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That’s “the least, first.” And I believe it is what government exists to do.
It’s an excellent thought. Wrenching families apart is not only cruel, but unwise, even in practical terms. Hurt people hurt people. Strengthening families is, indeed, “an important step to creating a more peaceful society.”
If we’re kind – or even just smart – minimizing trauma will be part of immigration reform.
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I never thought I’d feel good about “set[ting] aside talk of unity,” but this is hopeful.
This could be called a “reality check” tour.
Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, decried what he called a “myopic viewpoint in Washington,” disconnected from the troubles of the country. “…there’s a whole different conversation in Washington than there is out here,” said David Axelrod… “If I had listened to the conversation in Washington during the campaign for president, I would have jumped off a building about a year and a half ago.”
There comes a time when obstructionism simply has to be out-voted. As the saying goes, “You can lead horses to water, but you can’t make ‘em drink.” You sure can’t let them keep others thirsty.
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Tags: stimulus, unity, GOP, Obama, Monte Asbury
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An exciting era of American history has begun. Bipartisanship (even post-partisanship) is on the front burner. The President is trooping down to the Capitol today to listen to Republicans.
Competence is in; cronyism is out. Effectiveness is in; ideology is out. Diplomacy is in; war is, well, less. A new wave of young people have energized government. A new wave of non-white participation has democratized government.
In one camp, there are the Traditionalists, the people who believe that conservatives have lost elections because they have strayed from the true creed. [...]
To regain power, the Traditionalists argue, the G.O.P. should return to its core ideas: Cut government, cut taxes, restrict immigration. Rally behind Sarah Palin.
Only one thing is for sure: In the near term, the Traditionalists are going to win the fight for supremacy in the G.O.P. Read the rest of this entry »
I wonder how the USA could demand compliance by any nation to any treaty obligation if it doesn’t fulfill its own solemn obligations in this case.
If we can look away when torture suits the leaders of the moment, can’t everyone? If we can find lawyers who’ll write opinions excusing our leaders when they feel torture appropriate, can’t everyone?
Robert Mugabe will see himself and the USA as birds of a feather.
Tags: torture, U.N., Bush, Rumsfeld, Gitmo, Guantanamo+Bay, military+tribunals, treaties, international+law, Monte Asbury
This preliminary step would delay trials 120 days to give the Obama administration time to plan the next step. Judges are not obliged to grant the motion, but should rule quickly on it.
According to Kos, the ACLU is calling for “the withdrawal of charges and an end to the military commissions process, with cases that warrant prosecution proceeding in regular federal criminal courts.”
I am glad for this quick start. Decisive action is an important step toward regaining an America that walks its talk: that all “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
Tags: Guantanamo+Bay, military+tribunals, suspend+trials, Monte Asbury