One thing that time off does, is give me time for reflection, time for thought, time for comprehension. And, as I often find after such a time, things are as bad or worse than I had thought.
I was just watching Rachel Maddow show how the Repugs were hot to destroy ACORN, but so far have been either silent or in defense of BP. As usual, she made a masterful presentation of how Republican hypocrisy hurts our nation. Between Lisa Merkowski, John Boehner, Steve Kline, and other tools of the far-right, BP may get off with not even a slap on the wrist for destroying the Gulf coast. Meanwhile, ACORN is out of business. (I'll post this segment of her show tomorrow, when it's available online.) How is this even remotely equivalent?
BP takes in literally billions of dollars in government contracts; ACORN, in comparison, received $54 million from 1994 to 2009. BP has killed uncounted thousands of wildlife in the Gulf, destroyed the fisheries in the area, ruined tourism, and is literally making people sick now that the oil is hitting the shorelines. The Gulf oil spill is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions, unlike anything ever seen in the United States. I have to go back to things like Chernobyl or Bhopal to find something even remotely similar. BP has lied about their readiness and ability to handle an oil spill in the Gulf, has lied about the amount of oil flowing from their well, and has killed 11 people. The economic disaster is even more devastating, with estimates that the spill may kill all life in the Gulf, and the cleanup might last for ten years or more.
The Supreme Court recently decided that corporations have the same right of freedom of speech as do individuals. So, I have to ask: when will BP be tried and executed?