Mock disdain and feigned outrage; that is all the Republican Party has left to offer the American people these days. Faced with the prospect of humiliating defeats across the country this November, the GOP has decided the best way to win the public trust is to practice ridiculous hypocrisy.
Their recent faux indignation is over a video produced by the Democratic House campaign committee claiming "Things Have Taken a Turn for the Worse" that features images of soldiers' coffins, a makeshift grave in Iraq and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. First let us deal with reality. It is only in the secret GOP meetings do people in this country not seriously believe that things have indeed taken a turn for the worse. The coffins are representative of the sacrifices our kids have made for what has turned out to be a war based on lies. The coffins are real. The sacrifice is real. The blood that has been spilt for the lies of this administration is very, very real. The debacle in Iraq is a resonating issue with America at this time with over 65% saying the war was a mistake and the troops should come home. Hurricane Katrina is the perfect microcosm of the ineptitude and haughty attitude that is embodied in the GOP. Not only was the preparation abysmal but the aftermath was atrocious as our president stayed on vacation for three days while people drowned. When it was discovered that the head of FEMA was a political hack appointment that lied throughout his resume, it only further cemented the image of incompetence that the American people now view the GOP as. Perhaps the greatest outrage though is that now a year later, this administration and the GOP has done little to nothing to help the people devastated by Katrina.
This is the record of the Republican Party and as much as they want to distance themselves from it, the American people have awoken to the truth. The GOP has rubber stamped everything the Bush administration wanted. Irresponsible tax cuts, approved. Never ending war, approved. Lying to Congress and thus the American people, approved. Outing a covert CIA operative a political payback, approved. Bourgeois attitude toward relief for Americans affected by Katrina, approved. Trying to dismantle Social Security, approved. Illegal spying on Americans, approved. No checks and balances, approved. No congressional oversight, approved. No constitution, approved. No civil liberties, approved. This IS that record of the Republican Party.
Not content with that, Republican lawmakers condemned the video as "revolting" and "disgusting," saying it insulted military families and politicized the war. I kid you not. It is unconscionable that these parasites do not find it revolting when their president lies to Congress to start a war that has actually killed over 2,500 soldiers. Apparently, they think a truthful video is insulting to military families, but Rumsfeld mocking a soldiers request for better armor is funny. Apparently it is not insulting to military families for the government to send their kids into combat medicated on psychotropic medication to treat their stress and trauma. Somehow, they do not see Karl Rove's publicly announced strategy of playing up Bush's war record this election season as politicizing the war. There is a word for this posturing, hypocrisy.
Perhaps the biggest hypocrite though is Rep. Tom Reynolds of New York, chairman of the House Republican campaign committee. His statement defied human logic as he said, "For the Democrats, everything is about politics, so nothing they have done over the last three years to shamelessly politicize the war in Iraq has shocked me, but this crosses the line," Say what??? For the democrats everything is about politics? What world does this clown think we all live in? The democrats have been unable to do anything over the past three years because of the rubber stamp GOP congress. It is the Republican Party that has the record on Iraq. I hope they do run on that record. That is a record of death and bloodshed for nothing. It is a party that has thrown out their elected responsibilities and has put party over country. It is a party that is so drunk with power that they think nothing of minimizing a Supreme Court decision by trying to pass a law to circumvent a judgment against them regarding military tribunals. It would be laughable if there were not so many fallen soldiers who demand justice, not jokes.