Thursday, August 02, 2007

Demented America
How about this one:

The Club For Growth is targeting Mike Huckabee in the run-up to the Ames straw poll next weekend, clearly hoping to blunt any appeal he might have with state's religious right GOP base. This TV ad, with a buy costing a total of $85,000, attacks Huckabee for raising various taxes when he was governor of Arkansas, tax hikes that Huckabee has said were necessary to improve the state's ragged infrastructure.

Their ad went up today. Is it obliviousness or shamelessness that these vicious, greedy fuckers renew their anti-tax jihad as rescuers are still trying to save the victims of a bridge collapse in Minneapolis--the perfect example of what happens when you neglect the public's infrastructure?

Huckabee's obviously wrong about a great many things. But if he has the gumption to tell off Pat Toohey and his collection of sociopaths--to invite them to drown themselves in Grover Norquist's bathtub--I'm sending him money.

On the "Democratic" side, more madness from our would-be Kinder, Gentler Empress:

The ongoing Hillary-Obama skirmish has flared up into a major firefight this afternoon, with Clinton chiding Obama at a press conference for ruling out the use of nukes against terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Earlier today Obama was asked by the Associated Press whether he'd consider using nukes against terrorists in Afghanistan or Pakistan. His answer was No:

"I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance," Obama said, with a pause, "involving civilians." Then he quickly added, "Let me scratch that. There's been no discussion of nuclear weapons. That's not on the table."

Hillary has now responded by chiding Obama for ruling out the use of nukes. Here's what she said today at a press conference, according to a transcript provided by the Senator's office:

"I think that presidents should be very careful at all times in discussing the use or non-use of nuclear weapons. Presidents, since the Cold War, have used nuclear deterrence to keep the peace. And I don't believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or non-use of nuclear weapons."

You're fucking kidding me. Right?

How sick have we become as a society when our most likely next president is publicly countenancing the use of nuclear weapons--the same instruments of death and havoc that we are endlessly willing to go to war to stop others from acquiring--against a bunch of thugs in caves?

I took a lot of classes in college about the Cold War, deterrence theory, all that stuff. I understand the thinking. But... this is beyond irrational. It's one thing to deter aggression from a hostile, nuclear-armed power; it's quite another even to hold open the possibility that you would irradiate an entire region--killing who knows how many people who have nothing to do with whatever it is you're trying to stop--just to score political points.

It's times like this I'm glad I'm agnostic. Because if I were a person of faith, I'd be worried in the extreme about the wrath of a just God.

1 comment:

The Navigator said...

One of my favorite conservatives is Bob Riley, the Alabama governor who pushed a plan to hike taxes on the timber interests that own much of northern Alabama and paid vitually nothing, to raise money for education. He did it because it was the right thing to do, pure and simple. (Naturally it went down to defeat in a referendum 2 to 1.) I believe he also stood up to Roy Moore. Very heartening. Still not sure I'd send him money, though.