Traitors Without A Cause
Meet our new Benedict Arnolds
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After the vote in the House today on H R 1591, the so-called "U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007," we get to meet our 2 newest traitors from the GOP.
Much like their inspiration, Benedict Arnold, they found a better offer than being loyal to those they once took an oath to serve.
The Speaker of the House, America's Mother-In-Law, suggested AGAIN in her closing remarks before the bill passed, that:
I have said from the beginning that this war is a grotesque, grotesque mistake.
She went on to REPEAT that the war on terror is NOT in Iraq, rather it is in Afghanistan, and the sooner we redeploy our troops OUT of Iraq, the sooner we can get back to fighting the REAL war.
I would opine, m'lady, that the REAL war on terror is being fought in the House of Representatives, and you have two new recruits on board to help you lose it. Today, THEY have made a grotesque, grotesque mistake and I aim to help make them pay for it...my memory is long; my forgiveness not as much so.
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In this scene, Arnold and George Washington are engaged side by side, and the fight against the enemy is on. Arnold would ultimately decide his efforts and his loyalties were better appreciated by the enemy. He would eventually find his way back to England to live out his life in shame and regret for having chosen the losing side.
The Democrats' decision today to come out against our Soldiers, against the Iraqi people, and against a victory over the terrorists in their country would NOT have happened had Gilchrest and Jones had the spine to do the right thing. Instead, they chose political expediency.
Jones (representing North Carolina's 3rd District), for example, gives all the necessary window dressing at his website to impress you with his support of the Soldiers. Why, he even has a picture of himself with a Soldier in uniform!
And, to impress his quick-skimming constituents, he has links to his latest vote supporting "America's injured war fighters", and his co-sponsorship of a bill to "expedite compensation to returning Vets with service-related disabilities." He MUST support the troops, right?
Gilchrest (Maryland's 1st District), on the other hand, is a little less flashy about his OWN support of the troops. He only has "click-thrus" to OTHER organizations' websites that support the troops; America Supports You, and Veterans History Project. (this last more of a historical site than a "support" site.
More prominent than his troop support is his interview with Ted Koppel, in which they discussed "Iran at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington."
Smoke and mirrors. Window dressing. Shadows and dust. And for what cause? To what end?
This bill, even if it clears the Senate, will HAVE to be vetoed by the President. Should he NOT veto it, then....well, that is for a different piece. In the meantime, what these two traitors have accomplished is to show theirs is an expediency motivation, not a "do the right thing" motivation.
The troops in theater need Congressional support, not special interest or vote-getting pandering. As members of the GOP they had a chance to show they had learned their lesson, and would no longer allow earmarks and pork to attach themselves to legislation needed for specific, narrowly focused issues.
As Congressman Johnson said in his closing remarks:
What does throwing money at Bubba Gump, Popeye, and Mr. Peanut have to do with winning a war?
The Democrats, to their credit, have never really made it a secret that they were less concerned with this silly "victory in Iraq" thingy than they were with "victory against the Republicans."
The endless stream of hysterically funny contortions to frame that truth without actually SAYING it notwithstanding, they have at least been consistent in showing us how incompetent and inept they are at running their OWN house, let alone a war 6,000 miles away.
They have achieved their victory against the Republicans today; against a President they have successfully vilified beyond the pale. There will be high 5's aplenty amongst and in between the champagne and scotch glasses tonight, and Jones and Gilchrest will enjoy their buzz right along with their new pals.
Tomorrow, however, is only a few hours away. Their time in the spotlight has come, and they must not be allowed wallow in it with any great comfort. The temperature needs to rise until they sweat and dehydrate under the glare of it.
Add 2 more to the haystack hall of shame. They need to share Arnold's ultimate fate of shriveling and slithering home to live out their lives in well-earned shame, wishing they had decided differently today; wishing they had taken the "winning" side.