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July 15, 2003

Dysfunction Junction

Martin Sheen, in an interview in The Progressive (7/03 issue), on the similarities between AA and the current administration:

...[I]t is real clear to those of us who understand the Twelve Step program that these are very dysfunctional times. We live in a very dysfunctional society, and this is a very, very dysfunctional Administration. The proven way for this Administration to keep power is to keep us all in fear. As long as we are afraid of the unknown and afraid of each other, he, or anyone like him, can rule. It's like they will take responsibility for protecting us. It's when we take back the responsibility for protecting ourselves that they get scared.

I don't watch The West Wing, I generally take more interest in celebrity comments as to gossip. But this remark is hilarious and apt.

While the administration backpedals and downplays the severity of Bush's citing sketchy information in his State of the Union speech - information that was supposed to justify going to war - U.S. soldiers are still dying in Iraq, Afghanistan is falling back into the hands of the warlords, we're sending military "advisors" to Liberia, and now North Korea is claiming that they've extracted fissionable material from their nuclear rods. And there's still no peaceful solution for Israel and the Palestinians - a holy grail if there ever was one.

Hell. Handbasket. See you there.

Yours, &c., LC | 12:11 PM | Politics