Saturday, June 11, 2005

When Will the GOP Dump the WH Fascists?

Our parents had an expression that answers that question. Republicans will boot out the far-right religious zealots, homophobes and control-freak snoops running the White House when their ox gets gored. As long as the infringement of rights is a theoretical issue that can be exploited in order to get votes, the GOP will continue to infringe on the rights of Americans, because the oppression will be to “them” and won't hurt the power elite. But it will take only a handful of Republicans in Congress to be investigated by the CIA, FBI and IRS, or to be kept from getting a legal abortion for a 12-year-old daughter, or to have a son beaten and murdered for being gay or to be excommunicated by the Roman Catholic church for supporting a pro-choice agenda, and trust me, the Republicans will suddenly see the light. There will come a time when Senator James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) (chairman of The House Patriot Act panel) will take exception to the tone of a fellow Republican and will turn off the Republican's microphone as he did yesterday while Democrats testified about the abuses caused by the Patriot Act. There will come a time when Sensenbrenner or one of his GOP cohorts will gavel a GOP hearing to a close in order to shut down whistle-blowing Republicans. And suddenly, the Republican-controlled Congress will understand what they have wrought. It's inevitable. “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.” (Lord Acton, letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887.)

1 comment:

Barry Schwartz said...

This optimism is nonsense, unless you count the demolition of Germany in the 1940s as 'getting their ox gored'.