Thursday, June 29, 2006

They keep pulling me back in

Blame Clarence Thomas.

Today he wrote that, if the United States had to actually give due process to alleged terrorists, it would "sorely hamper the president's ability to confront and defeat a new and deadly enemy."

This, in a nutshell, is the Republican take on this war: It should be easy.

First, they told us the war was going to be a "cakewalk." Then we turned a corner. And another. And another. And another, ad infinitum. Now, Republicans bitch any time someone points out that their little schemes to avoid oversight are illegal or that they can't just disappear someone because they have a pretty good feeling he might be a bad guy.

Let me tell you Republicans something: War, you stupid fuckers, is never easy.

Being upright in a war is even harder.

Imagine how much "easier" it would be to simply shoot wounded or captured enemy fighters on the battlefield and, as one Fox contributor would have it, "leave their dead bodies on the street." That would be a lot easier than, say, following the Law of Land Warfare, but it's wrong.

And not only is it wrong, it's anti-American. But that's par for the course for these cowards. "I'd rather lose our civil liberties than lose the war," said James Pinkerton recently.

"Amen," said Cal Thomas.

But that's both a false choice and the coward's way out. If we lose our civil liberties, then we have lost the war. If we are not free to live without fear of a government which can deprive us "of the benefits of Trial by Jury," try us for "pretended offences" and is under the power of a single "Tyrant...unfit to be the ruler of a free people," then we are no longer American in any sense of the word. If life is all that matters to Republicans, then they must think that all them men who died for their right to freely spout televised nonsense are the worst kind of suckers.

Some time ago, I felt that I needed to give up blogging for a while, but, in the end, that seems like just another form of cowardice. I may not change many minds, but I have to do what I can to push back against those people.

Clarence Thomas proved to me that we need as many voices out there as possible, hollering, fighting, bitching and begging to convince our fellow Americans that we've won nothing if we cannot recognize ourselves at the end of this war.

Just when I got out...

Update: No wonder Clarence Thomas doesn't get it.

5 Comments:

Blogger Broadside said...

Welcome back Terry. Give em hell.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Terry, it's good to Nitpicker back. As long as you care to put the posts, I care to read them :-)

Hope the move has worked well for you and yours.

Jim

5:55 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Welcome to the Gulf Coast and back to the wild world of blogging.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Bulldog said...

Welcome back, Terry! Good to have your voice back here. Hope the move went well and all is as well as it can be considering the country's circumstances.

Bulldog
The Bulldog Says...

6:55 PM  
Blogger Bulldog said...

Welcome back, Terry! Good to have your voice back here. Hope the move went well and all is as well as it can be considering the country's circumstances.

Bulldog
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6:56 PM  

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