Seeing as how the state Republican party says I’m always “bashing Republicans” on this blog, here’s some Democrat bashing for you, courtesy of Charles Pierce at TAPPED:
You worthless passel of cowards. They’re laughing at you. You know that, right?
The national Democratic Party is no longer worth the cement needed to sink it to the bottom of the sea. For an entire week, it allowed a debate on changing the soul of the country to be conducted intramurally between the Torture Porn and Useful Idiot wings of the Republican Party, the latter best exemplified by John McCain, who keeps fashioning his apparently fathomless ambition into a pair of clown shoes with which he can do the monkey dance across the national stage. They’re laughing at him, too.
The New York Times has the right of it here, limning the pathetic gullibility at the heart of the “compromise.” There is nothing in this bill that President Thumbscrews can’t ignore. There is nothing in this bill that reins in his feckless and dangerous reinterpretation of the powers of his office. There is nothing in this bill that requires him to take it — or its congressional authors — seriously. Two weeks ago, John Yoo set down in The New York Times the precise philosophical basis on which the administration will sign this bill and then ignore it. The president will decide what a “lesser breach” of the Geneva Conventions is? How can anyone over the age of five give this president that power? And wait until you see the atrocity that I guarantee you is coming down the tracks concerning the fact that the president committed at least 40 impeachable offenses with regard to illegal wiretapping.
And the Democratic Party was nowhere in this debate. It contributed nothing. On the question of whether or not the United States will reconfigure itself as a nation which tortures its purported enemies and then grants itself absolution through adjectives — “Aggressive interrogation techniques” — the Democratic Party had…no opinion. On the issue of allowing a demonstrably incompetent president as many of the de facto powers of a despot that you could wedge into a bill without having the Constitution spontaneously combust in the Archives, well, the Democratic Party was more pissed off at Hugo Chavez.
This was as tactically idiotic as it was morally blind. On the subject of what kind of a nation we are, and to what extent we will live up to the best of our ideals, the Democratic Party was as mute and neutral as a stone. Human rights no longer have a viable political constituency in the United States of America. Be enough of a coward, though, and cable news will fit you for a toga.
However, because I know it is vital for the Democrats to “recapture” the good Christian folks, there’s a passage from Scripture that seems apropos: “When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.”
I don’t understand why Democrats don’t understand the dynamic between Bush and McCain by now. McCain will pontificate on issues and live up to the media image as “his own man,” before caving to the administration. Every single time. And whether Congress stands up to Bush or not, the president is going to do what he wants anyway, because he isn’t bound by the Constitution, only empowered by it.
But the Democrats should not have been silent on this issue. While Reid and Dubin put on their little show on the floor of the Senate, they should have been screaming that we’re debating how much torture the United States will be allowed to perform on people. Torture, which never works for obtaining information; which we have always been against; which is now more prevelant in Iraq than when Saddam was in power. Our leaders reached a compromise on torture.
How principled a nation can we be, when we allow compromise on such a concept? And how can the Democrat party stand for anything, if it won’t stand against torture?
I’m glad it’s the weekend.