Washington Politics

I don’t know about the rest of you, but the politicians in Washington are really p*****g me off. And I’m talking about both Democrats and Republicans.

With today’s House passage of the military spending bill with the caveat of removing the troops from Iraq, the Democrat’s strategy is very, very clear. Their goal is to remove any power base and/or credibility that the President has. By implementing their “slow bleed” strategy, they are undermining the President’s authority to direct military operations to get our troops out of Iraq and leave a functioning government in place. They are also attacking his Attorney General for the firings of eight US Attorneys, calling it a political move (even though President Clinton fired 93 when he took office, which was sheer politics). The Democrats are taking every opportunity, big and small, to snipe, criticize, and undermine the President and the Republican Party.

This wouldn’t be so bad if the Democrats weren’t so hypocritical. Screamer of the House Pelosi stated that under her leadership that ethical behavior will be of the highest priority. Really, Nancy? Then why do you claim to support Unions but vehemently oppose workers unionizing in your vineyards? Or how about censuring William Jefferson (D – Louisiana) for having $90,000 of FBI marked money in his freezer? Or Harry Reid’s shady land deal in Nevada? Or including 20 million dollars of non-related pork in the aforementioned bill? Come on, give me a break!!

The Republicans aren’t much better. President Bush has not responded very forcefully to accusations and attacks from the Democrats. This is perceived as weakness by the Democrats and our enemies abroad. And the Republican members of Congress have not rallied to the President’s side like the Democrats did with Clinton’s impeachment. Rather, they have been like a bunch of pathetic sheep trying to run away from the Democratic wolf. That does not speak well of their commitment to their party or to their principles.

Principles – now there’s a question! Do politicians have any? From an earlier post

In case any of you didn’t know, a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second job is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I.

Lost in the political power plays is the security of this country. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are too busy maneuvering to effectively address the critical issues of this country – terrorism, illegal immigration, health care, & economic trade balance. They have forgotten that they serve the people of this country, and their personal welfare is supposed to take a back seat.

These power plays portray an apparent chaos within our government, and that emboldens the enemies of this country. After all, if the government can’t keep its s*** together, then they are weak and can be safely attacked without too much fear of reprisal.

Then there is the consistency factor, of which the lack of adds to the chaos. Our government does not pick an issue, comes to a consensus, and sticks with it. While this may be good in some respects to re-evaluate strategies to see if they are working, to give up at the first sign of difficulty is a recipe for disaster. Here are a couple of examples that I can think of off the top of my head:

Terrorism – After 9/11, our President, with the blessings of Congress, vowed to go after terrorists where ever they may hide. In other words, this country was declaring war on all terrorists and the countries where they were given shelter. Fast forward several years, various members of Congress are reneging on that promise, instead stating that we should negotiate with terrorists, and give these animals the same rights as a prisoner of war under the Geneva Convention.

Immigration – Securing our borders is paramount to retaining our sovereignty as a nation. Both parties have dragged their feet on this issue for various political reasons. Yes, there’s funding for “the wall,” but that funding could disappear as quick as a fart in the wind. However, Border Patrol authorities are still overwhelmed and under-funded, so there is little additional enforcement. Finally, instead of talking a hard line to Mexico and other Central American countries in his recent tour of Central American countries, President Bush referred to the illegal immigration problem as a “migration” problem, softening the stance and seriousness of this problem. WHAT!?! Migration is the legal immigration from one country to another, not crossing without permission.

Yes folks, I’m upset with our elected officials in Washington with the power politics and maneuvering. And you should be to.

One thought on “Washington Politics

  1. Well Tom, When the republicans were running the whole show they refused to even admit that things were not working in Iraq. The Democrats got elected because people were just sick and tired of the double speak (ala 1984 “war is peace’, “freedom is slavery”) and redefinition that completely obviscated the real meaning of what they were saying. Is the insurgency still in it’s last throes?
    Truth is, nobody is happy that we are going to lose in Iraq. Many of us are unhappy that we are there in the first place. We want this war to end. Enough platitudes of shining democracy as an example for the other Arab nations to emulate. This administration is completely incompetant. It’s time to leave that festering sore and stop complaining about the envisioned consequences. We f*****d up big time by going in there and now we are going to pay for it.
    Let’s hope for peace sooner rather than later in Iraq, and a renewed focus on Afgahnistan, where the real enemy is still plotting the next attack on us. Let’s also spend a little of that federal money right here in Michigan instaed of p***ing it away on a war that’s already lost. $500 Billion. If the feds spent $10 Billion in Michigan, we could clean up Detroit, get the Auto companies back on track, and stop the bleeding right here at home. Enough crap about nation building in a land where most people would just like to see us leave (dead or alive). W. is a dead man walking, politically. The party’s over. Wake up and smell the coffee.
    Tim | Homepage | 03.24.07 – 5:02 pm | #

    Evidently Tim is completely ignorant to the fact that simply walking out of Iraq will not appease the terrorists. Perhaps he’d rather deploy our troops to Detroit to fight the terrorists there? Let the IED’s, RPG’s and small-arms fire kill Americans instead of Iraqi’s. I can see how that would make him feel better.

    So Tom, is it time for a 3rd party?
    Nightcrawler | Homepage | 03.25.07 – 5:01 am | #

    Tim said “Let’s hope for peace sooner rather than later in Iraq, and a renewed focus on Afgahnistan, where the real enemy is still plotting the next attack on us.” Gee Tim, who is killing Americans in Iraq? Ohh yeah right… those are Iraqi freedom fighters. Jeez….mumble mumble……
    Tom C | Homepage | 03.25.07 – 9:29 am | #

    Tom C and Nightcrawler-Your “leader” got us in Iraq, and we are not winning because of his incompetance. You think staying in there will make the terrorists more or less likely to want to kill us. So spare me all the appeaser crap and own the fact that W. has stuck his head in a hornet’s nest and can’t figure out how to get it out without getting stung. If they wanted to hit us here in the USA they merely need to go to Mexico and cross over there. Nothing is stopping them. And yes, many of the insurgents are freedom fighters. We have been there for four years and every year there is more violence, not less. I hate to see us lose just as much as you, but this thing is what it is: a failure.
    Tim | Homepage | 03.25.07 – 10:46 am | #

    Tim – Bush is your leader too – he is the President of the United States, whether you like it or not. Unfortunately, I believe that we do have to stay in Iraq & see that the country is reasonably stable and able to take care of themselves. Only then should we leave. Also, one man’s terrorist is another man’s insurgent is another man’s freedom fighter. It all depends on which side of the argument you want to be on

    Tom C. – Looks to be Iranian backed “freedom fighters,” although I’m still trying to figure out who’s freedom they are fighting for…

    Nightcrawler – 3rd party would be great except that the two main political parties have a stranglehold on the political process. To advance any agenda that we would be interested in, we would need to work within that framework. Unfortunately, that’s the reality.
    Tom | Homepage | 03.25.07 – 3:48 pm | #

    They aren’t freedom fighters, they’re “Agrarian reformers”! People calling for immediate withdrawal obviously have no understanding of the stakes or the consequences of such an action.
    Nightcrawler | Homepage | 03.27.07 – 12:13 am | #

    You have some thought-provoking posts here. I also took the liberty of reading the comments.
    I believe you are all right in a sense. Just as I know I am right about some things and wrong about plenty.
    We can all point fingers back and forth at the political parties. I’m a registered Democrat but you would never see me support Kerry on anything. I’ve raised two sons who lean towards Republican views.
    I don’t care. I don’t care about Pelosi’s plane or Bush’s youthful indiscretions with cocaine and drunk driving. I don’t care about You Tube presentations against each other or which party can say “naner naner–we’re the best”.
    What I do care about is the TROOPS themselves who have had poor funding for the last FOUR years. The ones with defective body armor who’s comrade’s parents donated his life insurance money towards. The fact that our troops have a harder time doing their job because they are playing bodyguard for reporters and civilian contractors while a war is going on. That everything our troops do is in the blame game Boehner and others enjoy playing. Yet these are kids, human beings who went to war when asked, who stepped up and volunteered and even with PTSD and missing limbs would go again for us. They are being completely disrespected by the government.
    So yes, I believe we need our troops to come home. I believe in our fight in Afghanistan a lot more than I do the one in Iraq.
    But what do I know…I’m just the mom of a Soldier and a Marine. Neither of whom signed up for college money…they have college benefits through their father.
    I was proud of the president we had in the aftermath of 9-11. We lost him somewhere along the way in a personal vendetta. If he had gone after Bin Laden and those who attacked us with the same force he did Saddam, he would probably have gone down in history as one of our greatest presidents.
    Can anyone really tell me why Cheney’s company is in the middle of our war zone when our children are literally fighting for their lives?
    Blame the Democrats. Just be honest about it. Republicans were in office when the unit couldn’t wear those vests because the company sent the wrong COLOR. Republicans were in office for all of the war until this January.
    The Walter Reed scandal, the VA, all of it coming to light NOW may be a political move on the Democrats’ part…but I don’t care…as long as the TROOPS get the help they need.
    Monica | Homepage | 03.27.07 – 12:30 pm | #

    Oh and Nightcrawler? People calling for withdrawal have children over there getting killed and maimed.
    Monica | Homepage | 03.27.07 – 12:31 pm | #

    Iraq is the elephant in the room, and while it is true that there was mismanagement in this war from shortly after the “traditional operations” which went off as nearly flawless as possible, there are no easy solutions.

    While I don’t blame the Congressional Democrats for this situation, I think they are laying out a blueprint for eventual total failure in the region, and are getting to the point where politically this is a conflict that they can’t afford to win. Speaker Pelosi’s smile said it all, and any party that has to send out memos to their operatives not to spit on troops returning from the front, has a problem with their war policies.

    This predisposition of the DNC really since the 1960’s has me convinced if we were solely in Afghanistan that a large part of their caucas would be levelling the same criticisms and calls for withdrawl. However, the prosecution of this war, vis a vis the rules of engagement, much more than equipment, from a policy level has done a great deal to produce the current quagmire in Iraq.

    For years the Middle East region has been testing Western style democracies to see what they can get away with. Frankly, this conflict started in 79 with the embassies of Tehran and the lack of formidable response. This is repeated by the seizing of 15 UK marines/sailors. Sometimes a purely out of proportion reaction to a slight has a dramatically positive effect upon a state. I also hold that the population of a state are responsible for that state’s actions.

    Had the US used a big stick in 79, and one without using our human resources, and if the UK in 07 uses this approach, they may fare better in the long run. Remember, Russias embassy in 79, how it was captured and returned in less than six hours? Russia’s reply left no wiggle room. It basically stated that her response would be out of proportion to the offense.

    This would have been perhaps a better reply than an invasion, but hindsight is always 20/20. However, then many would be crying about collateral damage.

    Finally, while I do feel sympathy for those over there, and for all those who have become casulaties, as well as their families, one must remember these men and women did voluntarily enlist. I did also; and that understanding of risk is tacit to the agreement of enlistment.
    Avoiceofreason | Homepage | 03.27.07 – 4:17 pm | #

    Monica, why bother. Don’t confuse them with facts, their minds are made up. They are in the 29 percent who will support Bush no matter what. At least take consolation in the fact that we will, eventually get out of Iraq. We will lose. I am not happy about it, but it is what it is. Bush has proven that everything he runs, he runs into the ground. Be it Katrina, Iraq, you name it. I favor impeachment if he continues to ignore the will of the country.
    Tim | Homepage | 03.27.07 – 5:02 pm | #

    Monica – There is much that you have written that I agree with. Do I want the troops to come home? Has the government and administration let the troops down in various ways? Yes to both. It is both sickening and disheartening to see our troops misused. However, the US does need to get out of Iraq in such a way that the country doesn’t implode, and that’s the trick. And for the record (again) – I wasn’t happy at all that the US invaded Iraq – I would much rather have had the Useless Nations deal with Saddam than the US.

    Voice of Reason – I can’t argue any of your points – I happen agree with them. The situation didn’t happen overnight, and several different Administrations had their hands in it. The problem is that we are trying to treat uncivilized people/governments that only understand violence as the resolving force as civilized, i.e., let’s talk things over. But then civilized people worry about collateral damage…

    Tim – *sigh* I will call Bush on the carpet when I think he needs it. I generally do not give a blanket pass to all that he does. I do agree that after the military operations were over that there didn’t seem to be a plan to get Iraq back on it’s feet – it just seemed to be an afterthought. But that is still a road that Iraq needs to travel with the help of the US. The question is how much and how long.
    Tom | Homepage | 03.28.07 – 8:09 am | #

    I couldn’t agree with you more on your point about the Republicans, president Bush hasn’t defended himself in the public and it has emboldened the Democrats.

    I agree with you on the hypocrisy on the left also. It’s amazing how they campaigned on ethics all the while having all these scandals on their own side. Unfortunately these scandals are not repoted on in the MSM.
    Steve Dennis | Homepage | 03.28.07 – 9:26 pm | #

    William Jefferson was all over NPR when they found the cash in the freezer. Maybe you just never watch the MSM. Yes, there are corrupt democrats. There are corrupt republicans. Tell me something that I don’t know…
    Tim | Homepage | 03.29.07 – 12:26 am | #

    Steve – Thank you for your comments. You have been added to the blogroll.

    Tim – I’m an equal opportunity flamer of corrupt politicians and their practices, especially when they say they are something that they are not. And as far as I’m concerned, NPR and the MSM are shills for the Liberal cause.
    Tom | Homepage | 04.01.07 – 6:02 am | #

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