5.24.2007

lay the dead at their feet

First the Democrats hand the Resident almost $100 billion of their constituents' money so Dick Cheney and his friends can continue to reap mammoth profits off the occupation of Iraq.

They try to disguise this increased funding as a plan to end the war! How can you end a war by funding a war? By throwing a deadline for troop withdrawal into the sack of money. As if we expect the White House to give a shit about a Congressionally imposed deadline.

But wait, the Resident doesn't like the deadline! He doesn't want a deadline! So what do the Dems do? They get rid of the deadline! What else?

With an opposition party like this, who needs elections? Oh wait, they're not having real elections either. It all ties up so neatly.

Democracy Rising and United for Peace and Justice are urging Americans to express their outrage.

I sympathize that it's very difficult to continue to express that outrage, and continually have it ignored. But please. Do so. Please do not give up without a fight. Please be part of the resistance. Please stand up for peace.
From Democracy Rising & UFPJ-Legislative Action Network

"Let them hear your outrage!"

The Democratic leadership have shamed themselves. Instead of standing up for us, they are bowing to pressure from Bush. He will get full funding for his war, including the escalation of troops -- unless the rank and file members of Congress vote this outrage down.

The vote in the House could come as early as today. Although they have heard from us over and over again -- we owe it to ourselves, our troops and the Iraqi people to make sure they hear from this before they make this vote. Below is a draft alert you can use to alert everyone you know!

. . . .

Call your Senators and Representatives Now. Congress will vote at any time in the next 48 hours to give Bush a blank check to pay for continued war and occupation: 202.224.3121

Tell them: Vote NO on the war funding bill to continue and expand the war and occupation of Iraq.

Ask them: How many more fallen soldiers will we have to mourn next Memorial Day?

Congress is getting ready to vote on another $95 billion for the war in Iraq. It sure looks like the Democratic Congress has decided to buy Bush's war and make it their own.

Instead of holding the Bush administration accountable for their failed policy in Iraq, Congress is choosing to blame the country we invaded and continue to occupy. That's right -- the Iraqi government needs to pass the laws we want them to pass in order to prove to us that they are a democracy -- or we will withhold funding for reconstruction (to rebuild the country our bombs and policies destroyed). That's the way the Congress has decided to hold Bush accountable.

After months of promising us a change in Iraq, promising us they will hold Bush accountable, promising they will not give Bush a blank check -- the democratic leadership has caved in to Bush -- instead of standing up for us. They are writing him a check for $95 billion to continue and EXPAND the war. That surge they all claimed they don't like -- the money for it is right here!

Make your calls today, and ask five friends to call their members of Congress also.

And liberal Americans are voting for these people! And they say if you don't vote for them, you're "throwing your vote away". How can you throw your vote away any more than this??

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Update. I was in a rush this morning, and so angry and disgusted, I omitted some key points. Keith Olbermann reminded me.

The 2006 midterm elections were a mandate to end the war. The Democrats were elected specifically to do so.

I was strongly criticized for not voting in those elections, but I felt I could not participate in what I believed to be a sham. I was certain that the elections would change nothing.

Canadians often ask why Americans "allow" the war to go on, why they chose this evil, corrupt government, and now that it has been thoroughly revealed as such, why they don't dismiss it.

Canadians who believe the New Democrats should merge with the Liberals: behold how a two-party system becomes a one-party system.

16 comments:

James said...

As one blogger said: "Folks, his approval rating is 28%. Stop treating him like it's 80%."

West End Bound said...

Already contacted our Senators and right-wing conservative representative. It's a shame the dems aren't doing what the people voted for them to do. They're too busy protecting their cushy jobs and worrying about getting re-elected . . . .

James said...

Olberman compares the Dems to Neville Chamberlains.

Ferdzy said...

I have long been of the opinion that until the U.S. recognizes and deals with the lobbyist "industry"/military-industrial complex, nothing will change.

The Democrats and Republicans are basically doing a "good cop, bad cop" routine but it's clear they are both corrupt and on the take, and holding the American people to ransom.

L-girl said...

I have long been of the opinion that until the U.S. recognizes and deals with the lobbyist "industry"/military-industrial complex, nothing will change.

That's exactly right. Too many people make too much money off the present structure, and too many powerful jobs are at stake.

Anyone who wants more information about this is encouraged to watch Eugene Jarecki's film "Why We Fight".

James: several people sent me a link to Olbermann! I will check it out.

David Cho said...

On top of all that, the so-called benchmarks are non-binding and therefore meaningless.

It amazes me to see Bush get everything he wants. In fact, Congress gave him more money than he asked for.

L-girl said...

On top of all that, the so-called benchmarks are non-binding and therefore meaningless.

Yes! Even the deadline is just an appearance - a meaingless sham.

It amazes me to see Bush get everything he wants. In fact, Congress gave him more money than he asked for.

Yup. This is what I was so incredulous about the first time I blogged about the supplmental spending bill. I was disgusted at how many liberal people and groups (MoveOn, for one) were supporting it.

redsock said...

The left was all gaga about the midterms -- "now things will change". The only change is that things have actually gotten worse. And the Democrats are trying as hard as they can to make it worse, doing the Republicans' work for them.

So after getting burned for the umpteenth time, I now read on Democratic messageboards that they have moved on to new shiny prize to work for -- "Just wait until we get the White House back in 2009".

Seriously, how can seemingly otherwise intelligent people keep getting played for suckers (for decades, really, over and over and over and over and over and over!) and keep coming back for more?

...

(ferdzy: i always use the good cop/bad cop analogy. both on the same side, serving the same masters, using different means to get the same result)

orc said...

«The only change is that things have actually gotten worse.»

How have things gotten worse?

I'd claim that things have gotten better, because the Democrats are proving that they're just as incapable of governing as the Evil Party is (and the ongoing excavations of the clown car of total evil is, if not particularly productive, pretty funny. If the Evil Party was still in control of the house of representatives, you'd never be seeing that) and that might finally provoke some sort of movement towards a functional government in the Imperium.

(And I'd say that there's a pretty good chance that things have gotten a /lot/ better for me, because my sweetie didn't want to GTFOOD because the 2006 elections would start turning things around. Ho ho, it might be time to hire that private detective so I can figure where I've lived and worked over the last 28 years!)

redsock said...

How have things gotten worse?

Wow.

I'd claim that things have gotten better, because the Democrats are proving that they're just as incapable of governing as the Evil Party is

And that's a good thing? ... This is satire, right? And I'm just not getting it?

Both parties are quite capable of governing well -- and they are doing so presently. The problem is their view of governing does not match what the citizens of the US believe it capable government or the view most commonly associated with democracy.

That's why when Bush says Iraq is a success and going well, he is telling the truth. It is going EXACTLY the way they knew it would go and how they wanted it to go.

(And I'd say that there's a pretty good chance that things have gotten a /lot/ better for me

You're right, that is the most important thing. I stand corrected.

orc said...

(Me) «How have things gotten worse?»

(Redsock)«Wow.»

"Wow" ? Yes, that's a very nice dismissal, if you don't actually have any evidence to back up your statement and want to retreat before you're called on it.

But I *am* calling you on it, and I repeat: How have things gotten worse?

Make a list. If it's "Wow"-worthy, you should be able to crank out a list of actual things that have indeed gotten worse in less time than it took you to clumsily dodge the question in the first place.

From what I recall of your commentary (and please correct me if I'm wrong,) you've thought that the Democratic Party is not significantly different from the Evil Party for quite some time now. How can it be "worse" now that they've proven it to more people and, as lagniappe, gotten mud in the face of a whole bunch of mainstream lefties (including myself; I foolishly thought that Pelosi and Reid were smart enough to get the Coward in Chief on a line and were going to let him beat his party to death as he flapped about) ? This is only /worse/ if you maintain a rosy delusion that the Democrats are the One True Good Party and don't want to admit that, in washington, it's simply a matter of degrees of evil and stupidity between the two of them.

There is nothing that the Democrats can allow that would be worse than the actions the Evil Party has already been enthusiastically implementing. If this embarrassing Chamberlain moment wrecks the Democratic Party and «provoke(s) some sort of movement towards a functional government in the Imperium», it's only /worse/ for the people who profit from the status quo. And the status quo is that the United States is plunging into a Hitlerian abyss at such speed that the previous 220 years begin to appear like some sort of socialist utopia. That the Democrats haven't been willing to stop or even retard this plunge does not make it /worse/, no matter how many true believers have had their dreams dashed against the solid wall of the real world.

So, I ask again: «How have things gotten worse?» (if you'd rather, can you tell me which things would be /better/ if the Evil Party still controlled all three branches of government?)

L-girl said...

How have things gotten worse?

I didn't post the question, and I really dislike the combative tone you're taking, but I'll take a stab at an answer of my own anyway.

- More Americans and Iraqis have died or been maimed because the occupation has not ended. That's worse.

- Funding for the war and occupation has increased. That's worse.

- The US is closer to an invasion of Iran. That's worse.

- All the other problems of the US remain unaddressed, so they get worse.

When things are bad, and they are left to fester, they get worse, by definition.

This is only /worse/ if you maintain a rosy delusion that the Democrats are the One True Good Party and don't want to admit that, in washington, it's simply a matter of degrees of evil and stupidity between the two of them.

That describes what both Redsock and I already believe. That's why we don't vote for either party, and that's why (in short form) we live in Canada.

There's no disagreement there.

However, I can't understand what you meant that things have gotten a lot better. It just doesn't make sense to me. But perhaps, as Redsock said, you're being sarcastic or satirical and neither of us picked up on it.

Whatever you do, though, please take a deep breath and try to be nice. We're all on the same side, there's no reason to be so caustic.

redsock said...

Thanks, L, for mentioning some of the worse things.

I really don't have the time or inclination to compile a laundry list, but I'm sure that a person with even one or two progressive bones in his or her body could figure it out.

Short answer: The more time the Republicans are allowed to do their illegal, murderous work -- and the more money they get from American taxpayers to do it with -- the worse things get for humanity.

The Democrats stomp their feet once in a while, but they continue to play along. That makes things worse because the Republicans are allowed to continue without obstruction. (And the people who voted for the Dems specifically to stop the war now know they have no voice.)

How can anyone who is not a Bushbot fail to grasp this?

L-girl said...

(And the people who voted for the Dems specifically to stop the war now know they have no voice.)

This touches on a crucial point that I didn't list earlier.

Orc said:
I'd claim that things have gotten better, because the Democrats are proving that they're just as incapable of governing as the Evil Party is (and the ongoing excavations of the clown car of total evil is, if not particularly productive, pretty funny. If the Evil Party was still in control of the house of representatives, you'd never be seeing that) and that might finally provoke some sort of movement towards a functional government in the Imperium.

When people go to the polls and elect representatives to do a job, and they fail to do the job that the voters asked of them, the lesson learned is not "both parties suck, we need to build a strong alternative party".

The lesson learned is "voting makes no difference, nothing makes any difference, I give up".

Very, very few Americans will see this disgusting betrayal by the Democrats they sent to Washington in the 2006 midterm elections and be moved towards revolution.

Most of them will sink deeper into feelings of apathy and helplessness, as what they see before them confirms what they already believed: nothing I do matters, nothing ever changes.

They already have enough on their plates just figuring out how to provide for their families and put gas in their cars. Now, their beliefs confirmed, they can go back to their tv sets and withdraw even further from public life.

And those of us who believe that the people, united, can make change, have an ever steeper hill to climb as we try organize.

If you've done any organizing, you know that apathy and helplessness are our biggest obstacles. The Democrats showing their true colours only exacerbates that.

This, for me, is one huge way that things have gotten worse.

Ferdzy said...

I've been working on finding short bits of story and poetry for my sunday school class and today I was looking at "grooks". Anybody remember those?

Anyway, I didn't see this one, but I've always remembered it:

A Grook With No Reference Whatever to the Two-Party System:

To wear a shirt that's relatively clean,
You needn't ever launder off the dirt:
If you possess two shirts to choose between
And always change into the cleaner shirt.

I love Piet Hein.

L-girl said...

Ferdzy, excellent, thank you!! If you find it online, let me know, ok? Thanks.