It is a time of freedom and fear, of Gaia and of borders, of many paths and the widening of a universal toll road, emptying country and swelling cities, of the public bought into privacy and the privacy of the public sold into invisible data banks and knowing algorithms. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection.
These are the times when maps fade and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread.
Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
Thursday, December 19, 2002
Breaking News: Irregular Detentions
In Los Angeles today, hundreds of men have been detained by the government without being charged with a crime. These men are all legal immigrants who attended an Immigration and Naturalization Service registration. Thousands of Los Angeles citizens have taken to the streets to protest the detentions, but the government has refused to release the men or to set a timetable for their release or indictment. The habeas corpus law has thus been completely ignored in this case.
Read the initial story about this new mass detention in the name of homeland security at:
Monday, December 16, 2002
As she listens to Big Al's big announcement, Mother Davis considers what's next:
Gore's good to go, anyone but Joe
My daughter is always saying that there's a new stupidity that comes out of George W. Bush's mouth every day, but I like to keep in mind that Bush's incompetencies wouldn't be as powerful as they are without the incoherence of the Democrats, who seem to have adopted an official policy of waffling and waiting while W. runs around sacking and looting our democracy.
The undisputed prince of muddle has been Al Gore, who, along with Joseph Lieberman back in 2000, followed the mindnumbing strategy of running a campaign without a clear theme and with an ever-changing strategy. Under the influence of Lieberman, the Gore campaign threw out bedrock Democratic principles, such as support for the First Amendment, in an attempt to capture the hearts of conservatives. In spite of his incumbency, Gore and Lieberman's run-to-the-right and muddle-about-the-middle approach confused moderates and dispirited the Democratic base. Their misguided New Democrat colleagues also managed to lose congressional seats last month, hoping that if they just gave Bush and his Republican fanatics everything they wanted, they'd get re-elected.
Well, Al Gore has finally done the right thing by excluding himself for consideration in the 2004 presidential election. Recognizing that his conservative stands do not reflect the ideals of the Democratic party, he's bowed out.
Unfortunately, the job is only half-done. Joseph Lieberman still likes to think that he can lead the Democrats upon his righteous path of extreme social traditionalism. Lieberman is puffing himself up to run for the Democratic nomination, based upon his history of collaborating with George W. Bush in the establishment of an radical conservative agenda. Although Lieberman is every Republican's favorite Democrat, he's not the man to represent the positive progressive approach that most Democrats, and most Americans, believe in.
Democrats need a leader who is willing to be a strong voice for a resurgent theme of thoughtful liberal policies. The last thing that's going to save the Democratic Party is a "Me Too" candidate who has no ideas of his own.
Al Gore has done the wise thing by stepping to the side. It's time for his sidekick, Joseph Lieberman, to do the same.
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