Friday, June 24, 2005

POTUS in trouble? Dial 9-11

With the President's poll numbers in the crapper, and support for the neo-con's idea of foreign policy diminishing, the Republican message machine does what they always do: exploit the events of September 11, 2001 for political gain.

Rove, senior Bush advisor: "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."

I guess this is the kind of rhetoric we should come to expect when their lame-duck, cry-baby fake president can't get everything he wants.

The debate rages in the media and blogs, and there is no apology or accountability from the White House forthcoming. In fact, the White House finds the outrage "puzzling."
Maybe Rove truly meant what he said. Maybe what they are puzzled about is the fact that some of us aren't "Iraq-had-WMD-and-are-linked-with-Al Qaida" Kool-Aid drinkers. Maybe they're incredulous that their Public Relations Blitz and spin doesn't dizzy every single one of us into rapturous worship of Our Dear Leader. Perhaps they're puzzled by the fact that patriotic Americans should think for ourselves and that some of us don't like the way they think: We were attacked on 9-11, so we need to show some macho military aggression in the Mid East. Hey, let's blame it on Saddam and destroy Iraq, and let Bin Laden get away, so we don't piss off our business partner Saudis. Yeah, that's what we should do!
I don't like how they think, either. Does that make me a traitor?
  • Check it (hat tip to AmericaBlog): 49% Say Bush Responsible for Provoking Iraq War, 44% Say Hussein. My question: what are those 44% thinking? Oh yeah, they like the Kool-Aid
  • Read Dan Froomkin every day to stay informed on everything White House .
  • Bush to address troops on Iraq war from Ft. Bragg on Tuesday. The PR blitz continues.
  • Expected to be "specific" Iraq. Well, it's about time for that, wouldn't you say? Sheeesh! While you're at it, Mr. Bush, how about some straight answers for once? Please and thank you.
UPDATE: A soldier in Iraq responds to Rove:
To hear a man like Karl insinuate that only conservatives are really patriotic is a knife in the back to every man and woman in Iraq who serves here. At least a third of us voted against Bush and pals. The number increases every day that we stay here, forced to make bricks without straw for months on end.
Now who's undermining our military efforts overseas?
Read this letter and many others here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Q: Why are some Alaskans protesting against Steve Earle?

A: Because they fear him.

They call him un-American, but what's more American than standing up for what you believe in, and using music to voice concerns and encourage others to think about what's happening in the world?
Steve Earle knows more about what it means to be an American than a few self-righteous clowns writing letters and buying ads protesting his appearance at the Southeast Alaska State Fair on July 30. Said clowns are making fools of themselves, as unprecedented demand for tickets to his show testify to his popularity. Steve will rock that place, despite his detractors, and show those folks what an unstoppable force he is.
Steve has seen American life from up on top and from the very bottom. See a biography here. He is an outspoken opponent of the death penalty, the war in Iraq, false patriotism and corporate greed. One of his biggest heroes is Woody Guthrie, so his values are obviously diametrically opposed to those in power, as he stands up for hard-working freedom lovers everywhere. His perseverance is exemplary to all who have struggled with addiction, broken families, poverty and the justice system.
So why are some folks boycotting him? Fear. Folks on the right don't like it when people ask difficult questions of them. They get scared that the truth may expose their lies and hypocrisy. They are frightened by the prospect of a change in the status quo, which serves those in power who use fear and faux patriotism to keep the masses obsequious. They prefer that we put one of those yellow ribbon magnets on our SUV's, quietly go about our day to-day business, and shut the fuck up. Let our leaders decide who to kill, who to jail and how to spend our money. They believe that governance is of the few, by the few and for the few.
Steve will tell you that he doesn't believe this. Steve will tell you to take a good look around, think about what's important to you and your neighbors, band together and change your world. He will tell you that it's going to take every one of us to start a revolution to change the direction of this country. Steve will tell you that the revolution
I hope Mr. Earle won't mind if i reprint the lyrics to my favorite track off his latest album:

Rich Man’s War
Jimmy joined the army ‘cause he had no place to go
There ain’t nobody hirin’ ‘round here since all the jobs went down to Mexico
Reckoned that he’d learn himself a trade maybe see the world
Move to the city someday and marry a black haired girl
Somebody somewhere had another plan
Now he’s got a rifle in his hand
Rollin’ into Baghdad wonderin’ how he got this far
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man’s war

Bobby had an eagle and a flag tattooed on his arm
Red white and blue to the bone when he landed in Kandahar
Left behind a pretty young wife and a baby girl
A stack of overdue bills and went off to save the world
Been a year now and he’s still there
Chasin’ ghosts in the thin dry air
Meanwhile back at home the finance company took his car
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man’s war

When will we ever learn
When will we ever see
We stand up and take our turn
And keep tellin’ ourselves we’re free

Ali was the second son of a second son
Grew up in Gaza throwing bottles and rocks when the tanks would come
Ain’t nothin’ else to do around here just a game children play
Somethin’ ‘bout livin’ in fear all your life makes you hard that way

He answered when he got the call
Wrapped himself in death and praised Allah
A fat man in a new Mercedes drove him to the door
Just another poor boy off to fight a rich man’s war
Do not fear the Steve. Listen to him.