From the Miami Herald:
If, back in 2001, anyone had told me that four years after bin Laden’s attack our president would admit that he broke U.S. law against domestic spying and ignored the Constitution – and then expect the American people to congratulate him for it – I would have presumed the girders of our very Republic had crumbled.
Had anyone said our president would invade a country and kill 30,000 of its people claiming a threat that never, in fact, existed,then admit he would have invaded even if he had known there was no threat – and expect America to be pleased by this – I would have thought our nation’s sensibilities and honor had been eviscerated.
If I had been informed that our nation’s leaders would embrace torture as a legitimate tool of warfare, hold prisoners for years without charges and operate secret prisons overseas – and call such procedures necessary for the nation’s security – I would have laughed at the folly of protecting human rights by destroying them.
If someone had predicted the president’s staff would out a CIA agent as revenge against a critic, defy a law against domestic propaganda by bankrolling supposedly independent journalists and commentators, and ridicule a 37-year Marine Corps veteran for questioning U.S. military policy – and that the populace would be more interested in whether Angelina is about to make Brad a daddy – I would have called the prediction an absurd fantasy.
That’s no America I know, I would have argued. We’re too strong, and we’ve been through too much, to be led down such a twisted path.
What is there to say now?
There’s more, but this is the main point. While I agree with this columnists assessment, I think the American public might be turning against the policies of the president. It’s true the population is more interested in “bread and circus” than any redeeming society changes, but that’s because it hasn’t been presented to them in a way that they understand or care about. The only places the general population get their news presented to them in a way that’s entertaining is The Daily Show and maybe The O’Reilly Factor.
Seriously, when The Daily Show is used as a news source, you are in deep trouble. And don’t get me started on Bill O’Reilly, a man I used to respect until he started this garbage about saying Happy Holidays is an attack on Christmas.
All of this talk now in 2005 will mean grand changes in the upcoming 2006 elections. I predict that the Republicans are going to lose control of the House and the Senate and in 2008 lose the Presidency.