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Selfishly, Joe Lieberman Holds a Gun to Our Heads

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At times, I wonder what power the American people have within this country which is supposed to be governed by 'we the people'. We the people are not being listened to by those who wish to further escalate the war in Iraq and beyond.

The Brits have signaled they will be pulling out of Iraq since the British people have sent a clear message to Prime Minister Tony Blair. This war has all but destroyed his leadership of that government and country. You would think the same would have happened within our own country especially since the American people sent a strong message to this government in the past election. Nah, those defense contractors need to be paid. The waging of this war is thought of as a business instead of one that takes its toll on human lives. This government in waging this unjust war basically has said to our soldiers and innocent Iraqis we do not care of your lives only of our bottom line.

This past election, the American people handed over the reigns of power in both houses to the Democrats in hopes of stopping President Bush. Instead of listening to the will of the people, senators like Joe Lieberman have decided to go it alone and has threatened to switch parties if the Democrats de-fund this war. First it was President Bush who was the decider and now it is Senator Joe Lieberman who is the decider. If he bolts to the Republican Party, that will affect the balance of power within the senate.

To the good citizens (sarcastic tone) of Connecticut who voted for Lieberman, all I want to say is thanks for nothing. You had within your power to choose a man that was listening and his name was Ned Lamont. Our soldier's blood is on your hands. The blood of innocent Iraqis is also on your hands. Live with it. At least you get to live unlike our dead soldiers.

Speaking for myself, I do not like being threatened or having a gun held to my head when it comes to my beliefs of this war and my wish to have it shut down. But that is precisely what Senator Lieberman is doing. He is not only holding a gun to my head, but yours if you truly believe that this war needs to end.

In the Star Trek movie 'The Wrath of Khan', Mr. Spock sacrifices his life to save the life of those on the Starship Enterprise. As he did so, he said to Captain James T. Kirk, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few and the one" Selfishly, senators like Joe Lieberman are saying to the American people and to those who wish to shut down this war, "The needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many" Lieberman's voice seems to matter more than those who have lost their lives in this war of lies.

The only message that I would send Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is "Go for it!" Please show the American people what courage is all about. Through your actions, we the American people are asking you to be the voice of our dead soldiers. Perhaps by some miracle a senator from the GOP can offset any bolt by Joe Lieberman. One can only pray at this point. If that were to occur that senator would show the American people what courage really means. It would show the American people what selfless leadership is all about instead of selfish leadership.

In reading, I was blistered as Joe said, "I have no desire to change parties," Lieberman said in a telephone interview. "If that ever happens, it is because I feel the majority of Democrats have gone in a direction that I don't feel comfortable with." Message to Joe Lieberman, this is not about you or have you forgotten that? It is all about majority rule and the majority stated in this past election they want a change of course. You are not comfortable; well what about those maimed soldiers who came home only to be treated at the Walter Reed Medical Center. Think of them before you, Senator Lieberman. Try selling that line to them and their families.

Are you the one forced to live life with a missing arm or leg? Are you the one that is being treated in such squalid conditions? Why not think of their comfort first since you wish to send more who will only come home to face the same fate. At least they showed courage in the face of death and did not whine to the American people as you have continued to do so. They have suffered silently while you continue to pontificate through your pie hole.

When Joe Lieberman stated "That's about all I will say on it today. That would hurt." One wonders if that hurt means how it will affect him or a warning to the American people that this decision will hurt us. I am of the opinion that it is a threat to the American people. It will also hurt those who he chooses to send into this war in which through his beliefs has signed their very death warrants. With Joe, it seems to be all about him and not our soldiers.

As he has turned his back on the citizens affected by Hurricane Katrina the AP reported yesterday, "Some states are warning that hundreds of thousands of poor children could lose their health insurance if Congress doesn't act soon to come through with more money for the program." It is senators like Joe who wish to throw more good money after bad when it comes to funding this war and in the same moment is ripping it out of the hands of children who are in need of health care. I would say that parents trying to deliver health care to their children are being terrorized in this moment, yet Senators like Lieberman just do not care.

In these past six years, maybe we were supposed to learn a lesson of what bad leadership was truly all about in order to save the future. My gut feeling is that Al Gore did not choose you as his running mate, but the DLC (Democratic Leadership Council). I seem to remember that Al From targeted an anti-war candidate in Howard Dean. Perhaps the DLC is not on the side of the American people. The only solace that I can take is that Senator Lieberman did not go on to become Vice President Lieberman.

If Al Gore were to throw his hat into the ring for the 2008 presidential race, the only hope that many of us have is that it will reflect our beliefs and not those such as Joe Lieberman.
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