THE RUNNING OF THE BULL$
Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire, burn; and caldron, bubble. [Macbeth]
The news has become more than ever like the sound of children arguing, complaining, whining and positioning. “You did it!” “No, you did it first!” “I’m telling!” “I’m impeaching!” Circus Smirkus is in town and all the clowns are loose.
Kennedy: “This Is Big Brother Run Amok“… Salazar: “This Is That Wake-Up Call“… Feinstein: “Most Significant Thing I Have Heard In My 12 Years”… Lawmakers Demand Probe… Decision To Withhold Story Caused Friction At The Times… Times Defends Decision… Bush Approved Eavesdropping Over Three Dozen Times… ”To Do It Without The Participation Of The Congress And The Courts Is Unwise In The Extreme”… ”I Was Frankly Astonished…My Head Is Spinning”…
Why is everyone so surprised? He’s been a liar and a crook since day one.
Cafferty [CNN]: “Who cares if the Patriot Act get's renewed. Want to abuse our civil liberties- Just do it! Who cares about the Geneva conventions? Want to torture prisoners-Just do it! Who cares about rules concerning the identity of CIA agents? Want to reveal the name of a covert operative? Just do it!
Who cares about whether the intelligence concerning WMD's is accurate. You want to invade Iraq? Just do it. Who cares about qualifications to serve on the nation's highest court. Want to nominate a personal friend with no qualifications? Just do it.And the latest outrage, which I read about in "The New York Times" this morning, who cares about needing a court order to eavesdrop on American citizens. Want to wiretap their phones conversations? Just do it.... What a joke. A very cruel, very sad joke.”
It’s the same all over whether you read the news, listen to the news or watch the news. The DC crowd of legislators, lobbyists, talking heads and civil servants are embroiled in another juicy scandal, a dwarf tossing match of presidential proportions.
Republicans are falling back as usual on their mantra of blame for the Clinton Administration; saving the country from terrorism and flexing their war muscles while spreading impotent testosterone showers over all. The same fever has infected the blogs and political lists. Republicans, getting their talking points from Father CinC and RNC, balance between rational response and snarling at the Democratic pests chewing and snapping at their legs.
But best and most entertaining bull of all is watching the Democrat’s grassroots snorting and pawing the ground while flinging the soil of their vulnerability and frustration in all directions as they praise a political hero one minute just to curse her/him the next.
A Dem. legislator criticizes Bush in a strong statement and the list/blog posts support her as a presidential candidate. A Dem senator suggests impeach Bush and the posts cry out, “make him the candidate for president” as they dump on their previous choice nastily.
Another legislator explains that the Repugs control the House and the Dems cannot bring on an impeachment process and the blogs and lists comment, “Coward – just like a Democrat to back down.”
So on the Dem Grassroots go, powerless and futile, bobbing and weaving, chasing a charisma or a mirage in nearly mindless rage at their own impotency brought on mainly by lack of money and power – the twin evils and legal tender of Democracy.
What a darling sight for the Gods of Winter Solstice, Christian Christmas, Jewish Hanukkah, African Kwanza et al. The constant running of the bull$, regarding the Dem candidate du jour, rivals the pain, ignorance and slaughter of Pamplona, Spain’s famous Running.
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