Thursday, January 05, 2006

What planet is Scott Stantis living on?

Check out today's "Prickly City":
Differences of opinion or points of view are one thing. But what possible argument is there for Dick Cheney being some kind of compromise-minded middle-grounder on civil liberties vs. security? The Bush Administration's argument all along has been "This is what we need to do to protect us, and it's legal," essentially daring Congress, the courts, and the public to call them out on the unconstitutionality of their actions. Not once have I heard Bush or Cheney argue something along the lines of "Here is the balance we have struck to preserve liberties while protecting the country." It's always a matter of just asserting that anything is justifiable as long as it supposedly protects us. If Dick Cheney is defining your center, exactly who is at the extremes?

Update: Mike Benedetti provides a reasonable alternative interpretation of this strip in the comments section.

2 Comments:

At Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 1:28:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this strip is just poorly-written today. I _think_ the joke is supposed to be that Cheney is spying on their cell phone conversation. But this isn't clear. A punchline closer to reality would be for Cheney to say, "How bout neither?"

 
At Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 2:57:00 PM PST, Blogger Adam Villani said...

OK, you're probably right. Prickly City is often far to my right, but I hadn't pegged Stantis as THAT much of a Bush apologist before.

 

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