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27 October 2006 @ 10:13 pm
Someone get this idiot a dictionary.  
The Chimp Executive has reiterated that his administration does not condone torture.

Yeah, that's nice. Good to say that, Shrub. Problem is, your administration DOES condone torture. You just redefined the term "torture" to refer to acts that you haven't authorized. Actions you have authorized, you don't call "torture," so they therefore are not "torture" and you can have your cake and eat it, too. This is no different from signing a bill into law and then issuing a signing statement to the effect that you can feel free to ignore the law or interpret it however you like for your own purposes.

You don't think that water-boarding is torture. You don't think that being stripped naked and having a crew of armed enemy soldiers laugh at you as dogs snap at your flesh is torture. You know something? Since you haven't experienced either, you don't get to redefine these things as being "rigorous interrogation techniques" that don't count as torture. I'd like to say that, since you've never really experienced service in our Armed Forces that you shouldn't be capable of commanding them, but the ignorant masses have overruled me on that one. That, or you and your buddies at Diebold did.

I'm begging you, America. Take away the rubber stamp of Congress. Sweep the aisles clean of Shrub's cronies and sycophants. Put 400 Independents in, I don't care. Just don't leave Congress in the hands of Shrub's party. Two more years of this idiot occupying the office is bad enough. Don't let him go on making things even worse.
Current Mood: disgusted
Jon Reid: Frowncrossfire on October 28th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
Why the republicans will still control at least the Senate if not the House as well
Pollsters: America, do you have faith in the Republicans?
America: No! They're corrupt, page-abusing liars!
Pollsters: America, do you have faith in the Republican leadership?
America: No! They lied to get us into Iraq, and people are dying!
Pollsters: America, will any of this affect your decision to vote Republican in the upcoming election?
America: No.

Seriously, every poll I've seen has the majority (if not the vast majority) of respondants upset with the current leadership, thinking they should resign, etc. And every kicker question is "Will any of this prevent you from voting Republican in the upcoming elections" and every time the vast majority say "No."

*facedesk* I mean, seriously, *facedesk*.
Gordon Schumachereleccham on October 31st, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Why the republicans will still control at least the Senate if not the House as well
Probably because you could have far too similar a conversation with many of the same people, and at least some of the folks who usually vote Democratic, about the Democrats.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on October 31st, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Why the republicans will still control at least the Senate if not the House as well
Independent or third-party candidates are lucky to ever get elected. They're out-financed and out-muscled by the entrenched power that likes the two party system, namely the Republicans and the Democrats, not to mention the various corporate powers that realize a battlefield with only two armies is easier to balance and maintain without rogue elements operating. There is of course the question of whether there really are two parties in reality or if they're different only on the surface, but that's a little paranoid even for me.

Even when non-Big Two candidate is elected, s/he can face a major uphill battle getting anything done unless s/he happens to represent a pivotal swing vote. It isn't a pretty system. Built on top of a capitalist society where profit and money are the ends AND the means, it encourages the corruption of elected officials at every level. Unfortunately, it's the system within which we live. Elections won't change that. All an election can do is switch which team is in the field and who's up to bat. It's all the same game from there.
Jon Reidcrossfire on October 31st, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Why the republicans will still control at least the Senate if not the House as well
Independent or third party candidates have problems getting elected because of their politics as much as because of the Great Two Party Conspiracy. Most third party candidates are extremists, and even if the playing field were completely level they still wouldn't have a chance.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on October 31st, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Why the republicans will still control at least the Senate if not the House as well
Some of them only seem extreme when compared to the milquetoast platforms of their opponents. As a point of consideration, the Abolitionists were a fringe group of extremists, once upon a time. So was anyone who fought for civil rights and equality.

Of course, some of them are wacko extremists, that's true.