This refers to yesterday's post here.
I have this to say to some of you who took my concern addressed toward Jesse as an issue of personalities, rather than as one about basic ideas upon which survival of what we are as Americans are founded upon.
I. I beseeched Mr. Griffin to address the president's ongoing war crimes. He has not. Nor did any of his defenders in the comments. Let me allow Justice Thomas Jackson give you a word of advice, my friends. This is a nugget from his famous Nuremberg summation:
The society of nations has emerged from the primitive "hue and cry," the law of "catch and kill." It seeks to apply sanctions to enforce international law, but to guide their application by evidence, law, and reason instead of outcry. The defendants denounce the law under which their accounting is asked. Their dislike for the law which condemns them is not original. It has been remarked before that: "No thief e'er felt the halter draw with good opinion of the law."It is on you, not me, for turning a purposefully blind eye away from this president's war crimes.
II. I beseeched Mr. Griffin to speak out against the president's support of the Koch Brothers' owned Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. None of Jesse's supporters who responded touched this with a ten-foot pole.
Again, this is not about personalities. I wouldn't have addressed this in the way I did unless I had some faith that Jesse will come around on this key issue.
We are quickly killing the planet. Far more quickly than I feel most of Jesse's devotees understand. At the rate our global CO2 emissions are exceeding recent predictions, the oceans will start going very dead in the 2020s.
What we do know about what this means for global climate health is profound. Simply put, the earth will rapidly cease to be able to support anywhere near the billions of people who are already here.
The single person who can do the most about that is the president of the United States. Addressing this is far, far more important than whether or not we have an Obama in DC to put the next Elena Kagan on the U.S. Supreme Court.
I understand that Obama is a better occupant of our highest elected office than McCain would have been. The clowns the GOP are putting out there are pathetic at best. Unless the electronic voting machines, polling processes and post-Citizens United campaign funding systems are so far out of whack that my dog could get elected, we've got Obama until 2016. So don't criticize my concerns about pivotal issues as being helpful to the GOP.
hat tip to Glenn Greenwald