Most of you know that I am a very recent convert. I do not still follow most of the party line here, or get too excited about democratic initiatives. I am kind of like Christopher Walken at the house party "why won't anyone talk to me?".
The damage that the Bush republicans have done to what was once the republican party is staggering. I see nothing wrong in a conservative view, a more effecient government.
But the amount of money the Bush republicans have spent is not only an all time record, but each year its even more. The president has never... repeat NEVER vetoed a single line of legislation - there is no power in the white house to stop runaway spending. In fairness and moderation, I personally would oppose relief money like cuts to medicare and to the CDC, in a time in which not only did we lose a major city - but we've lost our defenses against killer storms. There will be more. This was an all time record season for hurricances, there are many people who need help. I do believe in smaller government, but I don't believe in cruelty - torture or callousness, that is the trademark of this administration. Led, of course, by a man who thinks that seeing thousands of his fellow citizens dying deserves only a descent to 50,000 feet before he flies on to his next Karl Rove engineered campaign stop. At that height, dead bodies floating in the water... look like ants..
Republicans everywhere say the same thing: why is it that our party has not executed substantive change?
Today, for me, is the straw that broke the camels back. And like a pitcher on the field who's throwing a great fastball, here you have me, personally finding a party who has my voice. Believe it or not. The democratic party.
And why? Well, for one. They have people who know what they're talking about. Each time I see George W. Bush standing in a flight jacket I think of either how he stood up there on deck of a carrier and smiled as he said "mission accomplished" and that the war was over (!!). I know that is the extent of George W. Bush's ability to wage a war - when the army almost steps aside and lets us march into bagdad - he doesn't figure out they're waiting for them to amBUSH him...
Then, I think of what he did when his country called him. How totally different from People like Kerry and Murtha - who not only answered their nation's call but came out, born again hard. Even hackett, who fought in the Iraq war - wouldn't stand down if she calls him to go. But bush - what does he do? He gets drunk , snorts coke and skips out on his physicals and is dishonorably discharged - and even then, chumming up with the close and personal friends of Bin Laden - all the while serving and fighting the worst that ALABAMA can throw at him. Repeat. ALABAMA.
So he's standing up there, dressed just like Karl Rove wants him to dress. Saying just what Karl Rove wants him to say.
And he's safe, too, because right now, almost SEVEN IN TEN americans are just plain pissed off at him, and he's way over in Asia accomplishing what he did the last time war called him: running and hiding and getting wined, and dined to do it.
In every game, if you don't have someone to catch the ball, in the field, or someone who can step up and hit the ball out of the park, you'll lose. You can pitch a good game, many of us have done that. Here is the one that we - and I say that whether you like me or not , turtleneck boy - WE can hit out of the park.
And that is this: Bush just said in a speech today , that he will follow the "sober judgement" of his commanders in the field.
- The sober judgement of the commanders in the field was to go in with more troops. Think: japanese sounding general's name... remember...
- The sober judgement of one major general there on the ground is a unit by unit withdrawal. The plan was submitted this week and is in Bush's hands, maybe its a +presidential daily brief+ still on harriet meiers desk... there are quite a few there...
- Bush put in charge of all of this someone who made the soldiers go out and scrounge in the trash heap to get enough armor on their vehicles - and he's keeping him there in charge of it all even though the guy (come on, you know this guys name) is totally out of touch with the situation (we know that we know we do not know...)
Can anyone here name the two generals and commanders on the field I'm talking about.
For extra credit, you can forget completely about the smooth talking, campaign ready - secretary of defense who puts on a really good show for the news-media entertainers that you can leave on in your trailer home 24 Seven with a news crawl under him.... that secretary doesn't know very much about how to fight a war...