it should also be noted the problems in america today are not because of one party...both are to blame and to a certain extent the american people....we continue to allow this crap to go on...we vote morons...corruptible morons into office....we're uninformed and we are closed minded....see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/03/AR2010060302740.html
so, that said quit picking on parties and start attacking philosophies....that's the battle....a good case in point is obama...everyone thought things would be better and different with bush out of office....well, that's not the case....obama picked up right where bush left off....how do you like them apples....
"My psychiatrist told me I'm going crazy. I told him, "If you don't mind, I'd like a second opinion." He said, "All right. You're ugly too!"
"Many fundamentalists have no patience for even a word of mystical belief--then wonder why others have no patience for listening to what the fundamentalists believe. I can explain my own such experience with a parable:
If you were basking in bright sunlight, and hugely thankful for it, and a man a quarter-mile away suddenly shouted, "Hey you! I can see the sun from over here! Stop what you're doing and come over where I am! Hurry! You've GOT to come here! I see the SUN! Come out of your darkness, sinner! Get over to where I am!" is there any reason to obey him? On the contrary, if you obey, you indulge the shouter's peace shattering belief that the sun is so limited that it can only be seen from where he is standing, and you reinforce his false assumption that everyone but he is a fool living in darkness. Is it the work of sun worshipers to honor those who think only they can see the sun? Or to worship the sun?" - David James Duncan
Ron Paul in 2007: The midterm congressional elections are over, and the Iraq Study Group report is complete. Many Americans are unhappy about the war and want a change in policy. But what we are going to get from both parties in Washington is more of the same-- much more-- when it comes to Iraq. President Bush not only wants to stay the course, he wants to increase the number of troops in Iraq. The “new approach” is simply escalation, with no timetable and still no definition of victory. In fact, the president promised last week that, “They can’t run us out of the Middle East,” and that we will not retreat from Iraq. Worse, he asserted that America will, “Stay in the fight for a long period of time.” According to the President, we must increase the size of our Army and Marine Corps to provide the bodies to make this possible. In other words, our troops will stay in Iraq indefinitely. Remember, we are building several huge, permanent military bases there, along with the biggest embassy in the world to serve as the command post for our occupation. The embassy compound alone will cost more than one billion dollars. This doesn’t sound like the “new generation” warfare envisioned by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, but more like old-fashioned occupation-- which requires hundreds of thousands of soldiers on the ground in Iraq. Once again, more of the same. The Pentagon, not surprisingly, has requested an additional $100 billion to keep the war going. This money will not be included in the annual budget or deficit numbers, but will be whitewashed as an “off-budget” expenditure. If all this were not enough, the president has ordered aircraft carrier groups to position themselves in the Persian Gulf in a new show of bellicosity toward Iran. Anyone who voted for Democrats last month expecting a change in our Iraq policy was sorely mistaken. Incoming congressional leaders have publicly stated their support for increasing troop levels, and Democrats have no intention of pursuing any serious withdrawal plan in Congress. They will not withhold war funding. The war will plod on, and Democrats will call for more of the same. In Washington, the answer to every problem is always more of the same. If a war is not successful, escalate it-- or even start another one. This is our only policy in Iraq, where we don’t even know whom the enemy really is. Can one in ten Americans even distinguish between Sunni, Shia, and Kurds? Unless we rethink our senseless policy of endless occupation, regime change, and nation building in the Middle East, we must expect more of the same: More troops injured or killed, more spending, more debt, more taxes, more militarism, and especially more government. Merry Christmas to all, and please share my wishes for peace on earth and goodwill toward men in 2007.