Post reports that our esteemed president “strongly disagrees” with the federal judge’s surveillance ruling that says Bush’s disregard of FISA, warrants and the law is *gasp* unconstitutional. Aha, the federal judge, who’s job it is to study the law and know it well, must be wrong because our president, who is not a lawyer and not all that familiar with the law, disagrees with her ruling. Well then.

Bush also said, according to the Post article, that “those who herald this decision simply do not understand the nature of the world in which we live.” And he went on to mention the foiling of the liquid-explosives-on-airplanes-plot in London as an example of why we need unconstitutional, warrant-less wiretapping programs like his little secret power grab. Except that, in the case of that investigation, the authorities actually did obtain warrants from FISA, and were still able to do their job and foil the plot. So, contrary to this administration’s claims, FISA is not a block in the fight again terror plots, but actually helpful. But let’s not allow that reality to interfere with Bush’s reach for limitless power to use as he sees fit. Excuse me while I spit.

Since the dispicable behavior, the constant lies, evasions, twists and smears of this administration and the Republican Congress tend to leave me incoherent with rage, here are some people who express things that I’m thinking and do it clearly, concisely and sometimes even with humor.

First off, an argument that should be shouted from the roof tops, used by every Democrat and Independent running for office, and repeated Republicans are Bad on National Security. Or at least, the Republicans who have been in charge these last 5 years are bad on national security. The president who had a briefing entitled Bin Laden determined to strike in US and chose to ignore it in favor of clearing brush on his ranch? A Republican. The administration that has yet to successfully prosecute a major terrorist operative? Republican.

To be precise: a Republican president and a Republican Congress and a Supreme Court made yet more conservative, but they still claim they are victims of the evil liberals and that a government that is incapable of saving its own cities (New Orleans, anyone?) much less capturing bin Laden, eradicating the daily terror in Iraq, or even holding on to any potential progress made in Afghanistan (thought we’d forgotten about that country? Well, the administration has) is somehow not their fault. But they have to gall to announce that if Americans vote for Democrats, then the terrorists will attack.

This, as the Martini Republic so aptly terms it, is the tightrope of fear they want us to walk. As Bush said recently: “America is safer than it has been, yet it is not yet safe,” and this, as MR points out, is exactly the dilemma this administration finds itself in. It has claimed that only Bush and his Republicans can keep us safe from terrorist attacks, and that voting Democrat is a sure way of inviting attack once again. But enough time has passed by now that the fear of an attack has been slowly subsiding among American voters. So Bush must on the one hand claim he has made us safer but on the other hand keep us afraid and worried that we are not, in fact, safe. Because they could strike again, at any time, except when Bush and his limitless powers are there to keep us safe. What a crock.

Which leads directly to the question of fear. According to the administration and much of the media following their lead (FOX News, I’m looking at you), we should be afraid every time they mention another foiled plot, or rumors of a possible plot, or whispers on chat rooms about potential attacks somewhere. Because if we’re always afraid, we won’t think straight and they can so much more easily manipulate us. But what good does it do to be this afraid all the time? I’ve tried to argue that it is useless to live in fear, but Kung Fu Monkey has already done it and done an excellent job of it too. Read his Wait, Aren’t You Scared? entry and that’s almost exactly what I’ve been thinking.

In the end, the one who truly does not understand the nature of the world we live in is Bush himself, who chooses to avoid the challenging complexities of the world and instead insulates himself in a comfortable, self-serving ideology that makes him the agent of God, always in the right, never in doubt, and never accountable.

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