I haven't had time to check in lately. Before I offer my thoughts for today, I'd like to make a brief comment about the whole Roberts situation.
While it is not unusual for a Supreme Court candidate to have his/her own agendas, I think Roberts agenda in targeting Roe v. Wade is very clear. He has always been very vocal about this. Anyone who follows the news at all knows that Roberts is the nominee for Supreme Court Justice replacing Rehnquist. And it is correct that it will be an ultra-conservative replacing another conservative. What makes this difficult is that O'Connor also left. So, it is also correct that the next nomination will be key. However, it is highly unlikely that the President will nominate a moderate candidate. So, we have one candidate with a very clear agenda in place and the potential of another very conservative candidate. I would personally not want an entirely liberal Supreme Court just as I do not want an entirely conservative one. I think it is important to have a variety of opinions in there to give more balanced and representative decisions. I just wish we could get some more moderate people in there.
So, it appears that Hurricane Rita will touch down near Galveston on Tuesday. I'm glad to see that it seems people are learning from Katrina and making better preparations. I know there have been many complaints about the handling of situations surrounding the lastest tragedy from the government to the aid organizations. Some people have said they will no longer support the Red Cross because of the problems that have occurred with their system. I am of the opinion that we should not throw out the baby with the bathwater. I feel the same way about government. Sure, if you are unhappy with a system you can go participate in another one. Or move to another country. But why not work to effect change from within? Isn't it better to learn from our mistakes and try to improve things in the future? Kind of like what they do with software. Red Cross version 4.5 Or better yet, the United States of America version 17.76 I think we can do it. We just have to keep working and not give up. Don't get disillusioned. This is still a great country. And if we get involved, it can get even better.