Am I the only one frustrated with Baron Hill? When are we going to mount an effective progressive challenge to him? Of course, he wasn't out of line with the rest of Congress in his vote on the Gaza resolution. Only the progressive shining hope, Dennis Kucinich, and a few others (Maxine Waters, Ron Pau,...) voted against the one-sided resolution that virtually encouraged Israel to escalate, which it did the very next day (I call that blood on Congress' hands).
Democratic Hawk Rep. Berman gave two stunningly contradictory statements today, statements that I think it's not too much to call hypocritical. On one hand, he lauded the approval by the House of legislation supposedly aimed at bringing Iran's nuclear program to heel:
This legislation (H.R. 7112) attempts to further restrict US dealings with Iran, even if those dealings are through third countries.
"The Bush administration asked Congress on Saturday for the power to buy $700 billion in toxic assets clogging the financial system and threatening the economy as negotiations began on the largest bailout since the Great Depression."
In general, it makes me nuts when people speak derogatively about feelings. I think feelings are the best things we have, and most of the problems with them come from not expressing them, or from various forms of illusion that the mind creates because it is not allowed to actually express feelings straightforwardly and honestly. Anger - everyone fears anger. But anger is NOT a dangerous emotion unless it is denied, sublimated, subverted and turned into, say, irrational and potentially world-destroying wars.
My favorite moment in this you tube commentary by Nader (from a press conference arranged by Ron Paul) is where he shows off the Constitution that he carries in his pocket, as his alternative (to wearing a flag pin) way of expressing patriotism. It's a great way of making a point.
Bush speaking in (eurasian) Georgia:
"I am proud to stand beside a president (of Georgia) who has shown such spirit, determination and leadership in the cause of freedom."
Our political leaders and mainstream media have been apopleptic over Russia's supposed invasion of neighboring Georgia. They seem to think that Russia should be cast out from humanity into the outerdarkness. And, of course, to defend this kind of hystrionics, they indulge in all kinds of lies and distortions.
25 people gathered at the Baron Hill office in Bloomington, Indiana, to deliver a Move-on antiwar petition with 400 signatures to Baron Hill.
Baron wasn't there, but three staffers received the petition (Jason Carnes, Liz Palmquist and Trent Deckard) and heard us out very politely. Many cogent points were made by many speakers, including Charlotte Zietlow and David Keppler.
I'd like to think our concerns were well expressed:
Hopefully they will be taken to heart.
"H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007"
This bill is a topic I've been loathe to address, because I think I find it so confusing. Who can argue with opposing terrorism? The bill SEEMS to create a sort of study group. But when Ron Paul is right, he really hits the nail on the head. He says:
I got this in my email from Hill:
"On November 14, 2007, I voted in favor of H.R. 4156, the Orderly Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act. This bill provides the troops with the funding necessary for food and equipment, funding to train and equip Iraqi security forces and, most importantly, funds to redeploy our troops out of Iraq.