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Today's Note From a Madman
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
-Rep Tom Tancredo (REPUBLICAN-CO), in response to a reporter's question as to what food he couldn't live without
One wonders how well Tancredo's parents spoke English as they got off their boat to give their son, Tom, a fresh start in a new nation? This must be that "Compassionate Conservatism" that's all the rage with Republicans these days.
-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace
It's good to know just where general Pace draws his morality line. Just how does he feel about the Iraq war? one has to wonder.
And one has to wonder why, now, with all of the problems going on with Walter reed Army Hospital and how they care for our injured soldiers, that Pace decided this was the time to talk about Gays in the military. It seems that Bush is has activated the administration's plan "G" (for Gay) yet again. Remember, these are his WMD's (Weapons of Mass Distraction).
Are the deaths of thousands of American troops immoral? How about the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians? Just how moral is that, General Pace?
In a time where we see our wounded troops coming home to live in squalor without their limbs in "hotels" they have to share with rats, cockroaches and various other vermin, the one thing that the president's top military advisor thinks to call "immoral" are Gay people.
"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way."
Just what does the General think of military traditions such as the military's "Tailhook" convention, where women have been debased and grown men act like frat boys?
Come to think of it, I wonder what General Pace would have thought about his boss, President George W. Bush's military "service", his AWOL from the Alabama Air National Guard to campaign for a GOP congressional candidate or Dick Cheney's five military deferments because he had "better things to do"? I guess the General is too busy brown-nosing those same White House bosses to take note.
There's a whole lot of morality at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue these days, isn't there General Pace?
Senator Mel Martinez (REPUBLICAN-FL), the new GOP party general chairman, wants to get his Republican brethren back into the majority, and he has an interesting way of accomplishing this feat. Martinez believes that the way to get the GOP back into the majority is by consensus.
"We need to be on the same team,"
"we need to "improve our brand,"
Martinez pictures himself, a Cuban-born naturalized American, as the new face of the Republican party. Funny, it seems to me that the new face looks a lot like the old one.
Just to recap: The last time "Team-GOP" had control over both housed of congress, its "consensus" gave us:
-The Iraq War and its never-ending occupation including a new sectarian civil war
-The largest budget deficit in US history
-The largest trade deficit in US history
-a Bush "base" of "haves and have mores" which has been able to keep control of record-breaking profits while more and more Americans join the ranks of those who are poverty-stricken
-War profiteers whose profits grow as fast, or faster, than our deficit grows
-A resurgent Taliban which is growing strength after their 2001 ouster from Afghanistan
-A failed "No Child Left Behind" education program which is leaving no millionaire's child behind, while reaping great benefits for Neil Bush, the president's brother
-A health care system which costs ore than ever before and leaves nearly 50 million Americans without the ability to see a doctor when they, or their children, are sick
And there's so much more that "Team-GOP" has done to make America what it is today.
If this is Martinez' new GOP brand, I'll stick to generics.
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