Wednesday, January 25, 2006
What Joe said
"I plan to vote 'no' on the nomination of Judge Alito to the Supreme Court," he said, "and I do so for three reasons: First, his expansive view of executive power; secondly, his narrow view of the role of the Congress; and third, his grudging reading of anti-discrimination law reflecting, in my view, a lack of understanding of congressional intent and the nature of discrimination in the 21st century."
Biden was my first choice in the '88 primary, until he withdrew for health reasons -- OK, and because Dukakis caught him "borrowing" phrases from speeched by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock. Smart man, he is, nonetheless.
How much of a fool am I? I still have hope that we can keep Alito out. Not much hope, but some hope.
Betting on a Senator is simple not a good statistcal gamble. Besides they carry too much baggage with them, I.E. their Senate Record. Senators are not supposed to be leaders they are suppose to be compromisers (flip floppers). That's why the Democrats should not bet on any Senator this time if ever. Got any Govenors out there?
Simple lesson: Elections have consequences. When Clinton won, the consequences were Ginsburg and Breyer. Now that Bush won, it's Roberts and Alito. That's the way the game is played.
Republicans measure blood in pints. Democrats measure it in acre-feet.
Ole George W. and tne Neo-con Republicans got us into this Middle-Eastern War, it will take the Democrats and everal hundred thousands of casulties to get us out.
Elections count, and the Democrats damn well better elect a viable KILLER next time.
Rem, I think Truman fired the hothead to keep him from walking into a billion Red Chinee who would have destroyed the whole dang U.S. armed forces.
I am talking numbers of dead.
Let's just look at what our America Soldiers had in the way of casulties under Democratic Presidents:
Wilson: dead 53,513 wounded etc. 267.900
Roosevelt: dead 291,131 wounded etc. 786,000
Truman: dead 33,651 wounded etc. 103,248
Ike: got a little piece of Korea
Kennedy& Johnson: dead about 30,000
wounded about 120,000
Nixon: dead 18,000 wounded about 40,000
Reagan: dead about 600 wounded unk.
G.H. Bush: about 400 wounded unk.
Clinton: several hundred killed
G.W. Bush: dead 2,300 wounded unknown.
Now remembering that our Kill ratio are now about 10 of them to one of us and in WWI it was about 3 to 1.
Which Party has had to stand up and do the deed?
Oh Yes, I did not know that Stalin was a Democrat, didn't he have a lot of say in starting the Cold War? Was Ho Chi Minh a Democrat? Does anyone think we could have really kicked their ass and gotten away with it at that point in history? The guy that really had the solution was General Curtiss LeMay who want to take his new Hydrogen Bombs and his new B-52 bombers and do a first strike, Ike thought he was a mad man and of course didn't let him do it. Good thing I guess, in that we would have had a few environmental problems afterward.
Except for Nixon, the Republicans ain't done no respectable amount of killing since the Civil War.
As for McArthur - he deserved to be fired. That's correct. However, had Truman given him (or LeMay) the authorization to use 'the bomb' like he (they) wanted, China would not have been able to do much except bleed and burn.
The biggest rub would have been separating the regular Wehrmacht from the war criminals. Would it have mattered? Could it have been postponed to the conclusion with the Ruskies? What about the SS? When the iron was the hottest, the horror of the concentration camps was just sinking in. Maybe it would have been impossible, politically, to enlist the newly vanquished Germans, I don't know. It's a fun mental exercise though.
Even without the German help, I think we could have done it. I've heard several estimates on our atomic capabilities after the two dropped on Japan. Atomic bombs may not have been available, but I think the conventional bombs would have been enough.
By the way check out the Sunday post for a reply.