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Stuck Between Iraq and a Hard Place

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I didn't bother watching the GOP debate last week. I had better things to do than to watch 10 middle-aged white guys blabber on about what a great president Ronald Reagan was, how they'll govern with their faith, how they'll crack down on illegal immigration, or how THEY'LL finally catch Osama bin Laden.

Of course there're those high-impact issues so crucial to the American people - denying homosexuals equal rights by outlawing same-sex marriages, prolonging debilitating diseases by preventing potential cures which could be discovered with stem-cell research, and - the most important - increasing the volume of illegal abortions by overturning the Supreme Court decision which protects our rights & paves the way for making abortions safe.

What I find truly despicable is that these spineless Republican shills, who shamelessly pander to the conservative base, continue to support Bush and his conquest of Iraq (and theft of their oil), insisting that we cannot re-deploy the troops. They continue to stand by their opinion that the war can be won and the consequences of defeat are worth the lives which have been lost and the future lives which will be lost. They continue to insist on our patience and that we should give Bush's "surge" (i.e. war escalation) time to be effective. They're too stupid to realize that the Bushies are just running out the clock and milking the American taxpayers for all they can get.

The GOP candidates are facing an impossible challenge. The HAVE to stick by Bush in order to garner the conservative support, even though the mood of the country is clearly on the other side of this issue. The American people have lost patience with this administration, and with the Republican lawmakers which enabled it. The election of 2006 was just the start of the avalanche of support shifting from the right to the left.

So, let the idiots have their say...

Let the jackass Republicans espouse patriotism, glory, victory, failure and fear. Let them trash each other. Let them justify their indiscretions. Let them explain their flip-flopping on issues, their dirty business dealings, and their faith against science. Let them pander to the conservative base which is increasingly distancing itself from the mainstream.

In the end, when it comes down to one Democrat against one Republican in November of 2008, the choice will be as clear as it can possibly be. If you want to continue the war in Iraq, continue to conquer Middle East countries, continue to alienate the international community, and continue to mortgage our children's future, then vote Republican. However, if you want to end this senseless arrogance and take our troops out of harm's way, saving hundreds of thousands of lives, and hundreds of billions of dollars, vote Democrat. It really is as simple as that.

By the way, has anyone noticed the price of gas skyrocketing to $3+/gal? And then ask yourself - when was gas at its lowest price in the past year? That's right - during the election season last November. You know they say: "Elections have consequences". I say: "Those months between elections have consequences too."
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Scott Shuster is a progressive columnist, publishing since May of 2005. His liberal ideology is a refreshing diversion from 'politics as usual' in Washington.
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