December 27, 2005


Pericles thinks I'm being unfair in lumping together regular anti-OIF Democrats with the likes of Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan. I guess he might have more of a point if Michael Moore hadn't sat in the VIP box with Jimmy Carter at the Democratic National Convention. Michael Moore is embraced by Democrat leaders, as Judicious Asininity points out:

DNC Chairman Terry McCauliffe praised Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, as this article by NRO's Byron York makes clear. And McCauliffe wasn't the only ranking Democrat to praise the movie:

In addition to McAuliffe, other Democrats at the Washington screening included Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, Montana Sen. Max Baucus, South Carolina Sen. Ernest Hollings, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, New York Rep. Charles Rangel, Washington Rep. Jim McDermott, and others. Harkin told the Associated Press that all Americans should see the film. "It's important for the American people to understand what has gone on before, what led us to this point, and to see it sort of in this unvarnished presentation by Michael Moore."

Michael Moore isn't nearly as fringe as Pericles apparently would like him to be. Pericles is right that Cindy Sheehan hasn't won the hearts and minds of big-name Democrats, but small-fry Democrats love her and say things like:

Fortunately, the grassroots of the Democratic Party do not agree with Kerry and Clinton. They want the troops out of Iraq. Many claim that this rift between the party grassroots and the D.C. Democrats is a fundamental identity crisis. They see the party as having no legitimate direction. No heart. No soul. They are right.

If Democratic politicians had a soul, they'd be standing shoulder to shoulder with Sheehan's supporters at candlelight vigils across the country. But that won't be happening anytime soon. The Democrats in D.C. aren't even sure Sheehan's actions are justified. They aren't even sure that her son died for an unjust cause.

The futility of the Democrats in Washington grows graver by the day.

They want an overthrow of their party and a major shift to the left. And I don't think it's "intellectually lazy", Pericles, for me to notice this. When John Kerry links to Daily Kos, it indicates acceptance of the "loony left".

Pericles says that "it makes it much easier for you to defend the war if you can depict everyone who opposed it as coming from the looney left", but I know that's not true. Many of my relatives (both my side and my husband's) don't support OIF. Many military wives I know don't support it either. Those people don't have a political reason for their feelings; they simply don't want people they love to have to die for someone else's country. I can get my mind around that feeling, even if I don't share it. They're a similar type of anti-war to Cindy Sheehan, to be honest, though I've never heard any of my relatives blame President Bush. They simply don't want there to be a war.

But people like Murtha and Pelosi are not in this category. They oppose this war on political grounds, and They. Blame. Bush. Just like Cindy Sheehan does. Just like Michael Moore does. Just like Pericles does, I think. Bush hatred has drawn all these people together, and they're all under the Democrats' tent, like it or not.

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1 Michael Moore blew the lid off of the Cheney-Bush Oil Junta in the documentary Fahrenheit 911. The real question is not why Democrats would allow themselves to be lumped together with such a radical truth-teller, but why so many people would be lumped together with the rich exploiters, racists, and religious fundamentalists that is the GOPOC: The Grand Old Party of Criminals.

Posted by: IS LED BY NONE at December 27, 2005 11:03 AM (zXPOg)

2 Good question. I guess for me it is the betrayel of the working class values espoused by the Democrats while I was growing up in favor of more socialist values. They became less representative of what I and other blue-collared workers believed in and more about what the enemies I enlisted to fight believe in. Considering how appreciative the party has become of radical anti-American leftists and how unsupportive they have been of working class people, it's no wonder so many of us are defecting to the Republican party. I mean unemployed, but secure in the knowledge that I had strong union protection when the company stayed afloat, compared to no union protection and more jobs is a question with an obvious answer. Another question, one that neither parties addresses adequately but the Democrat party is against, is how to adress rampant illegal immigration that deflates blue-collar wages and takes jobs away from blue-collar workers. Certainly picking cabbage is not among them, but dry-walling, roofing, welding, carpentry, and construction labor are. I myself have personally seen illegal immigrants at work at welding positions that I would have done. I know carpenters and other construction workers that have been forced to move because of the glut in housing construction illegal hiring practices. Let's see Michael Moore address that with the same zeal as Roger & Me, and TV Nation (back when I was a fan). Another good question, though one the Democrats have always failed to pose, is why do so many (an overwhelming majority) of those who choose to give up so much of their life (including that life itself) and choose to give up some freedoms that most take for granted choose to be Republican rather than Democrat. Beyond ad hominen attacks about their intellectual capacity and morality, it is a question the Democrat party has failed to ask themselves and appears to have no interest in. Rambling and talking bubbles now, turns out that I also am now boiling mad. Kalroy

Posted by: Kalroy at December 27, 2005 07:40 PM (AwOS7)

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