Opinion

Land of the watched, home of the spied upon

062506video.jpgI live in the mountains – deep in the mountains – of Southwestern Virginia, far away from what most call civilization.

You’ve heard of the proverbial town with one stop light? Our county has only one stop light, one permanent one since a construction project on U.S. 221 added four temporary stoplights to two bridges that the Virginia Department of Transportation is resurfacing and cut down to one-lane.

Yet even in my little backwoods hick county, I’m under video surveillance many times a day.

Let’s remember why America became America

Let’s consider, for a second or two, the current state of political debate. We can, I think, say with some certainty that this country is bitterly divided when it comes to government, politics, Iraq, the economy and the state of the nation.

The left berates the right, the right attacks the left, and the middle chastises both sides while just about everyone, including me, spews venom.

All of this, in the long run, accomplishes nothing.

We may be worse than Saddam

Vice President Dick Cheney claims the resistance in Iraq is in "its last throes." President George W. Bush says Iraq is "turning the corner."

Is that is true, how did a dying resistance manage to capture, torture and kill three U.S. soldiers in a well-planned and executed ambush?  Why do innocent Iraqis die every day on the streets along with more and more U.S. soldiers?

Saving America

George W. Bush is an international war criminal who should be arrested, shackled and led to the World Court to stand trial for his many crimes against humanity.

So should be any member of Congress who continues to support the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq and whose actions contributed to the unnecessary deaths of 2,500 American military men and women along with the thousands upon thousands of Iraqi civilians.

It’s the system, stupid

Partisan political thought has become so ingrained in today’s mindset that the concept of independence is disregarded as a matter of course.

That partisanship, I believe, breeds corruption and allows it to thrive. Unfortunately, because partisanship is so dominant in today’s political environment, any chance of cleaning up the system is lost.

Another failed photo-op

President George W. Bush jetted off in the dark of night for a clandestine visit to Iraq – a grandstanding photo-op by a coward who refused to fight in war when his country called.

I’ve always found Bush’s swaggering "war-time president" persona the height of political hypocrisy.  This is, after all, the same George W. Bush who hid out in the Texas Air National Guard to avoid going to Vietnam and who later became the "Commander in Chief" who sends members of the National Guard and Reserve to their deaths in his lies-based invasion of Iraq.

Why we need to get it right the first time

Wen Ho Lee, an atomic scientist wrongly accused of espionage and vilified by press reports that depended on bad sources, won court judgments against the federal government and five media organizations recently but all the money in the world cannot ease the nightmare he suffered for the past nine years.