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July 06, 2005

I hate voting Republican. That party thinks it owns my vote, so they do crazy stuff and cuddle up to the likes of crazy ass Roy Moore, a former judge who thinks the First Amendment only protects your right to enjoy *his* religion.

Problem is, when the other party is controlled by the likes of this cat who thinks we really need to hear about the latest Iranian madman's wonderfully human, reformist side, there's nowhere else to go. The Republicans do own my vote, mainly by default.

Iran just elected an accomplished hit man, who also happens to be the guy identified as the head torture master from the U.S. Embassy seizure in Tehran in 1979. He ran on a platform of returning to the Revolution of '78, and, importantly, slaughtering more Americans. Pretty good stuff there, if you ask me - no tricky questions about when a fetus becomes a baby, whether a flat tax should be 17.5%, versus 22.3%, or whether the transportation bill should be vetoed.

Slaughter Americans!

It's the kind of soundbite that wins elections when you get 100% turnout... among the secret police force of your insanely vicious police state, and nobody else.

And our friends on the left just can't embrace this guy quickly or warmly enough.

It's considered gauche to question people's patriotism, their deference to their own country over other peoples' countries. But the left is calling for Don Rumsfeld's head because some female interrogator flashed panties and did a lap dance for Osama Ahl Bombya at Gitmo. Meanwhile, the new Iranian president is identified as a torturer and a hugely prolific chief of the Iranian wet jobs unit, and our leeward leaning friends are telling us "I want to see what he does before forming an opinion."

Ahh, bullshit. He's a for-real torturer and murderer. I think my opinion is formed enough. I don't care if the guy cooks a crepe to die for, has the brightly colored ties thought to be in this season, and knows what wine goes best with pate fois gras. He's still a murderous SOB, and it is essentially insane to look at somebody like him, who has gained power by swearing to murder you, and to then say, "I'll give him a chance before I form an opinion of him." My opinion is pretty well formed, folks. I'm not sure any reasonable mind can differ on the matter. And that's the problem with the MoveOnnies who seem to have captured the Democratic Party leadership.

You know, I really don't want to think about politics between elections. But it just doesn't work that way any more. Somebody's got to stand up and shout "no, you're wrong, you idiot," or the errors of the idiotarians become received conventional wisdom. Glenn Reynolds is right. They aren't anti-war. They're anti-American.

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Something is wrong with our two party system. Extremists hold far too much sway.

Can one expect anything else from a candidate endorsed by the Council of Guardians?

Posted by: Mike C at July 7, 2005 08:04 AM

I feel exactly the same way. However, I still do think that free, democratic countries like the USA have to apply a full court press against islamic terrorism. And I think that methods a lot more violent, and a lot more serious, be used against Islamists. But, I wonder, if our society's basic decency, combimned with the terrorism apologists in our midst will ever allow such methods to be used. Ad I wonder how many innocents will have to be hurt, maimed and die before we open up a can of whoopass

Posted by: DannyBoy at July 7, 2005 08:37 AM

The difference is that the Righty nutty extremists control the GOP and thus the country, while the Lefty nutty extremists are excluded from the Democratic Party and have zero power or voice within it (including Michael Moore). Democrats could not care less about this unknown professor's views. Who the hell is Ward Churchill. Those are nuts who are not appreciated by the Left. On the other hand, the nuttiest of the nuts of the Right are in control - Dobson, Rove, Cheney, DeLay, Santorum...list goes on and on.

Posted by: coturnix at July 7, 2005 12:32 PM

Michael Moore sitting alongside President Carter at The Democrat convention does not send the message that he holds "zero power." I got pretty much the opposite vibe there.

Posted by: Sully at July 7, 2005 04:43 PM

> Righty nutty extremists control the GOP and thus the country

An example of what said "extremists" have DONE would be nice.

To preempt the "what about abortion", please list the states where abortion would become illegal. Or, if you're assuming a federal ban, provide a representative count that passes the giggle test. (Note the low margin for the various flailings wrt partial-birth, despite the fact that over 60% of the public supports such a ban, while over 60% opposes more sweeping bans.)

Posted by: Andy Freeman at July 7, 2005 06:40 PM

On that track, who exactly are (or were) the swing votes on the SJC, & who appointed them?

Posted by: Sully at July 7, 2005 08:13 PM

What would it take for one party (or even a 3rd party) to abandon the extremists and embrace the center?

Posted by: Mike C at July 8, 2005 09:28 AM

> What would it take for one party (or even a 3rd party) to abandon the extremists and embrace the center?

There'd have to be some value to embracing said center.

Right now, the center is dominated by
(a) occasionally useful idiots
(b) folks who think that political power consists of "they should listen to me".

Posted by: Andy Freeman at July 10, 2005 01:07 PM
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