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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-11-29 10:51
  Subject:   Why the Dems aren't overjoyed about the midterms.
  Mood:America, Fuck Yeah!

There's been something weird about the denouement of the midterm elections, starting with the pronounced absence of Democratic triumphalism. The prevailing mood has been stunned relief rather than glee, and nobody seems eager to delve too deeply into what exactly it was about George W. Bush that the voters so roundly rejected. Put another way, what were the sins included under the shorthand summary for the president's failures, "Iraq"?

For some reason, I keep thinking about an observation Eleanor Roosevelt made in an unpublished interview conducted in May of 1940, as the German Wehrmacht swept across France. She expressed dismay that a "great many Americans" would look with favor on a Hitler victory in Europe and be greatly attracted to fascism. Why? "Simply because we are a people who tend to admire things that work," she said. So, were the voters last month protesting Bush's policies—or were they complaining that he had not made those policies work? If Operation Iraqi Freedom had not been such an unqualified catastrophe, how long would the public have assented to the programs that accompanied the "war on terror": the legalization of torture, the suspension of habeas corpus, the unauthorized surveillance of law-abiding Americans, the unilateral exercise of executive power, and the Bush team's avowed prerogative to "create our own reality"?


I've been saying this for quite a while. There are a great many people in this country who are all for unjustified wars of agression, and the concomitant killing of thousands (us and them both), just so long as we're winning. In the minds of a great many Americans, any invasion is a good invasion as long as we're kicking ass. Fairness, justice, and other people's right to not be machine-gunned down in the street aren't even considerations.

Love you so very much, redneck America...
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Illyana Rasputin
  User: illyanarasputin
  Date: 2006-11-29 18:13 (UTC)
  Subject:   Guess this is the same...
As the expression "can't argue with success"....
Don't have many more comments than that to add...
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Coinneach Fitzpatrick
  User: scarybaldguy
  Date: 2006-11-29 18:30 (UTC)
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just so long as they think we're winning.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-11-29 23:02 (UTC)
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Of course, some of the world will never be cured; Newt Gingrich wants to revisit the First Amendment so that the Terrahists won't be able to recruit over the Internet.

Gingrich has been off the radar for a while. I admit I'm happy to see him back to his old looney-tunes, nonsense-spouting, insanity-mainfest self.

Makes me paranoid, though... somehow Gingrich's proposal stinks of Rovian trick to me. Which leads me to ask: "What are they trying to distract us from now?"

It's a sad commentary on me that, right now, I'm far more interested in expending my energy on acquiring one of those new Nintendos.
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