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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Jim Webb: One-term Senator

So Jim was tempted to slug the liar-in-chief when the Liar-in-Chief tried to make political hay out of Jim's son, and refused to do a photo-op with the President or go through a reception line to shake the President's hand. Jim, apparently, doesn't suffer fools gladly, and doesn't pretend to. He treats fools the same way he treated the Viet Cong.

This is why I predict Jim will be a one-term Senator. Our electorate has little patience for straight talkers and straight shooters. They want lies, soothing lies, lies that they are a good people, God's chosen people, Americans, and thus they need not care, need not strive for anything beyond their pathetic little useless lives of fornicating and defecating and masticating and accumulating shiny baubles of no import...

In a kingdom of liars, an honest man may be elected, but he will then either become as corrupt as those who preceded him, or be forced out of office, for honesty is the *LAST* thing the American electorate wants. Because honestly, we as a people are selfish, self-interested, ignorant, and possessed of an unwarranted sense of entitlement that would be laughable if it did not lead to such deadly results for the rest of the world. And a little bit stupid, too. Thus why we as a people elect fellow stupid people like George W. Bush to office, or people like John McCain who pretend to be "straight shooters" but in reality are as corrupt as any, and decry "dome-heads" like Al Gore and John Kerry as "boring" because they use these big multi-syllable words 'n stuff, y'know...

The recent election doesn't change that reality. People weren't mad at the Republicans because of the Iraq invasion, corruption, or spending like drunken sailors on liberty while borrowing money from our nation's enemies to pay the bills. They were mad at the Republicans because we're *losing* in Iraq, and that is incompatible with that unwarranted sense of entitlement that says that we're *entitled* to win wars. It's, like, *un-American* to lose a war.

Yessirree, proud to be an American...

- Badtux the Cynical Penguin

Posted by: BadTux / 11/29/2006 08:46:00 PM  


Looks like Webb is a One-term Senator, only because he sounds to me to be Presidential material!

Plain spoken, veteran, maverick, moderate. Sounds like a younger version of McCain before he sold his soul for the 2008 Republican ticket. Let's pair him up with Obama, and groom him for 2016.
# posted by Evil Spock : 30/11/06 6:35 AM  

Why does Jim Webb hate America?
# posted by Gerald Fnord : 30/11/06 8:26 AM  

wow - i'd never thought of it like that - - but you're right

people are mad because we're losing and not that it shouldn't have happened in the first place...

now i'm depressed...sigh
# posted by azgoddess : 30/11/06 9:43 AM  

Hey, I'm people too, and i'm angry that we're over there . . .
# posted by Evil Spock : 30/11/06 11:26 AM  

Evil, John McCain was never "moderate". He was "Mr. Conservative" Barry Goldwater's hand-groomed successor, and has always been for strong defense, limitations upon woman's rights in order to satisfy the religious beliefs of zealots (i.e. anti-choice), and against Big Government (unless it was something to do with defense). In other words, a typical Goldwater Republican.

Of course, Goldwater Republicans might seem "moderate" in today's world of ideological zealots who place ideological purity first, and reality a distant last, in their priorities list when deciding what to do, but (shrug). That doesn't make McCain ever a moderate. That just makes the current batch of Republican ideologues as batshit crazy as the American Communists of the 1930's, 40's, and 50's, who ignored the reality of Stalin's Soviet Union because it was incompatible with their pecular ideological blinders.

- Badtux the Politics Penguin
# posted by BadTux : 30/11/06 1:10 PM  

AZ, when Bush decided to invade Iraq, I was furious. An invasion of a country that has never attacked our own is incompatible with a republic. But I sure as hell hoped he'd do it right. If we are to be an empire, well, dammit, let us be the kick-ass empire to end all empires!

Unfortunately, as we both know, he didn't do it right. He did it half-assed. And that's what pisses people off even more than the imperial America experiment in the first place.

-Badtux the Emperor Penguin
# posted by BadTux : 30/11/06 1:13 PM  

Permit me to recommend the book _The End of Victory Culture_ by Tom Engelhardt. Published in 1995, but even more prescient with the current adventures we are seeing.
# posted by K. Ron Silkwood : 3/12/06 5:15 PM  

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