Thursday, August 28, 2008

McSame: The Audacity of Stopping the Count

One of John McCain's key advisors on health care policy, John Goodman, has a novel idea that happens to be exactly the Wide Stance party's answer to votes cast in swing states: stop the counting and declare victory!

“So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime,” Mr. Goodman said. “The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care. “So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved.”
Brilliant! You'd think the Democrats would use a little of their free media during the party's national convention to cite this as just one instance of the radicalism and fraudulence of their Wide Stance opponents, but as Glenn Greenwald has accurately and depressingly noted, the DNC's speakers have been somewhere between mild and feckless in their criticisms of the Bush-Cheney-Rove-McCain GOP. Glennzilla:
[T]here is almost no mention of, let alone focus on, the sheer radicalism and extremism of the last eight years. During that time, our Government has systematically tortured people using sadistic techniques ordered by the White House; illegally and secretly spied on its own citizens; broken more laws than can be counted based on the twisted theory that the President has that power; asserted the authority to arrest and detain even U.S. citizens on U.S. soil and hold them for years without charges; abolished habeas corpus; created secret prisons in Eastern Europe and a black hole of lawlessness in Guantanamo; and explicitly abandoned and destroyed virtually every political value the U.S. has long claimed to embrace. ... The overriding impression one has is that the only things really wrong during the last eight years in this country are that gas prices are high and not everyone has health insurance.
Now is the time for full-throated, unapologetic, unwavering condemnation of the despicable and dishonorable direction Bush-Cheney have taken the country, and a clear statement that John McSame promises to continue that direction. That should not be the only message conveyed, but it should be a significant part of it.


Scott said...

The fact that the D-Party isn't mentioning this should make us concerned (not that we shouldn't already be). Now, don't get me wrong, I'm NOT voting McCain, but the Democrats are no different. They don't want to condemn these actions - because they are going to continue them. They just happen to be the lesser of two evils.

Dale said...

Scott, I just don't see it that way. Yes, the D party is too close to the R party in many areas. It's too willing to compromise.

Do you really think nothing of consequence came from the election (appointment) of George W. Bush over Al Gore? You see those two and say "six of one, half a dozen of the other"? Really?

The Democrats are far from perfect. Some of them are barely distinct from Republicans. Fair enough. But the Republicans are very close to the worst possible. Between "far from perfect" and "worse possible" there's a lot of daylight.

Scott said...

True. As I said, "They are the lesser evil." I certainly agree that Johnny would be far worse to me than Obama.
Maybe no different was too strong, but I think you see my point. Do you really think all the legal creep and the procrastination of responsibility is going to end with Obama? That's a hell of a lot to expect.
By the way, I read your blog every day, and I certainly enjoy it.

Dale said...

Scott, I do expect Obama to ease back on the excesses of executive power. We'll see.

We'll all see what happens with respect to detainees, POW designations, spying/wiretapping, invocations of war powers, the uses of the department of justice, political appointees versus professional federal posts, signing statements, politically motivated redactions of science, and all the rest.

We'll see.

Thanks for stopping by.