Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The end of the Curmudgeon?

I have given warnings in the past but here is another one. If the Democrats don't take over either the House or Senate this November I'm done. No more complaining. No more whinning. No more crankiness. Just silence. No more blog. Over and out.

I raise this threat, or hopeful promise to some, as we head into election time and the Republicans' messages of fear and hate are being dusted off for another spin. First we have the gay marriage constitutional amendment disgrace going on in the Senate and now we have terror warnings. Remember the 2004 presidential election? Everytime Kerry got a bump in the polls a terror warning was trotted out by Tom Ridge to scare the crap out of people. (And Cheney who famously warned that if you vote the wrong way, Democratic, the U.S. will get hit again). And sadly it worked. That and two guys getting married in Massachusetts was going to destroy the fabric of society was enough fear and hate for the Republicans to win. (Along with the usual ends justify the means voting interference that seems to be the only endeavor Republicans are competent at). So we have the gay marriage amendment hate message going out and the other shoe just dropped with the unnamed U.S. official claiming a terror attack in the U.S. in likely before the end of the year. The Republicans probably hope that if it happens it happens the week before election day.

What a self-fulfilling prophecy. If there are no terror attacks they can claim how good they are at stopping attacks and if an attack happens they can argue that there would have been more attacks if Democrats were in charge. Either way they can sell the idea that they are tough on terrorism when in fact their incompetent handling of Iraq and Afghanistan along with their political cutting of homeland security funds for top U.S. targets has made us less safe and more vulnerable to attack. (The Daily Show's Rob Corddry said the political "pork" spending spread around the country would make us safer since Muslims don't like pork and would drive them away.)

So just as Bush hits new lows in the polls an unnamed U.S. official comes out with a warning that you may die before the end of the year so you need to vote Republican before you do. Like I said if gay marriage, flag burning and terror threats carry the day again in November I am done. It's a government as good as its people and if the Republicans keep control of both congressional houses then the people aren't as good as I thought they are and this country deserves the leadership that it gets but it doesn't deserve daily crankiness of the Curmudgeon.


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

If there are no terrorists attacks, it will be necessary to invent one. I believe Tony Blair hoped to benefit from the raids in England recently, but that turned out to be another case of shooting the wrong people. I'm not sure about the Canadian arrests just yet. It's worthy to note that Canada hasn't had to resort to the Gestapo tactics that Bush has used.

But I've been predicting an October Incident for several years now and I'm still sticking with that story.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Odysseus said...

I'm predicting a November incident, or series of incidents. November 7th to early dawn of the 8th to be exact, resulting in unexpected Republican wins. The kind where you go to sleep knowing that Democrats won, and wake up with news to the contrary.

What the hell, that kind of thing has won me bets before and I'm sticking with a proven winner.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me think, "Republicans & End of Cranky Blog" vs "Dems and Continued Cranky", gonna have to weigh this carefully.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

If you stop blogging, the terrorists win.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

It's not America here anymore. It's a embryotic national security-secret police-secret court-secret prison-secret wiretap-secret search state. I fear they have already won. Their goal was to harm America. They have harmed us more than with any bombing. They have gotten people here to give up their rights and trust the government simply because they say "trust us." The slow but steady death of the U.S. Constitution at the hands of Republicans with the approval of Americans is more damage to this country than any al Qaeda cell could hope to do. It's over already. Most people just don't know it yet.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Odysseus said...

Come on, man. I was counting on bloggers like you to make better first targets than me when they start rounding up opposition. If you and the Cap'n do go off the air, I'll just assume they picked you up and take my cue to disappear. :) I wonder what it would take to get asylum in Europe.

6:36 AM  
Blogger mrsleep said...

Take a deep breath, have a beer, hell have a six pack, pass out, take a few Advil, then get ready for battle again.

If you can't get a six pack, I'll send you a bottle of wine.

No one said this was going to be easy. I'm not giving up this damn country so the futures of my kids can go down a damn shit hole.

Stay the course. Take it one battle at a time.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

I hear ya.

2:53 PM  

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