Either by nature or acquired inclination when it comes to politics I claim no party affiliation, if pressed though I will allow that I would have to declare myself a contrarian, as I believe that the adage “if their lips are moving they are lying” when it comes to elected officials is a truism.
I had an interesting conversation with an acquaintance who is a committed apologist and defender of not only the current administration but all Democrats past, present, and no doubt any who will emerge in the future.
His dislike of Republicans and the Tea Party can only be characterized as an obsessive compulsive disorder-no extreme is too far to go when castigating them or alternately defending the Democrats.
Our discussion began with the nsa and the spying on German Chancellor Una Merkel and other national leaders-almost immediately he attempted to lay the blame on the Bush administration.
When I asked where does the buck stop at the end of each day he floated his personal opinion that Obama was merely continuing what had become an established “custom” under the previous administration and somehow blameless.
In his world both Bush and Cheney are war criminals and should be tried as such, and Obama richly deserved the Nobel he received-I haven’t an argument with trying Bush and Cheney, but I have a serious one with the Nobel.
If war crimes consist of conducting a bogus war, maintaining Gitmo, and the drone killing of innocent non combatants that includes women and children, then any who engage in or authorize such measures are in my opinion guilty of and complicit in the commission of such crimes and should be included in the equation.
Having said that this individual nearly became apoplectic, and inspite of their personal opinion of being a political pundit slash savant the defense and explanations they launched into would have at a minimum been embarrassing for any not so afflicted.
But that’s the way of partisanship-it’s almost singularly about passing the buck-a device that will insure a continuation of every wrong, it is a blindness that obscures and denies not only existing realities but perpetuates them.
Cultish in nature, lacking only a secret handshake and initiation rituals- in the end it is a surrender of commonsense and a genuine concern for the national welfare so often expressed by all political figures.
Change will not result from partisanship-it will be the product of demanding something better, and viewing all things, all politicians with the same critical eye commonly reserved for those of an opposing party.
My personal opinion is that the tipping point has been reached and passed, too much power has been accumulated-and history has shown time and again that once power is acquired it is never surrendered.
The thing about domestic spying is that it has not only violated numerous Constitutional rights but laws as well-the attempts to mollify the public now with a deluge of new bills and legislation related to this is basically meaningless-it is a though to say…well sure, all these rights have been violated and laws broken but the new ones won’t be.
Anybody really believing that?
And isn’t it funny that the very ones who voted for legislation like the patriot act etal are now saying trust me to look out for you?
It’s as though a coup has taken place while the electorate slept with their head on the pillow of partisanship, they can lay the blame where they will in whatever partisan way that suits them, but they cannot deny their own complicity in doing so…..or the results.