Ten years ago, the unthinkable happened to America, to New York; my country and city. I’m a news junkie, so CNN was on when the first plane struck the first tower. I did what so many who lived with the World Trade Center as part of their landscape did: I left my apartment and hit the street with neighbors to assess the horror. I called my son and a few others who lived further downtown just to make sure they were all right. They were. Then came the shock of witnessing the second plane aim for and hit the second tower. A guy from the third floor of my building pulled his car up so we could hear the radio news. We also got firsthand accounts from people who had fled the scene. The corner deli distributed bottles of water and the pizza place passed out slices.
Things are fairly crazy on our lovely planet lately. The following are short pieces about some of the craziness that is cropping up and I’d like to know what you’re thinking. So I hope you will comment on Cheney, Church | State / Bachmann, Qaddafi, how you think Obama is handling Libya and more....
Dick Cheney has a brand new book out with contributions from his wife, Liz, called, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir. I have not bought this book, nor do I have any intention of reading it. It was enough for me and, I’m sure many of you and other fellow Progressives, to live though eight years of listening to the then-Vice President reinvent reality in real time. According to responses to the memoir from Colin Powell and others who are included in his narrative, he continues taking that liberty when it comes to offering his perspective of history. It seems that Cheney has remained as ill-willed and dark-spirited as ever.
It seems that Michelle Bachmann has never heard of the separation of church and state that Thomas Jefferson introduced as a "wall of separation between church and state," and which was embraced by our Founding Fathers because they understood that the freedom to worship as one chooses was indeed an important freedom. Bachmann has a slightly different take on say, the Declaration of Independence, which she uses, along with Thomas Jefferson, to justify her positions. For instance, she uses the latter part of, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," to promote her anti-choice position, while ignoring the word "all" when speaking of equality when it comes to gays and Lesbians.
It is a real shame, as in, we should be ashamed, to have ever sanctioned anything that the despot Muammar el-Qaddafi has done. There is nothing that George W. Bush ever said about Saddam Husain that can not be said of this tyrant; Saddam/Qaddafi might as well be the same person. Yet, if we learned anything from the nightmare mistake of going into Iraq, besides the fact that grudges and oil are no excuse for waging war, it is that we cannot continue to support despotic regimes in the name of economic interests. War is difficult even for the noblest of reasons, but unlike Bush's decision to enter Iraq, which was among the worst moves the United States has ever made, Obama understood that assuming the lead when it came to Libya would have been more than we could bear. Of course the Republicans would disagree with me, which is comforting.