Congress vs. Parliaments

The cause of the difference between the pathetic infrastructure in the United States and the excellent infrastructure in Europe lies in the fact that the European parliaments are deliberative bodies, whereas the United States Congress is merely a body.

Why We Fight

Why We Fight | A Film By Eugene Jarecki 


Many theories exist regarding the cadre or cabal of people who rule the USA. Why We Fight makes no attempt to make any controversial arguments regarding conspiracies to rule the world, but it does make a very convincing case for why the incredible influence of the military-industrial complex is unhealthy for the nation. 


It also shows what a remarkably prudent, prescient and wise President Dwight Eisenhower was. His predictions regarding the excesses of the military-industrial complex have proven prophetic. Had he been a betting man, he would have become awfully wealthy. Of course, the nation owes a considerable debt of gratitude to Eisenhower for the calculated risks that he took as Supreme Allied Commander in World War II.


The most poignant aspects of the movie came across in the juxtaposition of neoconservatives like Bill Kirstol and Richard Perle against Eisnhower. Compared with Eisenhower, these men seem like naive strategists on the ultimate ego trip. 


Why We Fight is a strong reminder of what greatness is, it is a respectful tribute to the greatness that brought the USA to greatness, and it provides an apt warning about the dangerous combination of influence and pettiness that threatens to bring us down. This is a worthwhile documentary to watch.

Politicians as Locusts

Mike Lukovich's Cartoon, 1/4/08Mike Lukovich is the finest political cartoonist working today. I can’t stop laughing.Today’s effort by Glenn McCoy was not so bad, either. Glenn McCoy's cartoon, 1/4/08 

Bad Hollywood Script or Texas Politics?

Under Pressure, Prosecutor in Texas Won’t Run Again | New York Times

The following quote from the beleaguered Texas prosecutor proves that Texas politics has earned every bit of mockery that it has received. 

Mr. Rosenthal has sought to keep the e-mail messages sealed, citing “zones of privacy” carved out by the United States Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 ruling overturning the state’s ban on sodomy — although Mr. Rosenthal had argued the case for Texas and the legality of the anti-sodomy laws.