Thoughts from a Yellow Dog Democrat living in Olympia, in the great BLUE state of Washington

I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress. -- Digby

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

From Today's "Salon"

Cheney is singing Kerry's song but he can't walk the talk:

From 3/23/05's Salon:

During the 2004 presidential race, Vice President Dick Cheney savaged John Kerry for suggesting that the United States should fight "a more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive war on terror that reaches out to other nations and brings them to our side and lives up to American values in history." On the stump, Cheney said that a "sensitive war will not destroy the evil men who killed 3,000 Americans." And at the Republican National Convention, Cheney blasted Kerry for talking about "'a more sensitive war on terror,' as though al Qaida will be impressed with our softer side."

Could it be that John Kerry was right? A man named Dick Cheney seems to think so. In an interview in today's Washington Post, the vice president says that the United States must do a better job on the non-military aspects of its war on terror. "If we are going to be successful long-term in the war on terror and in the broader objective of promoting freedom and democracy in that part of the world, we have to get the public diplomacy piece of it right," Cheney says. "Up until now, that has been a very weak part of our arsenal."

That was exactly the point Kerry was making when Cheney mocked him. Of course, the Bush-Cheney approach to improving public diplomacy isn't exactly the one Kerry advocated: Whatever Kerry might have done as president, it's a safe bet that he wouldn't have nominated Condoleezza Rice and Karen Hughes to top posts at the State Department or Paul Wolfowitz to lead the World Bank. Cheney defends all of those moves in his interview with the Post, saying that Bush has made "some personnel changes that he felt would strengthen our capacity as an administration to achieve our objectives."

Monday, March 21, 2005

I've Been Too Disgusted to Post

Steriods, Peterson, Blake, Jackson, pajamas, Bush's Bamboozal social security tour -- It's all been a nightmare of distractions.

All to distract us from being aware of losing ANWR, bankruptcy protections, the horrible budget, medicaid, the war. It's like Nero fiddling during the burning of Rome, a 3-card monte game, the most inept magician. When cornered, Bush admitted he doesn't have a plan for social security -- WTF!! What are you doing spending tax dollars to hold rallies then??

But this poor family being used for politics is the worst.

Tristero says it best today. America has turned into a fascist state. What will it take to get rid of these thugs??

Monday, March 07, 2005

Great Quote from "Giv 'Em Hell" Harry Truman

"Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke.
They stand four-square for the American home-- but not for housing.
They are strong for labor-- but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights.
They favor minimum wage--the smaller the minimum wage the better.
They endorse educational opportunity for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools.
They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine-- for people who can afford them.
They consider electrical power a great blessing--but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.
They think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people.
And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it."

-- Harry S. Truman