Wednesday, February 28, 2007

What is a Republican

As this newest article from Anne Hull and Dana Priest details, the conditions at Walter Reed should come as a surprise to no one. Yet just like Condi and her big "nobody imagined they would hijack an airplane and crash it into a building" lie, there are some who are shocked at these developments.

But what's important to see in all of this isn't fixing the problems at Walter Reed, that's the detail that gets us lost in the symptoms without diagnosing the disease. No, the thing that reveals all is the response of the Republican, Rep Young, R-FL-10 in this case.

Faced with a problem, and in a position to actually correct the problem, as Steve Soto notes, the POS RAN AWAY [My highlights]

Young said he voiced concerns to commanders over troubling incidents he witnessed but was rebuffed or ignored. "When Bev or I would bring problems to the attention of authorities of Walter Reed, we were made to feel very uncomfortable," said Young, who began visiting the wounded recuperating at other facilities.

Cheney hides in his hole, Bush hid in Air Force One, Young went somewhere because he was made uncomfortable, as opposed to the soldier laying in a pool of urine, or the families stranded at the Superdome while Brownie diddled himself and Condi shopped for shoes and Bush played guitar and golfed.

This is what Republicans do. They see a problem and they calculate it's impact on themselves, how they can benefit from it, what implication it might have for their long term dream of a modernized Dickensian world run by the corporate boardrooms.
Democrats try to fix the problem.

Whether they're capable or resolute or organized enough to do it is a different matter altogether, but that is in general what they try to do.

So tell me again, who would you prefer having run the government, selfish bastards who punish wounded soldiers for expecting their self professed troop loving republican government to actually follow through on their claims, or Democrats who actually proposed and passed these programs in the first place, and who truly do want to help people, the downtrodden and the weak and the insecure?

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