Posted in Barack Obama, Elections, Mitt Romney, News, Politics, Presidential Campaign

Progress, Elections and the GOP

Obviously, the loss Republicans suffered on November 6th was crushing. As Democrats successfully re-elected Barack Obama and picked up numerous congressional seats, the GOP was horrified to watch as they were hit with massive blow after blow.

Now as political pundits and every-day citizens alike begin to weigh in, many on the right are projecting a doom-and-gloom outlook. Some are even lamenting the loss of liberty forever. Others are predicting something akin to apocolypse, as if the world we live in has literally come to an end.

I agree that the world we used to live in seems to be dying. Different than my Republican counterparts, however, I couldn’t be happier about it. No longer can a political party run a campaign based on lies, based on the promised alienation of entire groups of citizens, and expect to win.

That’s what I call Progress, and I am thrilled to have played a small role in helping to achieve it.

Curious, however, is that behind all the complaining and panic, I have heard very little from the GOP regarding changes their own party needs to make to ensure history doesn’t continue to repeat itself.

If the consequences of this election are so massive, to the point where Americans have lost their liberty, their democracy, and are now a socialist nation as conservatives seem to be claiming, why wasn’t that the focal point of the campaigns the Republicans ran? I see many on the right lamenting the fact that voters voted on social issues, as opposed to what they view as more important issues.

However, I can point to several examples of Republican candidates actively turning their campaigns into referendums on social issues. Whether accurate or not, the impression of many is that the GOP ran on issues like Akin’s and Murdouch’s rape policies, an unwillingness to support gay rights (though polls have long showed most Americans support these rights), and a perceived war on women and minorities (especially Latinos). It’s easy for some people to complain that Democrats hijacked the election, making it solely social issues, but for many of us- who feel the Republican Party at best disregarded us and at worst displayed open hostility against us- we had no choice BUT to vote on social issues.

The fact is, women, minorities and homosexuals were made to feel their very rights were at risk. 

I would have been severely disappointed had Obama lost the election, so I empathize and in some ways understand the Republican response to Romney’s loss. What I have a hard time feeling sympathy for are the actual politicians and handlers that managed these campaigns. Whether or not you agree or disagree, there were millions of people who felt completely ostracized and abandoned by the GOP, believing the only way to preserve their voice in their own country was to vote against that machine.

Republicans ran a campaign that purposefully spoke only to white male voters. Our nation is much more diverse than that. In this way may of us found ourselves voting not for one man over the other, but for a party that we felt represented us.

The GOP has to broaden its appeal, or yes, they will continue to lose.

No party- Democrat or Republican- is going to be able to win an election when the candidates are only attempting to reach a tiny subset of the entire population. Democrats wouldn’t have won the election had they ONLY catered to blacks, or ONLY gay people, etc.

You have to speak to people before you can expect their support.

Posted in C-Haze, Herman Cain, News, Politics, Presidential Campaign, Race, Racial Profiling, Racism, Republicans

Cain denies proposing racial profiling

Cain is in hot water… again.

He wants voters to believe his “targeted identification” policy proposal is not the same thing as racial profiling.

Here, in his own words, Cain tells us what the term really means, as it relates to the TSA using this approach in airports:

Targeted identification is a deliberate approach to figure out patterns associated with people who have tried to kill us…I’m simply saying we should not be afraid to identify those characteristics that have basically been consistent in people who have tried to hurt this country.

In contrast, here’s the definition of Racial Profiling:

Racial profiling is a form of discrimination by which law enforcement uses a person’s race or cultural background as the primary reason to suspect that the individual has broken the law.

See? Totally different!

Or not.

Go ahead and pull those Muslims aside, get to the business of robbing them of their civil and Constitutional rights, all in the name of “targeted identification”.

In the spirit of Herman Cain and his supporters, I have been motivated to propose my own “targeted identification” plan. Moving forward, black people should be allowed to violate the rights of white conservatives. This is appropriate because people who look exactly like they do have been actively harming minority Americans for generations.

Carry on!

Posted in Conservative, GOP, Herman Cain, News, Politics, President, Presidential Campaign, Republicans, Sexual Harassment

Herman Cain, Sinking Ships and the Tea Party Princess

… at the beginning of the day, I hadn’t recalled as much as by the end of the day.”

So said Herman Cain, during a Fox News interview with Neil Cavuto while discussing the allegations of sexual harassment against him. Cain was referring to the fact that when first asked about the allegations, he conveniently remembered nothing- that is, until he realized that those pesky women were not going to disappear.

Suddenly, by his own admission, his memory improved. The more detailed the accusations, the more clear it became that this wasn’t going to go away, the better his recollection.

Convenient.

Since these allegations hit the news waves, Cain has been on a non-stop publicity tour, speaking to any number of media outlets. He says he wants to be as visible as possible, sharing with the world that he “doesn’t have anything to hide”.

Cain wants us to believe he is being upfront about these allegations, but in reality, he spends most of his time piling on slightly hysterical-sounding denials. On the rare occasion that he’s willing to talk about it (only to sympathetic conservative news outlets, ironically) he  peppers his denials with inconsistent statements.

First, he has no recollection of the incidents in question.

Next, he backs away from his assertion of amnesia, instead blaming his unwillingness to answer these accusations on the fact that the women in question were choosing to remain anonymous. How can he answer accusations from people who refuse to come forward and identify themselves?

So Politico provided him with the name of one of his accusers.

He still refused to answer.

Cain did eventually go on to confess that he had vague knowledge of the incidents in question, then later still admitted he was extremely familiar with the investigations and fully recalls them…

… Though he swore he had no idea about the financial settlements.

Some say we owe Cain the benefit of the doubt, as he’s found himself in a “he said, she said” situation in which no solid evidence of his lurid behavior has been brought to light.

Others claim that Cain is being attacked by left-wing liberals who simply hate the fact that a conservative black man is running for office (Cain himself has blamed Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and most recently, liberals). He wants America to believe the allegations against him are simply part of a vast Democrat conspiracy, liberals bent on sending him straight to hell.

Really?

Then how come the sole woman willing to come out and accuse Cain publicly is actually a conservative?

Wait- it gets even better- not only is she a conservative, but she’s a teabagger member of the Tea Party.

Ooh. There goes that whole Liberal-Left-Wing-Conspiracy theory.

That I do not trust nor believe Herman Cain has nothing to do with his politics, and it has nothing to do with the color of his skin. My views instead have everything to do with his own behavior, his tactics in choosing how to (or how not to) address the allegations laid at his feet.

This is not a “he said, she said” situation.

It is a “he said, they said” scenario.

They.

As in plural.

This is not a situation in which some crazy lone-wolf of a woman has come out of the woodwork and made baseless allegations against a man of power. There are women, all of which are saying the exact same thing.

As Cain attempts to convince us that he is not, in fact, a boneheaded sexist pig (anybody see the most recent debate, by the way? Where he calls Rep. Nancy Pelosi “Princess Pelosi”? Oh Sorry. I digress), he puts himself in a situation that invites more questions than answers. His “recollection” of the events in question change and evolve as the women’s allegations become more clear and detailed.

In a single day he goes from having zero memory of these incidents to suddenly remembering them, albeit not clearly.

Next, by his own statements, we learn that actually, his recollection of the events are crystal clear- but only where the investigations are concerned.

Financial settlements?

What financial settlements?

Even on this point, his memory has inexplicably improved, and now remembers that the National Restaurant Association, while under his direction, did pay these women some money.

First he said it was $10,000.

Next, it was $45,000.

But, he says, those were separation agreements, not financial settlements, the funds were paid without his knowledge.

Riiight.

Cain expects people to simply swallow his contention that despite the fact that he was president of the National Restaurant Association during the time the allegations were made against him, he had no knowledge that the organization- people who worked for him- entered into financial settlements with the women who- it bears repeating- were making allegations against him.

Look- I know that was a monster of a run-on sentence, but it was necessary.

Read it again.

Cain simply refuses to give Americans credit for having a brain. He refuses to acknowledge that as individual people we are capable of forming our own opinions based on the evidence- yes, even circumstantial- laid before us. This despite the nonsense he continuously tries to force-feed us.

If it walks like a duck…

The story has completely fallen apart. Cain did that to himself. His own words, his own contradictions, his own back-pedaling has made him unbelievable in the eyes of the public. The Democrats didn’t do it to him, nor did his skin color.

He simply did it to himself.

*Poof!*

And that, my friends, is the sound of a sinking ship.

Posted in C-Haze, GOP, Politics, Presidential Campaign, Republicans, Rick Perry

Rick Perry = Drunken Idiot?

Rick Perry recently gave a speech in New Hampshire.

Some people say he seemed…

… Uh…

A bit under the influence.

I watched the video- analyzed it, really.

I think he was drunk- or on drugs.

Either way, God help us if he was sober, and people actually take him seriously.

Shudder.

I think John Stewart was right when he said:

 Best-case scenario, that dude’s hammered. Worst-case scenario, that is Perry sober, and every time we’ve seen him previously, he’s been hammered.

You be the judge:

Posted in GOP, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Politics, Presidential Campaign, Republicans, Rick Perry

FOX News: Cain Harassment Issue: Who Said What to Whom?

Cain Harassment Issue: Who Said What to Whom?

I’m guessing Herman Cain never heard the old adage, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”.

We are beginning to learn more details of the sexual harassment allegations against the quirky candidate. Most recently, another allegation, made by an altogether different woman has surfaced, adding to the previous two on record.

… And then there were three.

As for Cain’s bid for the Presidency, it’s over- even if he refuses to admit it.

Rather than speak on the topic of these allegations in any intelligent fashion, he points the finger at Rick Perry, then Mitt Romney, and oh, look! He’s back to pointing at Perry again!

I’m getting dizzy.

Slightly nauseated too.

This guy is disgusting.

Posted in Alabama, Bull Connor, Civil Rights, Governor Robert Bentley, HB56, Immigration, Politics

Bull Connor, Robert Bentley and the Pride of Alabama

Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up.

I have no idea who came up with that quote, but whoever it was is indeed a wise one.

60 years ago, a Civil Rights war was waged and won. Both a product of the south and bi-racial, I am proud of my history and ever-conscious of it. I love going back home and touring plantations, walking through the many museums that document in breathtaking detail what seems like every moment of our racially-intolerant past- from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement.

Years ago, when my (now) 13 year old was about five, I took her to a plantation just outside of Richmond, VA. After walking through the beautifully landscaped grounds, we came across a real cotton field; one that still produces to this day. I made my child get out there and start picking it. What better way to illustrate the back-breaking work her ancestors were forced to perform? I was grateful for the opportunity to show her, and for just a moment, she lived her history.

The beautiful home and land we had been visiting took on a different look to her that day.

One of the greatest things about the south is its willingness- its openness- to address its bloody history. Nowhere is human progress more apparent to me than when I have the opportunity to go home and see for myself how far we have come in such a short amount of time.

The good guys won that war. I just wish I could say the story is over now, and everyone lived happily ever after.

Unfortunately, however, that’s not the case. There has been a heartbreaking backslide in our country, and yes (or most especially, perhaps) it is happening in the south.

On its surface, the battle may not look like the one our Civil Rights heroes fought all those years ago, but if one takes just a moment to look below the surface, the similarities are chilling.

Back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the Movement was fought to end segregation against blacks.

Today, we are (again) called to fight against segregation, racism and hatred. This time, however, the brown people being targeted are not African American; they are instead Latino…

… More specifically, they are Mexican.

Nationwide, debates have been ongoing, with politicians from every corner of the country weighing in on immigration. They speak in general terms, but everyone knows it is not the Canadians we want off our soil.

It’s those dirty Mexicans.

They’re gangbangers, after all.

Drug Lords.

Worthless.

Ignorant.

They’re stealing our jobs.

Besides- don’t they know it’s illegal for them to be here? Send them home!

Cue angry mob with pitchforks and torches

Alabama has recently passed one of the worst pieces of hate-legislation this country has ever seen. Its target is Mexican immigrants. The legislation is called HB56 (I’m told- though I don’t believe it- the HB does not stand for Hate Bill), and if you click here you can read it in its entirety.

Generally speaking, the bill legalizes the terrorization of Latinos. Some of its highpoints include:

  • Allowing local law enforcement to demand papers from and detain those they believe are in the country illegally, even if the reason for stopping the person had nothing to do with immigration status (during a traffic stop, for example).
  • Making it a crime for undocumented immigrants to hold a job in Alabama, and make it a crime for any immigrant in the state to be caught without documentation proving status.
  • Making it illegal to sign a contract with undocumented immigrants, to knowingly rent property to them, to knowingly hire them for jobs.
  • Requiring businesses to use E-Verify, the government database of names, to check employees’ legal status.

The bill doesn’t stop there. It even attacks the children of immigrants, requiring every single school to obtain each student’s immigration status, to be turned over to state administrators. The bill also makes it illegal for any undocumented student to obtain any type of post-high school education in the state.

The obvious objective of this bill is to scare the little brown people, with the hope of forcing Mexicans out of this country- or at the very least, out of the state.

You ain’t gotta go home, but you can’t stay here!

Republicans, typically and true to form, have resorted to scare-tactics to garner public support of the hate-filled drivel contained in HB56.

Alabama state representative (and Republican co-sponsor of the bill) Scott Beason told his constituents that the bill will “put thousands of Alabamians back to work”.

Really? GREAT!!

Except that it’s a lie.

An outright complete and total, ignorant lie.

Since the bill was passed, hundreds (if not thousands) of immigrants have fled the state of Alabama. In addition to being too afraid to send their children to school, they have abandoned their jobs.

Almost none of the many newly created job openings have been filled.

Why?

Because those hardworking pariahs of society are so desperate to survive in this country, so desperate to create better lives for themselves and their families that they are willing to do the kind of work that no one else is willing to do. The work is back breaking, and it is done by undocumented immigrants in abhorrent and dangerous conditions for mere pennies.

It’s the kind of work you couldn’t pay one of “us” to do.

Critics and supporters alike agree that this bill makes even Arizona’s immigration laws look like child’s play, and from the looks of things, Alabama is just getting started.

Those who sponsored this bill justify the hatred found in its contents by reminding the nation that it is against the law to be an undocumented person in this country. They justify their support by making themselves out to be the victims, with undocumented Mexicans the perpetrators of a terrible crime.

Gone is the memory that not too long ago, segregation was legal in the south. It was legal for white people to trample all over the Constitutional rights of black people. It was legal to put a black man in jail for speaking to a white woman. It was legal to keep a black person from voting, or to keep black people from eating with, living near and being educated with white people.

Simply making something legal doesn’t make it right.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the funeral of Civil Rights icon Fred Shuttlesworth. It was wonderful to have a chance to pay my respects to a bona-fide hero, but even more rewarding was the opportunity I had to listen to many great people pay homage to him. Among those who spoke was the current governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley.

Bentley, a Republican, gave a beautiful tribute to both Shuttlesworth and the Movement in general. He spoke eloquently about Alabama’s racial history, and said adamantly- passionately, even- that we can never allow history to repeat itself. His words were moving, and it definitely added a level of legitimacy, hearing these truths spoken by a white conservative.

What Governor Bentley did not address, unfortunately, is his unwavering, undying and thoroughly mortifying support of HB56.

The hypocrisy is astounding.

This man was able to stand up and speak truth to power when it came to the historic plight of one group of people with brown skin. Simultaneously, however, he supports- and is actively causing– the systematic dismantling of the human rights of different group of brown people.

Governor Bentley, with the help of Alabama’s super-majority Republican legislature has legalized the outright abuse and hatred of fellow human beings.

I know one thing- Bull Connor sure would be proud.

Posted in C-Haze, Current Events, GOP, News, Paul Revere, Politics, Republicans, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin Has an English Speaking Problem

I saw this article and was instantly excited, as it perfectly illustrates my thoughts.

Once one translates the babble we know and love as Palin-Speak, we realize her Paul Revere comments were only somewhat inaccurate. Certainly not as horrifically off base as some would have us believe.

The bigger problem, in my opinion, is that we are constantly being forced to translate the would-be presidential candidate’s words. If we don’t, opting instead to let her words speak for themselves, all we are left with is strange babble.

Certainly her weekend ramble contained a few keywords: warning shots, bells, Paul Revere, Americans, British, militia…

It’s a strange conglomeration of folksy-talk, political speak, and nonsense. I’m reminded of the worksheets my children did as homework assignments in early elementary school, where the teacher would give the students clues- key words, some pictures, perhaps- and they had to create a coherent sentence based on the provided contectual clues.

That we all have to participate in that very same chilhood type of excercise just to understand what in the world the woman is trying to say is both puzzling and worrisome.

On the plus side, however, boring she is not!

Or, if you prefer, is boring not she.

Posted in Congress, Current Events, House of Representatives, Immigration, News, Politics, Republicans

Colbert’s Congressional Testimony

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything. My passion is politics with a little social justice thrown into the mix, but lately, those topics have become scary.

I love a good political debate. Lately, however, intelligent political discussions are increasingly replaced by fear mongering on the right, by race baiting on the left… The end result being that I stopped following politics altogether. I must confess, for quite a while, Lindsey Lohan’s most recent drug-induced shenanigans, reported by radaronline and TMZ made for more interesting reading than all my old standby favorites (HuffPo, Politico, CNN, FoxNews) on the political front combined.

So…

…What, exactly, awoke the sleeping giant?

While I make no promises that I am awake for good, I can say that today, at least, I simply found myself with something to say.

I recently had the opportunity to witness the “testimony” of Stephen Colbert as he addressed Congress (the House Judiciary Committe’s subcommittee on immigration) regarding the plight of the migrant worker in America. Mr. Colbert showed up in character, speaking as the ultra-conservative, completely unenlightened political pundit we’ve all come to know from his Comedy Central Show, “The Colbert Report”.

Generally speaking, I am a fan of “The Colbert Report”. I find it absolutely hilarious. For those that are not aware, Stephen Colbert pokes fun at conservatives by pretending to be a conservative, using ridiculous, outrageous arguments to boost popular conservative ideologies. Colbert touches on everything from racism to gun control, from the war to drugs, and even broadcast a show recently from Iraq. Most recently, he has taken on immigration.

Colbert’s message is a good one. He understands that the food supply in this country truly relies on undocumented migrant workers. Immigrants are not stealing American jobs, as many who fear the brown people would have you believe.

In fact, an organization called “Take Our Jobs” demonstrates this fact. Through its website, powered by the United Farm Workers (UFW), the “Take Our Jobs” initiative attempts to get legal, documented U.S. citizens to apply for farm work. From the site one can apply for farm work, and the UFW is definitely hiring currently. The website has received thousands of hits, a few applications from U.S. Citizens, but not a single candidate has accepted the jobs, once offered.

Much like the UFW, I believe drastic action such as immediate deportation, against undocumented workers is counterproductive, and would certainly cause more problems than it would solve. Any American unable to recognize how heavily we rely on undocumented labor is delusional, to say the least.

It is under this premise that Stephen Colbert appeared in front of the Judiciary Committee, alongside Arturo S.  Rodriguez, president, United Farm Workers.

I appreciate and largely agree with the message…

… I have a hard time supporting the method. For Stephen Colbert to show up in character, essentially putting on a comedy routine for Congress, was a bit of a turn off for me. I think the representatives we have in place are largely ineffective, but I have enough respect for the legislative branch of government itself, that I do not find a Comedy Central skit during session appropriate.

You may view Colbert’s testimony here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMIz73z6Hcg&NR=1

Posted in C-Haze, Children, Conservative, Current Events, Elections, Fox News, Media, News, Policy, Politics, President, Presidential Campaign, Republicans, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin, Resignation and Basketball

I just finished listening to Sarah Palin’s resignation speech, from start to finish.

Wowsers.

After almost 7 full minutes of rambling… and not a whole lot of sense-making, we learn that she is stepping down as Governor of Alaska.

It was quite disjointed, from strange basketball analogies to promises to affect political change for Alaska outside of politics, to my personal favorite, how she put her political future to her kids for a vote.

When asking them if she should resign, she got “4 yeahs and a resounding HELL YEAH”, and apparently it was the hell yeah that sealed the deal.

Man oh man.

Later, after spending the entire speech knocking politics, and complaining about how horrible mainstream media has been to her family and how this experience has basically ruined her life and the lives of her children, she  says, “I don’t want to discourage anyone from entering politics”.

Oh ok.

As long as she’s encouraging others not to give up their dreams to follow in her footsteps so that they, too, can live in their own personal hell as a result, I’m cool. (Read: Sarcasm)

The entire ordeal is bizarre, and despite the fact that Sarah Palin has never been one to make a whole lot of sense while speaking, I am still a bit shocked.

Some insiders say Palin is resigning to begin preparing for either a 2010 U.S. Senate race or is gearing up for the top-dog position of POTUS, come 2012.

I say if she truly wanted either of those, the last thing she should have done is step down as governor, having not even completed her first term.

Palin is addressing a nation, a nation in which members of her own party refused to vote for the ticket on which she was listed, because of her lack of political experience.

I don’t think “Resigned as Governor prior to completion of first term” is really a bullet she should want to have placed on her resume, should national politics be her ultimate goal.

What party would she run under?

The Party of “When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going”?

Call me cynical, but considering that she was unable to complete a single term as governor of a state in which there are fewer residents than New York City, I find it hard to imagine her next stop will be Leader of the Free World.

Even Republicans are scratching their heads, with one Senator, Lisa Murkowski, releasing a statement regarding her “disappointment” that Governor Palin has chosen to “abandon” Alaska.

There are other rumors, of course. The media has gone berserk, speculating on the various reasons why Palin really chose to step down. Right now they’re running the gambit from an unexpected pregnancy, to speculation that she has a new book deal- the financial numbers of which she would have to disclose to the state, to rumors of a very damaging criminal investigation against her.

I’m not surprised, given the reasons she stated during her press conference really amounted to nothing more than rambling. The effect was the impression of a woman trying to pull a fast one, having no intention of explaining the real motivation for her decision, instead choosing to fill dead air with a bunch of nonsense that made little, if any, sense at all.

Personally, I don’t know that the reasons for Palin’s resignation really matter too much.

The bottom line is that had she truly planned to descend on the scene, making her mark in national politics, she has just shot herself in the foot.

Abandoning ship prior to reaching the agreed-upon destination (the end of her term) was political suicide.

For her own sake, I hope the rumblings of her various insiders are true- and that Palin is leaving politics for good. Not because I’m not a fan of Palin’s, but because I believe her choosing to step down as Governor, regardless of what her ultimate designs were, has spelled the end of her political career.

I’m sure as the days develop we’ll get more clarification about this most unconenventional development.

Until then, looks like things are gettin’ kinda deep up there in Alaska.

Posted in C-Haze, Conservative, Current Events, Democrats, George Bush, House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, News, Policy, Politics, President, Republicans, Torture, War on Terror

Two Cents, Nancy Pelosi and Torture

I was going to hold off a li’l while before posting my opinion on Nancy Pelosi, and whether or not she was briefed by the CIA on the Bush Administration’s use of torture.

Most people seem to have already made up their minds on the matter- even as the majority of the facts remain unknown- and the story is beginning to die out in the news.

Rather than run the risk of posting on an irrelevant topic later (God forbid!), I guess I’ll put my two cents in now.

First of all, I am saddened at how fast so many people- politicians and regular folk alike- jumped to conclusions on this subject, labeling Rep. Pelosi a hypocritical liar before any actual facts could even be substantianted.

I’m not saying she’s not a hypocrite, nor am I saying she isn’t a liar. I’m not even saying she handled herself appropriately with regards to the CIA’s use of waterboarding.

What I’m saying is that we just don’t know.

Not yet, anyway.

I’ve heard Pelosi discussing the CIA briefings she received as a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

These so-called briefings have been a pet peeve of hers for a long time, certainly before this waterboarding controversy ever hit our radar screens.

When Congressional members of the Committee are briefed by Intelligence officials, they are not necessarily given complete or truly accurate information. The CIA (especially, one assumes, during this country’s most dangerous and dishonest administration) simply is not held accountable for briefing Intelligence Committee members with complete information.

Once the oft-incomplete briefing is held, the members of the committee are not allowed to ask questions for clarification purposes or to be given more information. In addition, they are not allowed to discuss the briefing with anyone else- including their own attorneys or staff members.

Pelosi isn’t saying the CIA didn’t “brief” her. She’s simply saying they didn’t give her the details that are now public knowledge, and even if they had, she wasn’t allow to do or say anything at all about any of it.

Pelosi is not the only Representative to level this charge. Bob Graham is another vocal critic of the briefings, and in fact backs Rep. Pelosi’s version of events as well.

Considering the CIA’s use of torture is illegal, are we really to believe that the organization, under the command of the likes of Bush and Cheney, really gave Pelosi all the information she would have needed to be able to determine that they were breaking the law?

Of course not.

They wanted to continue torturing people… they’re not going to give one of their adversaries the rope she needs to hang them.

Beyond all the did-she-know-or-didn’t-she-know nonsense, are we not missing the point entirely?

The point, people, is torture.

The illegal, immoral use of torture, and the lies we were all told by the Bush Administration for years, to justify violating the Geneva Conventions, thus making us less safe.

The GOP, it seems, is using Nancy Pelosi to defend such horrors as waterboarding, in effect saying “Pelosi should have stopped us and because she didn’t, we tortured people over and over again”.

As if George Bush, prior to signing all those executive orders was really looking to Pelosi, screaming, “For the love of God!! PLEASE STOP ME!!!”

Give me a break.

All I can say is, any one of you who believe Nancy Pelosi deserves to go down as a result of these briefings, and her alleged inaction as a result, better be supporters of Bush/Cheney and friends being charged with war crimes.

If you aren’t in support of the Bush Administration being taken to task for its lying, torturous, war-time transgressions, then you really need to shut your mouth where Nancy Pelosi is concerned.

For even if she is guilty of every single one of these allegations against her, they still pale in comparison to what our previous Commander-in-Chief was up to.