The Tepid War

As we slog into the fourth year of the "quick war", like a muddy and exhausted Bill Maudlin grunt emerging from a foxhole, it's time to pause and look at the crossroads where we find ourselves. But first, a quick historical review is in order.

WWII was what pundits refer to as a "hot war". There were clearly defensible reasons for it. Bloodshed was on a level that makes Gulf War II look like a paper cut. It was a defining moment in our nation's history. We became the world's arsenal and our soldiers spread out across the world in a true and capable coalition. We fought for a well developed sense of right over wrong and largely managed to stay within those bounds.

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Dear Republicans: We Told You So

This is one of those posts that swings on a "yes...but" statement. We'll apologize right up front for that, but - there's that giggling little word - "we told you so".

This weekend's Republican tete-a-tete in Memphis was more than just an excuse to go to Beale Street, listen to some blues - although the sight of a Republican listening to the blues is amusing - and bash liberals for the end of the world. It was also about their upcoming strategery for keeping their stranglehold on all three branches of government.

There was plenty of talk about getting back to core conservative values - (BTW, have you noticed that Republicans never call themselves Republicans anymore? So much for the party of little elephants and Big Tents) - those conservative values being to redistribute the nation's wealth among as few people as possible, grinding everyone not of the Christian persuasion under the jackboot of religion, giving corporations legal rights in excess of individual rights, and sealing the deal with as much spying, cronyism, war, and environmental pillage as possible. And don't even get us started about shooting old guys in the face.

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Image Politics vs Action

It is with growing amount distress that I've observed a certain kind of rigidity settling over sections of the progressive blogosphere, as well as an arrogance that seems entirely insular. The other day, on Daily Kos, in the midst of a rant about NARAL and other women's organizations, Kos referred to his long-held disdain for organizing protests and marches. And then recently here, Chris Bowers went on an extended rant about people who dare to criticize Hillary Clinton in terms that reflect the Republican's slant against her. Suddenly, something crystalized in my head that has been simmering in the background since the 2004 election. There is a kind of circular obsessiveness and close-mindedness bordering on cowardice enveloping the blogsphere, and it is one of the more dangerous developments in progressive politics.

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An ill Wind

...Our country was a frontier of unknowns; geographically, politically, socially, spiritually and, well, just plain, naturally. That is the backbone of America. Unknowns, courage, fear, discovery and self-evaluation with a bent toward a high-arch goal. We all seem to have that common beat in our hearts and blood to see something better not only for ourselves and our nation, but a world at large. We never meant any harm. We started out with some grand ideas and genuine hearts and minds dedicated to the positive development of human kind. Somewhere along the way, things started to blur. Things started to become brushed into the easiest path like sand in the desert. A fact of science: water takes the path of least resistance...

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Santorum's Jackpot

DJ works for the American Prospect.

Hey everyone.  I wanted to share some news with you all that's breaking today.  Will Bunch has an article in the March edition of The American Prospect about Senator Rick Santorum's finances, both personal and political. GOP leaders have appointed Santorum as their Senate point man on ethics reform, but this article raises some serious questions about the way he conducts Pennsylvanians' business.

For instance, Santorum secured a mortgage refinancing in 2002 from a private Philadelphia bank on his $757,000 Leesburg, Virginia McMansion. The bank says it offers mortgages only to its clients, who must have investment assets of $250,000. On his disclosure form covering the period when he got the refinancing, Santorum listed less than $140,000 in total assets. And directors and officers of the bank have donated $24,000 to his campaign.

You can read the full article here: Santorum's Jackpot.  And the sidebar (about the charity) is here: Sour Charity.  And feel free to recommend this post only if you think other folks should see this info.

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