It is often said, as a way of proving that the Democrats are no different from the Republicans: "The Democrats voted for war, they funded war, they voted for the Patriot Act... They are not different; they are the same. Hoping they will be different is unrealistic and foolish." That's a direct quote from a comment on one of my recent essays in which I argued that the Democrats' newly one power in Congress is an absolutely essential weapon of ours in the battle against the Bushite evil. But one hears variations on that argument all the time.
And I just have to scratch my head and ask: When the Democrats do these things --and I acknowledge that they've done often done such things since 2002-- can't you see that they are not doing them for the same reasons as the Bushites?
Can't you see that the field of forces in which these people are operating compels them to go directions that they'd prefer not to go? I mean it "compels" them, assuming we grant their priorities, which is to survive politically.
I prefer "Profiles in Courage" to the pursuit of that priority-- believe me I do. Having grown up in the 1950s with the image of noble men doing noble things-- protecting the weak by putting their lives on the line, never cowtowing to any evil power, never putting self-advancement ahead of doing the right and true and noble and heroic thing, protecting the weak, even at the risk of one's life-I've always thought that's how a man is supposed to act. (For the two and a half years since I perceived how dark is the threat from the Bushites to everything I hold sacred, I myself have been exerting myself all-out, full-time, for no pay, to help defeat this Bushite evil by speaking moral truth to amoral power.)
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