Ugh: I’m voting for McCain in 2008 because I want to see how this ends.
Me: Can’t you wait till it comes out on DVD?
Ugh: No no no! That’s what I’m doing w.r.t. Battlestar Galactica Season 4. And. Its. Killing. Me.
Jon H: Can’t you just settle for writing fanfic?
Johnny Pez: Already been done — a graphic novel called Shooting War.
(An Old, Old Story, on Obsidian Wings.)
Thirty-four years ago today, Richard Nixon was forced from office as a result of mounting public anger, which in turn fueled the bipartisan intent of Congress to impeach him, due to his involvement in the relatively minor Watergate crimes. Accountability of that sort for our highest political leaders is today inconceivable.
Rather than investigate and punish violations of the Constitution and other laws, our political class conceals those crimes for as long as it can, endorses them when they are disclosed, and then acts to protect the lawbreakers. Public opinion is steadfastly ignored, rendered virtually irrelevant. Congress has deliberately made itself completely impotent, while the sprawling Executive enjoys virtual omnipotence and freedom from any real accountability. Laws are written not just for, but literally by, the largest corporations and their lobbyists — even including, as we recently witnessed, laws that have no purpose other than to immunize them from consequences when they are caught deliberately breaking our laws.