Wednesday, November 08, 2006
A Sad, Sad Day in American Politics
To say I am disenchanted is to make a gross understatement...
It's a sad, sad day indeed.
I cannot say I approve of the unconstitutional Iraq War and thought it to be imprudent foreign policy. It is nothing more than Pyrrhic victory, and it will leave Iraq with an volatile Shi'ite regime friendly to Iran after the U.S. departs. Former CIA analysts like Robert Baer are right in proclaiming Iran to be the real threat. Iraq was crippled in the 1990s. But as the Democrats pressure a withdrawal, Iraq will probably be left in more of a mess as a civil war ensues. The lesson to be learned in history: intervention begets more intervention.
The American electorate is fickle and half of them didn't even vote it seems. And most of them couldn't tell you what the Tenth Amendment is. Personally, I think the election authorities should have a means test of civics and constitutional knowledge just like the DMV gives driver's test, as most voters are too incompetent to vote anyway.
"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."
"Democracy is the worst form of government, with the exception of all others."
As far as it being a sad, sad day, it is only sad for the losers. Democracy prevails. The voters have spoken. Now it is time for a Democrat Congress to govern. They now have the opportunity to do what is right for the country, or they can usher in two years of polarization. The choice is theirs.
Welcome back. Missed having you post.
I do understand the Anglo common law tradition. In the old days, if I said something the King disagreed with, I could lose my head. Today my phone can be tapped if I am talking to Al Queida. Then I might get to go to club gitmo.
I don't mean this flippantly at all, but if you think we should stay the course in Iraq, then why aren't you there? The American people have given up on this war. But so have people who still support it who don't put their words into action. People who want to stay the course but who aren't fighting are basically saying that the Iraq is worth fighting for, but that it isn't worth their own lives.
I agree with Ryan S. on some of his other points though. The GOP did have to many big spenders in it. I think we tried too hard to be a big tent and lost what made us the majority in the first place. On all issues other than the war on Terror, loosing GOP control may not be that bad. Still Bush is Comander-in-chief. I doubt he will fall to the presure to cut and run. Getting rid of big spenders is more of a house cleaning than a Dem take over. Now the Dems will be seen as the spenders. I pray that grid lock and vetos will keep the damage down for the next two years. The Republicans will be back but this time better.