Monday, January 09, 2006

The End of America

Sitting here at the table, I just noticed a white dot on the other side of the ridge. These white dots have meaning. They are weather predicters, usually forcasting a winter drizzle.

Picking up the massive set of binoculars by the window, I can see the eagle sitting in the top of a pine tree. He see's me better than I can see him, and this seems unfair, but it is the way of the world. I don't know why the eagles prefer to sit around on gloomy days instead of hunting the edges of Watts Bar Lake for dead things, but they do. Sometimes several of them will gather up and talk, especially if it gets foggy. The conversation is reminiscent of a bunch of old women in a bar. Animated, rasping, and meaningless to me. I love it.

It dawns on me that this is the symbol of my government. Eagles are regal birds, half predator...half vulture. How fitting!

There are many forms of government, but the funny thing is that the citizens themselves rarely actually choose their own government.

Neither you nor I chose the one we have here in the U.S.A. That was done for us a long time ago. Even then, the American form of government that was put in place was worked out among a few movers and shakers in a mixture of idealism, greed, and self interest. The original American form of government was essentially a Libertarian incarnation, and it simply did not work. We switched over to a democratic republic with the framework set down in the highest law of the land entitled, The Constitution of the United States of America.

Twern't perfect. Nothing ever is, but it has been a danged fine document up until now. It had one overriding concept, in that it expected the people who had a burning desire to control our government to be infected with greed and self interest to a far greater degree than with idealism, ergo, the checks and balances concept, with an innovative Rock, Paper, Scissors arrangement that took the elementary Yin-Yang balance to a new order of magnitude. This very day, Congressional hearings will start that will determine the future of this form of government.

Samuel Alito is a fine advocacy lawyer. Unfortunately, advocacy is uncalled for on the Supreme Court of the United States, unless it is advocacy for the Citizens, something which has never ever been found in Alito's record. The confirmation if Alito will change our form of government from Democracy to Fascism. You folks who think his biggest issue is Roe v Wade are so wrong, and it's scary. Alito believes in an imperial presidency. He believes that the President can issue a Presidential Statement and define the meaning of a law. If he is confirmed, it means the end of the American experiment.

George Bush will decide what laws mean from now on. Well that's fine, right? We elected him King, right? ACtually, no.

Flashnack 2000.....Ok, so I've been told that "Bush won, get over it" so many times I'm sick of it. Folks who support Bush seemed so smug and gloating after the 2000 election. Bush did not win Florida and should never have been President. Further research proves that Al Gore won Florida by at least 29,000 votes.

There were 175,000 votes overall that were so-called “spoiled ballots.” About two-thirds of the spoiled ballots were over-votes; many or most of them would have been write-in over-votes, where people had punched and written in a candidate’s name. an analysis of the 2.7 million votes that had been cast in Florida’s eight largest counties, The Washington Post found that Gore’s name was punched on 46,000 of the over-vote ballots it, while Bush’s name was marked on only 17,000.

Al Gore won Florida in a decisive victory and his brother Jeb stole it for him. Under recount rules in Florida, these ballots were valid. Here's the proof:


So there ya go. Alito thinks it is ok for Bush to listen to your phone calls without a warrant. No paper trail. Alito thinks that Corporations have the right to privacy and human beings don't. Roe v Wade was a Right to Privacy issue...abortion was just the framework. America will be very different if he is confirmed and Conservatives retain their hold on all three branches of American government.

It was a great country while it lasted.



1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:29 AM

    Did you see the recent Knight Ridder syndicated article related to signing statements? I'm not sure I'm quite as pessimistic as you, but anyone not concerned about this is not paying attention...or just not looking objectively.

    "The roots of Bush's approach go back to the Ford administration, when Dick Cheney, then serving as White House chief of statt, chafed at legislative limits placed ont he executive branch in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal and other abuses of power by President Nixon. Now the vice president and his top aide, David Addington, are taking the lead in trying to tip the balance of power away from congress and back to the president. Ragan adopted the strategy and used signing statements to challenge 71 legislative provisions. President George H.W. Bush challenged 146 laws. President Clinton challenged 105. The current president has lodged more than 500 challenges so far." More than Ragan, Bush the first, and Clinton combined!

    Even our way-right U.S. senator, Lindsey Graham, says: "any statue on the books could be summarily waived."