Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Do They Ever Learn?

I posted earlier about Republican Representative Vitter's talk not matching his walk. His comments are absurd. And yet he has been outdone by the chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, Dennis Milligan.

"At the end of the day, I believe fully the president is doing the right thing, and I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on [Sept. 11, 2001]," Milligan said to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "and the naysayers will come around very quickly to appreciate not only the commitment for President Bush, but the sacrifice that has been made by men and women to protect this country."

Apart from the audacity of such stupidity, does any one else see the contradictions in this statement?

I see one! " and women to protect this country." Hmmm. I recall, and I'm no chess master, that a defensive posture means you have your army around you, not across the board. It seems to some that defending the country is best done by sending them overseas to the point that the military is so strained that they have to quietly try to lower the security clearance so they can utilize "ex-convicts, drug addicts and the mentally incompetent." And in case you missed this whopper, due to Bush's commitment in this global war on terror which has justified the occupation of Iraq for how many years now, Congress set up a front company to see if they could obtain material for a dirty bomb. Within a month, they had a license to but enough material for a dirty bomb. There was no face-to-face meeting, and no visit to the "company" by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. And; yes, there is an and to this unbelievable proof of Bush's commitment to out security, according to the BBC, those same agents crossed the borders into America from both Canada and Mexico, despite alarms sounding the presence of radioactive materials, on the basis of phony paperwork. Oh, and Micheal Chertoff has a "gut feeling" that this summer is a period of increased risk.

That makes me feel safer already.

I see another one! "...on American soil...." And then our intrepid federal government can make yet another location ring with the victory strains of governmental competence like those heard in New Orleans. Of course, maybe Mr. Milligan thinks like Dave Vitter that gay marriage is more important than the reconstruction of New Orleans, as I pointed out in a previous post. Oh wait, I get it! Then President Bush can attack someone else!

And the grand daddy of them all, "...need some attacks...." Mind you, not just one. But more than one. Now I think this way. If an attack were successful, than that would mean that the defender wasn't doing his job. More than one would mean that the defender-in-Chief is incapable of doing his job at all. And that would surely reveal the real commitment of President Bush. Yessiree, several attacks would surely show us just how effective President Bush has been at solving the southern border issue when he said nary a peep about it for six years. And that would surely show us just how capable our government is of detecting the actions of our enemies. All that illegal eavesdropping would really pay off. And having all our military people over in the Middle East would definitely be a big help if American soil were attacked again.

Can I pass this off as just some dumb southern hick blathering at the mouth? Maybe, if it was Cletus the Slack Jawed Yokel. But this man is the head of the GOP at the state level. I would think that type of position would be filled by someone who is intelligent, has somewhat a command of the English language, and would at least love his country enough to not actually think that attacks would be a good way to shine a spotlight on their beloved idol.

This sort of statement reveals the level of depravity to which at least this political party has sunk. That the GOP didn't fire him immediately is beyond me. There is no love of his fellow man or his country in this statement. This is pure ideological idolatry.

I can surmise that Mr. Milligan has less of a love of country than political partisanship at heart. I can also surmise that even after 6 years in office, of absolutely incredulous comments being made by a broad swath of administration officials and right wing supporters (eg Pat Robertson), that he hasn't learned a damn thing about turning the brain on before engaging the mouth. Which I as well as anyone knows is quite easy. However, given the subject matter, and his position, one would think that they would have learned by now.

Their own Bible states that out of the mouth the heart speaks. Scary isn't it? And it's true of course, according to them. This is something we need to consider when we vote in elections. Because these Republicans love to talk the talk, but certainly don't seem capable of walking the walk.

It isn't something they have learned how to do yet.


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