The saddest Daily Show clip ever. Guantanamo? Still open. Extraordinary rendition? Still going. Habeas corpus? Denied. Whistleblowers? Prosecuted. Executive power? Just recently, a Presidential order to simply kill a particular person wherever he’s found.
This was change? What’s left?
And to make it worse – Americans are consigned (by apathy and national pride) to a permanent two-party system where it is impossible for anyone but the old evil and incompetent parties to win.
It’s incredibly depressing.
ELSEWHERE: On the freedom from oppression front, there is some good news out of Iceland, as they pass what are described as “the world’s strongest press and whistleblower protection laws”.
UPDATE: The second part of last night’s Daily Show, about the recent discovery of vast mineral wealth under Afghanistan, is also fairly depressing:
Citizens of Afghanistan, you know those stories about poor people whose lives are difficult and then they hit the lottery, and for some reason their lives REALLY turn *****? That’s you. You think your country’s war-torn now? This is what it’s like when we DON’T want what’s underneath you. Up till now we’re just motivated by revenge. But Greed? That is a whole new ballpark my friend…
And the Fox News guy who asininely suggested that “now they can pay for the war perhaps” gets the retort he deserves.