Congress has already approved it. The Senate is debating it. What am I referring to? The fact that, according to the latest push through our Legislative Branch of the so-called government, if it gets totally approved, Bush can unilaterally use military force against Iraq (etc.), with ony a short-term notice to Congress...without their approval.
I never liked civics and government classes in school, but I listened enough to hear all those parts about 'checks and balances' that keep the government honest, hence the whole point of three branches of government. I know it's bullshit in the long-run, but still. This is insane. To allow the President to weild this kind of power, to completely go around any kind of approval, is completely insane.
It's bad enough that we, as American people, get screwed over every day by a government that has forgotten that we exist. It's worse that we are blamed, as a nation, for the actions of a small ruling faction that happens to be in control. It's worse still that we have little real choice in who those rulers are (and if you honestly believe that you do, you need a serious wake-up call from Reality, bright and early, 6:30 AM). Now, we are gonna get it right in the ass.
I've said for YEARS that our nation has outgrown our government. Our concept of a democratic society was flawed from the begining, and now is impossible. I thought, though, that the inevitable conclusion of the downward spiral was not going to be in my lifetime...now, I'm not so sure. Frankly, I'm waiting to hear about the paramilitary civilian force that is going to descend on Washington DC and just take it over, wipe it all out and start over. And you know what else?
I'll be happy to get right in the thick of it with them. THAT, my friends, will be fighting for the COUNTRY. THat will be PATRIOTISM.
I'm starting to think it's a good idea to get out of this place...othiym? Do you need a houseboy? Mexico sounds real nice, all of a sudden.
UPDATE: Senate passed it too...Goddess help us all. (*thanks to wesa for the link*)