(First written 9/18/06)
I am having a very hard time sitting on the sidelines while the president of the supposedly most advanced country in the world condones and promotes the “disappearing” and torture of political prisoners. Apparently there are some 14,000 of these souls being held outside the US. Why aren’t we all rising up in revulsion? Is this what western civilization is about? Didn’t we think this kind of behavior belongs only to bully dictators?
These past 6 years, and presumably for the next two, my country is being governed by a bunch of cronies who don’t understand the fundamental difference between policy and politics, who never internalized the lessons of Civics 101. Policy is about the common good. Politics is about grabbing and keeping power at all costs. Our so-called leadership seems to be building a funeral pyre for the poor old common good.
I think I’m disgusted.