|"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank
Joined: Feb. 2005
Just for "Skeptic's" comfort, I'll post a nice rant against the Democans, too:
The problem is that the, uh, "opposition" party in the US is embracing most of the neocon agenda and accepting it as a "given". The neocons, in a nutshell, want the US to dominate the world, politically, militarily and economically. And the Democan leadership does not reject that goal — they simply disagree with the harsh unilateral neocon methods of implementing it.
The Democan leadership did not oppose the Iraq war, it simply thought Bush was bungling the job, and they originally wanted to send MORE troops to, as they put it, "get the job done". The Democan leadership allowed Ned Lamont to twist in the wind, and gave virtually no support to the antiwar movement until it was FORCED to, kicking and screaming the entire time. And indeed the Democan leadership's "support" of the antiwar movement STILL remains largely verbal, with virtually no effective practical steps taken to actually end the war and bring the troops home. And the reason is simple --- the Democan leadership has never been against the war. The Democan leadership not only supported the war, but utterly opposed those people in its own ranks who were against the war, until forced to modify its position by insurgent campaigns like Lamont's and by the massive groundswell of popular opposition to the war (65% or so of Americans being against the war).
The Democan leadership also doesn’t oppose the globalization (read "Americanization") of the world economy — they simply think the neocons are clumsily implementing it and provoking too much hostility and resistance, where a "kinder, gentler" approach is required.
To both Democans and Republicrats, the very idea that perhaps the US has no inherent right whatsoever to run the world as it sees fit, is met with the very same incomprehending blank stare. They both simply treat the US's inherent right to dominate the world as a "given" that doesn't NEED to be explained or justified. We are, after all, "the world's only remaining superpower". We won the global power struggle, fair and square. To the victor go the spoils. The Democans won't do anything to change that. They'll just be less openly belligerent about it.
Back in the days of slavery, there were two contending schools of thought as to how best to control the slaves. One school of thought was to work them as hard as possible, and simply beat or kill anyone who objected. That is the Republicrat view of the world. The other school of thought was to feed your slaves well, treat them well, and make them like you so they worked hard for you. That is the Democan view of the world. If you suggest to them, however, that perhaps they shouldn't be masters over their slaves, both of them would laugh at you. That is the American view of the world.
The US, whether run by Democans or Republicrats,
simply will not leave the Middle East or give up control over it until we are guaranteed control of its oil. It's the only reason we are there. We can't afford to not have it. Since the US can't compete anymore economically, the only way we can continue to dominate is through raw naked military power. And every tank that rolls, every jet that flies, every naval taskforce that sails, is utterly totally completely absolutely dependent upon one thing --- oil. Our dominant position in the world depends utterly on a steady supply of cheap oil. Neither the Democans nor the Republicrats are willing to give up our dominant position in the world -- indeed, both want to expand it. So they will do anything -- absolutely anything at all --- to maintain the flow of cheap oil. They have no choice. Governments come and go --- but INTERESTS remain the same.
Once that global warming kicks in and the US can no longer grow its own food, you can add "wheat" to the list of things that the US must control militarily if it is to survive as "the only remaining superpower". And that interest, too, will remain the same, whether it's Democans or Republicrats in charge.
Both Democans and Republicrats share the same goal and the same interests —- they both want the US to run things, unquestioned and unhindered. When the US says "Shit", they want the rest of the world to automatically ask "What color?" It is only in their preferred methods of implementing that goal that they differ. I want to see just how much of the neocon agenda the Democans actually REPEAL once they take power. Unfortunately, I don't expect them to repeal much of it at all -- the Democan leadership doesn't actually REJECT the neocon agenda, they just want to be kinder and gentler about implementing it. Carrot vs stick.
I reject that goal itself, right from the start. And, alas, neither the Democans nor the Republicrats seem to be compatible with that view.
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