a serious threat to democracy
Late last nite, I stumbled across an amazing speech by former Vice-President Al Gore over @ Alternet.org. The speech was given on June 24 for the American Constitution Society at Georgetown University, and it deals with how the Bush administration is exerting too much power through the executive branch, which is exactly what this nation's founders were trying to prevent when they set up the governmental checks & balances in the U.S. constitution. It is kinda long, but I think it's worth a full read through if you have the time. Click here to check out a transcript. Recommended.
Last nite I also went with some peeps to see Fahrenheit 9/11 for a second time. The 7:20pm showing we went to actually spilled into a second theater, and there was an unusually (in my estimation) long line before the movie let in. I even ran into my parents, who had a much better spot in line than we did. While I don't think F911 is a film that requires more than one viewing, most of the issues I had with the film were cleared up upon a second go-around. I was able to see the structure of Moore's arguments more clearly & was able to better make sense of the points he brought up during the movie's facts-and-figures heavy first hour. Personally, I'm glad I saw it again, although Rachel said she couldn't eat afterwards.
Lastly, & thankfully, the New York Times has now reported on the Hitler-themed web video on George W. Bush's official campaign website, which I stumbled across late last week thanks to Air America's Randi Rhodes. I think I can rest a little bit easier (barely) knowing that such craziness didn't go completely overlooked. Notice that the Bush spokeswoman defends the ad.