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Pelosi & The Jellyfish

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Message Jon Faulkner

That indomitable Christian and cult leader, with his Bible thumping hordes, believes himself innocent of his inexcusable crimes. He thinks he’s fulfilled his destiny by overseeing the deaths of thousands of America’s kids, most between the ages of 18 and 22. This is a man who asked America’s sons and daughters to trust him, knowing he was betraying them. Eventually, the young men and woman he sent to Iraq realized they’d placed their trust in a man who is not trustworthy. A man who regarded their loyalty and their lives as his entitlement.

But he’s not satisfied with the innocent blood he’s spilled, including that of half a million Iraqis. Astonished Americans watch in horror as they wonder who will stop him, even as he makes preparations to attack Iran. Cheney, the ex vice-president of Halliburton, has become fantastically rich from dead American soldiers, and advocates for more war. What kind of people are these? How in the Hell did they come to power, and why are they still in office?

Bush and Cheney are opportunists who saw a chance to make a great deal of money for themselves and their friends. They are not spiritual people who are inspired to make the U.S. a better place for its citizens, and for the world’s nations. They see the offices they hold as licenses to steal. Americans thought that democrats would be the best chance to stop Bush from doing further damage so they replaced republican majorities hoping that a democratic congress would stop Bush. A significant majority of Americans thought that if Bush were forced to defend himself for his traitorous behavior he’d be too distracted to start a murderous rampage in Iran. But democrats are again displaying their enormous capacity for cowardice. Bush waves his nuclear six-gun around and the new speaker, Pelosi, makes her first order of business an assurance to Bush that he won’t be impeached.

In reciprocation, Bush makes it plain he doesn’t care what the new, democratic congress does; he’ll do whatever he wants regardless. He’s found himself miraculously delivered to a position from which he can redeem himself for all the humiliations he’s endured in a lifetime of inadequacy and impotency, and he’s not going to back away now. As he says, “In a time of war, the president must have the power he needs to make the tough decisions, including, if need be, the decision to grant himself even more power.” If that doesn‘t make his idea of the balance of power plain enough, there‘s this, "I'm the decider, and I decide what's best."

If the democrats can save just one, young soldier’s life, they have a moral obligation to do so. The democrats won congress with a clear mandate. Start planning immediately on the safest, best way, to get our kids out of Iraq. Instead, they blather importantly and knowledgably about taking the White House and increasing their congressional majority in 2008. Why do they want more power when they are so afraid of using the power they’ve got?

Pelosi is a female Tom Daschle, always willing to listen politely. Always ready to concede or capitulate. In a give and take business she is always giving, the republicans always taking. They correctly believe that if you have power you should use it. Pelosi thinks it should be shared in the spirit of bi-partisanship. She is benign and reasonable but is surrounded by sharks who are not at all reasonable. The poor, old dear is essentially helpless against an organized and determined, republican attack. Her carefully measured, sing song speeches, are chosen to give the least offense to republicans. She is naïve beyond belief and simply incapable of realizing that her duty is to bring the troops home safely and expediently. She fiddles, another kid is slaughtered in Iraq, and the DNC explains how best to win in the next election cycle. She’s pathetic.

She and her counterpart, senator majority leader Harry Reid, could not get the minimum wage increased but happily it turns out the effort was only a clever move so the democrats would have a major issue to use against republicans in 2008. They explain their strategy for re-election, as if that matters more than another dead American, son or daughter. Bush got his war based on lies, while Pelosi is third in line to the presidency. Bush and Cheney are the two most impeachable monsters ever to disgrace the United States, and an election is coming which will decide whether or not Americans are going to fall to corporate fascism.

This is no time for the weak. No time for pitter patter and make nice. It’s time to go for the jugular of the republican party while it’s exposed and backed against a wall. Pelosi and Reid behave as if their overseeing some town-hall meeting to decide broadening the sidewalks. They pontificate while American kids are dying in a fraudulent, contrived war. If they can’t save our kids from fighting and dying in such a war they are worthless to the people who elected them. They should get out of the way and let someone lead who knows how, or is at least, willing to learn.


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Jon Faulkner is a licensed Master Mariner. He has long considered the conservative republican mindset a form of mental illness. He lives in northern Maine.
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