Please read my previous post "No Blood For Oil" before reading this one. They should have been posted as a single unit.
In addition to "Facts are stubborn things" John Adams had another quote that is a favorite of mine. It is: Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people: John Adams
Nancy sent me this funny spoof on the Bush presidency that I think every one will enjoy. I would like to post it here, but for expediency I am just including the link. If you like to laugh, please click here.
My last political rant itemized many of the blunders of 'Bush and company' but I failed to mention the signing statements. As of February 8, 2008 George Bush had signed a total of 156 signing statements. While this practice has not been declared unconstitutional, it has certainly undermined the separation of powers. It is a way of weakening Congress' authority and power. It is also an indication of the secretive way this administration has governed.
It really mystifies me that some people still defend Bush and fail to see the danger he has put our nation in. I guess Honest Abe was right. You can fool some of the people all of the time.
Now that I have ranted on the Bush presidency that, thank God, is almost over, I am going to look forward to a future danger.
One of the most frightening to me, and one that will have the most lasting effect, is the fate of the Supreme Court. There are three Justices who are certainly going to retire within the next four years. John Paul Stevens is 88, Anthony Kennedy is 72,and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while only 69, has had cancer. John McCain has already praised Samuel Alito as his favorite Justice and has promised to nominate like thinking Judges. He is determined to overturn Roe vs Wade which will have the dire result of criminalizing doctors and women who either preform or need abortions. No one wants an abortion, contrary to what the pro-lifers claim. It is most certainly NOT expensive birth control and is only a last resort for desperate women. We have experienced the terrible consequences of making abortion illegal and I doubt that anyone who lived during that time would want to return to those dark ages of coat hanger abortions.
I do hope that those who disagree with my rant will take the time to delve out the facts on my statements and not do, as so many of the opposite view have done, believe what the Fox talking heads and Rush Limbaugh say and swallow it whole. Or believe what a novelist wrote on Climate Change instead of believing the Scientists who actually make a study of it.
Please, please vote intelligently based on facts and not spin or sound bites. I beg you; our country depends on it.