2007/05/28

Shame

On Memorial Day, Blognonymous' frontpage read "3454", the number of American servicemen who've died in Iraq, and I'm ashamed to note that before this post even went up that number was already out of date.

But let me begin elsewhere. On Saturday, Vice President Coronary took time to mock some very important documents before a friendly military audience at the West Point commencement, taking issue with the idea of applying them to people captured in the so-called War on Terrorism.

It should come as no surprise that a pig like Cheney mocks the Constitution and the Geneva Conventions. Lacking principles of his own, he seeks to bring down the fine principles of generations past and the lessons they learned. He engages in the most profound ethical relativism because he can't comprehend that unwavering application of our principles is really about us. The 'to whom'--terrorists, enemy combatants, insurgents--is irrelevant.

Indeed, Cheney's characterization of the terrorists reads like an advertisement from some neocon handbook:
The terrorists know what they want and they will stop at nothing to get it. By force and intimidation, they seek to impose a dictatorship of fear, under which every man, woman, and child lives in total obedience to their ideology. Their ultimate goal is to establish a totalitarian empire, a caliphate, with Baghdad as its capital. They view the world as a battlefield and they yearn to hit us again. And now they have chosen to make Iraq the central front in their war against civilization.
Substitute 'Bush Administration' for 'terrorists', 'American Hegemony' for 'The Caliphate', and you have the history of the last six years in America. But what is most achingly sad on this Memorial Day, is that our leaders had the power to stop this nonsense and didn't, and in that I see no excuse for anything but shame.

We should be ashamed of a political system favors valueless whores over people of principle. We should be ashamed that many of us can't, or won't, put ourselves on the line to try and do better. We should be ashamed of a Democratic leadership that lacks the will to bring our troops home, and we should be ashamed of ourselves for electing them.

23 Comments:

Politics over people and wealth over the weary seems to be the philisophy of this group of emotional thugs.
In an administration rife with self-serving hypocrites, Cheney is the biggest self-serving hypocrite of them all.
Larry... But nothing new under the new, right? Thuggery, wealth concentration, ethical relativism have been a intimate part of Cheney's politics for his entire career.

Lew...well said!
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kvatch...

I couldn't have said it better if I had wrote your post. I had exactly the same thought.

God Bless you.
Good God, when I was reading that characterization, it was so CLEAR where you were going with that. How creepy is that?

I AM ashamed! God knows. But, hey, I'm proud to be from the same country as a frog who has such a cool new front page. Excellent idea.
Raffi... An excellent point. And add to that the 100's of thousands of Iraqi's killed and maimed by a situation that we created. All in all a sorry legacy that will dog this country for generations.

AnonP... Thanks. That was very kind.

Like most of my material, I was at a loss for what to write. The connection to Cheney struck me at about noon, and then the post just tumbled out.
Great post, have not Cheney said enough that we as American's can just impeach him for just being unfit to be the next in line to the office of President if something happen to Bush?

What we should first be ashamed of is the fact that we American's let this President take power in the first place, then we set back and let him take charge of this country a second term.

We are mad as hell at the Democrats, but we could not elect more to the House and Senate to really make a difference.

In 02, we allowed this country to be taken over by the Conservatives, their Media, the Evangelical Christians and just about anyone who told us to keep our mouth shut or be labeled a terrorist.

We watched as news media people lost their job if they tried to speak out or they were labeled traitors.

If we are to really fight and take back this country from those right wing neocon nuts, then we must first stop with the anger for our own and let them know that we are not happy about what went on during this Bill.

We have the power to elect someone else and it's high time we start to let them know that it's not the money or the power behind the money.

It's the people who control this country and we must start to control whom we put in office and get some of those that we know do not execute their right to vote, off their butts and vote to make a change about what is going on in America.
Nvisiblewmn... Thanks, and I suspect that I could have been a bit more subtle, but I'm not sure how. :-)

Let's Talk... Welcome to Blognonymous and thanks as well.

It's an interesting question of whether Democrats such as myself should feel ashamed of Bush, and what exactly it would mean. I didn't vote for the f*cker, worked hard to prevent his getting elected. So I'm certainly not ashamed of myself over Bush. But Nancy Pelosi? I've voted for her...many times, and there is no question that I bear a large measure of responsibility for the war not being ended as it should have been. I won't make that mistake again.

The enduring problem is that Democrats may heap scorn on their leaders when they don't perform to their satisfaction. Republicans will not.
Last week, the Democratic party showed itself to be as without principles as the Republicans. I'm furious.

It is a terrific post, Frog.
I am speaking of the Democratic party as a whole... I am some what tired to a point, but I want stop.

I know we can push harder and take back both House's with a true majority. It's just insane how "we the people" can allow this madness to continue and not be able to do anything except jump on the few that we do have in office.

We need more in both House's and we need more people aware about what this man (Bush), is doing and has done to this country.

Here's something of importance, I know you might have already seen Armor trucks and on my other site Let's Talk about It, I reference radio station KGEZ's Tribute to the Fallen. I just hope someone read it and tuned in.

We are in for a fight in September, we already know that Bush and his General's and the PR will start to work on why we must stay the course and the best one, we have not had enough time.

If then our House doesn't act and withhold the funds, then we should demand that they leave and vote someone in their place during the next elections.

It's very, very sad that a lot of our Children will continue to die until September, but at that time, we, the people should stand as strong as we can and do what we must in the election booth.
froggy, a great post. I love it when yopu get into full attack mode. It realy is time we screamed for some integrity in government and the military.
Great post. When I read that excerpt from Cheney's speech, I immediately knew where you were going, as well.
Diva... Thanks.

I still can't fathom why the Democrats just gave up. There was no reason to continue to push the administration. If it was only a matter of pork spending, it makes even less sense. They didn't get that much.

Let's Talk... I've advocated for refusing to pass a Defense Appropriation this year, but I don't think the Democrats have the will to do it.
Cartledge... Our House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi will be particularly hard to unseat. She routinely gets 70% to 80% of the vote here. We're gonna need every tactic you come up with for your fight with the Deputy PM.

Lizzy... Ah well. I'll try to be more subtle next time. (Yeah right! :-) )
froggy, you really have ramped up the game. But whatever we can do, we will keep you posted.
In fact you should get a 'show bag' of goodies in the mail in the next month or so, if you tell me where to post it.
Thanks again.
"I've advocated for refusing to pass a Defense Appropriation this year, but I don't think the Democrats have the will to do it."

I hope you're wrong Kvatch, it burns me up when I hear this President say; "These bills, passed with bipartisan support, send a message: America is united; America is strong; and America will remain strong."

It should bother every Democrat to hear this, when we looked forward to this bill being put back in his face.

I can only hope that our Congress will do what we put them in Congress to do... I'll say as loud as you or louder, that we must elect others to do what Pelosi and others refused to do. The WILL of the PEOPLE.

I would like to add you to my Blog links, if that's OK with you.
Nancy did vote nay for the war fund bill. I couldn't find Reid's name anywhere. But...yes, our lawmakers have let this nation down. Dem or Repub...if 3/4 of America want out of the war...then they should vote for that. We certainly won't forget it come next year.
I would like to add you to my Blog links, if that's OK with you.

Let's Talk... I'd be honored.

Sumo... You're right, of course. But I'm not giving Pelosi much credit on this one. The Speaker is supposed to be able to lead her coalition. Pelosi clearly couldn't or wouldn't.
I can't understand what the dems are afraid of. Forget the damned political side of everything and do the humane thing, save lives.
I think you were plenty subtle, Kvatch. It just illustrates how blatantly corrupt this admin is.
"We should be ashamed of a political system favors valueless whores over people of principle. We should be ashamed that many of us can't, or won't, put ourselves on the line to try and do better. We should be ashamed of a Democratic leadership that lacks the will to bring our troops home, and we should be ashamed of ourselves for electing them."

Shoot! I'm linking up. Couldn't have said it better myself.
PoP... The problem may be that they aren't really afraid of anything. Just jumping when their master's call.

Nvisiblewmn... True. It's a classic case of "projection". The neocons see the whole world as like themselves.

WS... I'm honored.

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