You know, this is after all a Fourth of July weekend. We’re celebrating freedom — not just for Americans but the ideal of freedom. And, right now, people in Arab world, including Syria, are fighting for their freedom. And Iran is doing everything it can, not only to suppress this freedom fighter uprising in Syria, but, of course, they have murdered and suppressed their own people in Iran.
So, I would say that a day of reckoning is coming for this extremist regime in Iran when the majority of Iranians who really yearn for freedom see that dream come true. And I hope we’ll do everything we can to make it happen as soon as possible.
Curiously, no mention of the Palestinians and their struggles for “freedom,” or the Saudi Arabians, or any other people who happen to be living under autocratic regimes that haven’t (yet) fallen out of favor with the warlords in D.C. Spreading freedom’s a tricky business, I guess. They’ll have to wait their turn.
Along with Herr Lieberman plumping for war with just about every country in the middle east, there was the always-reliable warmonger Lindsey Graham, fretting about whether Obama’s announced withdrawal of 30,000 troops from Afghanistan would undermine the “phenomenal progress” made so far in paying unemployed men to join the army and police forces.
Apparently, in addition to hot dogs on the grill and fireworks and little American flags, the 4th of July also means cheap political hacks peddling hollow slogans on TV.
This week, Senators Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein engaged in acts of serious aggression against their own constituents, and the American people in general. They both invoked the 1917 Espionage Act and urged its use in going after Julian Assange. For good measure, Lieberman extended his invocation of the Espionage Act to include a call to use it to investigate the New York Times, which published WikiLeaks’ diplomatic cables. Reports yesterday suggest that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder may seek to invoke the Espionage Act against Assange.
Naomi Wolf, HuffPo
Wolf follows this opening paragraph with a brief history of the Espionage Act and its victims, and goes on to explain why the invocation of the Act and the more general tendency to equate criticism of the government with “treason” is a threat to a free society. The fact that she even feels compelled to explain something so obvious is really all the commentary that’s needed, and wouldn’t really be worth commenting on, except to agree, if it weren’t for the nice little turning of the tables at the end, where she describes the Senators’ invocation of the Espionage Act as “traitorous.”
Exactly. As long as we’re still paying lip service to that quaint notion of a government “of the people, by the people,” etc., let’s call Lieberman and Feinstein’s actions what they are—treason against the citizens of the United States. I think both should be put on trial and, if convicted, sentenced to ten years at Gitmo, and forbidden from ever holding public office again. Also, in Lieberman’s case, since he’s such an odious little turd bucket, I think a bit of corporal punishment might be in order as well. I propose a good beating, with a large rubber dildo, on national TV.