Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Why am I so angry?

Fuck it. I had this big post here about how I hate the president and blah blah blah. There was an article by a hateful right wing facist and a lot of hand wringing and it just sucked so I deleted. i am tired of it and there is no point to discussing it.

PS If you read the post I meant what I said about Victor Davis Hanson. This guy is a total tool. He is a Michael Moore for the right and I hope you read his article and see how absurd the whole thing is.


countjrg said...

I think it’s a stretch to call him the Michael More of the right (that would be someone more like Michael Savage). I took one of his main points as saying that the democratic party is turning more elitist and academic (unless it’s the limousine uneducated liberal mass in Hollywood). I can’t tell you how may times I’ve heard that at least the Blue States are the most educated per capita, than those inbred Southern and Midwestern Red States. It’s an attitude! The blue-collar union workers that the Democrats traditionally represented are being replaced by cuff link wearing Harvard elites.

I have my issues with Bush (mainly that he’s not conservative enough in a fiscal manner of speaking-just look at the newly proposed budget). That said, I’m not sure I’d describe what’s happening in Iraq as a civil war. The election at least appears to be a success, and even if the most cynical person describing the outcome as a “puppet government” was correct, it’s still a hell of a lot better than Saddam.

Gas prices? John Stossel has an interesting piece on his website that discusses this: “…But the reality is that the "record high gas prices" are a myth. The U.S. Department of Energy records show that when you adjust for inflation the price of gas is now lower than it's been for most of the twentieth century. Prices are lower now than they were 25 years ago. Yes, they price is up from the 1998 all time low of $1.19, but they are a dollar lower than they were in the early 1980s….”
(Check out the whole thing here).

You also noted that we (as America) have committed numerous crimes against humanity with regards to the War on Terror. Abu Ghraib aside, women are voting in Afghanistan and Iraq! I think we have a fundamental difference of philosophy about the core of human nature itself. I’ll just say that I don’t subscribe to a view of moral equivalency. The U.S. with all of its faults and corruption remains the bright light on the hill. Isolated occurrences like Abu Ghraib are a sick travesty, but you should take a look at one of the beheading videos if you haven’t. I’m sure that Nicholas Berg or Paul Johnson would have preferred a nude dog pile with women’s underwear around their heads, to having their heads sawed off with a dull blade.

mandy said...

You can't just put "Abu Ghraib aside." The beheadings of civilians is tragic, but we cannot use reasoning that to justify it and make torture okay. We're not like them - that's what makes us better people, right?

My question is this: do the ends justify the means? Democracy in Iraq is a wonderful thing, and we did rid them of a terrible evil dicator, but was it really our place? If we want to rid the world of horrible evil dictators and spread democrary worldwide, we've got a lot on our hands.