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Who knew the candidate who campaigned on a promise of change would turn out to be such a spineless wimp?

I speak of the week’s news that President Obama has decided not to hold the Bush Administration and its coven of lawyers – Yoo, Bybee, Addington, Bradbury, Rizzo, Gonzales – will not, in fact, be held accountable for the crimes against humanity they committed during the so-called “war on terror”.

In a statement on Thursday, the President made this incomprehensible statement regarding accountability:

“This is a time for reflection, not retribution… nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”

This is not about retribution.  It’s about justice.  When we fail to hold those in positions of leadership accountable for their actions, we lose our moral legitemacy in the world.  If we fail to prosecute Bush et al. for actions that Obama’s own justice department has acknowledged are, in fact, criminal in nature, then we are no better than the worst of our enemies.

In order to “more forward”, we must revisit the sins of the past and excise them.  Now that we know more of the crimes committed by Bush, Cheney, Gonzales and their cronies, we must act swiftly and deliberately to hold them accountable.

Anything less is unacceptable.  This is not about retribution.  It’s about justice.  They committed crimes; they MUST be held accountable.

Should we have “looked forward” after World War II and NOT held the Nazis accountable for their actions?

Should the Cambodians “look forward” and ignore the crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge?

Should suffering Zimbabweans, if they ever pull out of the tyranny of Mugabe and ZANU-PF, “look forward” and not demand justice?

Should the long-suffering people of North Korea “look forward” and not demand justice if they ever emerge from their decades-long nightmare?

The souls of the dead cry out for justice, Mr. President.  The tortured demand it in their screams.  If you do not cleanse the stain of the Bush Administration from our national soul, then you are as guilty as they are.  And worse, you will enable future tyrants and dictators here and abroad to “get away with it”.

Justice, Mr. President.  That’s all we ask.  Justice.  It must be done, no matter how painful, difficult or embarrassing.

They’re mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it any more!

Teabaggers on parade

Teabaggers on parade

The right wing is tired of getting the shaft from Uncle Sam and is finally rising up.  They’re gonna stick it to the man!  On April 15, hard-core right wingers across the country will take the situation in hand and spread their (ahem) message far and wide.  It’ll be an orgy of revolt!  Or at least, a revolting orgy.

At gatherings across the nation they’re letting it all hang out…

As nutty as this idea is, I have to admit it’s going to take some real balls to pull it off.  They’re really taking this situation in hand.  I didn’t think the far right still had the stones to circle their wagons like this.  They could be just jerking our chains, but I think any ejaculations about their failure to perform may be premature.  You see, men like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto, and Greta Van Susteren are all planning on attending these group gropes, and are scheduled to broadcast live from tea parties from cities across the country on Tax Day.

So as long as there aren’t any cock-ups, this thing could really be in the bag.

Pity the Fat Bastard.  He hasn’t been having a good time of it lately, what with his party’s credibility and image in the toilet, and his own image suffering from, well, his own words.  And then there was this recent on-the-air exchange from a veteran, wherein said veteran takes the pill-popping jackass to school, hands his fat ass to him, and proceeds to wipe the floor with him rhetorically.  The Eric Cartman of the airwaves didn’t appreciate his beat-down.  I’ll let the transcript speak for itself, courtesy of MediaMatters.org:

LIMBAUGH: We’re going to go to Chicago. This is Charles. Charles, thank you for waiting and for calling. Great to have you here. Hello.

CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Rush, listen, I voted Republican, and I didn’t — really didn’t want to see Obama get in office. But, you know, Rush, you’re one reason to blame for this election, for the Republicans losing.

First of all, you kept harping about voting for Hillary. The second big issue is the — was the torture issue. I’m a veteran. We’re not supposed to be torturing these people. This is not Nazi Germany, Red China, or North Korea. There’s other ways of interrogating people, and you kept harping about it — “It’s OK,” or “It’s not really torture.” And it was just more than waterboarding. Some of these prisoners were killed under torture.

And it just — it was crazy for you to keep going on and on like Levin and Hannity and Hewitt. It’s like you’re all brainwashed.

And my last comment is, no matter what Obama does, you will still criticize him because I believe you’re brainwashed. You’re just — and I hate to say it — but I think you’re a brainwashed Nazi. Anyone who could believe in torture just has got to be – there’s got to be something wrong with them.

LIMBAUGH: You know —

CALLER: And I know Bush wanted to keep us safe and all of that, but we’re not supposed to be torturing these people.

LIMBAUGH: Charles, if anybody is admitting that they’re brainwashed it would be you.

CALLER: No, no, no, Rush. I don’t think so.

LIMBAUGH: Charles. Charles, Charles —

CALLER: You, Hannity, Hewitt, and Levin are all brainwashed and you know it.

LIMBAUGH: — you said — you said at the beginning of your phone call —

CALLER: Yeah.

LIMBAUGH: — that you didn’t want Obama in there —

CALLER: That’s right.

LIMBAUGH: — but you voted for him because of me.

CALLER: I didn’t vote for him. I voted for McCain. I voted Republican.

LIMBAUGH: Oh, so —

CALLER: I voted Republican.

LIMBAUGH: — you’re saying I turned people off to —

CALLER: You turned people off with all your — all this “vote for Hillary” and all this BS, because you must think people are really stupid.

LIMBAUGH: That was Operation Chaos. That was to keep the —

CALLER: You — no. It didn’t work.

LIMBAUGH: — chaos in the [unintelligible] of the Democrat primaries.

CALLER: It didn’t work. And now what we have with you Hannity, Levin, and Hewitt: sour grapes. That’s all we have. And believe me, I’m not — I’m more to the right than I am to the left.

LIMBAUGH: Oh, of course, you are.

CALLER: I am, and that’s —

LIMBAUGH: Of course, you are. You wouldn’t be calling here with all these sour grapes if you weren’t.

CALLER: Well, I’m so tired of listening to you —

LIMBAUGH: Oh, of course, you are.

CALLER: — go on and on with this — you’ve been brainwashed.

LIMBAUGH: I don’t know of anybody who died from torture. I do not ever —

CALLER: We are not supposed to torture people.

LIMBAUGH: I do not ever —

CALLER: Do you remember World War II, the Nazis? The Nuremberg Trials?

LIMBAUGH: I —

CALLER: Do you remember the Nuremberg Trials?

LIMBAUGH: Charles —

CALLER: Klaus Barbie?

LIMBAUGH: Charles, let me say —

CALLER: Huh?

LIMBAUGH: Barack Obama —

CALLER: What’s the matter with you?

LIMBAUGH: Barack —

CALLER: You never even served in a military.

LIMBAUGH: Barack Obama is —

CALLER: I served in the Marine Corps and the Army.

LIMBAUGH: Charles, Barack Obama is president of the United States today because of stupid, ignorant people who think like you do. You pose — you and your ignorance are the most expensive commodity this country has. You think you know everything. You don’t know diddly-squat.

You call me a Nazi? You call me somebody who supports torture and you want credibility on this program? You know, you’re just plain embarrassing and ludicrous. But it doesn’t surprise me that you’re the kind of Republican that our last candidate attracted. Because you’re no Republican at all based on what the hell you’ve said here.

Well, Rush, you really showed him.  Since you hung up on the caller before he really had the chance to give you the thorough tongue-lashing you deserve, I’ll say right now what he was too much of a gentleman to say.

Rush, you’re a fucking coward.  You’re nothing but a lily-livered, yellow-bellied chickenshit who ducked your chance to serve your country when it was your time.  Oh, I’ve heard the excuses and frankly, I don’t believe them.  Because you’re also a liar and a fraud.  You’ve done nothing for this country.  NOTHING.  You lacked the courage to serve, and yet you support sending other people’s children off to die in a war that never should have been started.  And worse, you have the nerve to criticize a true patriot?  You need to understand something, you fat, ugly, worthless piece of human filth.

Veterans stick together.  We may rib each other from time to time, and take shots at the other services, but when you attack one, you attack us all.  We don’t take shit from civilian cowards like you.

You are a brainwashed Nazi.  You and all your worthless, chickenshit pals on the extreme right – Hannity, Bachmann, Coulter, Malkin, Beck, Gingrich and all the rest.  Not one of you is a patriot in any sense of the word.  The caller was right on all counts, and the reason you cut him off is because, as per usual, you couldn’t refute any of his charges without getting your ass handed to you.

On the other hand, keep up the good work – you and the others I mentioned are the best gift the Republicans have given the Democrats in a long, long time.  Every time one of you opens your mouth, you remind me of why I voted for Obama last year.