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January 31, 2006

BDS Memes

I was explaining to Pops the other night what the problem with the Left is. The biggest problem is that they have no brainpower. Not that Leftist ideas are fundamentally stupid, I think that there are any number of people who could have made Socialism work in Russia better than Stalin. But that the American Left has suffered a mighty brain-drain which is not about to be reversed any time soon.

The greatest symptom of this is the Idiotarian Liberal, many of which display the classic symptoms of Bush Derangement Syndrome. They have become a mockery of themselves, and I think that's a bad thing for the nation that the opposition has just gone silly. Every other week, it seems, the grab onto a headline and launch a rabid attack meme that flies for a while and then dies. Everything in the news is a reaction to these attacks, and a great waste of political energy.

I'm going to watch this litany closely. They represent the opportunities wasted by the left that would make our democracy a bit more robust. This week, the extended BDS meme is all about 'Too Much Executive Privilege' which is basically a gripe about the domestic spying. You will note a couple things here. The first is that this has not risen to the level of a lawsuit. So nobody is actually seeking an injunction against the president's actions. Secondly, I think it has become abundantly clear (or at least I respect the arguments) that FISA, written in 1978, simply cannot deal with current technologies and the statute must be updated. Thirdly, while I have weighed in against the illegality as overreach, it is clear that action is better than inaction.

The spillover from this has been a failed attempt to convince the Senate that Alito's greatest failing is that he would accede to such executive overreach. Sorry. Better luck next time.

Posted by mbowen at January 31, 2006 07:29 AM

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I think it has become abundantly clear (or at least I respect the arguments) that FISA, written in 1978, simply cannot deal with current technologies and the statute must be updated

All Bush had to do was go to Congress and ask for more authority - period. They didn't do this because they didn't think Congress would approve. That cross-eyed, retard of an Attorney General said as much. That is what children do when they sneak and do something that they know their parents won't say yes to. The man publicly stated, more than once, that he knew warrants were needed and then he did the opposite behind the scenes. Sorry, the man has no track record as a saint, a scholar or a gentleman. We have checks and balances for a reason. He HAS to stop acting like he is free, white and 21 and can do as he damn well pleases!

Posted by: Qusan at January 31, 2006 07:47 AM

Well, you have to decide that if you have Osama's phone number are you going to wait for Congress to change a law, or are you going to act. Its Congress' job to deliberate, and they've had over 20 years to update this law and they haven't. So why should ongoing investigations that can deliver Al Qaeda be held up by Congress.

The law I know. But...

Posted by: Cobb [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 31, 2006 08:11 AM

They have 72 hours. They can tap me (and now I know they probably did because I was all over Arab websites while contracting at the Dept. of Defense at the onset of the war) and ask for a warrant. I don't see where the problem is in following the proper channels. The only reason to do otherwise is if you are violating what you know is the right thing.

Posted by: Qusan at January 31, 2006 10:28 AM

Q, maybe this guy W knows what he's doing (or at least more than y'all give him credit for). . . Maybe he knows that if he went to congress for EVERYTHING, that bay-gal Pick-my-noseylosi would start yelling on the front steps of Congress warning the bad dudes that they were being listened to so they can once again go further underground to seal our fate. So just go back to breakin into closets and grabbin little Cuban boys and let W do his job?!

Posted by: Jon at January 31, 2006 06:03 PM

The 72 hour window is a valid point, like it or not.

Posted by: DarkStar [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 31, 2006 07:20 PM

The only people who think that W knows what he is doing are dirt stupid. Greedy people like him because Corporate interests are the only way he got elected. The man is Urkel on crack and everything he has touched has been a disaster. Yet, I watch C-Span almost every morning and hear someone, every day, claiming they support him because they don't want "the blacks" to get welfare from their tax dollars. Come on! At this point, we have a plutocracy and the only people who support him, HONESTLY, are incredibly DUMB or incredibly GREEDY!

His foreign policy was highjacked by arrogant neo-cons who had no clue what they were doing and thought they could move colored people in the Middle East around like chess pieces only to see it FAIL miserably.

Yes, the little Cuban boy should have been sent back to his family. Every other BLACK stranded person from the Carribean would have been caught in the Ocean and sent back.

Posted by: Qusan at February 1, 2006 01:30 AM

BDS Loud and Clear!

Posted by: Jon at February 1, 2006 07:24 PM