I read the news today oh boy
This was the first time in a long time that I could not make it through the morning newspapers. Even the quotes of lard-necked Republicans blasting Alberto what-me-remember Gonzales out of the water, if not out of his job, couldn't lighten the heavy load. It gets worse.
The local news --utterly senseless random murders of two men in north Minneapolis by teen-aged thugs, first robbed, then told to kneel and shot in the head -- followed by the continuing grief of Blacksburg and what that portends for our country's future, followed by everything to do with Iraq -- the utter mayhem and anguish we've unleashed there, followed by more of Wolfie's smarmy behavior, followed by the Supreme Court delivering a blow to women's privacy and health, followed by an article about "honor" killings of young girls in Ramla, Israel, who dare to - gasp -- use cell phones, followed by George Bush saying history will judge him kindly for not trying to be popular, followed by . . .
Maybe I brought a bad mind-set to the table, because the night before I watched Robert NcNeil's PBS series, America at a Crosswords, and found the level of fury directed at America, from moderate and extreme Muslims, and even non-Muslims, terrifying. It was chilling to hear influential clerics decrying democracy as a system of laws made by man and therefore invalid, as opposed to Islam, which is a system laws made by god, and therefore the only way. (It doesn't sound any better when Jerry Falwell says it.) And btw, the Imams' god does not like women any more than Jerry Falwell's god, so the Islamic extremists have taken radical measures to rein them in, which means not just mandatory hijab, or head scarves, but pretty much never leaving the house. Well, we've got the Supreme Court doing some reining-in of their own.
It did not come as a surprise that this hatred burst into full flame after the brilliant Bushies invaded Iraq. In fact, most imams spoke against the bombing of the World Trade Center, and offered a peaceful hand to help us recover. But we know how that turned out. Screw you, we're going to the mall.
We have not a shred of moral credibility anymore, and for the life of me I cannot see how any future American president can undo this colossal blow to our honor. (Although the thought flickered through my mind that maybe a Muslim president would be a good start. President Keith Ellison anyone?)
Well, it was the most depressing news day I've had in a long time, which is saying something. I am the woman formerly known as happy, someone who hates to leave the party. But when I look at the sorry state of our country, the turmoil and hatred in the world, and the plundering of our life-sustaining resources, well, this is one party I'm ready to leave.
Coming tomorrow: Perhansa ponders on what gives him hope. And not a moment too soon.