Wednesday, February 01, 2006

It must be a beautiful day in the Republicans' fantasy world, currently inhabited by 42 percent of the electorate. How nice it must be to live in a place where all it takes to fix what's broken is just to clap a little harder.

Out here in the reality-based world, we've still got problems aplenty. Take, for example, the likelihood that Justice Alito will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade the first chance he gets. It's worth noting that in many places, overturning Roe would be merely a formality. In many staunchly red states, especially in the Midwest and South, abortions are already hard to get, and as a result, the clock has already turned back to the bad old days before Roe, when women were being maimed and killed while getting illegal abortions.

Mr. and Mrs. America, how are you enjoying your culture of life so far?

And if that doesn't make your skin crawl, try this: Truthout reported this week that some female American soldiers--how many, we don't know--may have died from dehydration. Why? It seems that they refused to drink water late in the day, even when it was 120 degrees, because they didn't want to have to go outside to the latrines at night. Why? They were afraid of being raped by other American soldiers. And the cause of their deaths was--wait for it!--covered up by the Pentagon, on Rumsfeld's orders.

Jesus H. Christ. If there's a Hell, every one of us in America is gonna be snappin' and cracklin' like a piece of bacon for all eternity, because we permit this stuff to go on. But it won't be so bad for a lot of us: Once we're there, at least we'll be able to laugh at the 42-percenters who thought they were going to Heaven.

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