If anyone has any doubt about what a McCain win would mean for the country, just read this. Mr. McCain says that "Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. 'would serve as the model for my own nominees, if that responsibility falls to me.'" I do love the code people like this use. He doesn't want activist judges. He doesn't want judges who legislate.
In other words, judges like the ones who ruled, in Brown v. Board of Education, that separate black and white schools were unconstitutional, or the judges who ruled in Loving v. Virginia that laws against blacks and whites marrying were unconstitutional, or those horrific activist judges who, just a few years ago in Lawrence v. Texas, ruled that it was unconstitutional for Texas to outlaw consensual sodomy.
Yes, in the view of people like Mr. McCain, we should have waited until the legislatures got around to deciding on their own, "why, yes, we have been trampling minority rights for all these years. We should stop that." Sorry, but the legislature is just one branch of the government. The judicial branch has always been there to right injustices and guard against tyranny of the majority. It's part of what has made the American republic so great.
Now, on to more immediate issues:
HEY, BURMESE* GOVERNMENT, ARE YOU COMPLETELY FUCKING NUTS???
(*Yeah, I know it's not Burma now, it's Myanmar. So would that be Myanmarese? Anyhow...)
The United States Navy is standing by to rush relief in. The US has pledged millions of dollars of aid, but you don't want to let us in?
Yes, I know W is an asshole. Yes, he and his people have said mean things about you. The club that can't stand W is a big one, but let us help your people! (The word from W-land is that they're even lifting sanctions that were put in place because of that repressive regime in order to allow aid to flow more freely.)
I was just reading an article in a Chinese publication that one of the ships standing by to go there is the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship that carries 23 helicopters, three landing craft, and a contingent of 1,800 marines who can quickly bring a lot of manpower to rescue efforts. The military has a long history of using their muscle for rescue and recovery efforts. They know how to do these things!
The US government has pledged $3 million in aid, and, if history is any guide, that number will increase with time and pressure from the US populace, as we see more reports of the scope of the disaster. Aid organizations, including one we've supported over the years called Americares are gearing up, as is the UN, the International Red Cross and agencies from other countries.
But no one can move things like this country, so let us! Is the junta in Myanmar so frightened that they can't even let help for their own people get to them? Do they really think the US military is going to decide to attack as long as they're there?
Yes, I know, the war in Iraq. And yes, I know our government screwed up the New Orleans response right here in our own country. True but irrelevant. We're trying to send help. Let us! Your people are dying!