Tuesday, November 08, 2005

"So Look Who's "Flip-flopping" Now!"

In early October 2002 Mr. Bush, in order to make the case for war acceptable and credible,touted, "Democrats are with us, and in agreement." Bush was so upbeat that many Democrats, like Sen.Hillary Clinton, Sen. Edward Kennedy,and House Democrat leader at the time, Rep.Dick Gephardt were with him, and looking forward to the debate and vote on the Resolution to give him authority to go to war.

Now, fast-forward some three years, things are not so credible and acceptable. The majority of the public are not supporting the war in Iraq. Bush and his supporters are no longer touting the Democrats" support in a positive light. They are using what Mr.Bush once exalted in the Democrats, against them. All this in response to the Democrats envoking Senate Rule 21, imposing the Senate into "closed session" in an attempt to get the Senate to investigate the "shaping" of pre-war intelligence that led to the invasion of Iraq.

The Democrats say they are very upset they were "mislead" with the intelligence they were given pre-war and if they knew then what they know now, there possibly would have been a different outcome. This is the reason they envoked the closed session in the Senate. They wanted to get to the bottom of the "bad" intelligence and to force the Republicans to do what they had promised; investigate.

The Republicans are still stuck on being apologists for the Bush Administration, suffering from the "debilitating disease" called "walking in lock-step". They will whine, make excuses for, and do whatever it takes to protect the adminstration, almost to the point of being delusional. Do they really want to get to the bottom of why the pre-war intelligence was so "bad", or not?

Apparently it will be left up to the American people to decide at the ballot box.


At 12:33 PM, Blogger Helix6 said...

If only Americans still had the privilege of doing that. However, the increasing divergence between exit polls and "official" ballot counts leaves me gravely concerned that, as Josef Stalin quipped, "those who cast votes decide nothing; thse who count votes decide everything."

The GOP's contempt for fair elections was amply demonstrated in 2004, when we witnessed the spectacle of Ohio's Ken Blackwell serving as both Chief Elections Officer and the co-chair of the Committee to Re-elect George Bush, and obvious conflict of interest that resulted in heavily Democratic districts being assigned a flagrantly inadequate number of voting machines. We saw flatly illegal lockdowns of vote counts in Florida, raising suspicions of outright vote fraud. We heard CEOs of major election equipment vendors vowing to "do everything necessary" to ensure that GOP candidates were reelected.

In the meantime, the country's attention is distracted by an endless barrage of polarizing "issues": Iraq, abortion, gay rights, stem-cell research, "intelligent design", illegal immigration, "tax cuts for the rich", terrorism, "libruls" vs. "neocons"...

In a representative democracy, there is exactly one issue of overriding concern -- the integrity of the vote. Ensure that the vote is fair and all other problems will be addressed according to the will of the people.

Without it, we are no more -- and no less -- than a constitutional monarchy in which the selection of those in power has become a charade.


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