From the 15-year old political pundit in northern Virginia and his blog 750 Volts, this gem:
We find ourselves caught up in petty distractions of personal indiscretions and personality problems time and time again in the cutthroat cycle that is American politics. Tomorrow we face a referendum on a Bush Administration that has taken our country to the precipice of doom, and brought us to the brink of the very destruction of what America is, the sacrifice and surrender of the values we hold dear at a smoldering pyre of terror.Is this over-the-top? Or on-the-money?
In the last five years since the shattering of American innocence, the Bush Administration and their rubber-stamp Republicans have gleefully taken credit for our protection from the terrorists to which we have so willingly abdicated the spine of America, dangling over our head infinite Swords of Damocles to keep the voters in line. We have faced no terrorist attacks in the last five years. Not a single American has died on American soil at the hands of al Qaeda, and we comfort ourselves with false security in the form of random screenings and superficial color-coded alerts as we fear bombs in shampoo bottles and terrorists driving taxicabs. We are not a nation at war. We are a nation terrified.
Yet no one is able to consider that al Qaeda no longer needs to kill another American in order to win. George Bush and the Republican Congress have done their bidding. They use lofty rhetoric and fighting words to rally us behind their agenda, telling of how we must continue the fight and how we must never surrender, of resolve and of the fight. Day after day, the specter of death is raised above the heads of a fearful public by them, they pretend that to do so otherwise is giving in to the terrorists. Death is not the threat.
For al Qaeda has already received America’s surrender.
Do read his full post... and then, whatever your political peursausion, get out tomorrow and vote. It's not a right; it's a responsibility of all citizens.
And, keep on eye on Mr. Kenton Ngo; I predict he's going to be a long-time pundit.
And, moving on: an article in the Washington Post about AWOL soldiers:
Since going to Canada to avoid another deployment to Iraq, Corey Glass has considered returning to the United States. But after hearing that a fellow former soldier who surrendered to the military and was ordered to return to his unit instead of being discharged, Glass may not return at all.Turns out the other soldier, Kyle Snyder, had reached a deal with authorities and was to be discharged once he turned himself in. When he reported, the Army sent him back to his unit. He vanished enroute to his unit.
And, this third piece, Norfolk-based sailor uses Web to channel opposition to war, from the Virginian Pilot:
Jonathan Hutto graduated from Howard University with a degree in political science and a résumé of social activism.Is it possible to serve and still oppose a President's policies?
He worked for the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International after college. He whipped up grass-roots protests against police departments and college administrators.
One day in 2003, broke and seeking direction, Hutto enlisted in the Navy.
The Navy couldn't have known it then, but they know it now: They had signed up a sailor strongly opposed to the Iraq war.
Seaman Hutto pleated his uniform, memorized naval history and won sailor of the quarter among his junior enlisted shipmates.
Then he appeared on CNN, the BBC and in the pages of The Washington Post and The Navy Times.
But he wasn't reciting the Sailor's Creed.
Hutto was organizing again. This time, against the U.S. involvement in Iraq.