I notice how all the democrats and their counterparts here have suddenly changed the rules again. For two years they have continually called the President and members of his administration liars, cheats and all sorts of names. That he "deliberately misled" this country into an unnecessary war. Their extreme wing has compared him to Hitler and proclaimed that the terrorists are better than he is. Bush is called an "incompetent bastard" and every possible vile name. America is referred to as a "terrorist state" and on and on. (Michelle Malkin has posted some interesting comments from the DU--for even more unbelievable vitriol you can check out her link--or you can just take my word for it that the people at the DU have slipped the bounds of earth and are well on their way to interstellar space).
Now, finally, when the Bush Administration is fighting back and calling them to account for what they have said and what they are saying--all of a sudden we start to hear the whining.
"We just want to debate..." "Are you calling us unpatriotic?" "How dare you refer to someone who makes cowardly statements as a coward?"
They can dish it out, but they can't take it. They question Republican motives all the time, but seem to be unable to tolerate their own motives being questioned.
You know. The usual bait and switch. They didn't mean it, after all, it seems (if the vote in the house on Murtha's proposal meant anything). You see, they want to have their cake and eat it too! They want to bash Bush as much as they like; undermine the war and the brave men and women who are fighting it; and they don't want you to question their motives. Or their patriotism.
Well I do. I question their motives. I question their patriotism. I question their integrity. I question their honor. I question their courage to stand up for what is right in the face of declining public support (due mainly to their efforts). I question their support for the troops. I even question their intelligence if they cling to the notion that somehow their unceasing public attacks and deliberate undermining of both the military and the commander in chief aren't enabling and encouraging the enemy,while putting our own soldiers in more jeopardy.
In fact, the only thing I don't question about them is their capacity for self-delusion.
I worry about their mental health. I really do.
Personally, I don't believe for a moment that they really want to debate the issues. What they want to do is more grandstanding and showboating to try to score even more points at the expense of our military and the Bush Administration. If you believe that they have any goodwill--except insofar as it will get them votes--then you have not been listening to them very carefully.
Just go check and see what Pelosi has been saying. Or Biden. Or (shudder) Kerry and his sidekick Edwards. If you think these are reasonable adults who will do what is right instead of what is expedient, then I also question the soundness of your own psychological health and maturity.
When the Democrats are capable of discussing their reservations about U.S. foreign policy without the accompanying media circuses and infantile grandstanding; and when they actually come up with alternative ideas or suggestions for how to win the war, instead of how to lose it--then, and only then will I take them seriously.
I am moderately irritated with the Republicans and the mistakes that have been made in Iraq and in the WOT. But, I am fed up beyond belief with the Democrats, who have been dragged kicking and screaming every single inch of the way into the realities of the 21st century.
If they cannot be bothered to do what is needed and to persevere to the end to defend this country and its national security interests, then I want nothing to do with them.
UPDATE: Here is yet another example of how intensely "patriotic" the folks on the left are. They never miss an opportunity to paint the soldiers defending our freedom as war criminals.