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Posted by on May 25, 2007 in Politics, War | 16 comments

Lincolnesque Advice for Dispirited Dems

As Congress heads home for the Memorial Day weekend after burying their immediate hopes for stopping the war in Iraq, a few words of consolation from the idol of their Republican tormenters:

“(T)ake increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom– and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

And, Lincoln might have added, take your heads out of your asses and stop following George Bush up legislative blind alleys where he can gun you down with vetoes.

The lesson this week for Democrats is that the way to end the war is to rescind the 2002 resolution that started it. All the party’s Presidential candidates will back that, and so may an increasing number of Congressional Republicans, who would have to explain to voters next year why they didn’t vote to stop the war without endangering our troops when they had the chance.

Try to finesse the funding, if you must, but don’t let Bush, Cheney and Rove keep splintering your party without a yes-or-no vote on the continuing legality of the disaster over which they are presiding.

Lincoln had the guts and the grace to try to heal a fractured nation. Today’s wannabes can do the same and still keep going to the theater.

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  • AustinRoth

    So, let me get this straight. You are calling on the ghost of a Republican President, who waged a HUGELY unpopular war at the time it started, who faced massive discontent from within his own party, who “suspended the writ of habeas corpus, spent money without congressional authorization, and imprisoned 18,000 suspected Confederate sympathizers without trial” as the model of Democrats to follow??

    If so, then you are saying they should give Bush everything he wants, and get out of the way, because that is exactly what Congress did for Lincoln.

  • kritter

    AR- If you’re comparing Bush to Lincoln, I’ll barf.

  • AustinRoth

    I am not the one who invoked Lincoln, and no, I would never do so. However, many of the circumstances concerning their actions towards the Constitution and Civil Liberties are remarkably similar, is all. Made for the irony.

    Again, despite what it may appear at times, I am NOT a fan of Bush or his Presidency. I just don’t believe he is EvilChimpyBushHitlerHalliburton, only incompetent.

  • That’s where I stand as well Austin.

  • I’m with kritter and MvdG.

  • kritter

    Its impossible to say how much of what has gone wrong is due to incompetence versus design. The overpoliticization of career government civil service positions- seems to be by grand design, so do the no-bid contracts given out without consideration for performance. It is difficult to believe that an intelligent, experienced man like Dick Cheney is merely incompetent. I think the country is being ruled purposely for their base- they believe that “to the victor belong the spoils’, and I see that as their governing philosophy. It seems arrogant to the 70% who are not represented by their governance, but perfectly fine to the 28-30% that are.

  • SteveK

    kritter Says:

    It seems arrogant to the 70% who are not represented by their governance, but perfectly fine to the 28-30% that are.

    kritter,

    Your entire post was ‘on-the-money’… and it would be hard for anyone to argue with your well said conclusion.

  • kritter

    Thanks, Steve K! But I can’t claim credit for that conclusion. Paul O’ Neill, who actually bought the compassionate conservative act before he signed on with Bushco as their first Sec Treas. actually heard it straight from Karl Rove and wrote about it in his 2004 book ” The Price of Loyalty”. That’s why Bush has never cared that much about opinion polls. As long as the 30% backs him, he remains “steadfast”.

  • Mule Face

    “I think the country is being ruled purposely for their base- they believe that “to the victor belong the spoils’, and I see that as their governing philosophy. It seems arrogant to the 70% who are not represented by their governance, but perfectly fine to the 28-30% that are.”

    I think that summariizes the “paranoid Anti-Bushie” view of current events as well as anything I’ve seen. It doesn’t explain how Bush is flying in the face of the base on immigration issues, though, does it?

    However, it’s nice to see the Democratic Congress has exercised the courage of their consciences, isn’t it. Er,……waitaminit…..

  • SteveK

    … It doesn’t explain how Bush is flying in the face of the base on immigration issues, though, does it?

    Just goes to show that the ‘head-in-the-sanders’ still haven’t realized that no matter how often the say it, they are not George W.s base. Those with eyes open saw this years ago.

    The ONLY reason George W. Bushs exists is for BIG BUCKS / BIG BUSINESS interests… period. The likes of Halliburton, Exxon Mobil, Enron, etc. etc. have had him on a choke collar and a short leash the whole time.

    A question for Mule Face: Given all you know about George Bush, WHY would he take the position he has in regarding immigration? Here’s a hint… it’s not for the redneck redstate crowd who thinks he’s on their team.

  • kritter

    muleface- Steve K is right- Bush’s base on this issue is corporate. He doesn’t enforce the sanctions on employers who hire illegals, and wants to ensure their continued ability to do so. He did, however, split his base on this issue. Maybe you should read a little more before commenting.

  • Mule Face

    SteveK & kritter:

    I guess you two are good mind-readers. Here’s something for your consideration (not that expect you to open your minds): The policies Bush has pursued – in Iraq, as well as with immigration, rightfully or not – he has done so because he believes they are the right thing to do. Try to get your minds around this. I know paranoid conspiracy theories are more fun, but believe it or not, the national interest (as he percieves it) is his primary concern.

    Honest to gawd, folks, why do people always have to infer diabolical motives for policies they happen to disagree with????? Grow up.

  • kritter

    Muleface- So, When did you have this face-to-face conversation with President Bush where he discussed his views on immigration? He has lost credibility with the majority of Americans for quite some time, due to his lies on Iraq and other issues. So, he may say its the right thing to do, but even conservatives have commented that he’s taking the action to appease business interests who might actually have to pay an extra buck an hour to an American. If he was serious about doing the right thing, he would enforce the laws that are already on the books. The fact that he has chosen not to reveals that this is just another charade.

  • Mule Face

    kritter:

    I have a weird philosophy about presidents – of either party. Which is: when it comes to big issues, they’ve pretty much all tried to do what they believed was right for the country. They may have been tragically wrong in their assessment – a totally different matter – but they try to seek the national interest. Yes, that means LBJ in Vietnam or with the massive expansion of the welfare state; Nixon with Wage & Price Controls…..I could go on, but I won’t bore you.

    Strangely enough, when a Prez makes a seemingly baffling decision (‘cuz you know better of course) the reason is not some ridiculous conspiracy about oil companies. Believe it or not, on the Big Issues, they really want to get it right.

    Again – grow up.

  • SteveK

    Mule Face Says:

    Again – grow up.

    Class act Mule Face… A real class act.

  • Mule Face

    Steve:

    For some reason, it’s perfectly alright to hurl accusations – but calling someone on it is bad?

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