If you listen to the bleatings of the Democratic leadership, then you have to believe that George W. Bush has spent the last two years poising the air and water, printing money for his rich friends, slicing the last bits of measly flesh off the backs of the poor and plotting aggressive war to further the interests of ExxonMobil and Shell Oil.
The very folks who voted to give the President authority to conduct military operations against the vile dictator, Saddam Hussein, are now suddenly not convinced that he and his odious regime represent a threat. After all, in the words of these same Democrats, George W. Bush has not persuaded the French and Germans of the necessity of war. Ergo, they, the Democratic leadership, are not persuaded.
This is delusional thinking at it’s best. A group of alleged intelligent politicians on the one hand voted to give the President war making power, based one must presume on the idea that Bush’s case for action was at least somewhat persuasive. But now, as the hour of combat draws near, they suddenly discover that the coalition of the willing does not include two major European powers. What is it that was convincing to Tom Daschle in September that is not convincing to him now. Surely he does not expect the average voter to parse the Clintonian rationale of "Well, I was persuaded last year but now because the French are not persuaded, I am no longer persuaded." Certainly the honest thing for Dithering Daschle to do is introduce legislation to repeal the authorization to use force.
But logic has never been a strong point in Washington. It’s about as rare as consistency.
I’m willing to take Daschle at his most illogical and assume that he’s being honest. Maybe he doesn’t know that to do. War is a very bad thing and something we should not lightly embark upon. Though how one could argue that Bush has been anything but prudent is beyond me. I think the President will continue to make his case, to attempt to persuade and convince those who are open to being convinced. Though I suspect the number of citizens who are honestly open to persuasion would barely fill the Qualcom Stadium.
But Senator Daschle, here’s something for you to address. I don’t believe you have made the case for any sort of Democratic economic or tax cut plan. You decry the current economy and yet where has the Democratic plan been? It’s easy to be a critic when you have no responsibility. Perhaps you might try offering leadership, rather than cynical criticism. I’m open to changing my mind. Persuade me. I’m more than willing to look at your facts and figures. Do you have them? Since you consider fiscal prudence to be the mark of responsible stewardship I’m sure you can outline for me where the federal government can cut out say $500 billion in spending. After all, the problem is one of revenues and expenses. If we can not "afford" tax cuts, then we certainly can’t afford highway funds for South Dakota.
Make the case Senator. The people will listen. If you have a case to make that is. As for your position on Iraq, I can only quote the bard himself, Guillaume Shakespeare.