Monday, November 24, 2003

I read a Reuters article about how the FBI is now spying on anti-war protesters. Surprisingly, some anti-war groups use civil disobedience to make their point. Some of these groups uiolent tactics like blocking traffic and tape recording the police arresting protesters.

Certain 'chicken littles' don't like this because of their pathological mistrust of the incorruptible government. According to Reuters, these wackos "expressed concern that monitoring protesters could signal a return to the abuses of the 1960s and 1970s, when J. Edgar Hoover was FBI director and agents routinely spied on political protesters including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

Sen. Edward Kennedy said the Bush administration had gone to extraordinary lengths to attack lawmakers who question the White House policy on Iraq. This is evidenced by a recent GOP commerical criticizing those who "are now attacking the president for attacking the terrorists." Kennedy called this mentality a fundamental flaw of the administration and asked How could we be fighting abroad to defend our freedoms and diminishing those freedoms here at home?

Strange country we live in. Republicans impeached Bill Clinton because he deceived the nation about getting oral sex from an intern. But when it comes to stuff like a war on civil liberties or deceiving the nation about something trivial like going to war, then the GOP is "rah rah GW!" At least Clinton's indiscresions only truly affected him and his family.

I see this as a bizarre way to prioritize but it must be because I'm young and naive. Or possibly unpatriotic.

Incidentally, the Democratic establishment opposes Howard Dean (and Dennis Kucinich but they don't think he has a chance to win) because the establishment fears it's going to be "another 1972" if Dean is nominated. That's a reference to the election where the perceived extremist (ie: he was a decent person and wanted to end a disastrous and grossly unpopular war) Sen. George McGovern was slaughtered at the polls by Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.

The country should remember the rest of the story about 1972. It was the only national election in American history where both members of the winning ticket resigned amid allegations of corruption and abuse of power.

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