Wouldn’t It Be Great If The Law Really Mattered?
A judge has ruled in favor of journalists, lawyers and scholars (you know, left fringe types) being represented by the ACLU in a suit challenging the NSA domestic wiretapping program. How quaint, using the legal process to halt the Bush administration’s power grab, does anyone really think that Bush/Cheney give a shit what some district court judge in Detroit has to say? Of course not, judges are “activists” overstepping their authority, that is unless their rulings help spread the virus of intelligent design, halt critical scientific research on stem cells or further expand Rumsfeld’s torture program. This administration has no respect for judges that use existing law to make legal decisions, only rulings that validate their criminal behavior are worth complying with, everything else falls under “executive privilege”.
The upcoming elections have given us hope that there might be a light at the end of this tunnel, that if the Democrats can take over at least one chamber of Congress, there will finally be some real investigations into the lies that led us to war, the unconstitutional usurpation of executive power, the illegal surveillance and detention of American citizens and the corruption that runs rampant in the GOP controlled halls of power. But what happens if the scales of power are not tipped come November?
There isn’t any reason to believe that the Republicans will be able to hold onto power, but there also wasn’t any reason to believe Bush would be “re-elected” in 2004. One thing we have learned over the last six years is that reason is irrelevant. This band of criminals make up their own reality and all they have to do is sell their particular brand of crazy to just enough people to make any outcome seem plausible. I’m afraid that elections have become something altogether new. The winner doesn’t have to get the most votes, it just has to appear possible that they could have, however remote. Until we address that, I will continue to hope for positive results in the midterms, but I’m not exactly counting on it. Our best bet at this point is working diligently to make Republican wins implausible. The good news is, that's still possible.