I've been battling back and forth with myself about posting something about the big Miss California bruhaha. In some ways, I hate to give attention to anything so stupid... but on the other hand, Ms. Prejean (with help from others using her for their own purposes) has been playing the martyr with great effect. My problem with her is less her opinion than the whole hypocritcal, "I'm a tragic victim of bad gay and liberal people" act. And I think it is an act. I like to think she'd annoy me even if I agreed with her. I can't prove that because I do think she's wrong on the subject of gay marriage. But she's entitled to her opinion and her belief.
Maybe Ms. Prejean really does think the question was a temptation from the devil and that speaking her truth was a big risk for which she got "punished." From everything I've read, she was not in the lead going into the question period. She didn't lose because of her answer. She is just playing the whiny bad sport and trying to convince everyone that that's why she lost. Does anyone even know the name of the girl who won? Talk about being a bad sport. I guess God doesn't care about bad sportsmanship. I'll bet the Devil's having a hearty party, though.
Ms. Prejean is also a victim of mean photographers. I like Keith Olbermann's handling of this one...
Olbermann got me to thinking about something else I've been brooding a lot about lately. I wonder if there shouldn't be some limits to what is defined as free speech. Even as wonder that, I'm struck by the awful heresy of even asking. But I can't help wondering if organizations like Fox News which manipulate and distort information and pass it off as "truth" are engaging in free speech or something else. Is propganda free speech? I guess it is. I don't have trouble with someone like Miss California having an opinion - even what I consider a foolish one - and expressing it. I DO have trouble with people consciously misrepresenting the truth. The trouble with trying to control that of course is where do you draw the line? How do you police what's ignorance and what's malice? Who legislates intent? As soon as I ask all those questions, I know that even though it's offensive, the crap Fox News spews as pretended news is does in fact qualify as free speech. Boy, does that suck.
On a totally unrelated not, I watched Nancy Pelosi this morning dance with the press on the question of what she knew about water boarding and when she knew it. She was pretty clear but the press kept trying to change her words to something else. She's on a pretty slim tightrope. The Republicans - who think they see a chink in her armor - are now all eager to investigate the Bush administration's actions. I suspect they'll regret or back up on that enthusiasm if anyone takes them up on it. But wherever the chips may fall - on Democrats and/or Republicans - I think we need to look the truth in the face and not let people like Dick Cheney try to spin it to what he wants it to be.
There are some among us - some who read my posts - who believe that torture can be justified. I don't. I think it's inexcusable and ineffective, both. I think even if it were the most effective procedure in the world, it wouldn't be justified. This is one of those places where the our inner God and Devil really are doing battle. I suppose there will always be such people and perhaps it's all the more important because of them that we come clean and into the open with what was done. If the Bush administration felt as comfortable as they pretend to about what they were doing, the lies and subterfuge would have been unnecessary. It would have been front page news. "Look, bad guys... When we catch you we're going to torture you. If it were as effective as they claim, Bin Lauden would be in prison and they would have won the war they started against terrorism." If I'm wrong about all this, that too will come out in hearings. We need them if we are to heal as a nation. In any case, how we were lied to as a nation and where and how our system of government broke down in protecting us IS profoundly important.
I probably have a lot more to say about all of this but my friend's daughter is about to have triplets and it's late and I've run out of steam so I'm just going to post this and pray that it makes some sense.