November 6, 2010

On Tuesday’s Election

Let me begin by quoting the (sometimes) great Bill Maher, from September 17’s Real Time:

The polls say we will be throwing out the Democrats in November and bringing back the Republicans. Which is like hearing the words “Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and saying, “I’ll take Frankenstein.” I mean, Abbot and Costello aren’t the greatest museum guards in the world, but they’re better than a murderous monster made out of pieces of the dead.

Now his analogy is a little off. Unlike many people think, it’s really not the case that the Democratic Party is the Stupid Party and the GOP is the Evil Party. In all actuality the Democratic Party is the Evil Party and the GOP is the Really Fucking Evil Party. Barack and the Democrats have continued the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia, continued pushing us closer to war with Iran, continued turning a blind eye to Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinians, and continued destroying our civil liberties. And yet I’d rather have those evil fucks than these new ones.

The next Speaker of the House will likely be Eric Cantor, whom Justin Raimondo describes as

a walking, breathing stereotype, a neocon through and through, who pays lip service to the “tea party”-ish idea of limiting government spending, but is in reality committed to lavishing tax dollars on any project as long as it can be somehow construed as contributing to US security…

Cantor is a big fan of Israel’s, and has gone so far as to say that, in the context of tensions between Washington and Tel Aviv over the settlements and other issues, “Israel is not the problem” – leaving unspoken the presumption the US is at fault. In line with the Israel lobby’s campaign to goad us into war with Iran, he demands that the US cease negotiations with Tehran, impose draconian sanctions unilaterally, and openly threaten the use of force.

And there’s also Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who will become Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Raimondo describes her as someone who

never saw a war she didn’t salivate at the prospect of and has called for the assassination of Fidel Castro. She is a militant supporter of Israel, constantly criticizes the US for not kowtowing quickly enough to Tel Aviv, and is a vocal supporter of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, a Marxist terrorist organization that has provided much of the phony “intelligence” purporting to show Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

Although the Dems maintain control of the Senate, Russ Feingold, a true defender of liberty and voice of reason, lost his reelection bid. And to my great consternation, Rand Paul won his race in Kentucky. My libertarian friends insist that, although Paul talked like a neocon nutcase on the campaign trail, he’ll shape up once January rolls around. I suppose anything’s possible, but I can’t hold out much hope for a man who stated that the US should reserve the right to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear nations.

And speaking of nutcases, let me say something about the people of Oklahoma. Politico reports:

Oklahoma on Tuesday approved a ballot measure blocking judges from considering Islamic or international law when making a ruling.

Nearly 70 percent of voters in the state cast ballots approving the measure

The proposition’s sponsor, Republican Rex Duncan, told reporters Tuesday that the proposition is a “preemptive strike” against judges who he worries could be “legislating from the bench or using international law or Sharia law.”

Really? Sharia law is such a concern in Oklahoma? For God’s sake, only one-tenth of one percent of the state’s population is Muslim. One-tenth of one percent. Yet Oklahomans are worried that a bunch of Islamo-fascists are plotting to impose Sharia law on them?

As a lover of liberty, I’m far more concerned about having Christian law imposed on me. And by Christian law, I don’t mean the teachings of Jesus—you know, all that love God, love your neighbor stuff. I’m talking about the religious system that all these Evangelical assholes want to force on us. They want to strip gays of their rights, they want to ban books from our libraries, they want to force our schools to teach creationism, they want to continue the prohibition of drugs, they want to tell women what to do with their bodies, etc., etc. And yet I’m supposed to be afraid of a bunch of non-existent Islamo-fascist jurists?

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