The Alamo Tradition in Texas-Or- Have you Called Your Congress Person Today to Say Vote AGAINST Escalation? Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

The Alamo Tradition in Texas-Or- Have you Called Your Congress Person Today to Say Vote AGAINST Escalation?
 


12 September 2007 at 11:50:30 AM
salon

I keep reading, with a sense of doom, these articles that say the Democrats are going to cave in and vote to fund Bush's escalation through at least next spring, to the time the Bush administration was planning, anyway, to bring *some* of the troops home. I watched Harry Reid and the other Dems trot out yesterday while he expressed that some Dems are *disappointed* with the lack of stopping the war. No, Reid, it's not *disappointment*... it's ANGER. You know, maybe the upshot would be the same if you fought a little harder-the Republicans would have to filibuster FOR the war, for perhaps days, showing what a bloodthirsty, unChristian party they really are-and maybe Bush WOULD veto any bill you sent him to stop the war. But, speaking at least for me as a party Democrat, I could say that at least you put up a GOOD FIGHT. A FIGHT! For Principle! For the Democrats who voted for a Democratic majority SO THAT you would FIGHT the Bush administration and Quit Funding the War. You all act like there's nothing you can do and frankly, it makes me ANGRY to hear you act like that, because I know there's at least something you can do.

I believe in rabbits getting pulled out of hats at the last minute, miracles occurring, or at least the satisfaction of being proud of those who tried. Here in Texas we have the Alamo tradition. Now, I don't know, in reading about the Alamo as an adult, if I agree with all the premises of the fight but what I DO feel good about, and have, since I was a small child visiting the Alamo during a school field trip, is that the people at the Alamo who were certainly doomed to die, nevertheless put up a FIGHT TO THE END. Maybe other states have stories like that, but it's one that has always engendered pride in me-you may not be the winner, but you can show people that you were willing to DIE for a cause.

And that's what I want to see here. If there HAS to be a feeling of doom hanging around the Democratic party, why can't it be that the Democrats Fought and Lost rather than Caved and Lost?

Okay. I have called you all today. I called Chet Edwards office. I called John Cornyn and KBH's office. I also left messages with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to tell you ALL that I want you to vote AGAINST this *surge* that was supposed to be temporary, UNTIL now, in order to give time to the Iraqi government for political reconciliation. Maybe that was a dang Bush lie, too, but that's what he said. And now, time's up. Don't fund this anymore, don't give this illbegotten Bush adventure until the spring, STOP being political machines and be human beings.

Because, for myself, I also have to belong to a party I am proud of being associated with, that I believe not only listens to me as a constituent, but shows compassion to both the military who are being used as tools, and to the Iraq people who are dying unnecessarily due to this occupation. The Republican party, the Party of War, has never held that position for me, and never will. But soon, neither will the Democratic party if you can't stand up against the Bush machine. So please LISTEN to those who voted for Democrats IN ORDER TO stop the Iraq War and DO IT.


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