Monday, January 30, 2006

Political Intrigue

I am loath to mention anything political after what happened last time, but after a spirited debate at the Berger household last night (almost entirely Dan/Finnegan vs. Mr. Berger/Ms. Haines, with Rich out of the fray), I will post a few links.

In honor of Nostradamus, this is the first link. It is extremely funny to me that Cindy Sheehan would have written an "essay" about anything, but not surprising that it includes the phrase "Hall of Shame."

Also, John Kerry is not bitter about losing the election. Funny, that now he wants to take a firm stand on an issue (one that he has little chance of winning on by the way). And of course, his mentor, the always hypocritical one, Ted Kennedy, had these things to say. In another vein, check out the opening to The Economist's review of Fred Barnes' absurd hagiography Rebel-in-Chief. The rest of the article is funny too, although it is somewhat disturbing that a supposedly well-respected journalist could write such a book.

In the end, I'm just tired of the partisanship of both the Democrats and the Republicans. A 55-44-1 Senate majority for the Republicans should not effectively equal a 1-0 majority. I admit to not being as well-versed on political matters as I maybe should be, but I would guess that most people in the country share some beliefs with both parties. Thus the fact that most issues in Congress are so firmly divided along party lines is just not right. Furthermore, I would assume that in many cases there is pressure on Senators/Congressmen of each party to conform or risk ostracism and potential non-reelection. This is not the way that a government should be run.

In other news, this is terrible, I hope that man is OK. Falling down the stairs really hurts.


  1. Also, George Bush is a LIAR! L I A R!

  2. call me crazy, dude but I support...getting out of Iraq, balancing the budget, promoting real fiscal responsibility, exploring stem cell research, striving for a massive gulf between church and state, keeping social security public, recognizing gays as full humans, seeking transparency in all levels of government, encouraging a separation between the executive and judicial branches, avoiding lining the pockets of special interest groups in the oil, insurance, construction, and pharmaceutical industries, accepting as true basic scientific principles that will enable us to protect the environment, keeping abortion legal, avoiding nation building, defeating cronyism, taking action against illegal immigration, focusing our anti-terror money on protecting our homeland, and respecting our constitution during wartime, during all times. Pretty basic, pragmatic, humane, middle of the road, sensible shit if you ask me. And the vast majority of Republicans in Congress, and the entire Administration, is against all of this. So no, I don't share values with both sides. And that's not to say I side with Democrats all the time. They're an impotent party. But conservatives in America are wrong on almost every issue that matters. And it's as simple as that.