May 2007

The Worm Turns...

That it has been indeed.

I haven’t had anything to really be happy about in the last couple of years when it comes to the political scene, particularly on the world stage, but wow. What a couple of weeks it has been.

Well if you haven’t been a believer in Karma, let me present three case studies for you and we’ll see where you stand at the end of it.

Jerry Fallwell

I actually woo-hooed in the middle of a conversation when this caught my eye. I was loading up one of the news webpages that I like to visit when someone came over to ask a question. I looked away and started talking then glanced back to read the headline “Televangelist Jerry Falwell dead at 73”.

And then, in the middle of a sentence out came “woo-hoo!”

Now I know that some of you might suggest that feeling what can only be described as spectacular joy at the death of a human being is a bad thing. It may seem that I am being somewhat cold hearted. Quite the opposite in fact. Falwell was one of those people that the world is truly better off without.

Why you ask?

Well let me give you the Coles notes version…

In 1953 Jerry Falwell founded the Thomas Road Baptist Church with just 35 members. In 1971 he founded the Liberty University and co-founded the Moral Majority in 1979.

Now two of those names you might remember…

The Moral Majority was an extreme right wing fundamentalist born again Christian based organization. Among its founding goals was outlawing abortion, opposition to state recognition of homosexuality, enforcement of a traditionalist Christian lifestyle.

Doesn’t sound too bad, but it was the extreme hatemongering of the whole thing that rankled me.

For example some quotes by the wonderful reverend…

About September 9/11, "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"

About Martin Luther King: "I do question the sincerity and non-violent intentions of some civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. James Farmer, and others, who are known to have left wing associations."

“Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan in America”

“The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country”

“If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being”

“Textbooks are Soviet propaganda”

“The ACLU is to Christians what the American Nazi party is to Jews”

“It appears that America's anti-Biblical feminist movement is at last dying, thank God, and is possibly being replaced by a Christ-centered men's movement which may become the foundation for a desperately needed national spiritual awakening”

“The whole (global warming) thing is created to destroy America's free enterprise system and our economic stability”

“Homosexuality is Satan's diabolical attack upon the family that will not only have a corrupting influence upon our next generation, but it will also bring down the wrath of God upon America.”

“Blow them all away in the name of the Lord.”

So yeah, being that the guy was a good buddy with McCain and Bush I have absolutely no issues with him shuffling off. He was a hatemonger and blight on the values that Christianity actually teaches. All in all I just wouldn’t want to be in his shoes. I have a feeling that when he shows up to ask for entrance through the Pearly Gates ST. Christopher will just look down and shake his head sadly. Whether or not he gets in, that’s not up to me.

But you better bet there’ll probably be some ‘splainin to do.

As for Liberty U, I strongly suggest that you take a look at the connections between White House hiring practices and what is ranked as one of the poorest quality Universities in the US.

Makes for some good reading, let me tell you.

Paul Wolfowitz

Paul Wolfowitz is probably as responsible for the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and countless other life taking mistakes the US has made over the last couple of decades. A charter member of PNAC, Wolfowitz was also the Deputy Secretary of Defense from just prior to September 11th until 2005. After that he was nominated by President Bush and took the position of President of the World Bank, which was in no small part due to influence from Bush.

Well as it turns out captain neocon and warmonger also has a thing for the ladies. Granted only one in particular, but he made sure that she got enough money over the last couple of years to have easily bought him more than a couple of slightly less educated ones.

Oh and did I mention that she was married when they first hooked up?

Oh and did I mention that she was a subordinate of his at the World Bank?

Yeah.

So he’ll be resigning at the end of the month.

And I doubt even Bush can throw out a safety net at this point. The extreme right takes another well-deserved shot to the family jewels.


Alberto Gonzales Bush’s pet Attorney General.

Turns out he’s almost as bad as Nixon. Other than coming up with creative ways for the Bush administration to and rape US and world law as well as the US Bill Of Rights and constitution, he also really like to lie to Senate committees.

Seems it’s finally catching up to him.

Last week the story came out that prior to his being attorney General, he tried to strong-arm one of his predecessors into signing law that he had already been told would violate national and international law.

Oh yeah, that predecessor? Almost in a coma, extremely medicated and not the attorney general at the time because he was so incapacitated. After Gonzales couldn’t get the acting attorney general to sign the illegal document for the White House, he went to the hospitalized John Ashcroft.

Ashcroft essentially told them to bugger off, so props to him for having the wherewithal to do that.

Among Gonzales other more charming traits?

Well he allowed the warrantless wiretapping issues of the last couple of years even though he knew they were illegal.

All those prisoners without trials in Guantanamo? They wall directly under Gonzales jurisdiction.

My favorite though is this quote…

“I meant by that comment that the Constitution doesn't say that every individual in the United States or every citizen has or is assured the right of habeas corpus. It doesn't say that. It simply says that the right of habeas corpus shall not be suspended.”

I still maintain they should have disbarred him for that alone, but they haven’t yet.

Key word being yet.

Early next week the US senate will be holding a non confidence vote. One way or the other Gonzales will either resign or completely humiliated with the possibly of him being removed of his position. Essentially, either way at this point looks like he will indeed be Gonzo.

That’s three heads of the beast about lopped off, only about 5 left.

Last Words...

Disclaimer: I wrote this about two weeks ago. It didn’t initially fit with the rest of the content in this reprisal as I just wrote that about 5 minutes ago. The irony of the fact that a piece I wrote two weeks ago fitting in so well with the earlier stuff isn’t lost on me. But it does so here it is…

You used to look like you mattered. Like you stood for something.

Now?

Now I’m afraid that you have diminished yourself to nothing more than a bad sideshow attraction. From here it seems as if you have become the very thing that you railed against. The self-hatred and rage that once fueled you to improve yourself and kept you from simply melting into the rest of the herd has gone from a tool that you used to completely overcoming you.

You are now your own worst joke. Barely even a caricature of your former self.

What horrifies me the most though, the absolute pinnacle of the whole disaster is how not only you have traded in the sincerity for which you were once renowned for novelty and cheap laughs, but you have sold out yourself. You have given up on your principles.

One of the things that set you apart from the rest of the herd was that you were fiercely loyal. If you had a friend who needed assistance you were the first in line to offer it. If there was any way that you could better the lives of those around you, you leapt at the opportunity. Nowadays? Nowadays you seem to measure any decision with the question of what you can get from it, how will it glorify you in the eyes of others. Your focus has shifted from simply doing things for the right reasons to doing them for personal gain.

Your creativity has evaporated. Intelligence and challenge are gone from your vocabulary. Now you’re just trying to be a Lenny Bruce, but you don’t seem to realize that there is a massive difference between the two of you in that he was out to shock people because he had a message. These days it seems you’re just out to shock. And poorly at that.

There was a time when you would have moved mountains for those closest to you. Now you build them, piling stone by stone on top of the next until you have the independence that is killing you.

The strength is gone from you now. I guess that would be the best way to describe how you appear to me now. I wonder how it happened, but I know that I’ll probably never find that answer. Maybe it’s best that way. There have been more than a couple of nights where I have had to stop myself from reaching out and trying to shake some of the life you used to have back into you. Each and every time though, the same thought stops me.

You have chosen this, so you must want it this way.

So really, there would be nothing that I could do. Except perhaps get into a fight but we’re already so old and practiced at that we would both know the outcome before we even strapped on the gloves.

I’m a ghost to you now, and I know that. There’s nothing left for me to do but remind myself that while none of this matters to you anymore, once upon a time it did.

And I was there to see it while it lasted.





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