Friday, April 25, 2008

Get Over It?

60 Minutes:
Scalia On Bush v. Gore 2000: “Get Over It”

Scalia video at Crooks and Liars:

This is an insult to America and the planet. The death and destruction that George Bush and his regime have unleashed since his selection will take decades, perhaps generations to repair and Scalia has the nerve to say something like this? Our Constitution is being shredded, our military is broken and bogged down in two failing military conflicts that have left hundreds of thousands dead, our economy is in the tank with more Americans on food stamps and lacking health insurance than at any time in modern history, and we’re supposed to get over it? No, Justice Scalia, we will not get over it — at least not any time soon.

Bush v. Gore will never be over

Last Chance For Democracy Café:

I see that Justice Antonin Scalia has once again been kind enough to advise us to get over Bush v. Gore. Fat chance.

I’ve got a better idea: how about, Justice Scalia, you face up to the fact that the disgrace of that decision — the raw partisan abuse of power — will stain you and the other four justices who made up the majority for as long as the history of this era is recorded.

Now, you get over that.

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the old expression, popular both in retail merchandizing and neoconservative empire building, “If you break it, you own it.”

Well, you and your colleagues broke American democracy in December of 2000: Now you own George W. Bush.

As the people who put him into power, his legacy is your legacy.

You own it lock, stock and barrel.

You own the War in Iraq.

You own the foreign policy that’s left America hated throughout the world.

You own the incompetence of allowing Osama bin Laden to escape by refocusing our armed forces from Afghanistan to Iraq.

You own the corruption of the multi-billion dollar boondoggle no-bid contracts handed out like candy to Bush’s political friends.

You own the torture.

You own the ballooning national debt.

You own the lies.

You own the practice of using the Sept. 11 attacks for political gain.

You own Karl Rove.

You own the near complete disregard for our natural environment.

You own the dirty tricks.

You own the degradation of our civil liberties.

You own the slander directed against anyone who dares oppose Bush.

You own the failure to even try to address Global Warming, potentially the single greatest threat ever to confront humanity.

You own the tax giveaways to the super rich.

You own the outing a CIA operative, potentially placing everyone she’s ever worked with into danger, merely to score a little cheap political revenge.

You own the practice of filling up regulatory boards and commissions with industry insiders.

You own the near dictatorship level obsession with governmental secrecy.

You own the growing economic inequality in America.

You own the failure to even try to address America’s broken healthcare system.

You own the playing politics with stem cell research.

And you own the far right extremists Bush is appointing to the federal bench.

You own the betrayal of New Orleans.

You own the junking of the American economy.

You own the corruption.

All of this, and so much more, belongs to you now.

Yeah. You try and get over that.

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