Tuesday, November 18, 2008
There's a difference between justice and revenge
And Howard Dean doesn't seem to be willing to recognize it.
I'm sure he understands it. I'm sure he knows that the filibuster-proof Democratic Senate majority is a limp, soggy and unrealistic as a wet dream.
I'm sure he knows he's handing us a fistful of steaming crap because there's no really good reason why Creepy Joe™ Lieberman's Senate colleagues allowed him to retain his position of power without so much as a "I'm sorry. I promise I won't do it again."
Lieberman's bad behavior was rewarded, and it will surely spawn other bad behavior by other despicable Senators down the road.
It isn't revenge to punish bad behavior when it is outside the lines of what's socially or morally acceptable. Lieberman helped deliver a war which has created a river of blood and an ocean of dept. Lieberman has let an incompetent administration get away with murder. Lieberman helped the Bush administration strip civil liberties from US citizens.
Punishing a murderer is not revenge, it's justice. Punishing treason is not revenge, it's justice. Punishing fraud is not revenge, it's justice.
But apparently not in the Senate.