these days i find myself generally pissed off at the democratic party, both on the national scene and here in hawaii. now, i’ll admit that i’ve never been a huge fan of the party to begin with, as i feel it offers (nationally anyway) only moderate differences in policy to the republicans. anyone who doesn’t think the dnc is just as much in bed with big business as the republicans is, in my opinion, simply fooling themselves. but i digress….
every attempt made by democrats in congress to end this pointless, not to mention illegal, war has been met with bitter failure. republicans (with a few exceptions) refuse to leave the side of their trusted leader (even if he is a big horse’s ass). i think democrats continually fall short of what is absolutely needed, ending the war, but i understand to some extent the necessity for compromise. of course, on the other side, republicans will not budge and democrats are assailed with insults from every side whenever they present any kind of change in course or policy.
take for example the most recent defeat of senate democrats to put limits on how long troops can stay in the field and how long they must have at home. in the past, republicans have been able to use their trusted mantra “democrats don’t support our troops.” this time, however, even a monkey (though maybe not our president) could see that argument wouldn’t fly, so they showcased others from their bag of tricks: “this is a veiled attempt to change the course of the war through legislation.” it may or may not be true, but the fact of the matter is this bill, in my opinion, was the best shot by democrats to date. of course, they failed again, and i’ll tell you why; once again, they let the republicans control the conversation. once again, the democrats were forced into a defensive position.
it didn’t, however, need to be that way. not once did i hear any democrats insist than any republican who didn’t support the bill wasn’t supporting the troops either. democrats should have fought, tooth and nail, insisting that this bill wasn’t an attempt to change course, but that the bill does support our troops and shows our gratitude for all they do by giving them a proper rest between tours of duty. give them time to see their friends and loved ones. give the military time to replenish their supplies so when those troops do return to the field, they do so properly equipped.
of course, the dems didn’t say any of this (at least not that i heard). they once again got beat by their own cowardice, too afraid to appear on the wrong side of any issue. they got beat by their own ineptitude and inability to frame and control the debate.
i’m so frustrated at this point, i don’t even know what to say anymore….