They Said “So?”… We Said “NO!”
Yeah, I know this story has been covered countless times on other blogs, but I’m only using it as backdrop. I promise this is a good news story and not one to necessarily piss you off; at least not like asswipe Cheney did when he was interviewed last week by Martha Raddatz of ABC News on the 5th Anniversary of the start of the Iraqi Occupation. Here’s the critical part of the interview:
RADDATZ: Let me go back to the Americans. Two-thirds of Americans say it’s not worth fighting, and they’re looking at the value gain versus the cost in American lives, certainly, and Iraqi lives.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: So?
RADDATZ: So — you don’t care what the American people think?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: No, I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls. Think about what would have happened if Abraham Lincoln had paid attention to polls, if they had had polls during the Civil War. He never would have succeeded if he hadn’t had a clear objective, a vision for where he wanted to go, and he was willing to withstand the slings and arrows of the political wars in order to get there. And this President has been very courageous, very consistent, very determined to continue down the course we were on and to achieve our objective. And that’s victory in Iraq, that’s the establishment of a democracy where there’s never been a democracy, it’s the establishment of a regime that respects the rights and liberties of their people, as an ally for the United States in the war against terror, and as a positive force for change in the Middle East. That’s a huge accomplishment.
You can read the full interview here if you like…..ABC News
Now for the fun part.
It appears that Cheney’s hubris may be a Republican thing because a few days before VP Dickhead uttered his now infamous word “so?”, our Republican leaders here in the town of Lindenhurst, NY decided it would be a good idea to try and sneak a $7.5 million bond referendum to build a new firehouse. They were really sneaky about it. We only found about the referendum 21 days before the vote took place. Their response? “So?”
Our response? NO!
Click on the flier below and you will see that the town and the Lindenhurst Volunteer Fire Department tried every excuse to get us, the tax-paying residents of Lindenhurst to cave. They tried the cost angle, the safety angle, and the rigs-don’t-fit angle simply to get a bigger, newer place in which to have hang out and hold bigger parties.
I’m not sure what the numbers are, but I can probably count on one hand the number of major fires in my town since the start of 2007. Yet, our town leaders feel there’s still a need to have four separate fire houses, each with rigs that are no more than 5 years old. For Pete’s sake, there are only 28,000 residents in the town. Do we really need a new firehouse? How about a few more ambulances?
We said, “NO!” And we said it loud and clear. On March 18, by a vote of 2,966 to 412, we shot down the referendum. And it took some guts, too, because elections and referendum votes are held in our firehouses. What’s more is that this vote was conducted with numbered paper ballots, so the possibility of fraud and reprisals is quite real.
We said “NO! And I think it’s high time this message starts filtering up through the State and Federal levels. Here we have a VP who disingenuously invokes the name of Abraham Lincoln to make his point that the Iraqi Occupation is a good thing. What he fails to mention is that Lincoln’s cabinet was considered a “Team of Rivals” (read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s great book by the same name). And unlike the current sitting (and illegitimate) President, Lincoln considered all points of view before deciding what the nation’s course of action ought to be. Unlike our decider, Lincoln didn’t start the Civil War. It was dropped on him by a Southern landowner aristocracy that saw his election as an end to the free ride that was slavery. Their cry and hue then was “States Rights” These days, what we’re hear from Cheney, Bush and many of the other rightwing blowhards from political and religious circles is “We’re right. So, shut the fuck up!”
We said NO! If we can say it and do it at the level of local government, we can do it at the higher levels, too. It may take a bit more time and effort, not to mention the huge amount of political will, but it is possible. Just ask Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) whose leading the charge for impeachment of Cheney and Bush. Unlike Nancy Pelosi, he’s right here at home taking care of the people’s business and not the Dalai Lama’s.
We said NO! And so can you. But if you find the burden too much to bear, just pour yourself and glass of Kool-Aid and …..
You know the rest.