Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"The Past Is Prologue"

Today is Wednesday, 14 January 2009.

Richard Nixon overthrew the Constitution, waged illegal wars in Indochina, Chile, etc., and trampled underfoot the human rights of the American people, and was not punished.

Ronald Reagan overthrew the Constitution, waged illegal wars in Latin America, etc., and trampled underfoot the human rights of the American people, and was not punished.

George H. W. Bush waged illegal wars in Panama, etc., and trampled underfoot the human rights of the American people, and was not punished.

“The past is prologue” is carved on the front of the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.

Believing, with some justification by precedent, that he would never be called to account, George W. Bush has overthrown the Constitution, waged an illegal war against Iraq, ordered widespread torture, ignored the sufferings of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, etc., and trampled underfoot the human rights of the American people.

W. Bush and his criminal cronies must be brought to justice, or the next President with wickedness in his heart will feel free to unleash further rivers of blood, smirkingly secure in the knowledge that the American people don’t give a damn.

There is a mechanism available, and Barack Obama should use it. On his first day in office, he should direct the Department of Justice to commence investigations and prosecutions under applicable American and international law.

If Obama does not, he makes himself moral heir to all the crimes of the Bush regime.

4 Comments:

Anonymous reader said...

HH said "If Obama does not, he makes himself moral heir to all the crimes of the Bush regime."

Because you, HH, have said this, you are obligated to do constant follow-up on what Obama does regarding this. We readers await the appropriate praise or out-cry. If not, we will know you are just flapping your gums.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous rtr said...

I suggest that 'flapping (one's) gums' as you have so inelegantly framed it, is precisely what is called for. It is the exercise of reasoned public discourse on issues of concern to We the People that is required to make governance of our nation work for us rather than against us.

Clearly, there have been concerted efforts from various pundits through a media from which the balancing influence of the fairness doctrine was removed during the beloved Reagan administration, who have chosen to bully public discourse through shout downs and other unsubtle rhetorical devices designed to belittle, demean, demoralize and dictate public opinion.

Although these hormone influenced reactions to issues have been painfully evident from from the time of Cain until the present, societies struggling to live in peace with their neighbors have struggled through faith and reason to transcend simple chemistry.

Although the first amendment permits non-violent expressions of those types of response, the permission is a tolerance rather than an encouragement.

I further suggest that if we were to name the 'age' in which we are currently living in a similar fashion to how previous generations have named an immediate or preceding era (e.g. the 'age of enlightenment,' 'the age of reason,' or the 'age of faith,'), the appropriate name of the era that it is to be hoped that we are beginning to leave behind would be 'the age of fools;' highlighted by a burgeoning of individuals who blithely ignored Twain's maxim about the choice between keeping silent and being thought a fool or opening one's mouth and removing all doubt.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous reader said...

Hey RTR -

Sorry that you find my style of writing "inelegant." I find your style unreadable and thus unintelligible.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous rtr said...

...more's the pity.

2:06 PM  

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