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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

America is a Rudderless Ship of State, or, My Fellow Democrats/Progressives...It's Time for War to be Our Judge: Political Warfare and Our Quest to Take Back the American Republic Posted by Hello
Morning to all. Had some pretty bad storms pass through here last night, but this morning the sun has come out. Above is a photo of American soldiers in Iraq despondent over the fact they don't have the phone services to allow them to communicate with their friends, family and loved ones back home. The photo struck a cord with me in that it represents exactly how I (and, I would think, so many other Progressives/Democrats) feel about the current state of affairs in our beloved country. In essence, we are a rudderless nation, gliding adrift on the ocean of life with (it seems) no one of any real competence at the helm; the only competent members of the current Administration (i.e., Colin Powell, Paul O'Neill, Christy Todd Whitman, etc.) have all bailed. Case in point was the situation last week in the nation's capital when an unknown aircraft was approaching the highly-restricted Washington, D.C. airspace (http://www.wtopnews.com/?sid=518358&nid=25). In a nutshell, the District (already on pins and needles since 9/11, and understandably so!) went absolutely ape-wild with fear and panic; all the while, the President, who was blissfully ignorant of the situation, was riding his bike in the suburbs of D.C. and reading a book of fiction. In fact, Taegan Goddard's Political Wire (http://politicalwire.com/) fleshes it out more and reports the following:

After the evacuation of the White House and Congress a few days ago, we learned President Bush was off mountain biking. But for those worried the president wasn't busy during the middle of a work day, the Washington Post reports Bush also took some reading with him: "In a photo taken just after the ride, Bush is holding what appears to be a copy of I Am Charlotte Simmons, the Tom Wolfe novel about debauchery on a college campus."

Folks, is it me or is this just crazy?!? This is so disturbing that I'm really unable to expound on it any further without going bonkers myself. Again, this is where we are people, this is our present state of affairs...President's of the United States glibly bicycling in the wooded suburbs of the D.C. metropolitan area, with fiction novels in tow, while the nation's capital is going beserk and in utter chaos...that's leadership? Sounds more like a page out of Emperor Nero's playbook to me (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nero). But, how silly, what am I thinking...it's his world isn't it...don't worry be happy, right...not a care on God's green earth ('Bush on the Couch' goes into further detail concerning the psyche of the current officeholder, http://hnn.us/articles/7106.html). Geez, this is batshit crazy! Also, the situation in Iraq sadly continues to deteriorate from bad to worse on a daily basis as the insurrgents continue to attack and destroy targets and human life wantonly, while U.S forces look more and more impotent in terms of neutralizing and stemming the terrorist tide (http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4553556). Folks, to put it plainly: the death toll is rising daily (http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0512iraq-main12.html), the Iraqi War is beginning to encroach seriously on, and dangerously close to the Syrian border (http://www.itv.com/news/world_205422.html) and we've now reached a tempo and crescendo of violence in the war/insurrgency where whole Marine squads (fyi: Marine squad equals 12-15 Marines, http://www.2ndbn5thmar.com/SLSeries/ssdm.html) are being destroyed in one fell swoop (http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m11683&l=i&size=1&hd=0). Day after day, it continues to look as if the whole ball of wax is spinning more and more out of control. Simply put, our current "leadership" (and I use that term loosely, quite frankly) are the wrong leaders for this time in American history...they are simply out of touch (generally speaking) with what it means to be an American citizen vis-a-vis the common people and the common welfare. They just don't hurt and bleed for the masses...and (more disturbingly) they don't even know how. This batch of elite GOP/Republican leaders (from the President on down) are, at a fundamental level, UNABLE to relate to the common man. Why is this the case? Well, primarily because Republicans simply have access to too much money and are too insulated (both culturally/socially and financially) from what it means to be a real American that is living, breathing and struggling in the early 21st century! To be sure, Republicans show who they really are every time they raise millions of dollars in a single day. The Bush CREEP (Committe to Re-elect the President) raised millions upon millions of dollars in support of President Bush's re-election bid; in fact, the Republicans demonstrated their "money-grubbing" prowess by raising $5.7 million dollars in one day (on or about 23-24 June 2003), and over $2 million in North Carolina the following day http://www.wral.com/news/3496711/detail.html. Bush raised an unprecedented $100 million in the 2000 campaign and he raised an outrageous $100-200 million for the 2004 campaign, link is as follows http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2002-08-11-bush-usat_x.htm. This kind of fundraising simply dwarfs any and all attempts at fundraising by Democratic candidates and the Democratic Party as a whole. But, therein lies our advantage as Democrats, as the true party of the people and the worker/laborer class…and we must stress this point to the American people. The Republican Party will always (underscore always) be able to out raise and out spend the Democrats because that’s what Republicans are all about…in short, Republicans are the money people. They are the party that represents the well-connected and the extremely comfortable. They are the party representative of those Americans that are simply awash, saturated, and waterlogged in money, wealth, power and influence. Whether it be through legtimate means or war profiteering (http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=5326), the GOP has absolutely no scruples when it comes to financial acquisition. Listen, how can wealthy Republicans, who have access to such enormous sums of money, ever relate to the average working American? The 'Sun News' op-ed article (http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/sunnews/news/opinion by Susan Estrich (dated 11 February 2005) goes into more detail regarding this matter. The following is an excerpt from the article:

"...the richer you are, the more likely you are to be a Republican. Most very, very rich people are Republicans. Business PACs vastly outnumber labor PACs, and they favor Republicans."

Writer Robert Scheer also touches on the same subject matter in his 'Sun News' op-ed article titled, "Reforms: GOP makes gifts to big business" (dated 25 February 2005) at http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/sunnews/news/opinion. Again, the question begs to be asked: how can Republicans TRULY relate to the American who is struggling to make their car note, the American that’s struggling to pay their rent every month, the American that is desperately trying to keep food on the table and keep their children clothed? How can they POSSIBLY relate? The answer is they can’t! This message must be hammered home over and over until it finally takes hold in the American voters psyche! In essence, the Republicans advantage in the financial realm can prove to be their most formidable disadvantage in the upcoming elections (2006 and 2008). Democrats MUST get about the business of "busting chops" and turning the GOP's financial advantage into that party's worst disadvantage by sound tactical political maneuvering. This might sound nuts, but I'm not talking to Republicans anymore in terms of trying to convince them that their philosophy/ideology is off-base. In fact, as far as I'm concerned, they're the enemy...and it is time for political war to be our judge...the book 'Before the Shooting Begins' by James Davison Hunter touches on this very topic (http://www.leaderu.com/ftissues/ft9411/public.html). Give them the black flag ladies and gents; show no quarter, politically, to Bolton, DeLay and the rest of their ilk. We must defeat them and marginalize them for generations...it is no hyperbole to say they've done so much (TOO MUCH) damage! But, it's not too late, we can fix it...the damage is not irreparable, at least not yet. Like the great military genius Sun Tzu stated over 2,000 years ago in his treatise 'The Art of War' (http://classics.mit.edu/Tzu/artwar.html): "...After that, comes tactical maneuvering, than which there is nothing more difficult. The difficulty of tactical maneuvering consists in turning the devious into the direct, and misfortune into gain". I hear the horn of battle, we can win this thing...let's go Democrats! Semper Fidelis


Blogger DBK said...

On September 11, 2001, George Bush was informed that the US was under attack. His reaction was to sit there for a while trying to figure out what to do, which he did not do. As he sat there, trying to figure out what to do, his face carried the look of extreme constipation that comes to the faces of the mentally weak when asked to consider something complicated.

Would you tell that dumbfuck anything that would bring that look back? Worse than that, would you tell him something like that given the criticism he took for sitting there like a dolt on September 11, 2001? What do you think he would do? Why, he would try to do something smart and presidential. Being incapable of doing either of those things, he'd have probably screwed it up and gotten a bunch of people killed, which is something he IS good at.

Thank goodness nobody said anything to him about it. We are all safer when Bush isn't trying to do something.

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