August 6, 2007
Democrat Inadvertently Blurts Out Truth
A spokesman for the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL, 95%) accidentally let slip an inconvenient truth... and nobody noticed! (Except the lizards, of course; the lidless eye sees all.)
Defending Obama's feckless threat to invade Pakistan if their war against al-Qaeda doesn't proceed fast enough for Obama, Bill Burton spake:
“The fact that the same Republican candidates who want to keep 160,000 American troops in the middle of a civil war couldn’t agree that we should take out Osama bin Laden if we had him in our sights proves why Americans want to turn the page on the last seven years of Bush-Cheney foreign policy.”
The problem with this puffery is that it's simply not true that "Americans want to turn the page." Some do, some don't; in the most recent USA Today/Gallup poll on the war, 57% say we shouldn't have invaded (i.e., want to "turn back the page"); but 57% is not a consensus. However, a simple substitution makes the statement absolutely true and virtually a tautology. Consider this version with one word rewritten:
Yes it does; it indicates ("prove" is too strong a formulation) that to Democrats, the war on global hirabah begins and ends with Osama bin Laden: To the congressional majority, we can win everywhere else; but if bin Laden isn't captured and prosecuted, we have lost. But even more ominously, we can lose everywhere else; but so long as we capture bin Laden and put him on trial (in the U.N.'s International Court of Justice at the Hague, of course), then we've won!
Such juvenile thinking permeates the Democratic party more thorougly than Shiite militias have penetrated the Iraqi National Police. Another example, just enunciated by Max Boot in an interview on Hugh Hewitt: the unreasonable demand put upon Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki to ram reforms through the Iraqi parliament... when we, ourselves, deliberately wrote their constitution to weaken the prime minister, back when our greatest fear was another Iraqi "strongman" rising to replace Hussein. We weaken the prime minister, then imagine that if only we replace Maliki with another guy, he'll be able to solve the political problems ("Daddy fix!").
The gravest problem facing America today, in my never particularly humble or hesitant opinion, is the fact that a huge chunk of the electorate suffer from -- and an entire major political party is now based upon -- Peter Pan Syndrome: They've never grown up, living instead in a perpetual state of adolescence and "teen logic":
- They make unreasonable, truculent demands;
- They have no idea how such demands could possibly be met, no strategy or even vague suggestion;
- Yet they promise vast retribution if the magical president doesn't make it so;
- When thwarted, they fly into a rage;
- They blurt out horrid things they never meant to say -- then defend their misstatement with the ferocity of Howard Dean defending his latest verbal gaffe;
- And when the policies they demand (or inflict upon the American people) collapse, leaving a shattered industry or sector as testament to Democratic fecklessness... their only explanation is to shrug and say, "it seemed like a good idea at the time."
Republicans and GOP-leaning independents have it in their power to prevent another Peter Pan presidency. And the first step is to stop forming a circular firing squad at the drop of a disagreement. To quote that great small-f federalist, one of the authors of the Constitution, and perhaps the greatest epigrammatist in American history -- I refer to Benjamin Franklin, of course -- "gentlemen, we must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, August 6, 2007, at the time of 5:25 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Terrye
I absolutely agree.
The following hissed in response by: xennady
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The following hissed in response by: Big D
Actually when things don't go right, Democrats often say something to the effect of "Republicans made us do it!" Or they pretend nothing is wrong.
The following hissed in response by: AMR
Ah, yes. The nefarious Peter Pan syndrome. The "I’ve got to have it now, my way, regardless of the unintended consequences and no consequences for me if what I want is illogical or morally reprehensible" syndrome. I've been watching this develop since the 60’s. Nothing new, just very, very obvious now and most obvious in our schools, in the elites and the political class. I'm sure that al Qaeda has developed a cure for this syndrome; the one being practiced in Iraq now. Keep quiet and submit or die a horrible death. I often wonder how long our whining citizens would last under such intimidation and threats. I would hope to be surprised to see the strength most see in today's military as told by Michael Yon, but I don't have too much faith anymore in the Scots-Irish heritage being exhibited in the present day American character.
The following hissed in response by: Terry Gain
Democrats are hawkchickens. They are all for war until the first casualty. From Kennedy to Kerry to Clinton to Gore and back they issued statement after statement warning about the risk of not removing Saddam and they voted overwhelmingly for this war.
It was only after the war got difficult that it became Bush's war and he lied us into it (presumably by repeating their warnings).
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