The knock against liberals used to be that liberals were the emotional ones and conservatives acted on intelligence not feelings, i.e. the old saying that "when I was young I was a liberal because I have a heart but when I got older I became a conservative because I have a brain." Which is a fair statement only that it was offensive to both liberals and conservatives.
But now the conservatives, as demonstrated by the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, and the neo-cons have neither heart nor brain. Every act seems to be a hideous twist on the adage "if it feels good do it." But what feels good to them is hate. They love it. It feels right. Revenge, destruction, Hate. It doesn't matter if it messes things up at least it isn't coddling the enemy.
All too often I see Bush apologists when confronted with facts, jump into the defensive posture of stating "but at least we are doing something." Or worse yet "It feels good that at least we aren't sitting back.' Next time there are people trapped in a fire in a house make sure to run next door and kick in the windows... Because at least you're doing something.
Remember as a kid how fun it was to knock down a big wall of blocks that you had built? Well think of what fun the bullies had knocking down blocks that some other kid built, oh that was real fun! I bet it "felt good." In the invasion phase of the war (you know before the mission was accomplished) Bush wanted to be notified ahead of time of any major bomb runs so he could watch in on TV. He won't read the news, but a big building blowing up, now that's some fine entertainment. It reminds me of the debates with Gore in 2000 when he finally showed some passion, it was on a question about the death penalty, he just beamed. Finally something he was interested in: Killing People (and if they were supposedly bad people, so much the better).
Conservative white men are paranoids who were always under attack from homos or commies or non-Christian heathens. Well finally they found a real enemy: terrorists. So all this pent-up rage gets directed at Iraqis, and they finally are getting to do something. They are finally getting to ACT LIKE MEN.
This era of machismo gone wild is putting our soldiers at risk. It is wasting American lives and resources. And it is just sad. Junior High is over.
I feel the need to quote the very pissed off Senator Biden:
"There's a reason why we sign these treaties: to protect my son in the military," Biden said. "That's why we have these treaties. So when Americans are captured, they are not tortured. That's the reason, in case anybody forgets it."
Also at the blog: This Century Sucks