So, one of my many, many problems with the right-wingers is that they're profoundly anti-democratic.
No, not anti-Democratic Party -- ain't none too thrilled with them either, they just beat the alternative -- I mean anti-allowing people to make informed decisions.
They admit this, too. Quite openly.
To avoid looking like complete tools on the whole Weapons of Mass Destruction thing (Found anything yet? Found anything yet? Found anything yet? How about now, found anything yet?), they're spinning a tale of how Bush & Co. had a Grand Vision to remake the Middle East into a more open, Western-friendly place.
Lovely goal, that. Shitty execution, and I'd prefer if they were Western-friendly because they weren't convinced we were out to destroy their way of life -- which, apparently, we are -- but, y'know, amity between nations/cultures/civilizations, generally a Good Thing.
Trouble is, I don't remember Bush & Co. running on a Grand Vision to remake the Middle East. We're told that the WMD thing was a cover for their deep desire to liberate the people of Iraq from evilnastybad Saddam Hussein (Did you know he gassedhisownpeople?), which, again, lovely goal, shitty execution, and if you think the voting public wouldn't have cast a ballot for that lovely goal. . . then not informing them of it ain't the way to go.
This applies to the Democratic Party as well, obviously. And maybe my horrible partisanship is blinding me to examples of them doing the same thing, but I can't come up with any. I'd actually appreciate if someone could provide a few.
Won't say I won't rip them to shreds if you're making shit up or talking out of your ass, but genuine examples of one of our Democratic Party presidents getting into office and doing what they felt Needs to Be Done despite not informing the electorate of their intention to do so beforehand, those I'll take.
Got a half-formed notion about Kennedy, but honestly don't know enough about the guy/that period to make the case for or against.
Conservatives are encouraged to contribute to this, but like most discussions here, this is adult swim. You can't keep a civil tongue in your head (or fingers on your hand), don't fucking bother.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself.