Wow, so the government (Department of Justice) seized phone records from about 20 AP phone lines. That sucks. They used to ‘ask’ ahead of time for phone records of the Press, but I guess since the government is feeling ‘all-powerful’, they’ve decided to skip the asking part and just seize private phone records without alerting the AP beforehand. I know…they had their reasons and I’m sure it had something to do with national security.
The DOJ is searching for a government ‘leak’. Somebody gave the press information the government didn’t want the press to have. The government actions kinda indicate that the ‘leaked’ information just might be true, huh? Of course, I suppose our government might have a few things they’d rather not let the press know. I mean, if the press does find out things and lets the public know about it….the government might have to waste their precious time admitting that they did something they shouldn’t have done, like….say….instruct employees to target a particular group of American citizens for special scrutiny. And then the government would have to go out of their way to ‘make it right’….with a freaking IRS “We’re sorry.” Awe, don’t we all feel better now? We got a polite apology. You know, it doesn’t matter how I personally feel about a group of targeted American citizens. The fact of the matter is that if the government separates that group out for special scrutiny, a group of citizens I support might be next in line.
Come on guys, WE are YOUR bosses. You don’t get to ‘hide’ stuff from us. And that ‘national security’ excuse you use when you get caught doing something you probably shouldn’t be doing is really wearing thin. Every little thing you do is simply not a matter of national security. But, you know, there is one thing that you can start focusing on that is a huge factor in the security of our nation. Yes, if there is one thing in this country that needs to be looked at for possible modification, it is the ‘checks and balances’ we have in place to keep our government organizations in line. Those apparently aren’t working as well as they once did. You guys are so embarrassing!
Paul Krugman, on why South Carolina Republicans were right to vote for Mark Sanford, given their political preferences. He’s right.
People who say they vote for “the person, not the party” are either lying or 100% naive about how politics works.
Legislative majorities not only determine what policies are enacted, they decide what gets discussed.
This applies to state legislatures as much as it does the US House and Senate. Elect a Republican assembly and the agenda will be voter ID laws, abortion restrictions, Planned Parenthood defunding, school vouchers and tax cuts.
And if these are the things you want from your legislature, it is totally alright to vote Republican.
But don’t believe you bear no responsibility for this kind of retrograde agenda just because you sent some nice, “moderate” reformy Republican to represent you in the state capital, instead of some hackish/corrupt/unsavory Dem. The most important vote that moderate dude takes will be during the chamber’s organizational session, when he will vote for the GOP leadership to assume the speakership and take control of the committee chairmanships. From then until the majority flips, it’s nothing but Medicaid cuts and hearings about Obamaphones.
I can’t really imagine the case for voting for the “right person” over a party label until you get to municipal government.
There, transposing the views of national parties onto local political actors is a fools errand because the issues are totally different. Most growing metro areas have competing political cliques along the lines of Let the Developers Build All the Things Party versus the Only Existing Residents Are Allowed to Have Nice Things Party and since members of these cliques don’t align perfectly with the views of national parties, you actually have to study the issues to make an educated choice in a local election.
tl;dr I’m a NY Democrat who votes for complete assholes all the time, so I totally get where SC Republicans get off voting for Mark Sanford.