"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."

Thomas More, Utopia

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Aftermath

I've had so much fun amusing myself reading the lamentations of GOP supporters throughout the blogsphere that I've neglected my own site. What an interesting turn of events! None of what occurred to the GOP on Tuesday came as much of a surprise to those who've been paying close attention to the poll figures over the past nine months or so, but for the True Believers who had insisted that those poll numbers were liberal distortions and not truly reflective of public sentiment, well... no amount of tissue can stem the flow of their tears.

As I stated in my "Election Time" post, a Democratic majority in one or both houses of Congress is not cause enough to celebrate. What follows are observations along this theme from some of the leading progressive voices in the US--one of whom may be new to you.

As always, the Lair welcomes analysis from Tom Englehardt whose blog is linked on this site. Read his latest missive on the" fall of the New Rome" as Bush The Decider's Outlaw Empire Meets the Wave.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting covers the post-election debate among the news readers and pundits of the corporate media who desperately tried to put the results in "proper perspective" for us rubes.

Finally, I'd like to introduce you to Professor Brian Leiter (PhD, JD Univ. of Michigan, AB Princeton), whose blog the Leiter Reports, is now on my link list. Leiter holds the Baker Chair in Law at the University of Texas and is also a professor of Philosophy there. He has been a visiting professor of law at Yale and is currently serving in that capacity at the University of Chicago Law School. I think you will find his Post-Mortem Election Thoughts as informative as I did. I strongly encourage you to explore his blog further. Enjoy.


leftisthebest said...

Dear "coldie,"

I am reprinting a reply from over on secondscitycop blogsite where the moderator stated Iraq will "look 10 times worse" than Viet Nam when we leave.


How can you say Iraq will make South Viet Name look 10 times worse? Compare numbers.

During the Viet Nam Conflict, some 58,000 American troops were killed. Approximately 30,000 have been killed in Iraq.

During the Viet Nam Conflict almost a quarter of a million South Viet Namese troops were killed. I don't know the number of Iraqi troops killed, but from news reports I bet over 20,000 Iraqi police have been killed.

During the Viet Nam Conflict some 300,000 American troops were wounded. In Iraq it is over 20,000, of which more than half have retirned to duty.

During the Viet Nam Conflict some 2300 American troops were MIA or POW. I know of only one (1) American GI MIA in Iraq.

During the Viet Nam Conflict almost three quarters of a million civilians on both sides were killed. In Iraq it is over 150,000.

How can Iraq look any worse than Viet Nam when the U.S. embassy was being overrun when we pulled out. How can it get any worse than that?

I predicted two years ago less than two months after we leave, the Iraqi government will be overthrown.

The G.I. deaths in Viet Nam are no more important then those who died in Germany, Korea, the Falklands or Somelia. All are a tragedy.

The deaths in South Viet Nam and Iraq are examples of American imperialism gone bad. I guess our leaders did not pay heed to the old saying, "those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it."

Coldtype said...

The poster makes good points, but his totals for civilian deaths in Vietnam could arguably be quadrupled--if not more. He is no doubt corect in his accessment that Iraq, like Vietnam before it, was an example of "American imperialism gone bad".

We as citizens of this country are not encouraged to think of American foreign policy in terms of imperialism. Fortunately, for the sake of the world, that's beginning to change.

Shadi said...

Coldie & Lefti-

Enjoying your Golden Age re-emergence into the blogosphere after a too-long hibernation (and well, fudge- it's almost Winter out there; THIS is BLOGGIN' Seasin'! ;-)


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