Sunday, April 09, 2006

Stupidity... on both sides of the aisle

As I sit here listening to Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Elizabeth had to tell me what we were listening to, on this fine Sunday morning.... We ate our breakfast and I got down to the serious business of blogging. As is normal for me, I try to put the important news first... Cassie has started to put some words in the right place. As I left for work on Tuesday, when Elizabeth told her that I needed to go to work, Cassie said, no,no.
Spring Break is upon us, a much needed break from work (see above). My problem is that while I need the vacation from work, and my students need a vacation from school, politicians from both parties, appear to have taken a vacation from any degree of logic.
Rep. Mckinney (D-Ga) decided to assault a cop because he wanted to see her identification . I appreciate her argument of the unequal treatment of blacks and whites in this country. No one can argue that there is not work left to do to make everyone in this country equal. While that is true, I don't remember thinking that, as a white person, I could hit a capitol policeman and face no repercussions. I don't care if you are black, blue, orange or green, you should not hit a policeman. Unless you are Dick Cheney. Representative Mckinney, insults the Civil Rights movement and those fighting true racism, by complaining that this incident was an example of racism on the part of the security officials. There was no racism here, this was a clear cut case of STUPIDITY.
As we all know Cynthia Mckinney has a history of this stupidity. Unfortunately, from my perspective so does this Executive Administration. {I love the internet} Below you will see a small part of the Presidential Press Conference after the G8 Summit on June 10, 2004...

QUESTION: Given -- given recent developments in the CIA leak case, particularly Vice President Cheney's discussions with the investigators, do you still stand by what you said several months ago, a suggestion that it might be difficult to identify anybody who leaked the agent's name?

THE PRESIDENT: That's up to --

QUESTION: And, and, do you stand by your pledge to fire anyone found to have done so?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes. And that's up to the U.S. Attorney to find the facts.

If you would like to read the whole transcript here it is.
Now it appears that the President is the one who gave the go ahead to declassify this poor woman's name. Or at least Scott McClellan is not denying the newly released court documents in the Libby case. Now you can say that what Clinton did was bad... and he was impeached... but he did not endanger a person's life... Valerie Plame's life was endangered, intelligence assets were compromised, at a time (see 9/11) when we needed all the intelligence gatherers we could get, and the country's standing was weakened through this game of Mr. Wilson I can make you pay for what you did.
This type of behavior is definitely, more detrimental to the Country and it rates as a high crime and misdemeanor. I would call this a case of monumental STUPIDITY, that is detrimental to the nation as a whole. Here we have been shown two versions of stupidity, now let's go to the final version of stupidity that I find reprehensible... That is the actions of the Congress regarding immigration law reform that is all the talk of the Hill this week...

The current leadership of the Senate struck down immigration reform. That is not news, but the fact that Sen. Frist blamed the Democrats for its failure is almost as laughable as Tom Delay going on Fox News to discuss someone else's ethics. First the Republicans hold 55 seats, so if they could keep their own caucus together, then the legislation would pass. The problem was the Republicans couldn't decide what they wanted to do. Here's the eassiest way to look at this legislation:

This country has always worried about immigration. This is not a surprise, but we are almost entirely made up of immigrants as a country. These same immigrants, are the backbone of the country, Immigration has always been a strength, and never a weakness. Let us continue to honor the values of this country, and welcome immigrants. Rather than limiting immigration, secure the borders, and strengthen our ports. In that way future immigrants can continue to improve this nation and be as safe as the rest of the citizenry. If we wall ourselves off then this is a long term mistake; exposing ourselves to future problems because of short sighted STUPIDITY.

More Later...


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