Friday, September 29, 2006

September 28, 2006

When all is said and done, history will not be kind. We have sent a message to the rest of the world today that America is no longer the beacon for Liberty and the Rule of Law. By not forcefully opposing the "Military Commissions" legislation the Dems will be judged by future generations as complicit in legalizing dictatorship in America.

Right now its about "disappearing" the Maher Arar's. It wont hit home until Uncle Joe has disappeared in the gulag.

Our experiment in constitutional democracy that began in 1776 died today at the hands of our very own elected representatives. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin and all those great souls who gave so much for the birth of this nation weep today. It will be a long, hard road to get it back. Dictators do not give up power that easily!

ab initio

The historian in me has to mention that those "great souls" committed great crimes against freedom of their own -- but this catches my feeling and understanding of what a country captured by irrational fear has become.

Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play,
All the conventions conspire
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.

W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939

I am heartily sick of quoting Auden on the occasions when my country commits crimes against humanity.

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