Gee…you just gotta love the
Democrat Dimocrat Party, do you??
All that bluster about standing up to Dubya and his war games…
All that promise of changing the policy on Iraq…
All that smack about real changes occuring….
And in the end, they do as they always will do….they run crying into the night and surrender.
Did I or did I not predict this to happen??
Anyone who knows the history of the
Democrat Dimocrat party (and yes, I use that term deliberately) in talking up a good game and then punting at the last minute; knew that they would give Dubya his war funding with little or no restrictions (at least, not restrictions that could actually be binding or effective).
\”But..but…but, SmackDog,\” you say, \”we did get a badly needed increase in the minimum wage for our efforts!! So what if the war continues, at least we got something out of it!!\”
Yeah, right. Odds are that the Repubs are already planning on gutting that in the final conference..or Dubya can just do one of his famous signing statements relieving his business friends from enforcing the increased pay.
In the meantime, the war will continue, the killing of Americans (let alone Iraqis) will continue unabetted, and worse yet, thanks to the Democrats from AIPAC (and Boeing and the rest of the Scoop Jackson/Zell Miller wing), there will be no resistance whatsoever to any invasion of Iran, either.
Congratulations, Rahn Emanuel and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Joe Lieberman: you’ve managed to basically trash a mandate straight to hell, and crack your party clean to pieces. And more than likely, Karl Rove will still play you like a violin come next year’s election, anyway.
And a special \”Fuck you\” goes to all those \”lesser evil\” liberal luminaries like MoveOn.org, Kos, and all the rest of the cheerleaders for the
Democrats Dimocrats who kept on telling us that throwing money at conservative Dimss would make a real difference. Turns out it did….it made the sellout that much more painful to watch.
And you really think that Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or John Edwards will really make a difference?? Really??
(And no, Kucinich and Gravel don’t count, even if they are more progressive….they have simply no chance in the rigged money machine that passes for our democratic primary system; and they still are held back by the fantasy that the Democrat party can ever be anything more than the smiling face wing of the ruling class.)
Well, at least I gave them half a chance this time. No more. It’s either a legitimate Left Independent or NOTA for me in ’08.
When and if the Dimocrats ever grow a spine, a brain, and a heart, and move beyond being a party of scarecrows, tin men (and tin women), and cowardly lions, I may reconsider. Probably not.
[UPDATE: Leave it to Keith Olbermann to drop the proverbial hammer on the Democrats:
- The Democratic leadership has surrendered to a president—if not the worst president, then easily the most selfish, in our history—who happily blackmails his own people, and uses his own military personnel as hostages to his asinine demand, that the Democrats “give the troops their money”;
- The Democratic leadership has agreed to finance the deaths of Americans in a war that has only reduced the security of Americans;
- The Democratic leadership has given Mr. Bush all that he wanted, with the only caveat being, not merely meaningless symbolism about benchmarks for the Iraqi government, but optional meaningless symbolism about benchmarks for the Iraqi government.
- The Democratic leadership has, in sum, claimed a compromise with the Administration, in which the only things truly compromised, are the trust of the voters, the ethics of the Democrats, and the lives of our brave, and doomed, friends, and family, in Iraq.
You, the men and women elected with the simplest of directions—Stop The War—have traded your strength, your bargaining position, and the uniform support of those who elected you… for a handful of magic beans.
You may trot out every political cliché from the soft-soap, inside-the-beltway dictionary of boilerplate sound bites, about how this is the “beginning of the end” of Mr. Bush’s “carte blanche” in Iraq, about how this is a “first step.”
Well, Senator Reid, the only end at its beginning… is our collective hope that you and your colleagues would do what is right, what is essential, what you were each elected and re-elected to do.
Because this “first step”… is a step right off a cliff.
And in typical Olbermann fashion, he spares Dubya no quarter either:
And this President!
How shameful it would be to watch an adult… hold his breath, and threaten to continue to do so, until he turned blue.
But how horrifying it is… to watch a President hold his breath and threaten to continue to do so, until innocent and patriotic Americans in harm’s way, are bled white.
You lead this country, sir?
You claim to defend it?
And yet when faced with the prospect of someone calling you on your stubbornness—your stubbornness which has cost 3,431 Americans their lives and thousands more their limbs—you, Mr. Bush, imply that if the Democrats don’t give you the money and give it to you entirely on your terms, the troops in Iraq will be stranded, or forced to serve longer, or have to throw bullets at the enemy with their bare hands.
How transcendentally, how historically, pathetic.
Any other president from any other moment in the panorama of our history would have, at the outset of this tawdry game of political chicken, declared that no matter what the other political side did, he would insure personally—first, last and always—that the troops would not suffer.
A President, Mr. Bush, uses the carte blanche he has already, not to manipulate an overlap of arriving and departing Brigades into a ‘second surge,’ but to say in unequivocal terms that if it takes every last dime of the monies already allocated, if it takes reneging on government contracts with Halliburton, he will make sure the troops are safe—even if the only safety to be found, is in getting them the hell out of there.
Well, any true President would have done that, Sir.
You instead, used our troops as political pawns, then blamed the Democrats when you did so.
[UPDATE #2: Found the YouTube vid of KO’s Special Comment:]
— from Countdown with Keith Olbermann: Special Comment (5-23-07: \”Entire Government Has Failed You\” via YouTube