Monday, November 3, 2008

It's Tomorrow

Tuesday is the day when we finally say good-bye to all that, and hopefully for a really long time. And of course, Wednesday is when we find out if we actually won.

The Know-Nothing party has been in charge too long, and have begun to grab a greater and greater share of eyeballs, because so many people are willing to be stupid. Over at Common Dreams, there is a terrifying video of Idiots on Parade, people who believe the worst lies about Obama, very probably because they want to. While that may sound dismissive and condescending, if you can't make the effort to look this stuff up on your own, you deserve the worst president you can vote for.

Because, in my opinion, Bush ain't it. He's tried really hard to be the worst, but it's still possible to run down that rabbit hole even deeper. 

We still have some sort of freedom of the press, though the press has taken that freedom and used it mainly to increase their ratings, and the truth be damned. As many better writers have pointed out, it's so sad when the "mainstream" media constantly refers to the Daily Show and the Colbert Report with a certain amount of envy as the cutting edge of political commentary.

We still have (mostly) habeas corpus. And that's because we haven't quite replaced all those "liberal" Supremes (John Paul Stevens and David Souter) with those strict constructivists (or Federalists), like Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. And the problem with the Federalists is that they're the only ones who believe the founding fathers ever wanted us to maintain the Constitution in its present form. Jefferson believed that the Constitution should be re-written every twenty years or so, to reflect changes in technology or changes in society. Such a radical, that Jefferson.

We still have (mostly) all of those liberal departments instituted by folks like Nixon and Johnson and Eisenhower, like the EPA and the FDA and FEMA. Not that they work that well, but they're still around.

We still have (mostly) a separation of Church and State. All of those "faith-based" initiatives notwithstanding, we still don't have someone in power who can make the "Constitution more in line with the word of God," to quote Mr. Huckabee. Obama apparently thinks that the whole faith-based thing is still a good... thing, but I'm not sure why. He's a constitutional scholar after all, and I would think he'd have read Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists, but hey, what do I know? I'm just an Atheist for Jehovah.

And lastly, we still think of the President as Commander-in-Chief. Which is really stupid, because they're only supposed to be that way when we're at war. And only the Congress is supposed to be able to declare war. And we haven't declared war. We're just having a war. For, you know, the fun of it. So we can have wars, we just don't declare them. But he's still Commander-in-Chief. 

Kind of a chickenhawk and egg problem, really.

And it's tomorrow...

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