Copyright 2006 John Darkow, Columbia Day Tribune
Sent to the Magna Charta Dames:
Well, grrlz, now that Shrub hath signed yesterday the abolishment of habeas corpus for all practical purposes in the U.S.A., thus spitting on the Magna Charta and the sacrifices of our forebears it took to achieve and maintain it all these many centuries, are we going to take up arms again and march out upon the new Runnemede, aka the National Mall, to hold this generation's King John's -- by the name of George -- feet to the fire until he repealeth the repeal?
Inquiring pissed-off surety-to-be and her wife want to know!
-- Mrs. & Mrs. Marla & Phyllis Stevens
The Peter Sellers-esque spectre of a tiny army of blue-blooded blue-hairs marching on the nation's capitol notwithstanding...
We got here out of a cascade of things -- lack of courage and lack of education in the general population so that they neither knew their rights nor understood their importance enough that --when coupled with fear -- those rights were an easy trade for the illusion of safety, the sort of steady beating down that the Nazis did in the 30s where they slowly and inexorably stripped away decency through law bit by bit until resetting the outrage meter was just too exhausting and dangerous a task, and the utter and palpable evil of these people drunk with power and certitude and a surfeit of amoral authoritarianism couched in moral terms in a manner that would have impressed even Orwell.
We have to face the fact that we now have to start over from the 13th century. Daunting but, if our forebears did it, we can, too.
On the other hand, I like the idea of an island. -- How about Majorca? It's a sure sight better than Guantanamo!
Read the shameful Military Commissions Act, S 3930.
Here's the Senate vote and the House vote.
It doesn't get more important than this.