In doing my morning news roundup, I came across this little gem from The Hill. The headline reads “Protesters stage ‘occupation’ of Hart office building”. Co-sponsored by Democracy Rising, the group made a circle of cardboard gravestones and read personal information about the fallen soldiers. Welcome to your slim majority Democrats.
I’m not going to bitch about the protest, or their message, because, to a large extent I agree with them. The war is wrong, and needs to be stopped and the troops need to be brought home as quickly as possible. Right on, I’m down with that. But some of these groups seem to think that, like a video game, we can just turn it off and it will go away. Does anyone have any idea how long it takes to de-mobilize 150 something thousand troops and all of their equipment and everything?
Kevin Zeese, director of Democracy Rising spouted this little gem at the protest, “The point we’re trying to make is that since January 4th the Democrats have had the chance to end the war. Instead of ending it they are extending it.” Well sir, I guess you’re right. By passing a bill funding the war we ARE extending it, even though the two versions of the bill seek to end it within 12 to 18 months. And once again, in your simple for/against logic, I guess that makes the Democratic Party liars because we didn’t get the damn thing stopped fast enough for you.
This is what annoys me about single-issue activists (Little Picture People). They want “it”, whatever “it” is, now, damn the consequences. The ones on the left are just as annoying as the ones on the right. There is no adjustment period, there is no opportunity for debate, or consensus building, “we” put you in there, now do it, our way, “NOW”!
I don’t think there’s any way to explain to these individuals the challenges that this attitude create, nor is it possible to explain the realities of legislating. None of this matters, just get it done. You want it done? Well I have a solution. We need a bulletproof majority in the House and Senate. That means no less than 60% of each body. That means we need to pick up around 30 more seats in the House and 10 more seats in the Senate. You want to run the country from the legislature, then that’s how we do it.
There’s your plan anti-war, want it now, no matter what activists, and all you other wide-eyed, emotionally driven political neophytes. Make it happen, and I’m sure we can hang the moon and the stars just for you. Or better yet, get your head out of your ass and realize that we’re all in this together, and that while focusing on the little picture may make you feel good, there is a big picture out there. By fixing the big picture, we fix the little one too. Heal the whole patient, instead of just treating the symptoms. Got it kids? Okies, carry on.