'Moscow Motel 6'

Call it “Black Thursday.”

The U.S. Senate swept the problems of illegal immigration and border security under the proverbial rug, responding to a telephone barrage from the vocal and visible anti-everything-progressive minority. As one senator put it, "Opponents of a bill are the loudest."

In a 5-4 decision, SCOTUS shook the foundations of one of its landmark decisions – Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

In explaining the opinion of the Court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., said, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

In other words, schools can no longer use “race” to achieve diversity and integration.

In an uncharacteristic 20-minute tirade, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who wrote the principal dissenting opinion, said, “It is not often in the law that so few have so quickly changed so much.”

You know, I’ve been fighting the good fight since arguably the most crucial SCOTUS decision ever – the one which selected George W. Bush to run this country. (Two of the nation’s legal lights, Vincent Bugliosi and Alan Dershowitz, wrote books which can fill you in on how the Court circumvented the Constitution in Bush v. Gore.)

Over the last decade, a Republican Congress has undone progress this nation made over the previous 40 years. And, they’re still at it.

9/11 is an open sore, which will never heal as long as fearmongering prevails.

We have entered a new century and a new millennium in a state of perpetual war, divisiveness, paranoia, nationalism and xenophobia.

Where is the hope?

My beloved country is mired down in Iraq. Was it Cheney or Wolfowitz or Perle who said the Iraqis would throw flowers at the feet of our troops? The only flowers in this war are being placed at the foot of graves. So many graves.

Thomas Nass, a Marine who served in WWII, emailed this question to MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews:“

“If, as Gen. Petraeus and the administration have argued, an Iraq pullback would increase the violence there, could this possibly mean that our troops are getting killed and maimed just to keep Iraqis from killing each other?”

Sometimes I yearn for the safe cocoon of apathy, a life where my only concerns are Dooney & Burke handbags, Prada shoes, American Idol winners and the inane goings-on in the life of, as my friend Mr. Frodo calls her, “Moscow Motel 6.”


Anonymous said...

Mr. Eugene Robinson wrote an Op-Ed piece in today's Washington Post called "Standing in the Schoolhouse Door." For many of us, that was 'nuff said. Frodo wrote back to him that John Roberts has never viewed a "legacy" admission at Harvard as a decision based on race, and that is why he doesn't have a clue.

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