Tuesday, 25 January 2005 CST

Architect of Torture: vote no on Alberto Gonzales

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. –Edmund Burke

Every so often there comes a time in history where brave men and women must choose between doing what's easy and doing what's right. I believe we are on the brink of such a moment with the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to the office of Attorney General. He is the chief architect of Bush's policy on institutionalizing torture by the United States. Any senator who votes in favor of Gonzales runs the risk of being remembered by history as a supporter of one of the worst governments this country has ever had which is also an affront to human dignity and rights around the world.

I join all of the bloggers against torture in calling for senators to vote no on Gonzales for Attorney General. America should be better than this.

With this nomination, we have arrived at a crossroads as a nation. Now is the time for all citizens of conscience to stand up and take responsibility for what the world saw, and, truly, much that we have not seen, at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. We oppose the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General of the United States, and we urge the Senate to reject him.

kherr @ 19:50 CST | link | politics

The Bush regime stays in power

It's official. After using the apparatus of government to create false terrorism threats, after cheerleading from a compliant press, and after large-scale election irregularities around the country. Bush and his operatives have managed to maintain control of this country's government, continuing the kleptocracy they've set up. Capped by the obscenely excessive inaugural events last Thursday we've seen Bush elevate the incompetent, lying Condoleezza Rice to Secretary of State and his personal Architect of Torture, Alberto Gonzales, to be Attorney General. On issues of policy Bush wants to destroy Social Security so elderly people can die on the streets while the government funnels a portion of everyone's wages into Wall Street coffers. Our military is being broken and we are on the verge of losing the Iraq Occupation.

The spirit of American patriotism isn't quite dead, however. For only the second time in U.S. history the result of the election was challenged. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), was the lone courageous senator who signed on with the complaints from the House of Representatives to raise questions about the efficacy of the election. Because of her act of principle the House and Senate were required to hold separate debates on the election process.

We also saw large-scale protests by American citizens during the inauguration. The corporate media outlets may have done their best to downplay the opposition to Bush, but it was much larger and much more exposed than the 2000 protests of Bush. There are photos of the protests available across the internet. Searching them out may make you feel better, bringing realization that there are still a large number of Americans who don't like what has happened to our country.

kherr @ 18:51 CST | link | politics