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Friday, June 16, 2006

Hacktacular!

Seriously, this kind of stuff is truly hacktacular. Of course Republicans are going to say that Democrats are voting against the troops or other such nonsense. Voting for resolutions that say how much we love the troops is the truly important stuff, isn't it?

Maybe this is why I'm not a politician. I just couldn't do this. All of the "Clean Skies Initiative" and "No Child Left Behind" and "We Support The Troops" resolutions, using Orwellian language, is just not my nature. How do people do these kinds of things? Isn't being honest and straightforward and dealing with the things that really matter the way it is supposed to be?

7 Comments:

At 6:39 PM, June 16, 2006, Anonymous Caleb said...

You're absolutely right on this one. It's a stupid, transparent, election-year ploy. Check out http://www.mnpublius.com or Betty McCollum's website for her fantastic putdown of this cheap trick.

 
At 6:41 PM, June 16, 2006, Blogger Da Man said...

Actually, many blogs written by service members in Iraq and Afghanistan cite the importance of these resolutions and vocal support from people back in the states. It also seems that watching CNN and reading US newspapers is depressing to them, as the press is very down (generally speaking, of course) on their mission.

Check out some of these blogs sometime. Do a search on "Milblogs".

 
At 8:03 PM, June 16, 2006, Blogger MN Politics Guru said...

That's interesting. My idea for bettering morale is to bring the troops home to their families where they aren't being shot at for no good reason. The Republican solution? Pass resolutions and don't report on what is going on there.

Choices, choices...

 
At 8:48 PM, June 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree morale is not affected negatively by Stop Loss orders or doing 3 tours or not having adiquate armor... Nah. The real thing we have to worry about is House of Representatives resolutions and that pesky Free Press.

/sarcasm

 
At 11:39 PM, June 16, 2006, Blogger Da Man said...

The military (Army especially) is meeting all of its recruiting and reenlistment targets. Morale is high, and the troops believe in their mission. Many soldiers have reenlisted 2 or 3 times.

What will you say when Iraq becomes the only functioning democracy in the Arab Middle East, and then Al Qaeda is defeated?

All people--not just white people from Western Europe like you all--desire freedom. It's universal. I do recall the liberals' astonishment when the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet empire fell apart. Be prepared to eat some more crow...

 
At 7:40 AM, June 17, 2006, Blogger MN Politics Guru said...

Da man, you should definitely expand your viewpoint. I would suggest reading "The Future Of Freedom" by conservative writer Fareed Zakaria, in which he points out that democracy requires stability and freedom as prerequisites. The U.S. made a successful transition to democracy after the revolutionary war because we were stable and prosperous. Eastern Europe did too, with the most stable and prosperous countries (like Czechoslovakia) making the transition to democracy far better than the least prosperous (Russia).

Iraq is certainly not stable, and its wealth has all but disappeared. This has nothing to do with racism as conservatives foolishly say. This has to do with history, and historically, democracy doesn't flourish in a country where bombings kill dozens of people a day.

Al Qaeda isn't the problem in Iraq. It is normal Iraqis fighting an insurgency, just like you or I would be doing if the Iraq Army took over the U.S.

 
At 11:18 AM, June 20, 2006, Anonymous HHH said...

Let's not forget who drafted "No Child Left Behind", none other than Uncle Ted Kennedy.

Can we get another round of drinks here, and double's for the ladies.

 

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