I like to call myself crazy. Really. It tends to give me some bravura and try new things. So when I joke that so and so person is a lunatic who makes me feel sane, I hope the contrast does not escape you, dear friends.
Today was a parade of lunatics and morons. I’ll admit to that, and though I have come across Matt Stinson’s entry on The Notorious Loan, I have been distracted by pettier things (aside from blogging petty-ish things as well).
Of late, John Cole’s entry on this has now become the focal point of this issue, and I’m glad that it is. To throw some levity before I dive in big time with my own two cents (this without reading everyone else linked in the entry), calling the Senate a big group of lunatics eliminates any need for me to medicate myself, to see a therapist, whatever. Knowing that they have done this makes me realize I have my wits about me, or at least, for tonight.
Now. My opinion.
Those motherfuckers better not do the same thing that crippled the Philippines with foreign debt. Currently, the future grandchildren twice over of living Filipinos will have to pay for the daily interest of my old country. It will never and I mean never get out of debt lest an absolution happens, which I doubt would actually happen, since this is the only way that strong-arming by American interests can go with license.
Do not repeat the same mistake in Iraq. Dear kindred lunatics, this isn’t just an act of lunacy. This is where you had your own brains served to you by Hannibal Lecter. There is a country there whose hatred for America can still be ignited given the proper reason. Do not give them an excuse to do so. The other side of the coin is that it is a country that feels admiration for America.
Turn them into a Western nation.
This is an excuse for those who hate us to claim that we are imperialists, that we will turn the rest of the planet into a series of vassal states. This is not the way to go.
Look at the Philippines. Look at where I came from, the good, the bad, the ugly. Take a look, and tell me. Do you want to repeat the same mistake?
There is so much potential in what could be done with Iraq. I honestly believe that this may very well be the carte blanche that we need to gain footing in a world where hatred for us grows with every wrong move we make. (And as a lover of America I know it exists. I know it exists because I have felt it when I did not know all the facts.)
Tonight I’m ashamed to admit being a lunatic. The senate has raised the bar to an unreachable point, and I cannot measure up.
Add me to your list, John. That thing will grow into something truly bulky, which is actually a good thing.