Government & Politics | May 14, 2005
Posting in "GordonTalk"
it just me, or does it seem to you too that the Republicans are
their own worst enemies these days? I can't imagine how we
Democrats could be doing a better job of sabotaging the GOP
take a look at what they've been up to...
president put at the top of his domestic agenda the "reform"
of Social Security, promoting private retirement accounts, at the
tender mercies of the stock market, while guaranteeing fewer
benefits for most retirees -- all of which, despite the president "spending his political capital" like he's spending the
Social Security surplus, has gone
over like a lead balloon with most of the public, including a
majority of not only Democrats but also independents (most of
whom, apparently, hope to one day grow old).
superstar of the Republican convention, The Great White Hope of
the Grand Old Party, for whom there was even talk of a
Constitutional Amendment to allow him to run for president, the
"Governator" of California, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, is seeing his popularity plummet like his most
recent box-office takes as it becomes apparent that the "special
interests" he's been attacking are actually firefighters,
police officers, nurses, and teachers, who are fighting back with
devastating TV commercials. Somehow the public identifies with and
has more respect for these heroic everyday working people than a
mega-millionaire, make-believe "action hero".
Religious Right is pushing the Senate Republicans to exercise the
"nuclear option" -- to take away the right of the minority
party to block Senate actions by means of a filibuster, thus
throwing out centuries of precedent -- in the hopes of getting a
handful of ultra-conservative Bush nominees appointed to the
federal bench and in the face of a threat by Senate Democrats to
then use every parliamentary trick in the book to slow Senate
business down to a virtual standstill -- a prospect that perturbs
the Economic Right to no end, as they salivate over enacting still
more budget-busting tax-cut legislation, benefiting primarily
their well-heeled ranks.
schism in the Republican Party, when the Religious Right held
a nationally televised revival meeting to oppose "activist
liberal judges" (most of whom are actually conservative
Republican appointees), the endorsement of one political agenda as
God's own agenda was so blatant and contrary to majority popular
opinion as to force even the Senate Majority Leader and the
president to publicly distance themselves from such sentiments,
vehemently advanced by some of their heretofore most ardent and
Majority Leader in the House, Rep.
Tom DeLay, is so embroiled in scandals that when his extreme
Right Wing supporters held a
much-publicized rally for him, most of his Republican
colleagues in Congress were conspicuous by their absence.
president's choice for UN Ambassador, John Bolton, is so
offensive, untrustworthy, and undiplomatic that senators from his
own party had to hold
their collective noses and take the almost unprecedented step
of sending him to the Senate floor for a final vote without
approving him in committee.
nation's capital is still so vulnerable to attack that a
flight-school Cessna, traveling at just a fraction of the speed of
a jet hijacked by terrorists, got halfway into the No Fly Zone --
just a couple miles from the White House, the Capitol, and other
prime targets -- before it was intercepted by Air Force jets,
scrambled at the last minute (that is, not on constant patrol
overhead). Tens of thousands of Americans were sent running for
their lives out of federal buildings and into the streets --
although the Mayor of DC was not alerted, because some phone was
off the hook (or some such lame excuse), and the president was not
alerted (although his wife and Dick Cheney were whisked away by
the Secret Service), because
he was off riding his bike (at least we were spared another My
Pet Goat deer-in-the-headlights kinda KodakŪ moment). So who's
minding the store?! Isn't the Department of Homeland
Security supposed to be doing something other than just
color-coding our confusion, something like coordinating
things? (By all accounts, the evacuations etc. were spotty and
anything but well organized) Aren't we supposed to be putting up
with Bush's domestic and foreign policies and his equally
atrocious grammar because he at least keeps us safe? While it's
true nobody was hurt in the Cessna incident (thank God), there was
widespread, palpable panic in the streets of our nation's
capital, shown live and endlessly on tape on TV worldwide: Score
one more for the terrorists, who didn't even have to
buy a box cutter.
the biggest per-capita hit in the new round of military base
closures proposed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be
in South Dakota, the very state where, prodded by millions of
national GOP campaign dollars, the voters turned out Tom Daschle,
leader of the Senate Democrats, in favor of John Thune, who
promised his would-be constituents in the campaign that if elected
he would use his friendly connections with the White House to
prevent this very thing from happening! Evidently, those
connections weren't as close as those that Bush has with his
home state of Texas: Dyess Air Force Base, in the Lone Star State,
now hosts one half of the B-1 bomber fleet; it will host the other
half too, after Ellsworth AF Base is closed in South Dakota --
eliminating almost 4,000 jobs out of a total state population of
just 760,000. George, don't count on being carved into Mount
Rushmore anytime soon.
recently reported worldwide, our interrogators in Guantanamo tried
to flush information out of Muslim detainees (many if not most of
whom we are learning are anything but terrorist masterminds) by allegedly
flushing the Islamic Holy Book, the Koran, down the toilet --
which would not come as too big a surprise to anyone, given that
our new Attorney General was infamous for having advised the
president that various methods of interrogation that the rest of
the world and our own traditions have branded as torture aren't
technically illegal. Now, angry mobs are taking to the streets in
Afghanistan, our still unruly protectorate, and Pakistan, our
sometime ally in the war on terror, and are burning down
international aid agencies and burning up American flags.
of course, countless human beings continue to be blown to bits by
terrorist attacks as the violence in Iraq has increased, not
decreased (after a brief lull), following the national elections.
Most ominously, most of the victims are now Shiites, who control
the government; and most of the violent offenders are now Sunnis,
the vast majority of whom boycotted the elections: Just as cooler
heads in the Pentagon had warned before our going into Iraq in the
first place, the worst-case scenario would be for the
country to descend into civil war, with American forces -- our
sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives,
giving their all to do the duty with which we have tasked them --
caught in the middle, with no good way out.
the list of self-inflicted GOP wounds -- for which we all bleed --
goes on and on.
the Republicans have gained control over the White House, the
Congress, and most of the Judicial branch primarily by being more
tenacious, ferocious, well-organized fighters than we Democrats.
To hear the Right Wing tell it, the Democrats have been as
vanquished as the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union and the backbone
of the Al Qaeda terrorist network -- which means that the most
powerful, organized enemies the Republicans have left to fight
of course, the moderate majority of Americans.
Geo. & Co. Fight the good fight (Right against Right)! And
don't come back till it's over over there!
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