I have been thinking a lot about perfection lately, because it seems like I am never satisfied with my work. When I am writing, it feels like I can just keep it to myself and keep trying to make it better, forever. At some point you have to just let it go. This is a hard thing for me to learn. It makes me wonder about all the things I have written over the years that were “perfectly fine” but since I was not satisfied, were never read by anyone.I was supposed to send out my raw chapter to my subscribers today but of course I am not satisfied with it yet.. and it’s only a raw chapter.
Until the Presidency of George Bush, and with the exception a a few suspensions, the United States had Habeas Corpus. I don’t even know if they teach this is school any more. I have no idea. President Obama has taken it further out of reach by signing NDAA and by using indefinite detention, even though when he signed the Act he said he would never use it. Bradley Manning is in jail for telling the truth about what our Government is doing overseas, and our President’s lawyers are in court fighting to keep him there.
There I am trying to get this chapter perfected and I get sucked in like an idiot to the election coverage, and I listen to the concession and victory speeches. During his acceptance speech, after the election tonight, our President made a statement.
Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.
Wow. He talked about “perfecting our union”. During the election there was that whole thing about how Republicans want to take the country back 50 years with their views about women. That was really gross, it is really gross, and they are really gross. I am not sure which was more significant though, the ideas they were spreading, or the idea that any of those things they said they wanted to happen would ever happen. Why isn’t Habeas Corpus being rescinded causing as much of a scare as the weird sexless ghouls in the Republican Party? Currently, Habeas Corpus is under suspension, and this has happened before, but it has never been followed up by an Act like NDAA, which essentially makes it permanent, and is very arbitrary in the way it might be enforced, using the term “belligerent” to describe discontented Americans who question policy, and allows us to be tried by military tribunals if some Federal Prosecutor deems it necessary. This is the use of fear, like crazy. Scaring the hell out of Women with 50’s talk that would NEVER come to fruition, and making Americans fear speaking out and being critical of policy for fear of being accused of terrorism.
Essentially, people were freaking out that the clock would get turned back 50 years with regard to Women, which would never happen. What it seems people are not aware of is that the clock has been turned back to before 1776 in some very serious ways and it seems few are paying attention, while the President who is doing it is talking about “perfecting the union” at the same time. Remember, Habeas is something that under our Constitution can be suspended, it is written that way. But these guys are taking it further with NDAA and essentially creating the conditions that disallows the application for the writ. And the conditions are arbitrary, because any Federal Prosecutor can employ it. All this is doing is making me want to be more of a cynical jerk. It’s totally not helping. When the President was campaigning the first time he said he would strive to restore Habeas and scale back the Patriot Act. Instead, he not only expanded the Patriot Act, but he signed NDAA. I am afraid it might be a while before we get back to that whole “a more perfect union” thing. if you don’t trust me or believe me, go look into it. I hope you will, because no matter how you water it down so you can protect the President from criticism, it’s not cool, and you will see that for yourself whether you want to be honest about it or not.
I am doing a blog post per day all month… hopefully. Inspired by NaBloPoMo. This will be a good motivation for me to format more ebooks, cause oh yeah.. I got ‘em baby. This is post #7