Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, June 16, 2006

Liberals Were Wrong; Iraqi Invasion Was Right

Those America-Hating Democrats and Liberals have finally admitted it. George W. Bush is King, and anyone who doesn’t worship him is with the terrorists.

Congressional Republicans made them say it. They stole the Democrats’ lunch money, kicked their schoolbooks across the playground, beat them up and twisted their arms behind their backs.

Then they said “Repeat after us, Losers: Iraq 9/11 Saddam Al Qaeda Iraq Osama Liberals Terrorists.”

Are the Democrats ever, ever, ever going to stand up to the school bully? No wonder they can’t get elected. Who wants to hang out with some dufus who lets everyone knock his glasses off, kick his books across the hall and spit on him?

The Neo-Conservative movement has been brilliant at framing the issues, defining all the terms. They define everything so shrewdly that if you disagree with them, you’re soft on terror, soft on crime, you hate America and you want Osama bin Laden to take over the White House.

Maybe, just maybe, the Democrats might find somebody — anybody — who is equally skilled at framing and defining the issues. In this era of soundbites and slogans, it doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong. Like it or not, millions of voters are swayed by the demagogue with the slickest soundbite; the speaker who yells the loudest.

For five years the Democrats have either tried to be Bush Lite, or they’ve meekly responded to vicious personal attacks with “No I don’t hate America.” “No I don’t want the terrorists to win.” “No I didn’t rape my granddaughter.” “No I don’t ejaculate on the Bible while performing Satanic rituals.” Etc.

Today’s trumped up vote in the House was yet another example. Our Representatives could either say:

“Everything is just hunky dory in Iraq and I want us to stay and stay and stay;” or

“I wet the bed and I want the terrorists to win.”

Yet again, the belligerent steamrolling Republicans framed the debate, defined all the terms, set the trap — and the Democrats walked right into it. Will this ever change?


Blogger ariadneK, Ph.D. said...

I have been wondering for SOOOOOO long whther the Dems will sprout balls in my lifetime. Episodes like this are just too discouraging for words.

June 16, 2006 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Yeah, it doesn't look too encouraging right now. They have less than five months to start sprouting. If they don't, it'll be 2 more years of Republicans controlling everything.

June 16, 2006 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger ariadneK, Ph.D. said...

I'm trying to decide whether I should slit my wrists now or later.

(Just joking...figured that I'd state as much since most people think I'm a drooling psycho). ;-)

Keep up the great work with your blog; there are so many goddamn ignorant morons infesting this country that, the more people like YOU that exist to throw the truth in their faces, the better.

Peace out,

June 16, 2006 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Ariadnek: Thanks, but we're all an important force for countering the wingnuts. The more of us the better, for counteracting Rove/Bush/Cheney and all the gullible voters who believe them.

June 17, 2006 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

One of your best yet. SO WELL SAID! I read it out loud to my husband and he more than agrees. You have expressed what many of us are feeling and made us chuckle, too! We need representatives (Democrats or a viable alternative) who don't so easily herd. Right now Americans are being encouraged to behave like Lemmings. Let's all go jump off a cliff into the water for god and country - I THINK NOT!

June 18, 2006 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Kitchen Window Woman: Thanks. Yeah, that was pretty sad the way the Democrats just buckled under. Bush and Rove have been using these steamrolling tactics for five years now; I keep hoping the Democrats will come up a better way to counter these smear tactics.

One Republican (I forget his name, I hadn't heard of him before) voted with the Democrats. He gave an excellent speech on the House floor. He's already being Swiftboated on some of the rightwing blogs.

June 18, 2006 at 10:34 AM  

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