Sunday, September 01, 2019
Pinchaloaf: I started paying close attention to politics in early 2004 when I was retiring from the USAF and could hardly contain myself in wanting to vote against Bush and the disastrous Iraq War. It always amazed me how Democrats would get pummeled time after time on military/veterans oriented issues, which of course happened again in 2004 with John Kerry being swiftboated, and people seemingly siding with draft dodgers Bush and Cheney. And above all that, Republicans can be so TRANSPARENTLY TERRIBLE on EVERYTHING yet Democrats can't even beat these douchebags on a sustained and consistent basis -- from Bedtime to Bonzo (Reagan), to George W. Numbnuts (Bush), to Donald Freaking Trump (100% venal scuzzball). Why?
It's all been explained too me through the years by people like ex-Republican Mike Lofgren (big picture), conservative Andrew Bacevich (war), journalists Matt Taibbi and Hedrick Smith (media), historian Joseph J. Ellis (Founding Fathers), doctors Kenneth W. Kizer and David B. Nash (on the complicated healthcare issue), and by politicians like Dwight D. Eisenhower (hindsight) and Bernie Sanders (present day) ...
I will now add Ralph Nader to that list.
And, remember my reason for following politics closely in 2004 in the first place?
Well, in 2006, with the disastrous Iraq War raging with no end in sight, Democrats won the midterms and fully controlled Congress, which is a co-equal branch of government with the President/Executive branch -- but Democrats still couldn't bring themselves to end the Iraq War.
Because whether it's war (or any issue) Democrats simply don't stand for much of anything.
In George Carlin's last interview, he channeled Albert Einstein's famous insanity quote ...
I think with anything you do over a long period of time, you should be getting better at it.
If one follows politics closely, you should be growing intellectually and have a base-level of knowledge and facts that you can draw from as a default to know and understand as to what's going on.
But if you're not growing, you're not learning, and everything stays the same since the 1970's -- it's no wonder that America is in decline.
C'mon Democrats, for once stand for something, and, beat Trump in 2020.
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