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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Where is the Outrage

Every morning, with my obsession with the politics of a handful of countries, USA, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and Venezuala, I rise to read online articles for a couple of hours. with my morning pot of coffee. Besides my caffeine fix I get my outrage juices flowing.

The USA dominates much of my outrage, dismay and sense of disappointment in a country that has the potential to be such a wonderful force for good. It has always fallen far short of its potential but of course during the Bush years it has plummeted to become a force for evil in the World, out of fear. Fear has seem that country willing to accept things as necessary, which would not have been thought possible a decade ago.

Surely it is time for fear to be set aside and true outrage demonstrated. It is time for a red, white and blue revolution, a swarming of Washington by millions of Americans until the Bush Administration collapses, anyway possible: resignation, impeachment, or even military coup.

While the Democrats dither, Bush is about to launch another war on another country, which is not a threat to the US, Iran. He has been told he does not have Congress's approval to do so. I little thing like the law of the land has never stopped him before on countless occasions. No American has ever shown such contempt for the Constitution.

Here is an article that set forth the strong case, necessity, to have Bush removed from office

US Redemption Mandates Impeachment of Bush


A second reason for outrage which should bring people into the streets is the treatment of prisoners of the War on Terror. (The language fable "enemy combatant" is an excuse to flaunt the law and legal tradition of justice in the US.) We are about to hear of the nature of the depth of deprivation by agents of the State of Torture (USA), as evidence will be give in the trial of the American prisoner of war Padilla. For the first time the details of the treatment of a prisoner will be examined in a court. Padilla has been deliberately driven insane by his treatment. He, who is now about to be tried for lesser charges than he was originally accused, is in the position of not being able to understand and participate in his defense. Under the legal tradition of civilized counties he should be set free and given medical treatment. One has to wonder, to what end was he tortured????? The only conclusion is that torture was a sadistic end in itself.
A Trial for Thousands Denied Trial

I urge all to read this article by Naomi Klein, who set out the basis of the Padilla situation



A third area of outrage is the destruction of domestic social program. Perhaps , sadness should be the correct emotion. In almost any study of social program standards among the wealthy countries. the US is low down on the list. The only categories they are number one in is the percentage of citizens in prison (In this they lead the World) and the number of executions.
The US has increasingly become a country divided among those who have and have not.
A record number of American have joined the ranks of the poor during the Bush administration.

US Economy Leaving Record Numbers in Severe Poverty

Surely it is time for the Great Republic to redeem itself in the eyes of the World as a peace loving country, a country of Laws and a country of social justice and opportunity. The first order of business should be holding the usurpers of American to account for their crimes, corruption and contempt for the Constitution.

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