Jim and his crew have some sober thoughts, including the not-useless perspective that the Republic has been stained by previous outrages and returned to sanity. Dahlia, however, points out the truly depressing aspect of Congresss vote: up until now, the Bush Administrations extraordinary rendition, secret gulags, and pervasive culture of "smacky-face" were unilateral, exigent, and certain to be found illegal. Now, in a breathtaking lunge of hubris and cynicism, Bush has bluffed Congress into making it legal. Our Generalissimo asked if he needed to justify the detention of "enemy combatants" or let them have a trial, and Congresswe, the peoplesaid "No, thanks."
I dont really know what to say about this; before all Americansthose who came before and shed their blood against George III, Jefferson Davis, and Hitler; and those yet to come who will look back with contemptI feel a deep and abiding shame. Letting this wound demoralize us into apathy is surely Roves fondest hope, yet decency requires a moment of mourning and anguishit simply hurts too much.