I look upon the disingenuousness of the Right and I marvel, are they stupid, or do they think we are?
Here's Tom DeLay, about to get in trouble for laundering political money in Texas, a man whose former aides plead guilty to influence peddling , who used blackmail to get votes, gave protection to prostitution and virtual sex slavery in the Marianas Islands, He was virtually the architect of the Republican "Culture of Corruption." And yet, he was tapped to give the keynote speech to some conference about a "War On Christians!"
Now either someone actually thinks that since DeLay always goes to church on Sunday, we think that he's an honest man, or they themselves are fooled by him. Two kinds of stupid.
And what did they discuss at this conference? Conveniently they base their arguments on superficialities like school prayer, Christmas nativity scenes, and religious T-shirts! These are vapid things like what political correctness turned into when we left it. But any real questions of speaking to the defence of the faith, and the purity of the soul, were absent!
This suits DeLay just fine since he has no soul.
Witness the rediculously transparent George W. Bush. Remember when Flight 93's Todd Beamer gave us the battle cry ''Let's Roll?" That was supposed to be right up there with "Remember the Alamo!" or "Remember Pearl Harbor!" Now, not a whimper! Because, we found out that Bush didn't mean it. He rallied us not to the real war, the one on terror, but to the neocon's private war in Iraq!
At the risk of being called redundant, I wish to repeat a paragraph from the last post, a quote from General Newbold:
"What we are living with now is the consequences of successive policy failures. Some of the missteps include: the distortion of intelligence in the buildup to the war, McNamara-like micromanagement that kept our forces from having enough resources to do the job, the failure to retain and reconstitute the Iraqi military in time to help quell civil disorder, the initial denial that an insurgency was the heart of the opposition to occupation, alienation of allies who could have helped in a more robust way to rebuild Iraq, and the continuing failure of the other agencies of our government to commit assets to the same degree as the Defense Department. My sincere view is that the commitment of our forces to this fight was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute these missions--or bury the results. "
What's disingenuous here is that we keep hearing from Bush & Co. how they consulted the generals at every turn, and that no officer, now in uniform, has any complaint about how the war is being run, when Zinni, Shinseki, Hagee, Newbold and Paul Hackett are clear examples of what officers would tell you, once free from any restraint.
We are not safer after 6 years of neocon rule. The only thing that they really want to control is the rights and freedoms of the individual and society, anything that is an impediment to the full control of resources that they want. . We get wiretapped, had to contend with "free speech zones," P.O.W.s can be tortured, they want to make permanent the Patriot Act, and Bush blithely ignores the shock and horror of the people by continuing these policies despite, or in the face of polls that clearly indicate the mood of the people. He went from "listening to the courts" to being the 'decider."
And now we hear that Bush already knew something about the unreliability of his intel - concerning WMD's!
Meanwhile border security is ignored. Indeed, illegal aliens are tacitly encouraged because big business wants wage slaves rather than contend with a workforce that can fight for itself.
Now we hear rumblings of war in Iran. The same Boys Who Cried Wolf are telling us about Iran's warlike nuclear intentions, and then tell us that we aren't going to war before trying diplomacy! First of all, I still don't trust Bush's accusations. Second, I don't trust him to keep his word on diplomacy.
Bush lied to us concerning the economy. The middle class is being further squeezed out by outsourcing of jobs, in-sourcing of illegal aliens, (More on that in a later post. They are not the real problem.) He told us our taxes would be lowered when only the higher income bracket got any cut, and destroyed our ability to spend by burdening us a Medicaid plan and drug prices that rob the poor, the old and the disabled.