another such victory and we are undone

11/21/05

Nobody likes people who say “I told you so,” but I don’t care. I’m a cartoon character on these pages anyway, and my caricature knows no scruples, so here goes. I TOLD YOU SO.

I told you so, and so did every other progressive American out there, but you didn’t listen. We hated it from the get-go, we were sickened when it started, and we all felt a twinge of madness when nobody seemed to care.

And then you made another choice last year, a decision so reckless that it sent the other 49% of your compatriots into mourning. Couldn’t you see what we were heading for? We were no great soothsayers, no infallible seers: we just looked at the facts. What the fuck were you thinking?

Many people sit in contented schadenfreude now, inwardly smiling at each scandal, wishing ill will like pancakes at the State Fair. They feel like they’ve been exonerated.

I don’t. I have to live here. So does my wife, and my daughter. We’ll have to deal with your choices for a long, long time. I feel demoralized, Pyrrhic and fagged.

You know who you are, and you disgust me. I’m a cartoon character, I can say that. You left us in this, and we told you so before it ever happened. We told you so, we told you so.

0 thoughts on “another such victory and we are undone

  1. Chris M

    2001 & 2002 Archives: depressed and psychotropically-medicated man chronicles his terrified flight to Brooklyn and rural Columbia County from Manhattan after terrorists destroy WTC killing 2,700 people. “They’re going nuke us”, he exclaims. “Whatever can I do?” Life in shambles.
    2005: Zero terrorist attacks in US since 9/11. Happy marriage. Adorable baby. Successful blog gets him on NPR. TV deal. Bi-coastal hybrid lifestyle smiling up and down the pages. Solar power to the people!

    Reply
  2. Jason Savage

    this posting is just silly, and so indicative of what sucks about politics these days.
    i did not vote for Bush either time, but i have no idea how “we told you so” is even remotely productive.
    instead of a petulant rant, how about suggestions on potential candidates in ’06 and ’08?
    That would see to be a bit more “progressive”.

    Reply
  3. kent

    Jason, you can go read Washington Note and Talking Points Memo if you want more considered liberal political thought. This is first draft. All Ian did here is say out loud what a lot of people are thinking, but wanting not to offend friends and neighbors, keep to themselves. It’s the concise expression of a feeling, not a concept or a political position.
    Some 12 to 15 percent of the country that voted for Bush (well, given voter turnout, more like 6 or 7 percent) now agree with the 49 and change who voted against him. I don’t like to lash out of people, but with the exception of new disasters like Katrina, everything you needed to know about Bush, we all new last November.
    So this is a fair question, too all Bush voters now feeling buyer’s remorse: It’s nice that you’ve turned away from the dark side folks, but a year ago? What were you thinking? I mean (to quote, I think, P.J. O’Rourke) what the fucking fuck?

    Reply
  4. Beth

    One of the things bothering me is that the media is finally piling on the bandwagon now, after it’s essentially too late. On the front page of the New York Times yesterday were several pictures of George Bush trying to walk through the wrong door in Mongolia. Today’s front page paired a shot of John Murtha beside a flag and a shot of Dick Cheney looking even more terrifying than usual (ever notice how they bring him out only when things get really bad?). Where were the metaphorical commentaries when Bush was, for example, campaigning? Alexandra Pelosi’s “Journeys with George” isn’t the most incisive documentary I’ve ever seen, but it was disturbing to watch a lot of the journalists get sucked right into Bush’s tractor beam (even her, to some degree). A Financial Times reporter noted that the reporters following Gore flat-out didn’t like him, so his coverage suffered; on the other hand, Bush “charmed the pants” off his press corps, and you see where that got us.
    All of our “I told you so’s” are mixed with a lot of despair and fear. Wouldn’t it be super to see a genuine leader emerge in the Democratic Party right about now?

    Reply
  5. Jason Savage

    Fair enough, Kent. It’s a first draft, true. It’s feelings, not a position.
    I’m projecting my frustrations with the political and media environment in this country (and in this city, and borough, which Ian and I both call home).
    I just think that Democrats would be better served by offering suggestions for remedies, not by making Bush voters made to feel like morons.
    But I hear you. It’s Ian’s blog and he can damn well speak his mind when and how he wants. Point taken.

    Reply
  6. Matt

    I actually have work to do today, so I’ll let Ralph Peters make my argument.
    “QUIT. It’s that simple. There are plenty of more complex ways to lose a war, but none as reliable as just giving up.
    “Increasingly, quitting looks like the new American Way of War. No matter how great your team, you can’t win the game if you walk off the field at half-time. That’s precisely what the Democratic Party wants America to do in Iraq. Forget the fact that we’ve made remarkable progress under daunting conditions: The Dems are looking to throw the game just to embarrass the Bush administration.
    “Forget about the consequences. Disregard the immediate encouragement to the terrorists and insurgents to keep killing every American soldier they can. Ignore what would happen in Iraq — and the region — if we bail out. And don’t mention how a U.S. surrender would turn al Qaeda into an Islamic superpower, the champ who knocked out Uncle Sam in the third round.
    “Forget about our dead soldiers, whose sacrifice is nothing but a political club for Democrats to wave in front of the media. After all, one way to create the kind of disaffection in the ranks that the Dems’ leaders yearn to see is to tell our troops on the battlefield that they’re risking their lives for nothing, we’re throwing the game.
    “Forget that our combat veterans are re-enlisting at remarkable rates — knowing they’ll have to leave their families and go back to war again. Ignore the progress on the ground, the squeezing of the insurgency’s last strongholds into the badlands on the Syrian border. Blow off the successive Iraqi elections and the astonishing cooperation we’ve seen between age-old enemies as they struggle to form a decent government.
    “Just set a time-table for our troops to come home and show the world that America is an unreliable ally with no stomach for a fight, no matter the stakes involved. Tell the world that deserting the South Vietnamese and fleeing from Somalia weren’t anomalies — that’s what Americans do.”
    http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/57943.htm

    Reply
  7. J.Boogie

    Actually, it was another defeat for you Ian, the vote on Friday night showed that. NPR probably tried to spin the 403-3 defeat to you libs into a victory, and Ian fell for their lies.
    NPR doesn’t have much time for politics this week, with the execution of Tookie Williams in California only 3 weeks away, NPR is really turning up the liberal rhetoric trying to save his life. NPR is now referring to the man convicted of 4 murders as an aging uncle type, and NPR is airing his apologies, these liberals are sickos.
    Even Ian is embarrassed to be labeled as a liberal, he now refers to himself as a progressive, thinking his little word game will actually work. Sorry Ian, we all know that progressive is just a code-word for liberal, your little juvenile word game doesn’t work. So now turn off NPR Ian, and try thinking for yourself for once.
    I must congratulate you Ian, you managed to write an entry today that did not talk about your iPod and that did not contain any Christian bashing, maybe you’re finally maturing a little.

    Reply
  8. Piglet

    You know, some time this year I decided I’d had it.
    The day will come when a critical mass of Americans admit they were wrong and turn back to the Democrats and ask us to fix the mess the guys they elected made.
    Till then, if they want to be governed by Republicans, I’ll act like a Republican. My corner of the world is still doing OK; let them deal with their own problems. My own friends and family never once considered voting for the fucktards.

    Reply
  9. badbob

    One more thing if I may:
    Chris M,
    Outstanding post. All in perspective. Truth.
    Question:
    – Is it a medical problem or is it only, ho-hum, “political” hurtfull hyperbole?
    – Name one bad thing over the past years that Ian suffered? Election night 2004- NOT. Missed a meal? Been shot at? Risked his life for somebody else?
    No, he’s been “blessed” (full religious meaning intended)and he can’t fully appreciate it.
    Ain’t life grand?
    Badbob (real)

    Reply
  10. Sean Williams

    God, why do I do this…
    There is a difference between conservatives and liberals and badbob’s latest points it out clearly. Liberals are concerned with fact, truth and justice and conservatives are interested in self-preservation. It takes a very small bit of imagination to realize that hardships suffered by others will eventually be shared by us, and sooner rather than later, yet conservatives are convinced we’re living in a safer, more blessed world because of the actions of this president.
    Ian’s hardships over the past four years may be slight compared to the millions of people affected by Bush’s policies, both domestic and international, but the repurcussions will affect him, and you, for years to come.
    On top of which, even if Ian himself is not an Iraqi or a citizen of New Orleans, it doesn’t mean that what has happened to these people isn’t awful, as one example. Ian will never be denied the right to choose, and neither will you, badbob, but that doesn’t mean it won’t some day affect you.
    I think we both agree, what this administration has done will have repurcussions throughout this century, and Ian’s life will be changed by it. As will yours and mine. I hope to God that all logic in this is wrong and somehow the President’s actions will create a more harmonious world, but for now all of America is starting to do the easy math and we’re all coming up with the same answer.

    Reply
  11. Matt

    ” ‘remarkable progress?’ please, enlighten me…”
    You’re kidding, right? How about the removal of Saddam Hussein’s boot from the throat of the Iraqi people, their liberation from the fascist Ba’athist regime, the closure of his rape rooms and childrens prisons, the end of his genocide campaign against the Kurds and the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of dissidents, improved hospitals and schools, the freedom for Iraqis to join a political party other than Saddam’s and vote for whomever they choose, an emerging democracy that has held two free elections and adopted a new constitution….
    Other than that, I can’t think of anything.
    “Liberals are concerned with fact, truth and justice and conservatives are interested in self-preservation.”
    Oh, good grief. I *won’t* bother.

    Reply
  12. fiened

    Matt, if you can’t see that the Iraqi people are worse off now than before the elections, you’re being willfully ignorant.
    Furthermore, if you can’t see that as of Abu Ghuraib, we’d lost the war, your analytical skills are questionable as well. Read up on guerrilla warfare sometime.
    The sad thing I find about the media piling on Bush now though is that all of the surprise surprise revelations about the lies in the lead-up to war is that it’s all old news, it just wasn’t covered before. Fucking herd mentality.

    Reply
  13. Matt

    “if you can’t see that the Iraqi people are worse off now than before the elections, you’re being willfully ignorant.”
    Sorry, but that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve read all month, and I read liberal blogs. How does one combat such foolishness?
    “if you can’t see that as of Abu Ghuraib, we’d lost the war, your analytical skills are questionable as well. Read up on guerrilla warfare sometime.”
    I’m sure that was the case for you, fiened, but not to any rational observer. As for guerilla warfare, there not one example of terrorism acheiving its goals, which is the primary method of the “insurgents” in Iraq. Witness the denunciation of Zarqawi by his family and tribe for the recent wedding bombing. Our enemy attacks civilians and Iraqi police forces at many times the rate they do U.S. military personnel. I don’t think you have a very good understanding of either the successes of such tactics or the situation in Iraq.
    Here are more examples of our success: http://www.nationalreview.com/smitht/smith200511210820.asp

    Reply
  14. Chris M

    How about Jiffer? I suspect Jiffer (and others doing good works like her) wouldn’t have set foot in Afghanistan before the U.S. military forcefully altered the human rights landscape there. Can you imagine what the Taliban would have done to her and other such people? Come on, admit it — you’d like Bush just a little bit if he got the Taliban to drive hybrid cars!

    Reply
  15. david

    Because the world needs more freaks, more hope, and more love and instread of bitching about it we can do something incredibly cool and unexpected like this just to produce more joy, more hope and more love.
    http://www.rocketboom.com/video/extra/unknown/house_lightsx.mov
    Physical location, not a part of coastopia at all
    http://maps.google.com/maps?li=rwp&q=4018+HANOVER+DR,+MASON,+OH+45040
    You don’t have to drive to a desert to let your freak flag fly. There are freaks who’ve lived in Cleveland all there lives. Be the change you want to be.

    Reply
  16. KTS

    David – I’m confused. What’s your defintion of “freaks”? Are you talking stoned versus unstoned? That’s what the term used to mean. Or are you saying “Christian” versus people who don’t believe in three wise men fairy tails?

    Reply
  17. Chris M

    Me: A dispatch from reality:
    The news:
    Hillary Clinton takes ‘wait-and-see’ stance on US troop pullout from Iraq
    Nov 23 6:49 PM US/Eastern
    With Americans embroiled in a heated debate over the US invasion of Iraq, Senator Hillary Clinton has taken a position considerably to the right of many in her Democratic party, including that of her ex-president husband.
    An early favorite to win her party’s 2008 presidential nod, the former first lady was guarded in remarks Monday on the way forward in Iraq, just days after John Murtha, a pro-military former Marine in the US House, stunned the political establishment by calling for a complete US withdrawal.
    Murtha’s remarks left lawmakers from both parties scrambling to stake out positions of their own, including Clinton, who expressed “the greatest respect” for the decorated Vietnam War hero, but said that pulling US troops would be “a big mistake.”
    The former first lady said a decision on withdrawing from Iraq should be deferred until after national elections there next month.
    “I don’t think realistically we know how prepared they are until we get a government on December 15,” she is quoted as saying, in remarks to an audience in New York, the state she represents in the US Senate.
    “My approach is we tell them we expect you to meet these certain benchmarks and that means getting troops and police officers trained, equipped and ready to defend their people,” Clinton said in widely-reported remarks.
    Those comments are the latest sign that Clinton — known during the eight years of her huband’s presidency as a “bleeding heart liberal” — has reinvented herself in the Senate as something of a hawk.
    Me: Hilary has a political future and wants to continue to have a political future outside NY. Murtha is an old and expendable congressman with a reserve of pro-military capital who has agreed to take one for Pelosi team. He will be compensated for doing so in some fashion. (Yes, Republicans do the same thing). What’s the goal of the Pelosi team? Get the loyal troops riled up. Raising money *now* for the next election for Democratic candidates for the House. Today’s lesson: It is easy to see that politics is largely devoid of any meaning once you understand how it actually works. Party loyalty is for suckers — and job and favor seekers.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *