by Bob Baxley. Proudly representing .00000000016% of humanity
Archives by Category
- Tilting Towards Fascism
- January 19, 2005 |
There was a time, not so long ago, when an informed individual could feel relatively content in the knowledge that fascism had been safely discarded in the dust bin of history. Like the malignant virus it is however, such a sense turns out to have been unfortunately optimistic. A vial of the pestilent germ having been preserved in some cold and dangerous place only to be reanimated at a time and place where it was most likely to do the greatest harm — the public having grown complacent, the vaccines decayed and impotent.
- If the game runs sometimes against us...
- December 07, 2004 |
“If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake.” — Thomas Jefferson
- What mandate? I don't see any mandate.
- November 10, 2004 |
Clearly the President won and electoral victory in what could have been a very fraudulent and illegitimate election. In that regard, we have to consider the Presidential election of 2004 a great victory for democracy. To claim however that a 51% majority is decisive, is to stretch the language in a way that is somewhere between irresponsible and reprehensible.
- Disappointed but not defeated
- November 03, 2004 |
The arc of history is long. And while this election has shown us the ugly, intolerant, and blind underbelly of American society, it has also shown that the causes of justice, truth, and activism are also alive, well, and still quite capable of putting up one hell of a fight.
- Predicting the Outcome
- November 02, 2004 |
My prediction: Kerry and Edwards win close races in a majority of the swing states, resulting in a decisive victory in the popular vote and a landslide in the Electoral College. The pollsters and pundits underestimated both the amount of anger and the determination of youth.
- Is This Election Winnable?
- October 29, 2004 |
Simply put, of all the possible scenarios for next Tuesday, the least likely is that the process will yield a clear winner who will be universally accepted as the legitimate leader of the world’s most powerful democracy. And if the process can’t produce a legitimate leader, then we have to ask the difficult and unfortunate question of whether our nation is still governable at all. And if we can’t be governed, how then are we to proceed?
- At the Polls :: Democracy v. Capitalism
- October 12, 2004 |
Rather than a battle between a secular and a religious vision, the conclusion I’ve arrived at after more listening, reading, and digesting than I care to admit, is that we’re smack dab in the middle of a large-scale, high-stakes battle between the two fundamental and competing philosophies of American society: Democracy and Capitalism.
- Start Talking
- May 21, 2004 |
This idea that you don’t discuss politics in polite company is an idea foisted about the citizenry by the power-elite who don’t want us talking about what they’re doing. We can’t afford to be quiet any more. There’s simply too much at stake.
- Bush's Lack of Faith
- May 13, 2004 |
Clearly the Administration’s failures in Iraq stand as symbols of unprecedented naivity, arrogance, and apathy. Unfortunately, they also stand for something more, something more troubling and something more insulting. They stand for President George Bush’s lack of faith in the American people as well as his lack of confidence in our democracy.
- Pervasive Deception Equals Lying
- January 21, 2004 |
The President may say, “The Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.” But the report still says, “We have not uncovered evidence that Iraq undertook steps to build nuclear weapons or produce fissile material.” There has been no evidence of “mobile biological production efforts.” Iraq “did not have a large, ongoing, centrally controlled chemical weapons program after 1991.”
- The 2004 SOU: Now Back to Reality
- January 21, 2004 |
In case you haven’t already heard enough reaction to last night’s State of the Union Address, allow me to add to the mix….False dichotomies and black and white pronouncements rob our nation of the honest, spirited, and public debate on which our democracy and freedom depend. The President’s ongoing attempts to bifurcate the world into those “with us or with the terrorists” only fuels a fire that is already raging out of control fire.
- Congressman Feeney Out In Space
- January 13, 2004 |
Echoing the President’s comments following the capture of Saddam Hussein, Feeney puts forth the frightening, dangerous, and ridiculous notion that the United States possesses some sort of unique moral authority that grants us the right to “control the destiny of the entire Earth.” Can it be any wonder that we find ourselves increasingly isolated with more and more of the world’s people against us?
- What's God's Idea of Freedom?
- December 23, 2003 |
Such a comment, as well as the obvious passion and conviction that underlies it, is but another indication that the President believes himself to be a part of a divine mission, sanctioned by God, and aided by the Lord himself.
- The Pursuit Exhausted. The Capture Complete.
- December 14, 2003 |
Men such as Saddam Hussein are vivid reminders that the machinery of the modern world is as easily bent towards the malevolent as it is towards the righteous. Perhaps more so.
- Ode to the Recall
- October 08, 2003 |
We just need somebody to go in there and KICK ASS. Get those politicians back in line. Make ‘em fix this budget thing and get the economy going again so we can all get back to work. That’s what it’s all about ain’t it? The economy and the jobs and just going in there and KICKING ASS.
- Opportunites Abound in the Iraqi Desert
- September 28, 2003 |
There’s little doubt that war profiteers have been with us as long as war itself. Likewise, there’s little doubt that those same profiteers have never been shy about exploiting their political connections. In the past however, those who would partake of such morally questionable activities at least had the decency to conduct their business in the back rooms of power, far from the public view.
- We Broke It, We Bought It
- September 26, 2003 |
To return to the “you broke it, you bought it” argument, we’re on track to spend something on the order of $142 billion to destroy a country and then another $75 billion to put it back together. That’s an awful lot of money for a country with 12.1% of its citizens living in poverty.
- Asymmetrical Minority Action
- August 26, 2003 |
While you might not immediately connect the slaughter of whales to the U.S. action in Iraq or the gubernatorial circus in California, there is an important thread that ties them together.
- Facts Are Such Stubborn Things
- August 15, 2003 |
Whether in the realm of environmental policies, foreign policy, or economic policy, the Bush administration has a demonstrable record of making decisions and pursuing agendas that are unsupported by the best available evidence.
- Is it Democracy or Desperation?
- July 24, 2003 |
Regardless of your position on Governor Davis, it’s hard to deny the extreme and desperate nature of this tactic, its destabilizing effect, or its precedent-setting consequences.
- T.E. Lawrence in Iraq
- July 21, 2003 |
Lawrence of Arabia served as the British Military liaison to the Arab Revolt during the First World War. Although Lawrence supported the cause of Arab independence Britain pursued a policy of colonial rule. Writing on August 22, 1920, Lawerence described the situation for the readers of the Sunday Times.
- Is Objectivity Dead?
- July 18, 2003 |
Objectivity as a concept appears to be the latest casualty of the ongoing arms race between those who would hope to inform the citizenry versus those who would hope to mislead it.
- Denial of Consequences
- June 24, 2003 |
This administration believes that the job of government is to protect and support the American way of life — whatever that is — and that’s exactly what they’re doing, regardless of how that way of life may effect the world’s environment, global equality and stability, domestic peace, or even individual health.
- A Worthy Alternative
- June 23, 2003 |
Earlier today Howard Dean, M.D. announced his candidacy for the President of the United States. His announcement, entitled “The Great American Restoration”, is not only a great read but was also a great speech.
- A Byrd in The Senate Is Worth More Than a Bush in The White House
- June 12, 2003 |
First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1958, Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), continues to be one of the most eloquent and articulate voices in Washington. At times he seems like the only person in Congress with the requisite courage, independence…
- Why Does the FCC Want Fewer Media Companies?
- May 28, 2003 |
In the next few days the FCC intends to pass a new set of regulations that will greatly relax the current limitations on broadcast ownership (see Wired for more). As things stand, any given company is prevented from owning more…
- It's More Than a Tax Cut
- May 27, 2003 |
By systematically defunding government, the latest Bush tax cut represents another step forward in the Republican agenda calling for an end to activist government and oversight of industry.
- Presidential Stagecraft
- May 16, 2003 |
According to an article from the NY Times, the White House has picked up more than a few lessons from Hollywood. What happens when politics merges with reality TV?
- Jet Pilot President
- May 01, 2003 |
President Bush’s recent foray into jet pilot diplomacy begs the question, “why would the White House think that the militarization of the presidency was a good thing?”