Archive: January, 2013
Somehow in thirty some-odd years living on this planet, I managed to be one of the few people on earth not to read (or at least begin, and promptly set aside) Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, one of the great tomes of American Literature. I was able to right this wrong, when my wife presented me with a copy this Christmas, and I quickly dove in (pun intended).
As I progressed through the pages of blubber, spermaceti, and coffin-shaped buoys through the New Year I couldn’t help to draw the comparisons every time I looked up from my book at CSPAN, covering the fiscal cliff and the impending debt limit debate. (SPOILER ALERT!) Partisanship had us steering for white whale of victory over the opposing party, rather than what’s best for those aboard the United States.
There is an old story about a Freshman Congressman coming to the Hill, and referring to the other party as “the enemy”. A Senior House member pulls him aside, and says “No, he is just a part of the opposition. The Senate is the enemy.” However, the reality is that none of our lawmakers should be seen as “the enemy”. The true bad guys here are poverty, inequality, and a crumbling infrastructure.
As we watched the hearings on the Benghazi attacks we observed Republican Senators each clamoring for a chance to try to “show up” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton we see that aura of hypocrisy has yet reared its ugly head in politics. We see Senator Rand Paul state that he would have “relieved her (Clinton) of her post". Senator Ron Johnson spent most of his 5 minutes asking if Clinton could if she could have ascertained if the attack was because of You Tube video or a terrorist attack. I agree with Secretary Clinton whose agitation at the question was not hidden and stated “We had four dead Americans, Was it because of protest or was it because guys out for a walk who decided to kill some Americans? What difference does it make? The Conservative Mafia (Fox News, Rush Limbaugh etc) were upset at her choice of words as they have stated that they were only trying to get to the “Truth” about what happened. They state it is important that the American people know why four Americans were killed and what the government knew about it. I agree with some of that.
While there are questions that need answers relating to the attack, why stop there? I'm sure those same American people would love answers on how the “intelligence community” got it completely wrong on Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. That faulty or blatantly wrong information has led to 4 plus 3,996 Americans dying. Condi Rice, Colin Powell as well as Vice President Chaney stated that it was “known” that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. When they along with the world found out that it was not true I do not recall any Republicans or the Conservative Mafia asking for hearings or firings. In fact when the Democrats wanted to start the process of doing that the Republicans stated that it was “playing politics”.