Wednesday, April 20, 2005

I Like My Cynicism Straight Up

I have not posted in awhile, mainly because I'm a little worried about how cynical I am these days. And I'm not talking Mark Twain cynicism. I'm more Maureen Dowd cynical. I think Maureen is hilarious and pretty much on target most of the time. But her style of smirk writing is not really for me--most of the time.

What has me down?

Well, first there's Tom Delay. Having been able to reshape the ethics committee so he can do the moral/political equivalent of cheating on his wife-“Hey, it's not illegal!”-without remorse or respect for good faith government, he now wants Republicans to define what makes “a good judge.”

From Jesse Holland at the AP:
One way would be for the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the clause in the Constitution that says "judges can serve as long as they serve with good behavior," he said. "We want to define what good behavior means. And that's where you have to start."

I love that the words “good behavior” can even form on this man's lips. And the Republicans are all about defining good behavior these days, aren't they? Political dissent evidently doesn't fall into their definition. John's dad, Don, was over here for his birthday dinner the other night and he echoed a thought that has been playing in my own mind for a few months now-“When did political dissent become an undesirable thing in our country?”

We were speaking of course of the upcoming attempts by Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist and other Republicans to unplug the filibuster. Kind of sad to think that Republicans want to remove the political last resort of the underdog made famous by Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

I can just see Delay a year from now. "Let's see, no ethics committee power, check. Judges behavior redefined by Republican majority, check. No tool for political dissent, check. Okay folks, it's official. We have a totalitarian state. Now I got to go. Has anyone seen my lastest Abramoff travel itinerary? Those elephant tusks in Kenya aren't gonna pry themselves loose!"

Wait there's more! If you buy now, TIME magazine will make Ann Coulter its cover girl. Oh, wait. They already did. Who's Anne Coulter? She's the best-selling conservative author who says what all of those scary people who would like to bomb people they disagree with are thinking.

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

--Ann Coulter as quoted in the New York Observer, Aug. 20, 2002

"RE: McVeigh quote. Of course I regret it. I should have added, 'after everyone had left the building except the editors and reporters.'"

From Right Wing News

For me, the saddest thing of all is that many of the hard-working and good-hearted people of the U.S. seem oblivious to the fact that our country is being hijacked by people who talk like Jesus's block captain while acting like satan's pool boy.


Blogger Matt said...

"our country is being hijacked by people who talk like Jesus's block captain while acting like satan's pool boy"

This is funny, I may have to quote you on this one. When Ann Coulter can be on the cover of time, how can anyone NOT be cynical. And my sense is that this is all just getting started, things are going to get much, much worse before they get any better. It's depressing. Anyway, take care...


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