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Blaming Dems for Saving World

In a letter, a dim-witted Republican tried using sarcasm to blame Democrats for, simply, saving the world. Time and time again. Here's what he wrote, and our response:

By Charles Reed  |  
Some Democrat blamed Republicans for negative accomplishments in the last 100 years. So, I think it only fair to name a few of the Democrats' "accomplishments;"

1. World War I: 53,000 killed; total casualties, 204,000
2. World War II: 400,000 killed; total casualties, 1,078,000
3. Korean War: 50,000-plus killed; total casualties, 103,000
4. Vietnam War: 53,000 killed; total casualties, 153,000

The sad thing is that most of these men were from 17 years to 23 years old. Thousands lost legs, arms, eyes.

I guess maybe for some people this pales in comparison to things like Watergate, the Great Recession and shutdown of the federal government for a few days.

Our Response
Mr. Reed,
Can you perhaps remember a little incident known as Pearl Harbor? Without Roosevelt's and Congress' declaration of war, you would be speaking either Japanese or German today and ruled by either an emperor or a dictator. You seem to approve of that idea.

Do you also like the idea of a nuclear armed North Korean dictatorship controlling the great industrial capacity of South Korea, if Truman had not intervened?

Or even Europe and England ruled by Germany, in whatever form it might have taken, if we had not entered WWI (which historians now label as "the useless war" but which, nevertheless, would have ended with a German victory if Pres. Wilson had not first shipped supplies to England and then joined in the fighting.)

Vietnam was a terrible mistake, taken by a Democratic president. My voting for Nixon, who promised to end the war but instead expanded it into Cambodia, was also a mistake. It helped bring about the expansion of the war and then Watergate. I regret that personal mistake of voting Republican.

Without Democrat President Roosevelt's job-creating and bank-regulating emergency actions, my family would have starved during Hoover's Great Depression. If so, I would not be here to chide you for your ill-considered statements. Presuming you survived all those other calamities, I suppose you could thank Pres. Hoover and the conservatives in Congress for that.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    i dunno, Wee Mama, a2nite, Sun Tzu

    The purpose of government is to do for the people the things they could not do, or could not do so well, for themselves. A. Lincoln

    by ByersAware on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 10:07:36 AM PST

  •  that would be (1+ / 0-)
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    Without Democrat President Roosevelt
    Democratic. Likewise with your tag which I fixed.  Otherwise a good diary.
    •  that would be (1+ / 0-)
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      wilderness voice

      Thanks. Please encourage friends to comment here and to post their own fact-correction items on the open group TruthExchange at the new We need intelligent people nationwide bringing facts to political discussions via letters to newspapers, comments on blogs, and sites such as these. We can share our comments with one another and thus encourage further participation. Let's show the conservatives how strong we are.

      You might try my blog at

      The purpose of government is to do for the people the things they could not do, or could not do so well, for themselves. A. Lincoln

      by ByersAware on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 02:46:09 PM PST

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  •  Wars... (2+ / 0-)
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    IsaacKuo, ByersAware

    Since the 20th century and their more or less current political alignments...

    Spain / Cuba / Philippines
    Iran (Contra scandal)
    El Salvador
    Iraq part 1
    Iraq part 2


    Not a single good score on the GOP side. One bad score on the Dem side (Vietnam - I'd argue Somalia was the right move, improperly executed. I'd actually also argue, against every other liberal out there: that Vietnam was the right one to get involved in, but horribly executed, and mistimed, making us into an attempted replacement colonial power rather than actually fighting Communism).

    Pretty sure I'm missing a number of them too.

    Counter-point: the escalation of the use of Drones can be pinned on Obama - but starts with their use by Bush 2.0...

    General point being... GOP should never try to pick a right Dems over war justifications...

    The roaches always win if you turn out the lights.

    by Jyotai on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 12:38:39 PM PST

    •  The Somalia intervention... (2+ / 0-)
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      wilderness voice, Jyotai

      The Somalia intervention, Operation Restore Hope, was actually started by President HW Bush.  It's impossible to know whether or not President Clinton would have sent troops to Somalia had President Bush punted.

      Anyway, you have a couple big omissions (but they reinforce your point): Lebanon and Libya

      Lebanon was President Reagan's disastrous war, which Republicans have been oddly successful in erasing from public memory.  There's no positive spin possible for any part of it, so the only thing for Republicans to do is to pretend it never happened.

      Libya, though, is pretty recent and a rather big deal since it was the first war President Obama didn't inherit.  It was also pretty incredible to even think of getting involved in a third war when you're already mired in two wars that have not exactly gone well.  But President Obama shrewdly calculated what was politically possible and militarily possible, basically using the lessons of Kosovo and Iraq II (emulate the former, don't emulate the latter).

    •  Wars (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks for valuable information. Please see my reply to "that would be" regarding the hope for nationwide participation at local and national level.

      The purpose of government is to do for the people the things they could not do, or could not do so well, for themselves. A. Lincoln

      by ByersAware on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 02:49:57 PM PST

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