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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Um, Not So Sad

There has been a tendency in the media, as well the Democratic establishment to take - what they perceive as - the moral high road with Libby's indictment, by calling it "a sad day for America". Why is this a sad day for America? Sure, it's a sad day for Libby, and the rest of the Bush Administration. It's a sad day for the neocon agenda. It's a sad day for the Republican loyalists. It's a sad day for the wealthy and privileged who believe they are beyond reproach. But it is not a sad day for America.

Quite to the contrary, it is the first of - I hope - many more days of accountability and consequence for an administration that is all to comfortable with deceiving and manipulating the very constituents they promised to protect and serve. There have been many sad days for America since the Bush Administration came to power, but this is not one of them...

  • A sad day for America is when its government manipulates the facts to gain public support for an unnecessary war.
  • A sad day for America is when its government sends its troops into harms way ill prepared.
  • A sad day for America is when its government ignores Geneva conventions and tortures prisoners of war.
  • A sad day for America is when its government stays on vacation while an entire city is under water.
  • A sad day for America is when its government gives tax cuts to the rich, and drops aid for the poor.
  • A sad day for America is when its government appoints incompetent cronies at the cost of its citizens' safety.
  • A sad day for America is when its government chooses political advantage over national security.

But today? I am sure the Democratic establishment who echoes this sad-day-for-America bullet point are actually quite gleeful on the inside... So why do so they choose to obfuscate the fact that this is a clear win for the reality-based community? Why should we share the shame with those who have been promoting and excusing everything that is wrong with our nation?

No, this is not a sad day for America; it is the dawn of hope. It is a day that proves that our justice system can, and sometimes works. It is a day of encouragement, that even those who appear to be above the law, are in fact not. It is a day where we learned that good men like Fitzgerald who respect and uphold the law do in fact exist among the gaggle of political opportunists who sellout to the highest bidder.

Today is a hopeful day for America, and hopefully not the last.

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