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I hate writing a political journal on here, rather than my blog, but the recent news that I have been hearing is just infuriating me. Coming into this recent election (2008!), I thought the democrats were going to win quite easily, and no matter who won - the country would better off. We, the smarter half of the country, voted the democrats into power in the senate in order to get some progress and to circumvent the president's stupidity.
Sounded good and looked good on paper, right? Well, now the tides have turned. The senate and house are as stalled as they were before, except this time, instead of the wrong things getting done, nothing gets done.
Then the candidates came in. The first female president, the first black president, etc. etc. Clinton and Obama had charisma, youth, and were noticeable. Now, we have nearly every democratic candidate saying that they are not going to get the troops out of Iraq until 2012 or later, despite a huge opposition to the war's current strategy. Now, to put this into perspective, let's figure out what the deal is with Iraq:
-We went to war in 2001 in Afghanistan to remove a foreign government (Taleban) that supported Al-Qaida. (I actually support this move)
-We went to war in 2003 in Iraq to find "weapons of mass destruction." Not to remove a government that was a threat to us, not to remove a dictator from power, and not to pursue governments that support terrorism.
Now, I don't know how you feel about the war in Iraq, but just ask yourself this: What kind of progress have we made? If you feel there has been any, was it worth the cost, both in a humanitarian and monetary sense? (4,000 coalition soldiers dead, over 600,000 total deaths, and over 1 million people dead because of this conflict; $454 billion towards the cost of war)
All the candidates on the democratic side all said they were going to pull out the troops within 8 months after they are in office, now only a few still stand by their statements, two of whom are not Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
A bunch of themsay that it isn't possible and to that I say - bullshit! We evacuated Vietnam in a little faster than 5 years.
Let me put it this way spend some money helping the Iraqi police bolster their force (oh, and Iraqi police should not be the same as Iraqi soldiers, that's just a waste of money). People say we shouldn't leave because Iraq would fall apart if we left and to that I say - of course! We marched into the valley of death, plain and simple. The only reason it wasn't so bad before was because a politician was in power that oppresed a people, and guess what? It worked. The only way those countries are stable is if their ruler has an iron fist, not a democracy. The religious sects in the Middle east are the equivalent of a room with a Southern Baptist, an Islamic Extremist, and a vocal atheist.
We have two options: Spend the money and resources we are using on a border wall with Mexico on Iraq and split the country into three parts: Sunni,Shiite, and Kurdish. The other option is to just leave and let them sort it out themselves, hopefully there are Iraqi leaders who can unite their county, be it under a religious umbrella or not.
By the way, where the hell is my universal health care? Why did the president veto a children's health insurance bill? This country needs socialized health care, not some bullshit political pandering in the senate.
There's nothing more that bothers me than the way this country is being led and how not one person really stands out among the "suits." Call it capitalism, but we're so screwed.
I heard today that 52% of Americans support a military strike on Iran (similar to the one in Iraq, circa March 2003). I guess that talk really is cheap and ignorance really is bliss. To think that 52% of people think that doubling the Iraq effect is a good idea. I suppose, or actually, I hope, people just fell into the trap that has been yelled at us for months: Iranians are crazy, their leader is crazy, and they are building nuclear weapons and are going to blow us to smithereens. Well, think what you will, but take into effect that either those statements are obtuse or completely false. Just because they have different views than us doesn't mean they're "evil" or "out to get us." Why don't we focus on fixing our own damn country before invading another foreign one.
I think I love politics, but only when something can be changed. To this I say, vote for Stephen Colbert, because there really is not a better choice on the ballot.
Oh, and Ron Paul is not the answer. The purpose of a government is to govern, not to sit back and watch, and certainly not to get rid of social security. He's a registered republican for a reason.