Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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Finally, a breath of democracy
Today, I saw a ray of hope for this oppressed country. The Senate Foreign Relations committee met for the first time today with it's new Democratic majority, and for the first time in four years, we actually had a hearing where the Senate actually did its job. Condileeza Rice, an unidicted co-conspirator in the crime of Iraq, was forced to actually answer questions of the subject. Surprisingly, the worst grilling came from a member of her own party, as Chuck Hagel slice her up into little lying pieces, and John Sununu just about started shouting at her. On the Democratic side, Sen Bill Nelson of FL, usually a quiet man, called the entire Bush administration liars and in a forceful and deliberate way, exposed the entire thing as a lie.
It was wonderful to see, democracy finally breaking out, but sad at the same time as one wondered what the world would be like, and how many people would be alive if we had had it as this disaster unfolded on us. In a few weeks, the real fun starts, when John Conyers in the House begins hearings on how the intelligence for this war was handled, as the Downing Street Memos are finally admitted as official evidence into the Congressional Record, and its implications finally discussed. It looks like a new day.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address