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June 15, 2005
News. Mostly Bad.

Twenty-eight million children could die. Maybe I'm not smart enough to think about such complex problems, maybe I'm burning out from too much time contemplating the problems of the world, or maybe I just need more coffee, but I look at that and I just feel tired.

I tell myself that the very fact that they're debating between marriage and filing charges in the rape case means there's been progress. I mean...at least no one's talking about stoning her to death, right? Right? I mean, I wouldn’t want to overreact and act like a lunatic member of the women's studies set or anything, you know?

But it's not progress when only six Senators manage to find time to attend a voice vote to apologize for not passing an anti-lynching law. It's an embarrassment, that's what it is. (I've read the reports that they were using a voice vote to hide the names of 12 Senator who didn't want to go on record voting for the resolution*, and I still want to know who they were.)

For the (Republican-controlled) Senate to even move on this right now...it's just another cosmetic attempt to pretend to care out this country's history of violent racism without actually doing anything. The Republican Party Just. Doesn't. Care.

The Democrats who missed the voice vote are included in my scorn. How can they pretend they're Democrats if they don't understand why actually voting on this was important? (But why do I bother? Mustang Bobby has it.)

(* Sounds less plausible now that we know almost every Senator skipped the vote. I don't want to believe it's true. I don't want to believe that in the 21st century, we still have elected officials afraid to stand up and say that mob rule and racial murder are acceptable.)

I still like John Edwards.

When I started reading the interview, I suspect that reading Breaking Rank wasn't going to improve my opinion of the human race much, but by the end of the article, I was impressed. Now I need to get the book.

Molly Ivins is pretty wound up today. I sympathize. She keeps telling everyone the true, in simple, easy to understand words, but it doesn't change anything.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:56 AM


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