Taking Stock of the Republicans
By Mike Whitney
October 19, 2009 "Information Clearing House" -- The Republicans have become deficit hawks. It's more phoniness from a party of phonies. They've decided to stake their political future on opposition to Obama's agenda. It doesn't matter what it is; they're against it. Stimulus is bad because extends unemployment benefits and keeps the states on life support. The Republicans have a better idea; let's build more bombs and slash taxes.
"We must be prudent and save the Republic from penury." (That's the GOP mantra) What utter hypocrisy. Mitch McConnell is the worst of them, a corporate toady without a trace of dignity.
Republicans talking about fiscal discipline is like a street-walker preaching about chastity. They have no credibility at all. During the Bush term, they doubled the national debt from $5.6 trillion to $11 trillion in 8 years, the biggest expansion of government spending in US history. All that's forgotten; down the memory hole. Now they've found religion. How convenient.
There should be a vaccine against Republicans. it's a virus not a party. They lead the nation into 8 years of carnage and disgrace and then dare to show their faces on Capital Hill? It just proves how far the country has slipped.
One million Iraqis killed, over one-fifth of the population displaced. 5 years later and there's still no clean water, no functioning school system, 1 in 3 children suffering from trauma, tens of thousands slowly dieing from depleted uranium. The invasion was an exercise in premeditated genocide and the Republican party's bloody fingerprints are all over the murder weapon.
Every Republican senator and congressman who voted for the war should be dragged in front of a tribunal and sentenced. Democrats too.
Iraq is forgotten now. We won. The plan to ethnically cleanse the Sunnis from Baghdad succeeded. The death squad strategy prevailed. Murder works.
Now General "Death Squad" has moved on to Afghanistan. His work is not done, yet.
The Republicans love McCrystal; he's their kind of guy. He knows how to deliver. More dead civilians, more fatherless children, more blood.
The country has two political parties; two war parties. The Republicans are only worse by degree. In essence, both parties share the same vision of the future; more conquest, more suffering, more bloodletting. America ran out of steam long ago; now it's fueled by its commitment to violence alone.