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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Women In Black V. Code Pink

I winced when viewing the "protests" during General Partraeus's loyal marketing of the administration's rosy scenario for Iraq. What the hell were they thinking? Indecipherable hollering while wearing pink paper tiaras is no way to influence anyone. It may make them feel better, but it played right into the popular image of anti war kooks. The Women in Black, however, strike a powerful image just by standing on the corner of Olympic Drive and Point Fosdick every Friday rain or shine. Anywhere from six to twenty women, all dressed in black, just stand there with a banner behind them that just says "Women In Black". After a year or two everyone has figured out the fact that these women are serious and unbowed, even with a gang of VFW drunks taunting them from across the street. It reminds me of the mothers that demonstrated in Argentina against the Junta that had "disappeared" their children. Ghandi wore no pink headdress. He stood witness against injustice and paid the price with his body and freedom.

Dishonoring the serious American patriots who oppose this insane incursion in Iraq, as "Code Pink" did, is beyond forgiveness. The American left has made itself irrelevant with these insane fixation on 911 denialism, and bizarre costumed protests. Are we clowns? Is protest some sort of political self indulgence? Recycle your giant paper mache Bush heads and sea turtle costumes, and register people to vote. Clean up and knock doors for your candidate. Get a clue about what is doable and what is over the top. Civilization itself depends on our success. Is there one individual out there who thinks electing Bush over Gore in 2000 did not lead directly to the Iraq war?

Now go feed your cat and write your congressman a polite letter.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Coup De Etat Calafornia Style

The Republican Party's dirty trick squad is working full time in Southern California to steal the 2008 presidential election. California politics are singular in scope and importance. If the Republicans play jiggery-pokery with the electoral college delegates from Alabama, it's unfair, but not terminal to the national election's validation. With a big slug of electoral votes going to the winner in a state like California any playing with the allotment without making the same changes in all states just gives the Republicans almost twenty electoral college votes that otherwise they wouldn't get. The amplification of power that the electoral college system, and constitutional amendment procedure give the small states virtually guarantees no reform.

The end run initiative that allots the electors by who holds a majority in each congressional district. On the face of it this sounds fair. The truth is that in passing their initiative California will be entering a poker game playing pinochle. All other states will be allocating their electors in the old winner take all system, and California will be splitting her strength.

The Republicans have screwed up the country, and now it's time for them to take their medicine. Quit squirming and making excuses and find a nice place in the wilderness, boys. It'll be a while before the electorate lets you back indoors.