Friday, November 09, 2007

End The Reign of Terror

Tucson, Arizona. Well, Congresswoman Giffords returned from her second trip to Iraq recently, and at least as quoted by Morlock's piece in the Citizen, didn't say anything particularly surprising about Iraq. I call attention to another statement she made, "Next year, we are going to really tighten down on the administration."

As a blogger, I get to say "turning screws." As someone who gets quoted in the paper, she says "tighten down" and let's hope the successful override of an Eggplant veto is the start of something that will gain momentum. It's past time for teeth. The mainstream press has picked up on what this blog noted two weeks ago complete with graphs and trend lines, the telling "strongly" statistic of the approval ratings. Bush now has a 50% "strongly disapprove" according the latest Gallop Poll, a record high since they first started tracking the number with Eisenhower. Coming in second, of course, is Nixon's peak at 48% before his resignation in disgrace.

Bush and Cheney have committed crimes against the people of this country and the people of this planet. They have shown utter contempt and disregard for both the legislative and judicial branches of government, thumbing their noses and laughing as they do whatever they want, and the anger continues to rise. CNN notes a poll regarding approval of Congress, also in the toilet, but thankfully, although not very effectively, the piece at least shows some disaggregation by party with the obvious result indicating rage more towardsRepublicans. Actual Poll (pdf).

The rage towards Congress follows its perceived failure to end "the reign of terror," and make no mistake, that is exactly what is occurring. The criminals in the White House deserve prosecution and prison terms for the atrocities they have committed.

Will Congress have the will and the wherewithal to "really tighten down on this administration"?

I hope so. That's why Giffords got my vote.


Blogger Dustin said...

why next year? why not now? Weak sauce.

11/09/2007 12:39 PM  
Blogger John Rose said...

Presumably, that statement was made while she was campaigning last year?

11/09/2007 1:58 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

She said, "Change can't wait." That was her campaign slogan. However, her special areas of expertise are property management and tires.

11/09/2007 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your generosity towards this twit is beyond understanding. I know that you are nothing to her because only people with money matter to this person. I don't know your financial circumstances, but you have made remarks suggesting that while you may be comfortable, you are not "rich."

She is pure politician. Liza gets it. Michael Bryon gets it. Dustin appears to get it.

I will grant that you aren't a Giffords groupie like Roger, but she is not the horsepower you appear to believe. She just isn't.

She's a light weight bolstered by daddy's money, just like "Eggplant" only not as dirty.


11/09/2007 3:46 PM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

Actually, because of this blog I have paid some attention, seen some footage of her, and went to an event. I did not have a one-on-one conversation, but my sense of people is rather sharp.

First, "twit" discounts genuinely desirable attributes of the woman. I will disagree with any assertion that she is malicious or deeply flawed in character. Giffords is an OK human being.

That said, I will acknowledge that I perceive (strongly) a certain weakness. I believe x4mr has spoken of this although not about her, perhaps in "Something Else," perhaps elsewhere, I cannot recall.

I don't think Giffords has suffered. History removes doubt that Abraham Lincoln suffered severely. x4mr has suffered. I would guess that Liza has suffered.

Giffords has what money can buy and perhaps a little more that comes from a strong work ethic. I believe she works hard, making her a better person in Congress than most. Still, the woman has never known the suffering and fear of real hardship. She cannot even begin to grasp some of the material posted at this blog.

I looked Giffords in the eyes, quite directly. The "scars" just weren't there. I suspect, x4mr, that not knowing her, you project into her qualities that you possess that she does not. I promise this is not about stroking your ego, but you are the bigger person, and you don't get that.

Liza does.

Back to politics, Giffords is a better choice than most who ran for that office. If I could make the choice, the decision is easy and immediate. Francine Shacter is a woman of intelligence, history, dignity, and character. As a human being and the accountabilities of the position, Francine towered over the rest.

We do not have a system that elects Francine's.

11/09/2007 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted for Francine. Did you, Navigator?

11/09/2007 8:17 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

I know Giffords personally and well, have for a number of years, and I agree with Navigator's claim that she has not suffered in any great sense.

Yes, relatives have died, the normal tribulations of human life have affected her, but I don't believe she has been tested in any crucible to see if she shatters or hardens.

If she's fortunate, it may be she never has to ... I hope not at least.

11/09/2007 9:28 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

"I suspect, x4mr, that not knowing her, you project into her qualities that you possess that she does not."

I agree, Navigator, although I do not know the reason why. x4mr would certainly recognize an infatuation for being just that, and his judgment is generally good. So, it's a deeper issue.

Intelligence, as it turns out, is far more complex than the ability to solve math problems and speak languages. There is the matter of accumulated life experience, and how we process and integrate everything that we have learned and seen and heard. Suffering, may or not contribute to one's intelligence (or humanity, if you will) because that will be dependent on how it is processed. I have known more than one person to suffer pretty horribly, yet still be devoid of compassion. Also, I think it is possible to benefit (if you want to call it that) from the suffering of others that far exceeds one's own. This is something that I understand quite well from having grown up in the south during the civil rights era. Absolutely everything that I believe about human rights is rooted in that time and that place. However, other people were there and saw and heard the same things, but processed them differently. I do not need to look any further than my own immediate family to see this.

I've given this a lot of thought, Navigator, because I never really thought of it as a blessing to have grown up in the Jim Crow south. Looking back, I feel differently about it. I have learned to appreciate the difference between living history and reading about it. To be sure, I have learned much more about the Civil Rights Movement from my reading than my own observations. However, my feelings and my attitudes and my fundamental beliefs about right and wrong originate from my own observations and how I processed them. I've never read a word written by anyone that has changed that in any way.

I have to conclude that what is of most value to each of us is that which we have literally wrung from our own souls.

11/10/2007 12:45 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Terrific comment, Liza, and I concur with everything you wrote. Your comments here and elsewhere demonstrate a maturity and wisdom that reflects under the surface and considers matter at a level of depth, which I admire in those who do so.

You can lead a horse to water...

Our experiences are opportunities to learn and grow. We can use the opportunities or not. In my opinion, those of character do.

I think Navigator focused on suffering because of Giffords. There are a range of experiences which craft a character, and he singled that out as applicable to her. I have no clue about her personal life or any struggles she has faced.

JFK was born obscenely rich, but he suffered horrible physical ailments. Sirocco is probably our best source of information about Giffords, and I believe him and Navigator's sense she is one who has had it pretty nice.

That's not a crime. Do I think she is better/bigger than she is? I don't know. I just want her to work hard, do her best, and not sell out. I said as much as I care to say about Giffords (other than updating current politics) in "Something Else." It's all there.

Thanks for reading. Your comments are most welcome here.

11/10/2007 6:39 PM  

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