What does it take?
We have an Administration that publicly asserts that its actions are above the law. This shouldn't be news, exactly. We've seen and heard this before.
What's sickening to me is that we, the People, now apparently lack either the capability or the willingness, or both, to BE sickened. That's fucking wrong.
This country was founded by people - let's face it, by men - who were so sickened by the arrogance, despotism and contempt of their sovereign that they we willing to risk their "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" to be rid of the royal pest. Have we - are we - so much less than they that today that we will suffer this wretched little man, this smirking, sneering, privileged patrician twerp, to undo in two piddling terms of office what the Founders fought and died to establish, and the hundreds of thousands who fought here died to preserve?
Do these words have no more import then the scribblings of a hoodlum on a bathroom wall:
"He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
Jefferson famously said: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure." Our present leaders consider that bullshit will serve.
Why aren't we furious about that?
Update 5pm 9/20/07: Glenn Greenwald says it again, and better here.