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The simple musings of a man who thought he knew everything . . .

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Democrats: Short Memories - Long Wind

I was reading a story on Drudge about Hillary Clinton and what she had to say about her vote for the war. I read that the Senator from New York said "I take responsibility for my vote". For a split second a thought came into my head that I never thought was possible - maybe Hillary Clinton is going to do the right thing.

Frankly, I was scared. My entire world had turned upside down. Black was white, up was down, right was left (which means wrong). Dogs and cats were living together and it wasn't pretty. The scene in my head was one of myself and Hillary Clinton running toward each other in slow motion on a grassy, daisy spotted hill. Only, instead of there being beautiful music playing I was hearing the theme from Jaws. Very disturbing.

Mercifully, the world turned back to normal when I read the rest of her quote: "and I, along with a majority of Americans, expect the president and his administration to take responsibility for the false assurances, faulty evidence and mismanagement of the war". So, really it was just her using the old standby "Bush Lied".

It is amazing that Democrats are able to get away with this lame excuse for a criticism of the President. This whining would make sense if it weren't for one small detail. These same people were privy to the exact same evidence that the President had and they voted for the war.

What could have been going on that would make these otherwise dove-ish legislators vote for a war that they would later call unjust? How about an election? No doubt about it, at the time talking tough was good for their electability. But there is one inescapable truth that guaranteed that they would change their minds. The fact is that war is really hard. It is hard on the soldiers (duh), it is hard on the families at home, it is hard for the populace to stay solid (especially when the only update that they ever hear is "5 US soldiers were killed today"), and it is very hard for politicians.

This rhetoric may be dangerous to our soldiers and it will certainly undermine our ability to fight this war, but it sure will get them some votes. Sleep well tonight Senator.


  • At 5:44 AM, Blogger K said…

    This is off topic, but I would love to hear your thoughts on the Brokeback Mountain discussion taking place on my blog.

  • At 4:36 PM, Anonymous catsby said…

    These same people were privy to the exact same evidence that the President had and they voted for the war.

    Ahem. Blatantly forged evidence, emanating from the office of one Dick Cheney. Didn't you conservatives burn some news anchor at the stake for being the outlet of a forged document?

  • At 1:14 PM, Blogger Jason Green said…

    Blatantly forged evidence? When did you guys start using that line? You just can't face the fact that history is against you guys on this one. Your boys were for the war when it was politically expedient and they are now against the war, because they think it will help make people turn against George Bush. However, the only ones you are hurting are our soldiers.

    But, thanks for the comment.

  • At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Time and trials have borne out the truth -- that this administration manufactured evidence in the lead up to war (as they are doing now with Iran), that they cherry picked evidence because they wanted war and that they manipulated the media, the American people and Congress. It's all coming out in the Libby trial now. Those poor bastards in the CIA were totally set up by this corrupt government, a government that is still trying to blame them for Bush including the Niger lie in his State of the Union address. Even most right-wingers and Republicans are done trying to cover up for the rampant corruption of the Bush Administration. The only ones who don't see the light now are the ones with blinders on.

    That said, I still think you're a good writer, even if I don't agree with a thing you say. I hope one day you'll stop using your gift for evil.


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