This week we have seen the trial of Bradley Manning expose a deeply troubled person who somehow took the risk of leaking info that, if seen could alter our consciousness about the war and foreign policy. Now he faces a lifetime of hurt. Perhaps he will also always remember that you can draw a bright line between his act and the Arab Spring, and all the springs sweeping the earth. The Occupiers like to quote Margaret Mead :”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world”. Manning is a case in point.
Yip Harburg in Democracy Now tribute. King of the Forest. ENJOY.
Along with the news of the passing of the Dear Leader last night came the buried story of the House Republicans killing their own deal to pass the compromise bill that would maintain the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and keep the government operating. This was another jiggered up compromise: a two month extension in order to get abetter bill in February. It passed the Senate and got bipartisan support including a vote from Mitch McConnell. This last minute trashing of a necessary compromise is another case of radical right crazies running the GOP and threatening the country. This much is clear, the truth is in serious danger of breaking through the fog of partisan war. The people may really start to see the extremism of the House and vote accordingly. It’s even possible the Democrats and some parts of the MSM will call this as it is: another move against the country by a fringe-controlled party . Meanwhile, Boehner can always pick up work elsewhere. He and his gang may find some kindred spirits in North Korea.