I am from a family of NeoRepublicans but they don’t call me a commie pinko tree-hugging peace-loving freak anymore. In fact, lately, they refuse to even talk politics. Gee, is it me? Don’t they love me anymore?
Feeling Blue in Indiana
(This letter was reader submitted by alwayshope.)
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Dear Feeling Blue,
Look at it this way: If you had to defend George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, would you want to talk politics?
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Am I wrong to be terrified about what Bush may do in Iran? I just can’t get over the thought that if he decides he wants to bomb there, no power on earth will be able to stop him. And everyone with any expertise at all on the subject seems to agree that attacking Iran would prove to be a disaster for our country.
I don’t know Winston — maybe I’m just paranoid where Bush is concerned. But I can’t get over the feeling that we’re all like passengers who, while flying at 40 thousand feet in a jet running low on fuel, suddenly discover that both the pilot and the copilot both gone stark raving mad.
Terrified in Toledo
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To begin with, you are most definitely not paranoid, a condition defined as, “Exhibiting or characterized by extreme and irrational fear or distrust of others.”
Given what has happened during the last six years, only a fool or a very loyal Republican (there I go being redundant again) would be anything but worried sick over what sort of mayhem this White House may be planning.
These aren’t just liars; they’re unapologetic liars. And they aren’t just incompetents: They’re incompetents filled with an overflowing faith in their own infallibility.
Without a doubt, the next two years are going to be among the most dangerous in the history of the republic. We have a president who worships the aggressive use of military force as devoutly as Bill O’Reilly worships the sound of his own voice. War has become both a sacrament to him and the ultimate proof of his manhood. And as with many true believers, he seems incapable of hearing any music except that coming from his own choir.
As late as a year ago, I tended to doubt that Bush would actually attack Iran: “Where would the troops come from?” I would say. “And think of how much danger that would create for our troops in Iraq, not to mention for all other Americans because of the inevitable increase in terrorism that would come in response,” I’d continue. “Surely, not even Bush would be that reckless.”
But it’s clear now I was wrong. When aggressive use of warfare is your God, concern about blowback becomes just one more treasonous heresy to be condemned or even stamped out.
There’s little question that if he gets the chance Bush will take us into Iran, although probably by way of a major bombing campaign as opposed to a full-scale ground invasion. And if he does this, it will be a mistake that our great-great grandchildren will still be paying for many decades from now.
So I’m sorry not to be able to give you a cheerier answer, but the truth, Terrified in Toledo, is that you strike me as one of the sanest people I’ve “spoken” with in a long time.
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Instead of bellyaching all the time, why don’t you Democrats ever offer constructive proposals?
Pissed Off in Peoria
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Dear Pissed Off,
Good to hear from you again.
First, a small suggestion: Try paying closer attention. If you do, you’ll soon discover that Democrats are literally dripping with constructive proposals, many of which have already been passed out of the House. In fact, they were passed within the first 42 hours of the Democrats taking power. Unfortunately, most of these bills are now tied up in the Senate, where Republicans have the power under the rules to play spoiler. Still, wasn’t it nice seeing legislation passed by at least one house of Congress that was actually designed to help ordinary Americans, instead of just wealthy special interests?
But I’ll give you one thing: Even Democrats aren’t good enough to solve problems as quickly as your Republican president manages to create them — no one can work that fast.
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O.K. Judge, help me with this,
How does one determine the difference between justice & revenge?
Quandary in (kinda close to) Seattle
(This letter was reader submitted, by Chuck.)
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Simple: Justice is what you do to someone else. Revenge is what someone else does to you.
Actually, I’m personally more comfortable thinking of justice as a process — a sacred right to fair play — as opposed to something we do to someone. Putting someone in a cell because they stole a loaf of bread, or the Hope Diamond for that matter, isn’t justice. Giving them a fair trial before doing it is justice.
Punishment is often necessary, appropriate and even wise. But I like to think of justice as something more inspiring.
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Why do you think so many Democrats so desperately want to see Al Gore run for president this time? Last time, back in 2004, most Democrats seemed to be glad he decided not to run.
Wondering in Waterville
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Steve wrote an open letter to Al Gore urging him to run a little over a year ago: He emphasized the remarkable consistently with which Gore has been right about just about everything that has mattered in recent years.
I agree with Steve as far as he goes, but I think there’s something more than that at play in the current outbreak of Gore love. As we’ve become increasingly resigned to how much damage Bush has done to this great nation, there has been a natural tendency among Democrats to focus on the crime that started it all — the theft of the 2000 presidential election.
It has been almost cruel, really, having to watch Al Gore come into his own — author, filmmaker, statesman, speaker of the truth — during the very same years George W. Bush’s mendacity and incompetence have become so apparent. What a catastrophically bad choice was thrust upon us.
It’s clear now that 2000 wasn’t just another presidential election: It was one of the hours of great decision that come to every nation on rare occasions — a choice between radically different paths leading to radically different ends.
It brings to mind what Robert Frost said:
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
In November of 2000, we chose (or actually had chosen for us) the path of hubris, arrogance and perpetual war. And as Frost said, “that has made all the difference.”
Al Gore doesn’t just represent the strongest possible Democratic presidential nominee in 2008, although I personally believe he is that. He also offers us the closest thing we may ever have to a chance for some sort of redemption for what came before.
More updates of Dear Winston will be coming. Feel free to post questions to Winston in the comments.
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