In 1973, when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Henry Kissinger, humorist Tom Lehrer remarked that the awarding of the prize to Kissinger made political satire obsolete. The legend has it that this was when Lehrer stopped writing his topical songs, but in reality he'd gotten bored of it and stopped a few years earlier.
Looking back over recent entries here, I see I haven't been as politically current as this blog once was. It's not that I don't care anymore, or that there isn't a LOT going on. It's just that I've reached the point where all I can do is scratch my head and wonder how we can allow this to continue to happen.
The latest being that "Scooter" Libby, who the administration insisted was innocent and did nothing wrong - and that they were not responsible for outing a CIA agent - apparently got his orders to leak Valerie Plame's identity from none other than George W. Bush.
As John Prados writes in TomPaine.com, "The irony is so thick you can cut it with a knife."
So what's a blogger to do? Point out that we've been lied to? That's getting a little redundant, don't you think?
Should I point out that this lie is just the tip of the iceberg about the fraudulent ways we were tricked into starting a war? You know that already. Everybody knows that already. And nothing is going to be done about it.
The Republicans certainly aren't going to do anything about it. The Democrats are hoping that they can just look upon it disapprovingly and encourage us to do something about it next November.
Should the Democrats regain Congress this fall, don't expect them to begin any impeachment proceedings in 2007. Too close to the 2008 Presidential election, and they wouldn't want to appear as "dividers" not "uniters."
So, we'll just sit here quietly and wonder what the next big lie will out. And we won't say a damn thing.