In case you’ve missed it, what with all the Tea Parties, some conservatives are dragging out their old warhorse – States’ Rights. Across the nation, state officials are preparing to nullify federal health care reform, exempt their states from federal gun laws, seize federal land, and prevent the federal government from using National Guard forces. This is really nothing new. It is a tug-of-war that has been going on since the first constitutional conventions and, looking back over the past 200 plus years, the Federalists generally seem to come out on top.
Yesterday marked the seventh anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. The human cost of this war is enormous. More than 4,000 Americans have died, another 30,000 Americans have been seriously wounded and, taking the most conservative estimate, more than 150,000 Iraqis have died. And it isn’t over yet. This war was branded – an advertising term picked up by the military – as Operation Iraqi Freedom. Catchy little title used to promote the neo-con’s regime change strategy of trying to build pro-American governments in the Middle East. Interestingly, in this month’s Iraqi election, the followers of the anti-American Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr emerged with the potential of playing a key role in the next Iraqi government. You’ve got to be careful when you give people the vote, they have a way of voting for what they believe, not what you think they should believe.
Would somebody please explain to me why I should care what Tiger Woods does with the rest of his life. He acts like the male version of Britney Spears – too much money and too little sense. Of course, that can be said about a lot of celebrities these days. Perhaps it is time to start taxing stupidity.