CHANGING TIMES OR POLITICS AS USUAL?
The Careful Calculation Of Political Advantage
After being swept back into power by an enormous surge of anti-war sentiment, the Democrats have chosen to stick to their guns and remain wishy-washy, by Gawd, no matter what anybody thinks. Bully! Thanks to exceptionally, but typically (for them) bad timing, the Dems were forced to vote on the war funding bill just before Memorial Day Weekend. Instead of turning this to their advantage, the leadership timorously booted it to Bush, allowing him to crow himself bloody over the holiday.
This despite the fact that more Americans and "Co-wa-li-tion partners" were killed, maimed, wounded, missing, captured or tortured in Iraq these last two months than in nearly any month since the beginning of the war. This in spite of the fact that, once again, the Bushies' obsession with Al Qaida has led them to eliminate their leader in Iraq , Zarqawi, and leave the whole shebang to the Iranian-backed Shia terrorists under Al-Sadr.
This even though it is now obvious to anyone but the blindest of Bushco loyalistas that we have fulfilled the "Leftist" prophecies (i.e, common sense) of five years ago, and inadvertently split Iraq into three rump states: One Kurdish terrorist state in the north, on target-Turkey's vulnerable southern border; one newly Al Qaida-fied state in the middle, centered in and around Sunni Baghdad; and a new province of Iran right where all the oil, and the Shi'ites are, in south-east Iraq.
Cock-up-a-doodle-doo, Dubya! An' Gawd bless all them dead troops, eh, good buddy? A REALLY happy Memorial Day! "Heh-heh, heh-heh." Smirk for the photo-op, big Dub! Yawl say:
" C - H - E - E - E - E - E - E - S - E - Y ! ! ! "
Meanwhile, Dubya's fellow draft-dodger Dickhead Cheney has the gall to show his twisted, war-profiteering face at West Point,. and lie his motherfucking ass off once again about WMDs, when-Saddam-met-Osama, and "fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them back here." This despite that fact that reports from intell's own analysts have projected a future terrorist state in the giant hole we've made in Iraq, and one that will be specifically if not exclusively engaged in acts of terror directed from there against us right here at home.
Seriously, does Dickwad really expect our nation's top strategists and tacticians of war, past present and future, to swallow his ridiculous confabulations? Or is he, Leni Riefenstahl-style, merely swooping in for a photo-op, using yet another of our nation's most hallowed institutions as a cheap backdrop? Benedict Arnold would have been green with envy.
And where are the pathetic Democrats this weekend? Out trying to look like Republicans, once again. Their lives revolve around a morbid fear that their alleged friends in the corporatist media will make fun of them for bowing to the "Left." By which they mean, the majority of the country, who happen not to stand on the extreme right. You know, all those Maoists in Kansas and Delaware, Trotskyites in Georgia and Oregon, Stalinists in New Mexico and New Hampshire?
You know, the ones who just recently voted out the pro-war Repukes? The ones who repeatedly demand that their representatives in Washington follow their specific instructions and bring all of the troops home now? You know, us? The eighty per cent against the war, before it started; and now, once again, even more strongly?
(Can we imagine that "our" news media will ever portray us accurately, fully and honestly? Or will they go on forever trying to mold us into the shapes desired from moment to moment by their corporate masters, as if we were raw, mindless clay? Sure, we'll buy your latest pet rock. But we won't buy your war, Mediacracy. Or is is Mediacrazy?)
But seriously, do We the People really think that our elected representatives are supposed to vote as we have specifically instructed them to over and over? Can we possibly imagine that our very own Senators and Congressmen and women will ever show sufficient political and moral courage to simply do what the voters ask? Are all of us so crazy as to believe that these people we send to Washington, and over-pay to be there, represent us and not-- who? --Really, who the Hell do they represent in prolonging this fraudulent, disastrous, counter-productive, corporatist war? Who? Certainly not the fucking troops! Then, WHO???
What great imaginary beings do the media claim are the actual stake-holders, here? Where are these invisible giants? What are their terrible, unutterable names? Let them show themselves, these creatures whose arcane wisdom and special, secret knowledge enable them to make the tough decisions, the right decisions, the global life-and-death decisions that directly effect all of our lives, on our behalf, and without consulting or informing us, except after the fact. Who are these mysterious supermen?
How do the media contact them? How do the media weigh their opinions so that they always tip the scales against us, the overwhelming majority? How does this happen, day in and day out? Show us. Make us understand why our massive collective will means nothing, in this bizarre equation. Sum it up for us, newshounds. Arf-arf! Good boys! Have a six-figure biscuit!
All I see is a bunch of coldly calculating political hacks in both parties carefully doing the math that will allow them to stay in power. They don't give a red bleeding shit what they do when they're in power, once they get it; except hold on to it. They just want it so they can have it.
Bush, of course is the worst one of them all. He clearly has never had a hint of a clue of a germ of an idea about anything. But by God, he was going to get and use and hold on to power, no matter what it costs the whole rest of the world.
The Dems are now the same, but less effective. They will spend the next year and a half endlessly, meticulously cyphering, trying to figure out how to grab just one more vote without losing one other vote. They will be so careful to micromanage every nuance of every possiblity, to take no stand that will cost them anything at all, to say and do nothing whatsoever, that all the Repukes will have to do to win again is stand up, wave a flag, and make fun of the Dems.
A - G - A - I - N ! ! !
So, smash the calculators, fellow "Leftists," i.e., the American majority. Mosey on down to your local Democratic Party headquarters, with ten or a hundred friends, and take it over. Force it to represent you. Then use it to force the County and the State and the National organizations to do the same. It's called DEMOcracy, Democrats. Figure it out.
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