Thursday, August 18, 2005

Concerned Republicans

Recently there have been suggestions that Republicans are "concerned." So what are they concerned about? Are they concerned about the illegal and immoral "war" in Iraq? Are they concerned about the torture? Are they concerned about all the pending Republican scandals? Are they concerned about the absoluely horrible loss of life as a result of the Bush/Cheney "war?" Are they concerned about Cindy Sheehan's marvelous movement against the "war?" Are they concerned about the state of the American economy? Health care? Social Security? Education? The price of gasoline and heating oil? The answers are no, no, no, no, no. Their concern is only about whether or not they might be re-elected. That's it. All of the sudden they have become concerned, not about anything of importance, not about how our country is on the way to absolute ruin, not about the war criminals in the White House, only about their chances for re-election. Now you see contemporary American politics in its most basic form. Disgusting, isn't it? I would like to be able to say this is a purely Republican attitude but, alas, it is not.

Dick the Slimy, in a recent speech to another completely sympathetic audience, said we will track the insurgents down "one by one if we have to. We will never relent." I guess the utter absurdity of that claim escapes him and his audience.

The Roberts nomination stinks as they say, "to high heaven." Not only is he being exposed as a rabid extreme right-winger, but also as a totally unethical lawyer. It turns out that at the very moment he was being interviewed for the possible Supreme Court appointment he was serving on a three judge panel on an extremely important case against Bush. Naturally the decision was in favor of Bush. This is a conflict of interest so blatant, so clearly in violation of any rules of legal behavior, as to be absolutely mind-boggling. But don't bet the Democrats won't just lie down again and let him be appointed. At least Leahy and Kennedy, and perhaps a couple of others will oppose him but I think the deal has already been made. If he is appointed it will be a sad day for America, unless you are a raving lunatic like Robertson and Falwell.

Republicans are always crowing about how they are "pro-life." I guess that means people like me are somehow "pro-death." Do you know anyone who is pro-death? And what in the hell is pro-life about their absolutely criminal "war" in Iraq? Furthermore, they don't have a clue what being pro-life would actually mean. If you were technically pro-life you couldn't even exist. All life depends ultimately on death. Something has to die so that others live. It has always been so. You might be able to somewhat reduce the incidence of death, or at least the death of some things like animals, but you can never change the system in which life inevitably feeds on death. I guess you could stop eating and living. But I digress. The country is dying and Republicans are concerned about being re-elected.

"The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies."

Basil O'Connor

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