Monday, October 09, 2006

Sanctioning Korea - The Height of Hypocrisy

October 9-13 Is National Republican Predator Week (19 comments )
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Over the coming week, all Americans should take time to honor the rich history of predatory behavior by the Republican Party. The Mark Foley scandal is, of course, the most recent manifestation of this deeply rooted strain in the Republican character, but it would be unfair to allow this affair to eclipse the many other masterpieces of predation the GOP has wrought.

The last six years have been a virtual "greatest hits" of gluttony and greed, a tour de force of defrauding and deception, a veritable magnum opus of predatory behavior during which the party in power has treated the country like its very own 16-year-old page, inviting us for a ride in its BMW and taking us to its house to ply us with intoxicants, to whisper in our ear what "hot studs" we are while it forces itself upon us and shoves our faces into the couch cushions and satisfies its primal urges and then tosses us, bloody and shivering, out into the street.

We must not overlook Iraq, that towering accomplishment of predatory genius in which 2,700 American men and women (200,000 Iraqis not mentioned in this article) - many only a year or two older than the objects of Mark Foley's affections - have been sacrificed, many thousands more have been maimed, and $300 billion dollars wasted in the process of thoroughly raping a country which posed no threat to us. As is true for all predators, it was precisely Iraq's inoffensive posture which encouraged the Bush administration's assault; unlike Iran and North Korea, who might actually have put up a struggle, Iraq was defenseless, having been weakened over the previous 12 years like the women in the film The Silence of the Lambs who were kept in a dark pit and starved before being strangled and having the flesh sliced from their bodies. Far from the swagger of a cowboy, Iraq shows the Bush Administration's come-on to be the whimper of a true coward, the pathetic act of a weakling who knows it can only dominate the puniest member of the pack.

Magnanimous as always, the Republicans have been happy to share the spoils of this kill, allowing Halliburton to prey upon the prostrate Iraqis and the bamboozled Americans, to take its cut from the carnage like the petty thief who strolls by a horrific car accident and lifts the victims' wallets.
Republican predatory behavior of course extends far beyond the battlefield. Appreciate, for example, the masterful way in which they have preyed upon the most vulnerable segments of the American population. Seniors were lured into voting for a Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage scheme only to find themselves hopelessly confused, paying thousands of dollars out of pocket, and powerless to negotiate bulk-pricing with the gluttons at Big Pharma. Not to be left behind, the country's children were promised a major improvement of the public school system only to find it largely unfunded, the GOP allowing schools to keep crumbling so that the eventual slaughter of American public education will meet little resistance.

And of course Americans weak enough to have to pay income taxes in the first place have been preyed upon with phony "tax relief" which has done little for them but a great deal for the billionaires who previously had to suffer the inconvenience of putting their money in off-shore tax shelters. Particularly brilliant here is the way in which Republicans have victimized not only today's middle class - who have been weakened and left to the vultures of the Health Insurance, Mortgage, and Oil industries - but also their children who, saddled with a projected $10 trillion national debt, have been financially incapacitated even before conception. Call it "No Unborn Child Left Behind."
This is just soo typical ..the USA and Israel have bombed three countries back to the 14th century and now are telling the world to sanction Korea for having a nuclear test? Good grief, it seems to me we need a good mother in the White House, ya know...someone who can spot basic lying, unfairness and just plain ignorance, and tell that person to go his or her room for an hour, and think about the situation. Someone who has feelings, empathy, and the full compliment of human compassion instead of this mad, Marquis de Sade of cowardice, cruelty and unaccountablity. Sanction Korea? Why?

If Korea is sanctioned, what then should be the punishment for bombing a populace with no airforce, then torturing, raping and sodomizing their populace ...calling those who resist the invasion of their own country "terrorists." What is the penalty for promoting that war under a banner of "shock and awe" (terrorizing the civilian population of Iraq). Moreover what is the penalty for hushing up the slave trade in which both Halliburton and Dyncorp have been cited as participants.

I mean don't get me wrong, I only wanta know.