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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Why Isn't Congress Stopping This Tragedy?

Damn it! The U.S. now has a back-door draft, extending army tours of duty in Iraq to 15 months.

And reality-based bloggers like me have been screaming for years about the litany of evil things Bushco has done to our country and the world, but it seems as if no one's doing anything to stop it. Even conservative Republican Leo Iacocca (hat tip to The Carpetbagger Report) sees what a mess our idiot of a president has made of things, as he writes in his new book, Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course."

Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I’ll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies. Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don’t need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?

I’ll go a step further. You can’t call yourself a patriot if you’re not outraged. ... Why are we in this mess? How did we end up with this crowd in Washington? Well, we voted for them—or at least some of us did. But I’ll tell you what we didn’t do. We didn’t agree to suspend the Constitution. We didn’t agree to stop asking questions or demanding answers. Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech treason. Where I come from that’s a dictatorship, not a democracy.
If Iacocca can figure this out, why can't Congress? All the polls show that Americans want the Iraq war stopped, yet Congress passes legislation that keeps funding it.

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm with Iacocca.


alicia said...

It seems like everyone BUT our government can figure things out. Thanks for this post - your blog is my source of news most days :)

Katharine said...

Well, hey, Alicia, that's quite a compliment! Thank you! And it's nice to hear from another freelancer, though you're from the writing side. :-)

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