The International Writers Magazine:Reality Check USA
Iraq Papers Part V
INVISIBLE & PARALYZED
How The Democrats Are Unable To Cash In On Tragedy
following is the final of five segments tying together the loose
ends of a fantastic load of misinformation, propaganda, media
hype and revisionist history surrounding what is now being dubbed
the worst war effort in the 229 years of this republic.
Today we wonder
where the hell is Americas "other" political party as
the Republicans lay waste to the Iraq Situation? What is their plan
for sparking debate and changing the direction? Where is the loyal opposition
in a system fixed to rely on only two? And the obligatory - What the
hell is going on here?
Do you know what the biggest dilemma in the Iraq War is - aside from
the endless murder and criminal lack of planning of course: There is
no alternative to the madness. And do you know why? We have a two-party
system, and one of those parties is crippled by inertia and has shown
no backbone by parading weak candidates offering limp rebuttals and
providing nothing in the way of a suitable opposing voice. This is the
point of democracy, especially in time of war. And not since John Adams
poorly fabricated Alien Sedition Acts of 1798 has political dissent
been so patently abused in this country. Any intelligent, well-informed
dink can expect blind jingoistic tripe from the citizens of a wounded
nation, but when perpetuated by a dumbstruck press and a worthless minority
party in Washington things can go frightfully awry.
Robert Kennedy was the last legitimate anti-war candidate this nation
has produced. George McGovern doesnt count. He never counted,
which is why the Nixon people did cartwheels when he emerged as an opponent
in 72, four years after RFK was gunned down at the Ambassador
Hotel in Los Angeles, and was summarily whipped like a redheaded stepchild.
Kennedy had a chance to stop the Viet Nam War, because he helped form
it. But well never know. And chances are pretty good that had
Howard Dean, the only anti-war candidate beside Ralph Nader in 2004,
had not imploded in Internet illusions and well-documented crimson-faced
hysteria he would have likely been beaten worse than John Kerry. But
at least Dean spoke out against the war. He had no real plan, but he
wasnt "on the fence" or talking about "voting for
before he voted against" or some other Johnnie Cochranesque flimflammery.
So the Democrats, having been dispatched as the party of the futilely
weak and bewildered, appointed Dean its chairman. But aside from a "Daily
Show" appearance and the odd fundraiser speech, where the hell
is he? Even with John Murthas call for an exit strategy, there
has been little to no response from Capital Hill Democrats.
Oh, and Ted Kennedy doesnt count either. He counts less than McGovern
ever did. The fact that hes allowed to keep a job, any job, in
a freethinking society speaks volumes about the state of Massachusettss
government and can best explain why the 2004 Kerry presidential campaign
was run like a Marx Brothers skit.
Fundamentally, no one in three years has stepped up to strongly oppose
this war, or offer alternative solutions. Mainly because nearly every
Democrat voted for it, and as stated in Part One of our series, they
were all correct in doing so. It was a UN decree defied by a madman
and things had come to a head. A decade of threats was useless and America
wanted blood. Congress more or less exists to enact the will of the
people. Sometimes that will is misguided and stupid, but just the same,
its in the job description. But accusing members of congress for
bandwagon jumping is too easy. Instead we accuse them of bowing to fear.
And because of that fear they have been George W. Bushs bitches
for too long and its time to suck it up.
And by sucking it up nobody means sending Hillary Clinton to the slaughter.
This would be considered merely sucking. I dont care how much
money this woman has, she is a liberal and will not win a single southern
or mid-western state, and may even lose key states Kerry barely carried.
Has no one in the Democratic Party paid attention to voting results
the past few years? Liberal? Woman? Why dont they send Osama bin
Ladens corpse to New Hampshire? Couldnt be any worse.
Look, I never vote Democrat or Republican, and I probably wont
even join the charade in 2008, but realistically, if the Republicans
are left in charge for another half-decade, you might as well ready
your muskets. Seriously. Hillary Clinton? Shes not even anti-war.
Shes spent so much time warming up her moderate rhetoric shes
not sure what the hell she is. Most importantly Dean hates her guts
and he runs the party. So what will come of this shit, another droning
fop from the senate? Jesus, lets completely hand the government
over to the Saudi monarchy and end all suspicion.
All right, so forget the Hillary nightmare for a moment and get back
to reality. I beg Democrats, when one of you with enough balls finally
does come out to make noise like Senators Chuck Schumer or Joe Biden,
please stop saying this whole thing is as bad as Viet Nam. Its
just sad and wrong. Its like people calling Bush a Nazi or writing
that Joe McCarthy was a hero. Leave the shock value to Hip Hop and get
down to concepts we can use.
Factoring in the cost of living and time alone, Viet Nam is Numero Uno.
Viet Nam was long. Very long. Scary long. It was so long its hard
to effectively calculate without a NASA brain. It was also far more
nonsensical strategically and politically. The very fact that this country,
far more financially solvent and powerful in the world arena then, quibbled
over a patch of land in South East Asia would be incredibly hilarious
if it werent tragically pathetic and horribly criminal. Fear and
stupidity got us in, and ill-planning and badly run planning bogged
us down and sent us home bloody, fractured, embarrassed losers. Sound
This is the only parallel between the Iraq War and the Viet Nam conflict,
which wasnt even technically a war, since it was never sanctioned
legally by congress. It likely killed one president and crippled two
more. This thing here while equally born of fear and stupidity and as
badly planned and executed needs much more time and death and money
and riots to make the grade. This war has only linked two presidents,
who happened to be related, but will only sink one.
Which brings us illogically back to the Democrats, who, as a group,
seem horribly incapable of mounting a challenge. And it will mean everything
this time, because if the house and/or senate can be divided politically,
there will be higher levels of investigations and trials and maybe even
a nifty impeachment again. Yippee!
This makes my job fun.
But as far as ending any war, I think not.
© James Campion Jan 3rd 2006
Readers reactions in 2006:
Sir, You have no
respect for this country, its values or the presidency. What goes in
this column weakly is a horrible anti-American manifesto of epic reach.
You are a bitter jerk.
I've been reading your columns for some time now and these "Iraq
Papers" are simply the best. I cannot overstate that from whatever
side a reader may stand on the issue you have illuminated many points
not broached and still towards others that have been driven into the
ground youâ€ve managed to provide a new perspective.
I especially enjoy the take-no-prisoners approach to those who find
a way to exploit agendas from this terrible tragedy. This is what always
burns me up about such things; there will always be someone out there
to take advantage and make it about them or their ideology.
I just thought you should know from a faithful reader that you hit one
out of the ballpark with this series. Please do more of these. The length
and breath of this type of format allows you to be more in-depth and
less jokey, which you tend to be sometimes. This was a serious endeavor
and I thank you for it.
Garrett Evans Jr.
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