Political Grab Bag

Here are a bunch of links I had been saving in DM.net or SFF.net newsgroups and finally mailed to myself.

A guy got fired from his production company after backlash to his remarks that Americans support Bush because of fear. Exactly what part of this is controversial? I thought this was a matter of undisputed fact. From the article:

Gernon gave an interview to TV Guide in which he said that fear was behind the German public’s acceptance of Hitler’s policies.

Gernon also said Americans were supporting President George W. Bush’s Iraq policy “because of the fear of what will happen if they don’t.” He was not quoted directly linking Bush to Hitler.

In Portland OR last weekend, writers and library workers protest the Patriot Act. If I was in town, I’d have been there.

Here’s a graph of the data for President Bush’s Disapproval ratings. It collects data from a number of polls since his presidency began. Pretty stark when you look
at it this way.

Here’s an article about how President Bush is growing more explicitly fundamental Christian in his speech.

Here is an interesting editorial from Roger Ebert about how President Bush should not be invoking God as rationale in Iraq.

Here is a New York Times article (free signin required) about the fact that the military is getting more and more working class. This article also points out that they are disproportionately southern as well. From the statistics (early on in the war), it seemed like a big chunk of the fatalities were of Georgians.

Not a link, but a quote I have seen a number of times recently

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
-Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1858-1919)