WH Didn’t Want to Acknowledge Drone Program

After missing “Up With Chris Hayes” Sunday morning, I caught an extremely important tidbit from the show reported by Politico.

First, let me say that I would be a devoted “upper” if it were not for the demands on my time as wife and mother to my toddler and infant. It is a far more important show than “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” and “This Week.” The significant content varies, tends to be much more relevant than the headlines the other three stick with and the diversity of guests is more than laudable. Sometimes Chris speaks when he should listen and interrupts when he should stay quiet, but I cannot judge one who must command a two-hour show for the same faults I myself commit routinely.

According to Politico today, Robert Gibbs revealed that, upon becoming White House spokesperson, he was instructed not to acknowledge the existence of the drone program. He gives the matter its necessary weight, saying he thought the practice undermined confidence in the administration.

Many, including Dan Rather, assert Obama has not fulfilled his promise of more transparency. Now, I agree that Obama has not been nearly as transparent as many of us had hoped. Obama’s counter that his has been the most transparent administration in history is no real defense. One’s sin cannot be justified because of others’ greater sins. We are all accountable for own actions.

The fact remains, however, that using unilateral executive authority to order the deaths of anyone, let alone American citizens, is wrong.

Our democracy was constructed under the main guiding principle of checks and balances. Certain executive orders and privileges should and do exist. Assassination, however, should not be among them.

The revelation that the Obama administration did not want their voice to address the drone program illustrates an extreme dereliction of duty. As someone who has cast two votes for Barack Obama as president, I demand my executive give full accounting of the history of this military practice and bring it inline with constitutional, legal and moral foundations.

So must all who voted for Obama.

We cannot impugn the Bush administration gravely for their perpetration of torture and then give our representative a pass on KILLING people. It will be the liberals who change Obama’s procedures and we must demand action. Silence is consent. This is not a gray area. There must be action. Now.


Sometimes I Want the Republicans to Win

Sometimes, selfish devil me just wishes the Republicans would win the whole election and run the government again. Society would become more and more economically polarized, with the poverty class growing exponentially, creating a very unstable nation, replete with rich people cowering behind their fenced-in mansions as throngs of people throw day-old trash about their manicured properties.

Republicans screwing America (making Santorum)

Republicans screwing America (making Santorum) (Photo credit: EN2008)

More and more civil rights would be violated until they’ve run out of “lefty” civil rights to violate and they would start eliminating the civil rights of Republicans clinging to the lower economic echelons and then those RWNJs would get what’s comin’ to ’em because they didn’t stand up and protect the civil rights of those who disagreed with them in the first place.

One unfortunate eventuality is that they might mandate church or turn all educational institutions into religious structures and that would suck huge donkey balls; but even Christians hate church, for the most part, so that would suck for everyone. Again, the RWNJs would be like, “Holy fuck, what did we do? We liked it better when we were losing, but still able to wear tricornered hats and beat our Bibles as a public, psychological masturbation.”

It’d be like Bush all over again, when policy took this country into darker and darker places until the Republicans who voted him began to disown him and his tenure (of course, they did this only after burning The Dixie Chicks at the stake for the same thing). I thought they would have learned from his eight years, but they have actually doubled-down. And they deserve the fate wrought by policies they would like to enact. Eventually, only a very small few would benefit and the leader of this country would look like a grotesque amalgamation between Pat Robertson, Sen. Jeff Sessions, and David Koch.

Then I think of all the people who would suffer irreparable damage in most aspects of their life. And I stop being evil and don’t want the Republicans to win. And I remember what this fight is about. Republican victory would spell a continuing attack on freedom and liberty and further concentration of wealth into the hands of the few. For the sake of everything that is good and holy in the world, we must alight at the ballot-booth (those of us whose voting rights haven’t been restricted) and vote against the Republicans.

Sometimes it’s good to not be evil. I wish Republicans felt that way.