SUZY SPREADWELL #1 by John Linton Roberson, available at Google Play Books!
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18 December 2009
  Why Does the GOP Hate the Troops?

Actually, that's probably a bit strong. "Hate" would imply some depth or fervency of feeling. If anything, from the start of our double wars to today, the GOP has shown plenty of willingness to throw troops into the field by the thousands, but cared not much about what happened to them after that. They skimped on equipment and body armor, they screwed the wounded out of benefits when they came home(in some cases even forcing them to pay for their own meals while in hospital), and more. They haven't ever shown any feeling for the troops other than a willingness to use them to score political points.

So it shouldn't be surprising that, with funding for the troops about to run out at midnight tonight, the Republicans should use that as a way of stalling against healthcare reform. They were going to let funding for the troops, in the time of war they themselves have declared and have used so often to hide behind, run out. Which was unsuccessful, and has even given the DNC fodder for the first of what I can only assume will be many ads pointing this out.

All but three Republicans voted against funding the troops. The Republicans' supposed strength is their commitment to national defense. They are so focused on bringing the government to a halt(their only idea and only talent)to wreck healthcare reform--what Lieberman and the Blue Dogs haven't wrecked already, that is--that they are willing to sacrifice the one thing on which some still trusted them more than Democrats(god knows why). I'm having a hard time figuring out what their party, even in their own eyes, still positively stands for. How could anyone not see their cynicism now? And, by the way, if the Democrats were able to block them from filibustering here, why can't they get the balls to do so on healthcare?

Who exactly is strategizing for them? Bizarro? It's not like the GOP, in my lifetime anyway, has ever been a very good thing. But I seem to recall at one point they, at least, acted like a national political party that had adults in charge with IQs greater than that of a lemming.

This is all leaving aside the fact that I don't think we should still be in either Afghanistan or Iraq anymore to begin with. But firstly, as we're still there, the troops should not be screwed, and secondly, from the GOP this is profoundly, revealingly, hypocritical. They're just in this for the game, and are not serious about governing. So one wonders why Obama defers to them still.

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