No one on the Affect likes politics anymore. I think we used to like to debate and talk about it from time to time, but not anymore. What has worn us out is politicians. From the lowest level to the highest, politicians are like cheerleaders.
What do I mean by that? Well if you knew a cheerleader in high school, especially in the last 10-15 years, you saw firsthand how cheerleaders think the world revolves around cheering. It's a year round thing for them, so it's not surprising. But a step away we realize that cheerleading is just something to do.
Politics is similar. Politicians think the entire world revolves around them. They think everything is political or should be "simplified" into either a conservative or liberal issue. This happens with things that should be personal and religious, like abortion. Rudy Giuliani is considered unelectable because he's pro-choice. Even though the likelihood that Giuliani will have any say in the abortion legality in a presidential term are akin to the likelihood of me landing the first spaceship to land on the gaseuos giant Jupiter.
I find it disgusting that the War in Iraq has become so politicized. Personally, I put Harry Reid at the very front of the line for dimwits who use soldiers as pawns in their political games. But certainly the lunacy of such action spreads into both sides of the aisle. Reid raised eyebrows when he said that the war in Iraq is already lost. He has since backtracked but the verbal damage is done.
Now Democrats are pushing through an Iraq funding bill that's chocked full of pork projects and loaded with a mandatory pull-out date in Iraq. The President has promised he will veto this bill. Democrats know he will, yet they put it through yesterday anyway. This is a great example of how putrid modern politics is. Why send a bill that is guaranteed to be vetoed without any hope of gaining the two/thirds majority needed to override the veto? Because of politics.
I'm eager to hear the opinion of the Affect on this issue. Should we have a pull-out date set for the Iraq War?
One more thing, I actually agree with John Murtha on something. I believe this is the first time. Murtha said any war funding bill would include some benchmarks the Iraqi government must meet to keep us in country. This provides motivation for the Iraqis and gives us some definitive assessment of whether progress is indeed being made.