Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Does the GOP Have to Run on Absurdities?

Some quotes here will be from this article.

A pre-Sept. 10 or post-Sept. 11 mindset? Is this really a good way to categorize thinking? I don't think so. For anyone who says it, it says to me that they're admitting they didn't know anything about terrorism on Sept. 10. They were just going merrily on their way, not taking the threat seriously, not understanding the enemy, in other words, in an irresponsible way.

That has to be their admission, because now that they have a post-Sept. 11 mindset, their argument goes, there's nothing that can stand in their way to get the terrorists! Not land, seas, mountains, rugged terrain. Nothing. Not even our own Constitution and way of life is so precious that we shouldn't quickly trash and trample it in this pursuit. (Of course this is their way of grabbing more power, then never letting it go, all part of a ruse to convince us they're actually doing something.)

That's all pretty absurd in and of itself. But there's never -- never -- a good explanation when they're called on it, why the Iraq war had to be fought. Because the phrase "Sept. 11" is all important, any fool could tell you you'd need to get the guys who did Sept. 11 first. Then any mopping up, any fleeing of the remnant of those guys you could legitimately pursue around the world. So Obama can criticize Bush, McCain, the rest of this incompetent bunch, saying, "These are the same guys who helped to engineer the distraction of the war in Iraq at a time when we could have pinned down the people who actually committed 9/11," and they have no answer to it. Their answer is to look up, whistle at the sky a few seconds, and change the subject.

"On his campaign plane, Obama told reporters that Osama bin Laden is still at large in part because Bush's strategy toward fighting terror has not succeeded." It's absurd that McCain would be running, with his post-Sept. 11 mindset, on their great record against terrorists. Since the main guy, OBL is still out there! This is absurd. If you're a Republican, you need the subject to be something else, anything else. Do they not think we remember which party has held office the last eight years? All the while allowing OBL to run free? Bush was the one who said he wasn't too concerned about bin Laden. I never heard John McCain criticize him for saying that.

And finally, Obama said the government can crack down on terrorists "within the constraints of our Constitution." McCain's aides criticize this basic truth!

Good heavens, GOP, do you really not want to have a Constitution to go by? When John McCain, in your fantasties, swears to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, are those meant only as empty words? It's absurd, ridiculous, what the GOP has done the last eight years in trampling the Constitution, then they come around like the wolves in sheep clothing they are every election cycle asking for our vote.

1 comment:

Yoo said...

The current administration doesn't seem to be particularly better than previous administrations when it comes to domestic terrorism, and yet they show a callous disregard for civil rights. They've also sown the seeds of increased terrorism inside the United States for the future.

President Bush seems to be one of the few presidents who would have actually deserved impeachment. It's odd how mainstream politicians seem to think it a ridiculous idea.