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©2001 Andy J. W. Affleck
Friday, November 16, 2001
The closed-door presidency No president can govern in a fishbowl, particularly in time of war. But as president-watchers have noticed, we clearly have an incumbent who savors secrecy. Not since Richard Nixon went to work in the Oval Office has there been so concentrated an effort to keep the real work of a president hidden, revealing to the public only a scripted leader.
Why do I feel this sudden urge to read up on the McCarthy era...(6:41 PM)

Seizing Dictatorial Power Misadvised by a frustrated and panic-stricken attorney general, a president of the United States has just assumed what amounts to dictatorial power to jail or execute aliens. Intimidated by terrorists and inflamed by a passion for rough justice, we are letting George W. Bush get away with the replacement of the American rule of law with military kangaroo courts. I never thought I'd agree with William Safire, but I do... these are strange times.(6:40 AM)

Well, we have our Harry Potter tickets for tonight. We're very excited... even if some of the reviews aren't that great. No links. Just realizing that I haven't blogged much lately (it's a long story which is both boring and personal. Suffice it to say I haven't been web surfing much of late) so here's an entry. You're welcome. :)(6:33 AM)

From West Wing... Andrew Pulrang was struck by something in this week's West Wing that hit me also. I never thought of finding the quote on the web and blogging it so I'm glad he did. I'm stealing this fromhis blog

"You all need some therapy because somebody came along and said 'liberal means soft on crime, soft on drugs, soft on communism, soft on defense and we'll tax you back to the stone age because people shouldn't have to go to work if they don't want to.' And instead of saying 'well excuse me you right wing, reactionary, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-education, anti-choice, pro-gun, Leave It to Beaver trip back to the fifties,' we cowered in the corner and said 'please don't hurt me.' No more." -- Bruno, the political consultant on The West Wing

I loved this quote because, while it is a bit over the top, it did hit home for me as well. When did liberal become a bad word? Why are we so unable to make it a good word again? Now we have to settle for progressive which does nothing more than make me think of soup.(6:28 AM)

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