2006/11/10

Spare the rod or.....?

Now that they have met their goals of taking the halls of Congress, the Democrats have to figure out how to punish their child, even though they helped enable his bad behavior.

Many principled Dems voted against the war, including our own Senator Durbin, but many others voted for it even though they knew it wasn't a good idea. They did it to save their own hides, fearing the unbreakable unity of the media and the Republicans against dissension. The fear/war monger crowd bullied a now repentant mainstream media, and many seats might have been lost if some Dems stood on principle. Today's majority might not exist, so I guess that once again we're supposed to accept it as the lesser of two evils. But that begs the question....was all of the death, maiming, and tragedy worth the Dems having the Congress. If they would have kept us out of the war with fervent protests and filibustering, and lost their seats, would we be better off as a nation? Probably not, because the now defanged Neocons wouldn't have rested until they got their war, and a bigger Republican presence would have allowed that anyways....
So now what? With voices like Jack Murtha and Joe Biden now having the big megaphone to shout at Bush, they might be able to steer things towards some semblance of sanity. Perhaps a three state solution, with oil revenue sharing, and the U.S. troops redployed to somewhere in the area...perhaps in Northern Iraq with the Kurds who have the best chance at a more progressive, less repressive Democracy....they would be all too happy to have us set up shop and protect them from the Turks. It ain't going to be easy, but at least we can get the ball rolling immediately with higher wages and repealing the upper-brackets tax cuts.....