This is NOT America!
The real America is still out there, like the elusive "Truth" from The X-Files, somewhere. This fear besotted place can't be it. It can't be America where the Senate Judiciary Committee would seriously entertain approving a candidate for Attorney General who couldn't find an act of Torture with a Map, a Flashlight, a Compass and a pocket GPS unit?
A man so supine to Presidential will that 24 Intel professionals wrote that if he can't answer a simple question on torture we'd be better off with no one at all.
We are aware that the president warned last week that it will be either Mukasey as our attorney general or no one. So be it.Today as Mukasey is approved by the SJC by a vote of 11 to 8, I wonder who it is that can hear the low heart-sick gutteral groan from the heart of the real America that has remained hidden, clubbed, gagged and dumped in the basement for the past six years?
I keep wondering and hearing that line from the old Talking Heads song...
How did we get here?
Except that it didn't change justice. It didn't change cruelty. It didn't change the human heart. It didn't change our reality.
Or did it?
Six years have passed now and it's all been like some bad turgid nightmare. A simultaneous Phantasm for 300 Million people at once. The Technicolor has drained from the nation and it's all gone grey. A sick sepia tone grey with sharp edges of hard left and hard right.
At the Concert For New York, we all stood together as one America as one Firefighter stood and said (not an exact quote)...
"Bin Laden can kiss my White Irish Ass!!"
But we did get fooled again.
We we're all together during the invasion of Afghanistan.