Yes, I have concluded after some thought about it, that Bill Sali is fundamentally un-American. Why do I think so? Consider his voting record. Sali has voted "no" repeatedly. I don't know the actual percentage of no votes compared with yes votes but I suspect it is very high indeed, perhaps even as much as 90%. If all of the bills he has voted against could be considered harmful to the United States one might conclude that he is a true patriot standing up to protect his country. But none of those bills, whether you might agree with them or not, were designed to harm the U.S. On the contrary, they were all designed to improve the lives of Americans in one way or another. If this is true, and I assure you it is true, I can only conclude that Sali does not have the best interest of our country in mind when he casts his negative votes - that is, put simply, he is un-American. What makes his record even more questionable is that by voting against virtually everything, and being consistently part of a small minority of negative voters, his vote is virtually useless. He might just as well not vote at all. In either case, that is, if he is un-American or just throws his vote away, he does nothing whatsoever for the state of Idaho. If his constituents think otherwise they must be strange types indeed.
What is all this to-do about MoveOn's ad about Bush's pet General, Petraeus (betray-us)? Republicans are upset and think it was disrespectful. I guess they didn't think it was so bad when they attacked Cleland, a triple amputee in the service of his country, or when they attacked McCain for having a black baby, or when they maliciously attacked John Kerry, a decorated American veteran, or when they treasonously outed a CIA agent, and etc. I have no sympathy whatsoever for these rotten hypocrites. The Democrats who went along with this condemnation of MoveOn are worse than the Republicans. What on earth were they thinking? I have believed for a long time now that there are almost as many Democrats who have swallowed the Bush/Cheney kool-aid as Republicans. Every time they do something stupid like this just confirms my beliefs about them.
Similarly, I don't understand what the fuss is about over Greenspan's statement in his new book that the Iraq "war" was (is) about oil. This is news? I'm sorry, but I am an absolute nobody in a small town in a remote area of Idaho and I knew it was about oil. I always knew it was about oil. To have not thought it was about oil you would have had to believe that with ten to twelve years of constant overflights, inspectors on the ground, and even Colin Powell three months before the attack saying Iraq was no threat, it was about WMD's. Most of the world, including most Governments, didn't believe the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice claims of a possible mushroom cloud, etc. And as the U.S. has supported dictators all around the world for years you could not have believed it was to remove a dictator. And no one in their right mind could have believed it was "to spread democracy." It had to be about oil. Nothing could have been more obvious. If Bush/Cheney had just leveled with us and said it was about oil we'd be a lot better off. But as they are both congenital liars I guess that was beyond them. At least American citizens could have considered whether or not they wanted to trade blood for oil. Given their love affair with their cars, trucks, ATV's, personal watercraft, motorcycles, car races, and demolition derbys they may well have agreed to the bargain. I just can't believe people are treating Greenspan's admission as some kind of revelation.
Once you have made a fool of yourself you cannot litigate your way out of it. Larry Craig will be known forever as Larry (wide stance) Craig and there is nothing he can do about it. If he is truly innocent (which I very much doubt) I hope he wins his appeal, but even if he does it won't change anyone's perception of him.
And here we have Idaho,
winning her way to shame...
"The melancholy days are come, the
saddest of the year,
Of wailing winds, and naked woods,
and meadows brown and sere."
William Cullen Bryant