Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Overwhelmed

There is so much going on that I don’t know how to react sometimes.

On the personal front, the good news is that Tom is home from school for spring break. We all are terribly glad to see him, and his brothers just light up having him home. It makes the family seem so much more complete to have him here.

The bad news, however, is that my brother’s estranged wife has apparently assaulted my 75 year old mother, attempting to force her way into his house by pushing her around, and grabbing her around the neck. It doesn’t take a lot to harm a 75 year old woman with bad knees. In addition, she did this in front of her children… I would wonder what kind of a mother or person could do this, but she has never seemed to be an adult – In my opinion her emotional development arrested somewhere around the 16 year old self-centered phase. I can’t help but worry about the safety of my mother, and niece and nephew, with this neurotic nutcase around them.

On the national level, I continue to be amazed by the teflon coating on our current president, AKA the Texas Souffle. The label of “liberal media” is so clearly inaccurate, as the media is controlled by the same rich cadre and corporations that so clearly support Bush. (And they should, after all he has given them out of the taxpayers pocket.) To whit:

• Air Force 1 transcripts are subpoenaed in the investigation of whether the administration deliberately exposed a CIA agent who’s husband criticised them, and the media says: NOTHING

• The administration is implicated in illegal wire tapping of the Secretary General of the UN, and the media says: NOTHING

• The RNC (not the justice department, mind you) threatens 240 television stations not to run certain anti-bush ads by moveon.org, and the media doesn’t even support their own, and says: NOTHING

• Bush promises not to use the 9/11 tragedy for political purposes, but his very first ads show it as a background to highlight his leadership. What leadership? He was flying around the country staying away from any danger, when those firefighters were saving lives. Now he plans a million-dollar fundraiser at the site of the tragedy.

• Bush wants to amend the constitution to restrict liberties and create second-class citizens, (nevermind that same-sex marriages have been recognized in several European countries for many years, without the disintegration of society), and there is no uproar from the media, or the so-called conservatives who want to keep government out of people’s lives.

Oh well, another week, another bewildering traipse through a surreal society.

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