And start with Snow blowing. Tony, that is, as he spins his familiar Foxtrot in servitude on behalf of ultraconservatives.
Continuing his favorite pastime, Karl Rove, AKA Bush brain, despite struggles with the law, will work behind the scenes, manipulating the dials of the 2006 elections and indiscriminately thrusting to the fore those good ole wedge issuesa womans right to preside over her body and gay marriage.
Meanwhile, as were gamed to death, our troops are being killed in Bushs sport. Almost 2,400 US troops have died in a war based on lies. Almost 18,000 have been injured, some with debilitating brain damage. April has been a cruel and bloody month, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Remember Afghanistanthe place where we had such a stunning victory? Well, the battle persists there but seldom receives attention from our brought-to-you-by-Republican-ownership Main Stream Media. Two hundred and eighty-one US soldiers have died in this country, five recently.
Dont be fooled.
The issue is the war, whose death count apparently means nothing to Bush. Nor do the injuries, the broken marriages, the collapsed dreams, the children without mothers or fathers, the parents who have lost a child, the grandparents who suffer not only from their own loss but also as they feel the agony of seeing their children suffer a parents worst nightmare, the siblings whose brother or sister is buried beneath a mound of dirt, and the aunts and uncles who grieve over a life denied as well as for their sibling whose child has died. This is the mushroom cloud of infinite sorrow.
So be more than a little suspicious of the Pentagons announcement that 50,000 troops may return home soon... If progress has been made training Iraqi forces. The if in the statement is huge. Our challenge to the administration must be: What IF theres no progress and what IF, in fact, the sectarian violence worsens? Could it be that the statement to the press is simply a ploy to salvage the 2006 elections? This isnt fuzzy math. Fifty thousand troops/2006 elections.
Dont be fooled.
The Bush Administrations lust for war and the misrepresentation of evidence to invade Iraq are the issues that should decide your vote. Certainly, if you are one of the many families whos heard the words: We regret to inform you, and you believe that the lies of George Bush are responsible for your pain, this will be the deciding factor when you go into that booth. If you havent lost someone, the many lies alone should influence your choice.
Dont be distracted by the ultraconservatives who bombard your consciousness with anything other than the most pertinent issuethe war, its truth, the fabrications that took us there, its personal toll, its cost and the devastation of the Iraqi people. The immorality of Bushs choice to unleash chaos in the Middle East doesnt render other problems here at home meaningless but it puts them in perspective.
So, when you enter the voting booth, know which candidates are equivocating about an unnecessary war and its senseless deaths. Know the candidates who say theyre against the war but continue to fund it. Show them that you will not tolerate continued US aggression that Rep. John Murtha says sears the soul. Create a loud statement against a foreign policy that exploits other countries, our soldiers, our conscience, and makes all of us less safe.
Drown out Karls efforts to stray from the truth and Tonys attempts to snow you.