Monday, April 11, 2005

I get kinda tired of writing the word hyprocrisy

But somehow it keeps coming up. Republicans are the Democrats of 1989 on Capitol Hill, with a speaker who isn't inspiring (Denny Hastert), a majority leader from Texas in trouble (Jim Wright), a fiery whip who is losing people (Roy Blunt) and ethics and corruption charges galore. Add in a new level of abuse of power, and you have a real scandal here.
Of course, cable news and news broadcasts in 1989 paid much more attention to real issues. This is the challenge facing the Democrats and moderates who hate this entrenched theocracy, and that's what it is. We all have a dog in this fight, and we need to win. Except for Clinton, who was pursued by the Republicans, the last president to pick up seats in the sixth year was James Monroe. We need to keep Bush from breaking history. This party leadership makes Democratic excesses of the past look like a frat party. And even during some of those times, the leadership, like Senator Mike Mansfield, the Senate majority leader, was ultimately in favor of what was best for the nation. Mansfield supported Henry Kissinger at the end of the Nixon reign when it looked like Kissinger might go down with Nixon. Mansfield considered him important to the nation, even though Kissinger was a Republican. That is something no Republican would do today, I'm sure.
To paraphrase Franz Ferdinand: "This party is out of control, so let's burn this party, burn this party." That's the Republicans. I've had it. The lies, the theocratic intrusions into secular law, the bullying, the running of Congress as Bush's rubber stamp, the attempt to change the history of our nation by eliminating the filibuster. They refuse to admit that they are doing anything wrong, they are mainly defending Tom DeLay, they are not admitting to their excesses, and call it all a vendetta by the so-called "liberal" media, which is funny, because the media spent far more time on Clinton's scandals than they have on ANY Republican scandal of the past ten years.
E.J. Dionne is right when he pointed out the Republicans represent less people than the Democrats. The Democrats may not be a political majority, but they are a populational majority, and that means the Republicans should be working with them, but instead they are the American equivalent of the Ba'ath Party in Iraq or Syria: a populational majority using bullying tactics and raw power to push through an agenda that a majority of the nation does not truly want. How much you want to bet most of Bush's slim majority is regretting their votes? I can only hope that they are.


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