Scott Horton at Harper's Magazine draws the parallel between Adams and Bush, the Federalists and the GOP. Adams and the Federalists greatly expanded the power of government, which they narrowly controlled, and eroded civil liberties. They over-reached and soon the Federalists as a party were no more. One of the parallels is the hysteria and fear-mongering promoted by the party and their right wing media machine.
Scott Horton also calls attention to Keith Olbermann's "A Bill of Indictment" and its parallel to our Declaration of Independence. Scott's article on Bush's War Against the Rule of Law is available to subscribers.
We the People, that is what this nation really stand for and that is what the Greedy Oil Party are really opposed to. They say they want to safeguard the vote - by denying it to the old, the poor and the handicapped. They say that lying to a Grand Jury is the worst type of crime, but now it is one not worthy of a jail sentence if it is committed by a loyal friend. They say they want to reduce taxes, and do cut taxes for the rich but raise them for the poor and middle-class. They say they want less government, and then greatly expand governmental powers and budget. They claim to be the morality party, and become the party of choice for child predators. They claim to be the patriot party, yet celebrate treason. If you have supported Bush and the Republican Party and their talk radio supporters you should be ashamed on this day of all days.
More on getting to the bottom of the Plame outing. Libby commutation outrage is widespread.
In a SurveyUSA poll taken immediately after the commutation was announced, 60 percent of those surveyed said they disagreed with the decision, including 35 percent of conservatives. And, in an earlier Time magazine/SRBI poll, 72 percent said they would disapprove of a pardon. So unless "the left" has recently had an incredible growth spurt, a lot of people on the so-called "right" are feeling outraged too.Commentary on Olberman's call for the resignation of Bush and Cheney. I accuse.
Kevin Baker: Stabbed in the Back - the history and future of a right-wing myth.
How to celebrate the 4th - C-SPAN2 is scheduled to carry the conservative Media Research Center's March 29 2007 DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 2006 -- the showcase of the MRC's 20th Anniversary Gala -- which was followed by Rush Limbaugh accepting the MRC's first annual William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence.
Yeah, that draft-dodging, illegal drug addict, fact-challenged radio clown who patronizes underage foreign prostitutes with the help of huge bottles of Viagra was honored by the crowd without honor. Did you note the William F. Buckley Award? A man known for fighting desegration and civil rights in the South as uppity negros have no place in civilized society. "The central question... is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not predominate numerically? The sobering answer is Yes.... National Review believes that the South's premises are correct..."
I Stand For Liberty.
Ian Welsh at The Agonist:
On July 4th, on your birthday, this is my wish for America and for Americans - that you remember that the right thing to do morally is almost always the right thing to do pragmatically. There is no choice between "freedom and safety"; there is no choice between prosperity and massive inequality; there is no choice between generosity and fiscal prudence and there is no such thing as "managed free speech".Do you have what it takes to become a U.S. citizen today? Questions from the citizenship test.
Be the America the world loved. Be the America you can be proudest of - the one that does not torture, that treats all men as equal and with unalienable rights. Be the America that rebuilt Europe and that lends a helping hand to countries like Afghanistan. Be the America that would never invade a country that had not attacked you first. Be the America that is about lifting all boats and not just a few.
Be that America, and we will all be Americans.
Legacy - Al Gore and the Media Alpha Girls