With the release of Albert Gore’s new book Assault on Our Reason, his ubiquitous interviews in print, on radio, and Larry King, calls for him to “run”; the specter of Alberto Gonzales resigning his office of attorney general in disgrace; gas prices in the WTF range, and the Senate possibly passing the Kennedy/McCain Immigration Bill, it has not been a good month for mere mortals. The Senate is willing, but Congress may be weak when it comes to voting up or down the “new” immigration bill.
The good news this month: May ratings’ sweep. Yeah. Plenty of bread-and-circus in the form of finals for Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, and The Bachelor, to help us preserve our patience, and reserve our opinion until all the votes are counted, both legislative and fan-based.
This week's TIME has an extensive article by Eric Pooley. The interview took place at the Gore citadel in Tennessee. It sported a catchy title and fetching photo of Al Gore-as-cover: "The Last Temptation of Al Gore".
It was a fitting and mostly factual article that was long on Gore’s greatness and short on his shortcomings. The buzz: the stellar stealth candidate for many pundits. What more could one ask for? The article also reveals many of Gore’s non-political interests. These border on the mystical as well as the scientific and practical. But the main purpose was to hawk his new book. I think that on paper he has the makings of a great president! But how long should we wait at the altar for Gore to commit? Can Americans who want Al Gore make him run? More later.
Gonzales Go Home!
Next on my whining list: Alberto Gonzales. I have tried not to follow the fumbling of Gonzales and his 500 misguided emails. According to Democracy Now, investigative journalist Greg Palast’s Armed Madhouse is a must-read. He told Amy Goodman in a recent interview that because of his website, georgewbush.org, many Gonzales emails were sent to him in error! And he has been able to read all the damning evidence for himself.
That’s pure e-mail manna. Only Mount Everest climbers this month could have avoided hearing about the antics of this cabinet. When he first took office I thought, look how far we have fallen from the heady days when RFK was attorney general, when the Constitution and prosecution of criminals meant something. I’ll admit I never had high expectations of Gonzales. As a teacher I did not see him passing any benchmarks or final exams to graduate to a higher office, God forbid what that might be. I am growing impatient hearing his name bantered about, waiting for the results of a long-overdue “no-confidence” vote, or for him to do the right thing — resign.
As for the Kennedy/McCain Immigration bill, one could pick or peck a googol of URLs from Google this past week about the travesty that might befall us all if this bill goes into law. A satirical letter on the subject caught my eye this week: someone wrote his rep asking to be instated as an “illegal alien” so that he could reap some of the benefits!
And here’s a link with four videos about the subject that I forwarded to my group. In case you are a newbie to the Web, there are entire groups devoted to dashing the hopes of illegal aliens quest for citizenship — one with over a thousand members, and thousands of posts dedicated to closing the borders. You've got to admire Roy Beck’s fax factory, numbersUSA, which is keeping up the pressure on the legislators to not give away the U.S.A. and a Chevrolet.
The Senate seems to be chomping at the bit. But will the people, citizens and illegal aliens, both buy it? That seems to be an oxymoron in a month of moronic activities. By definition mutually exclusive for American citizens, of legal status in this country, to buy the bill. That’s the question: what the hell is it? Is it amnesty? I’ve heard countless times: look up the definition — it ain’t amnesty. It ain’t a free ride. Read my lips.
Unfortunately, for us it has been the handiwork of one of TIME magazine's ten most powerful men in the Senate: Edward M. Kennedy, aka Ted Kennedy. He has been the bulwark and best friend of the illegal alien. His brother, President Kennedy, wrote A Nation of Immigrants. And because of its excellent data on immigration Patrick Buchanan (R) cited it heavily to support his thesis in his most recent book, State of Emergency. Perhaps Pat read the book more closely than Ted did. Because no one could believe that it was JFK’s intention to let everyone and their momma into the States for a free ride, au contraire.
No Child Left Behind and now another so-called bipartisan immigration bill (explained), have both been the butt of many jokes and the brainchild of Ted Kennedy. I think it is he who has been running, or some say ruining, this country over the past seven years while George W. Bush has been in the Oval office. It is past time for the wizard of Washington to be revealed. And except for Kennedy’s vote against the Iraq war, good call, Kennedy, Blair and Bush have been best buddies, well almost. I am impatient now because aliens seem to get accolades for doing jobs no one wants, while activists get the boot for trying to keep democracy alive.
Last but not least — more pain at the pump. What can one say but WTF at record-high gas prices?