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American Casualties
Revolutionary War: 50,000
War of 1812: 7,800
World War I: 360,000
World War II: 970,000
Other wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan: Uncounted but not forgotten

This country was different. When we sent our citizens into battle, it never was for a king, an emperor, a fuhrer or any other person. We fought for an idea: that ordinary people, entrusted with certain inalienable rights, could govern a country, providing for the common defense, while still aspiring for liberty and justice for all. Lord knows we never got there, but we never quit trying, and generations of Americans put their lives on the line in defense of those ideals.

Today, the Republican Party and twelve current or former Democrats colluded to insult the service of every American ever to don a uniform to prove that Our Way was better than that of any tyrant. They have thrown Our Way away. Never did our veterans imagine that some future Congress would throw away our most treasured principles and rights to complete a cheap political stunt. That nearly one third of the opposition party would cave in to that stunt themselves would have seemed especially unimaginable. But that has come to pass. Our Congress, middle finger fully extended, today sent a message to our war dead that their sacrifices were in vain, that our very own government would destroy everything they fought for, no foreign tyrant needed.

As for me... I had family in each of the wars enumerated above. I have family serving today. This Congress has sold my family's investment in this country out. May God have mercy on whatever souls they may have left.

We must oust these people. We must oust them in November, we must oust them in 2008, we must systematically and without fail oust all of them from public service until they are all removed from any position of public trust. We must resurrect our democratic heritage, our claim to the highest moral ground, and the idealism of our people if we ever are to understand again the pride our ancestors felt to be and become Americans. We must not let the cowards in our own party divide us or distract us from this task. We will prevail. We shall overcome.

Whether this is the beginning or end is our choosing. I choose beginning. If this country is to recover, folks like you must choose to join me. Do we fight or do we despair? I say fight! Fight! Our forefathers demand it, we must fight!

Originally posted to iconoplasty on Thu Sep 28, 2006 at 11:05 PM PDT.


Today, do we renew the fight with doubled intensity?

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  •  Our Dem leaders got snookered again. (1+ / 0-)
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    Especially Harry Reid.  Pelosi didn't have near enough votes, but Reid could have blocked this bill through parliamentary maneuvers, and he BLEW IT!!!

    •  No they didn't. (0+ / 0-)

      Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me ten thousand times, shame on me.

      Reid sold out his nation. He's a traitor. Next time he's in a primary, throw the traitor out.

      And the same with every other Democrat who didn't shut it down. They're traitors. Destroy them in the next primary.

      Bring the Troops Home. Restore Constitutional Government. Take Back Your Nation.
      When you strike at a King, you must kill him.

      by khereva on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 03:49:45 AM PDT

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  •  There should be a backlash, (1+ / 0-)
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    and I hope there will be a major upheaval.  I suspect that a lot of liberal religious voters who have the strongest moral leanings will be particularly outraged.

    Many of the rest of us may have to go through a series of phases of recovery before our outrage is strong enough to overcome our rage, shock, and depression.

    Some will give up politics, or join a third party, which will hurt us progressives more than anything the Republicans can do to us.  If a lot of people leave us, they're only screwing the entire progressive movement.

    You can't abandon the Dems, because they are all that stand between the GOP and absolute dictatorship.

  •  I'm with you (1+ / 0-)
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    We fight.  And we fight on our feet, not on our knees as someone said.

    Join me in walking the precincts to get control of Congress in 39 days.

    Then we "Lamont" every one of the Vichy Dems in their next primary:  2008, 2010, or 2012.

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