Thursday, December 19, 2002

You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

Ok, so our Democratic Senator, John Edwards, gave a speech at some place called the Brookings Institute. According to their website the Brookings Institute is "an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, education, and publication focused on public policy issues in the areas of economics, foreign policy, and governance." Does that even mean anything?

John Edwards has been testing the waters for a run at the presidency. I think this speech will probably be a big part of his platform. He was addressng homeland security. I went ahead and read it until it got repetitive which, surprisingly, didn't happen until page seven of the ten page speech. I skimmed the rest so that counts as reading it. Simply put, he thinks President Bush's administration is not doing a good job protecting the American people and that they are chipping away at our freedoms. Fair enough, I am not going to debate that.

What bugs me is that he never addressed the issue of why there is so much hate for the United States government out there. His attitude and the attitude of the politicians at the national level toward this is the same as Bush's stance in regards to global warming, work around it. Agreeing that we are hated and that the solution is to protect targets and people while efficiently monitoring possible dangers does not address why those dangers exist. It appears that the national party line completely aggrees with the statement Bush made in front of congress after the attacks when he said they hated us for our freedoms. I find it frustrating that such an obvious falsehood is not even questioned in Washington. It will be comical if Edwards wins the presidential nomination for the Democratic party and he and Bush appear on televised debates agreeing that terrorism is a threat and arguing whose plan his better. You know neither one of them will discuss American military instrusions, corporate audacity and our importation of our sick culture worldwide. It'll be another wrestle for the middle. How exciting. Didn't Gore and Bush have an equalling enthralling debate on healthcare and education during the last election?

Here is a quote from an executive at Hasbro which I think highlights quite well the corporate attitude that helps create anti-americanism throughout the world: ''It's part of our core-brand expansion strategy,'' said Jane Ritson-Parsons, president of Hasbro Properties Group. ''What we're looking to do is really expand our brands within the world of the consumer, within every part of their lives."

Martin's Ass

According to Martin, his ass hurts from sitting all day. What in the hell was he sitting on? I will leave that to your imagination.

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