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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Throw Out the Trash Pt. Two

National Newswire
B. Thomas Cooper

Somewhere in the halls of Washington, a stench hangs heavy in the air. It is the stench of corruption and incompetence, and like no other in our grand history. But fear not America, we can overcome this. The answer is simple. When the trash begins to stink, it’s time to throw it out.

Of course, there are always bad actors in both parties. Regardless of party affiliation, we should never be afraid to purge our government of those who have abandoned their posts. Indeed, the Republican controlled congress has done just that, repeatedly playing the terror card whenever their motives are brought into question. Meanwhile, the US Constitution lies in ruin.

According to the governments own reports, George Bush’s invasion of Iraq has already cost America the lives of over three thousand soldiers, but instead of making us safer as promised, it has actually increased the threat of terrorism at home.

Still, it’s not Mr. Bush who is up for re-election in two weeks. It’s those scallywags in Congress who must prepare to face the wrath of angry voters.

And it’s not about congressman Foley, or Iraq, or Gitmo, or even Jack Abramoff. It’s about the kind of leadership that would allow these scandals to become the rule, rather than the exception.

This week we learned George Bush has jettisoned his “stay the course” mantra. Why now Mr. President? The US has already lost more lives in Iraq and Afghanistan than on 9/11. What’s a few thousand more?

And it’s not about “cut and run”. Ideally, we would turn security of Iraq over to the Iraqi government sooner, rather than later, but leaving too soon might leave the Iraqi security forces ill prepared to deal with a crisis we created.

Face the facts, kiddies. This is our own fault. We cannot blame our jingoistic foolishness on a handful of dead hijackers. We played along eagerly. We need to face our failures.

So what’s the solution?
Well, for starters, we can go to the polls in November, and show those scallywags in Congress who really calls the shots in this country!

We can kick the trash to the curb.

B. Thomas Cooper

National Newswire

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