It’s a little challenging keeping my political head up these days. I’m super excited for a change in administration, but what’s happening now is very troubling. First, the reinstatement of Habeas Corpus failed. What do we stand for, anyway? Beacon of freedom and democracy, my a#*.
Then, Congress voted to label the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps “specially designated global terrorists.” Now, I’m not saying they’re good guys – I really don’t know. But I do know that the reason people can be thrown in Guantanamo is because they get a label like “enemy combatant” – rather than “prisoner of war”, which would afford them much more humane treatment under the Geneva Convention. So it frightens me when the Bush Administration gets what they want these days, because who knows what they will do with the power afforded by that label. And is this really the best way to deal with Iran? How about some freakin’ diplomacy already! And don’t be fooled, Democrats. A lot of our side voted for this measure.
Finally, how about my friend George vetoing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program? My crappy, uber-rich congressman, Darrell Issa, voted against it. You can bet I’ve been busy with letter to the Editor of my paper, and letters to Mr. Issa. Disgusting.
And finally, during the last Democrats debate on MSNBC, both Hillary and Barack said they couldn’t promise to have troops out of Iraq by THE END of their first term as president. 2013! Now, I can put these comments into context – I heard what they were saying about a small amount of troops having to stay behind – like we have in Bosnia. But, they sure sounded pretty wishy-washy – especially when Kucinich, Dodd, Edwards and Biden weren’t wishy-washy at all.
I’m nervous about the the upcoming primaries. I really like Chris Dodd, but he’s not doing great. I like Barack, but he seems a little mealy-mouthed in the debates, although his book, The Audacity of Hope, was excellent. I’d love to see Kucinich do better than he is in the polls. I agree with everything he says. Too bad he’s never going to win a primary, and I’d rather the democratic vote not get split, because I couldn’t stand to see any of the Republican candidates win. Even McCain, who I’ve always admired.
Ugh. What are we going to do?