Friday, January 19, 2007

One Never Knows, Does One?

Hey Democrats!

Can we talk for a minute or two? Just as I predicted a month and a half ago when I composed a little ditty on this very site called, "No Time For Democratic Timidity" (26 November), a lot of you folks are starting to appear weak in the knees. After twelve long years in exile, you finally got power - real, tangible power, baby! - and you don't want to blow a good thing by showing (Dare I say it?) political courage - Oh, perish the thought, my dears! The buzz around DC these days is that you don't want to cut off funding for this disgusting and obscene war because you'll be "perceived" as not supporting the troops. Yeah, I know, I know, perception is everything in Washington - no argument from me there - but so is hindsight. A year from now, it will be obvious to everyone (Who knows? Maybe even that fucking idiot in the White House) that cutting off the financing of the war in Iraq was the right thing to do. It might even translate into votes in November of '08! As the late, great Fats Waller once famously observed, "One never knows, does one"?

That's right, Dems! The time has come for you to show some guts! What do they call it? Intestinal fortitude? Yeah! That's it! You remember the old song Bert Lahr sang in the Wizard of Oz, don't you? Sure ya do! "What makes the muskrat guard his Musk? Courage". In an interview with Diane Sawyer to be broadcast later this morning on ABC News, Nancy Pelosi said that the Dems plan on passing a "non-binding resolution" opposing the First Fool's decision ("I'm the decider") to send another 21,500 American kids into this quagmire. Whaat??? That's not courage! That's political expediency! C'mon, folks! Do the right thing! This war is, for all intents and purposes, over. It's lost! Anyone not watching Fox News figured that out a long time ago. The only reason the Bush Mob is keeping it going is so they can hand it off to the next (read: Democratic) administration on January 20, 2009. When that happens - OH, BROTHER! - it will automatically become your war. It will forever be known as Mr. Biden's war - or Mr. Edward's war - or Mr. Obama's war or - Heaven help us all - Mrs. Clinton's war. Now you don't want that to happen, do you? Ah! I didn't think so.
The Sunnis and the Shiites and the Kurds will continue to kill each other in horific numbers regardless of whether or not America continues its mindless, stupid occupation. Of all of the ironies too numerous to mention, the biggest irony is the one that no one has mentioned thus far: Saddam Hussein's regime, as awful as it was, was in reality a strategic necessity. He held Iran at bay and kept inner-ethnic feuds (some of them dating back centuries) from erupting within his own country - and no one in the Bush White House was smart enough to figure that out. Ha! Ha! Ha! Isn't that a rip? Who would have thunk it? Are you laughing yet?
I hate to keep rubbing this in your face Nancy, but over three-thousand American kids and half a million Iraqi men women and little children have been murdered as a result of this fiasco. You could end it today if you wanted to. That's why we, the people, sent a Democratic majority to the Congress in the first place. The ball is in your court, my dear.

And here's another thing you can do: please STOP referring to it as "funding" the war, OK? The word "funding" conjures up images of the Children's Aid Fund. It makes people positively teary-eyed! Here's my idea: from this day forward, don't call it "funding", call it "financing". Whoooaaa! Now there's a word with some seriously evil connotations - particularly in parts of the so-called "Bible Belt." When the knuckleheads in the mega-churches hear the word, "financing" or "financier", they immediately think of "elitist" northern Jewish bankers in custom-made, thousand dollar suits. "It's jist a buncha dang New York Jew lawyers keepin' this thing goin', Bubbah! Ah tell ya, it's a dang conspiracy"! It just doesn't get any weirder than that! As I said before, perception is everything.
There is a limited window of opportunity here, kiddies. Get out while the getting's good. The Bush Mob's argument is that if America bails out of Iraq now, the place will erupt into chaos....umm....yeah....In case you haven't noticed, that country is beyond chaotic - we're talkin' full blown holocaust here; a holocaust engendered and nurtured by this nightmare of an administration. We can only hope and pray that, in a matter of time, Iraq will be able to heal it self. It's a long shot but there is no other viable option - none.
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld - and the tsunami of human excrement that comprises this despicable administration - opened up the gates of hell when they went into Iraq almost four years ago. Only God knows whether or not we would have been able to save the Iraqi people from themselves, but at least we'll be able to save them from us. That's reason enough to leave.
Pray for peace.
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Tom, It does make me wonder why pass a non-binding resolution if it is NON-BINDING,doesn't it? Bush would go ahead even if it were binding but then MAYBE, just maybe someone would file impeachment charges
The light I see at the end of the tunnel is Bush's downfall at long last.
The straighter Bush runs the haulocaust train to Hell, the more his formsr supporters are turning against him.
Problem: He is taking us and maybe the world with him

At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Tom and Wilma, I feel that you both bring up some very good points. As I see it, given what we know of Bush from his former actions neither a binding nor a non-binding resolution would stop this hideous little bastard from going ahead with his plans. I really doubt his mental capacities, but somewhere along the line his advisers (read keepers) have cut the Constitution up for toilet paper and given him the authority to do whatever he damn well wants to. The only way to stop him is to remove him from office by force. He is so delusional that he can not see that all of his former supporters are deserting him and that eventually this entire sack of shit known as the Iraq war against terror is going to land in his lap and his lap alone. He is as nutty as any dictator from Nero to Hitler has been. The unfortunate thing is that he was not hanged along with Hussein.

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Charles, my thinking is that by defying a binding resolution it would open him to charges. The Constitution says the Senate does "advise and consent".
all we can do is wait,hope and pray that someone in this mad bunch masquerading as an administration wakes up and deals with this fool before he takes us and the world over the brink of no return.
Sorry to disagree but we wouldn't want Bush hung alongside Hussein, that would make him a martyr, we want to discredit him so thoroghly NOBODY but Barney would speak to him.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Ginamonster said...

What got me was the part I read (in the paper) about how if we pull out of Iraq, it will be a quick failure. If we continue, the failure will occur much slower. The president said this. I took it like, "Do you want to fail now, or later?"
If failure is the option, I would rather fail early and save lives and pick up the pieces. I maintain that no life is "extra" as in "sending extra troops" over there, and if we are indeed doing as much harm as it appears, we definately need to get out sooner than later.

At 12:25 AM, Anonymous Sandra Green said...

Tom, As much as I want all the things you want, DC is a whole another world and very complicated. Democrats must take baby step to succeed in winning in "08. They must hold the party together and Republicans are coming over to their side slowly, but surely. The Senate is a hard because they have to have 60 votes and for now that means 10 Republicans votes. They are working with the MSM, so all of Americans know what Bush is doing despite Congress condemnation of it. He used his thinking period to call up new troops, so part of them are already there. They are trying to cap the number of troops in Iraq in 12/06. That is the best way and they are tell Bush he cannot go into Iran without a new vote of war. They are playing this out in the open to make sure the doubts understand. Bush&Co are going to get into trouble big time soon, when most of the congress votes to stop him. I do not like it, but Democrats to not want to own the war in anyone's eyes, so they can keep their seats in congress and win the white house. I know this is not gutsy, but then being out of power for 12 years taught them some lessons.

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Tom, Was hoping to wake up to a Tom zinger on Bush's state of disunion this morning.
To mangle Shakespeare it was a brief moment on the stage full of sound and fury and signifying nothing except how out of touch and delusional our Leader is

At 7:50 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Actually, I fell asleep after a long exhausting day. I taped the entire fiasco and will probably have something up tomorrow.

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Tom, Due to the extreme danger of damage to my tv screen, I didn't watch either and am reading excerpts in very small doses due to loathing of star of show

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Palooka's Revenge said...

Iraq belongs to Bush and the diabolically repugnent repubs and so it shall remain for all eternity.

Iran, on the other hand, belongs to the delicatly diluted dems. What they do about it and how they handle it will determine what will happen in 08 and beyond. But Scott Ritter, God bless 'em, sez it a whle lot better than I....

At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Sandra Green said...

Tom, I too am waiting with baited for your rant about SOU speech. Everyone else has been so repeative and I know you will be so original with you comments.


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