I am responding to Marc Ormsby's letter on June 26 that attempts to blame the Iraq War on Democrats. When have Democratic leaders in positions of power like Bush and the other Republicans (Trent Lott, Bill Frist, Tom DeLay, Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, etc.) ever acted in the same manner as these Republicans, when policies on every level, including the war, were failing?
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LBJ is the closest example, and he withdrew his nomination rather than force feed an unpopular war down people's throats.
Ormsby conveniently forgets the post-9/11 climate of fear-mongering, chest-thumping and unwavering devotion to the president lest you be called a terrorist. The Iraq invasion was American justice served cold to the rest of the world, and you were either with us or against us. It was the Republicans who would tar and feather anyone who stood in their way or had something to say against the president.
Today we now know that the justification for war was all a bunch of lies. Major publications, liberal or conservative, have since stated that the Bush administration misled the public to sell the war, including the Congress, which voted with false information. So to say that Democrats aren't taking responsibility for "being for the war before they were against it" is complete nonsense. Let's also not forget that all but six Republicans voted for the war. They too had an opportunity to stop the invasion and, by Ormsby's logic, blew it way more than the Democrats did.
The real tragedy here is that Republican voters aren't taking any responsibility for the national and foreign Republican policies that have fallen from public favor. They have shown no backbone to their leaders who have let them down, and refuse to criticize them or kick them out. They don't watch anything but Fox News, and won't listen to anything but Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Of course it's easier for them to say Democrats are just as culpable as their own failed leadership rather than to own these failed policies that they trumpeted and cheered on for years.
Instead of always trying to find someone else to blame for the mistakes of the past, isn't it about time we started focusing on how we can solve today's problems together as Americans?