Friday, February 17, 2006

Chickens and Cowards

There are a bunch of them out there. They are the people who are willing to rip parts out of the Constitution or burn the whole damned thing if they think they will be safe from the boogie man.

How many times a day do you hear that there are people out there “who want to kill us”? That phrase is like the period at the end of just about every message coming from the white house and the far rightwing yoyos these days. Yeah, there are people out there who want to kill people. Our prisons are loaded with them. So what? What are you gonna do, keep quiet and hide in the basement forever?

Whatever happened to America, the land of the brave? Today we look like the land of the trembling wimps. The attacks of 9-11 changed some things for sure, but not everything. We are the same people we were before that awful day, but we sure as hell don’t act like it. That day was tragic in more ways than one. Along with the many lives that were lost, there was something else that was lost. We lost our backbone. We knuckled under and handed over the controls to a president who was useless on 9-10 and was no better on 9-11. If Daffy Duck had been president on 9-12 things wouldn’t have been a bit different. Everyone wanted to hide until the all clear signal sounded. Thanks to this administration, we’ll never hear that sound.

One rightwing site continually talks about terrorists wanting to chop off our heads, ergo we must disregard the rule of law and allow the government to chop off our rights. Talk about pushing the envelope. There probably are a lot of people who would like to chop off our heads. That’s understandable. Perhaps they watched Shock and Awe or maybe they saw the Abu Ghraib photos. Some ugly and hideous things have been created in our name. These are the kinds of things that tick people off, big time.

Of course we could have another attack on our soil, and hell, it might kill every one of us. I refuse to live in and under the fear of that happening. I refuse to give up my rights, because you know what? Giving up my rights is giving up my life. I won’t hand over my way of life just to give some chicken-shit coward a more assured feeling of being safe. This is still America, and Americans are so much better than that, aren’t we? We aren’t getting safer, we’re becoming more cowardly. We send our military abroad to put their lives on the line, and yet we here at home are too weak to hang onto the very freedoms that soldiers of past wars have fought and died for. Chickens and cowards are letting those soldiers down.


Blogger MadMustard said...

PoP, you have hit the nail on the head. Bush wants us to surrender our rights and thank him for making us more secure. This is a cowardly canard.

At some point, probably within the next 18 months, our casualties in Iraq will equal those killed on 9/11. How much more secure will we be then? How many more soldiers will be severely injured and how many more Iraqi civilian deaths are necessary to reveal this lunacy?

All of this takes place while a company in the U.A.E. will now operate American ports. Four of the six are located in the urbanized Northeast. Do you feel safer yet?

By Bush’s definition of the war on terror, this will never end. We will be in a perpetual period of insanity.

Enough is enough.

February 17, 2006 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chickens and cowards are letting those soldiers down.

Difficult to put it better than that. It's like the McCarthy Era all over again....

Why don't they understand that if you surrender your Constitutional Rights, the terrorists have already won?

- oddjob

February 17, 2006 12:00 PM  
Blogger Walt said...

Oddjob, you are exactly right. To paraphrase Rep. Barbara Lee in 2001, "Let us not become what we deplore."

This corrupt and Hell-bent government is destroying the fabric of our laws and society. The odious actions of the GOP in seeking to retroactively "fix" the illegal wiretapping of Americans proves to me that the GOP can no longer be trusted to run a collection of first-graders, let alone a nation.

February 17, 2006 12:20 PM  
Blogger Auntie Roo said...

Security is relative. If we lose our rights in order to be "secure" we have actually lost our true basic security. The kind of security these fraidy-cat bedwetters want is the same security that prisoners have in their cells.

They'd prefer to live on their knees, believing their daddy Bush is keeping them safe. Me, I'd rather take my chances & die fighting, a free woman standing on her own two feet.

And yeah, the bedwetting fools have conveniently forgotten how their daddy "protected" the people of NOLA, just to name one recent example out of many.

February 17, 2006 12:50 PM  
Blogger aikane said...

Bush & Co care only about winning, power and wealth -- their own. To hell with what's good for America or democracy or real defense and the general welfare.

They're afraid of one ting: losing what they've lied and deceived America into giving them -- so the deceptions must grow bigger as they work feverishly to cover the slimy leaks that keep oozing out over time. If they were truly afraid of "the terrists" they'd be doing things entirely differently.

February 17, 2006 6:04 PM  
Blogger aikane said...

Yeah, one ting.... that's it. :-)

February 17, 2006 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Peacechick Mary said...

You know what I fear more than any terrorists? I fear this administration, this bunch of goons, growing larger and more powerful and continuing on and on and on. That is what scares the bejebus outta me.

February 17, 2006 7:35 PM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Pee-our-Pants!

February 18, 2006 10:42 AM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Added you to my links list. Now, if I could have one of those morning martinis...

February 18, 2006 10:43 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

For you Neil, anytime!
Thank you so much for linking me, I'll try to make you proud of me :)

February 18, 2006 10:57 AM  
Blogger poopie said...

You're right, of course. I just finished reading Peggy Noonan's piece on the possibility of "getting rid of Cheney" as damage control for the GOP since he's been painted as "the" evil one. Nobody hears our voices, in spite of the plummeting ratings for this administration. They just look for a way to do prep work for'08. It's disgusting and insulting.

February 19, 2006 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Old Sow said...

To put down my glass for a minute, how about Ingram, Rush and Howie Carr all saying the same thing...essentially, "when the next one comes down, and mark my words it will come down, it's going to be their fault. All those people who oppose this administration, those who hate George Bush, and don't support the troops. It's going to be their fault, and they're going to pay."

Remember all those detention camps?

Be very afraid.

February 20, 2006 7:22 AM  

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