Tuesday, March 20, 2007

You can be a successful professional without being political?

Apparently some, if not all, Republicans don’t believe that.

It seems to me that for Republicans, the Party is everything. Everything they do revolves around the party and the political agenda.

I watched the Valerie Wilson hearing and some of the hearing yesterday about global warming. In both hearings Republican Representatives in the house brought up the subject of witnesses’ political affiliation. They seemed to insinuate that being a Democrat or an Independent would indicate the witness had some sort of political agenda. Are these Republicans so dedicated to their own Party they can’t understand that there are people out here in the world who are successful professionals without carrying a party line?

The Republican Representatives seemed to believe if the witness was Democrat or Independent, they must have a political cause and that it steered and determined their every move. I guess when you yourself live that way, you just automatically assume everyone else does as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can not defend their actions, so all they have left is attacking the accusor.

March 20, 2007 3:05 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

I noticed the same thing and wondered why that mattered?
That's the "christian" way I surmise.
You're either with 'em or against 'em! ; (

March 20, 2007 3:07 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

That's their fav defense - Oh, it's just a political attack; therefore it can't be true. Forget about evidence, proof or science - if the party says it ain't so, it's an attack on the party. Very small minded people.

March 20, 2007 3:12 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

They themselves live that way...so they project their ideas onto others assuming that others would think like they do. They are sooooo blind.

March 20, 2007 3:37 AM  
Blogger Mariamariacuchita said...

That is a slippery slope...what next? We can peg a person's beliefs by their religion?? or by theri taste in cars? or by the city they live in?

March 20, 2007 3:44 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

How sadly true, POP.

March 20, 2007 4:40 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

They are living in denial of the reality around them and instead of accepting that their world is built on quicksand they lash out and try and use the excuse of partisan politics as the answer to why the world is not matching up with their beliefs. The world is changing and sooner or later they will have to admit that the kool-aid is poison.

March 20, 2007 4:45 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

I agree with maria... and am surprised the hypocritical bastard didn't ask her whether she believed in God and had accepted Christ as her personal lord and savior.

March 20, 2007 6:41 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I was really surprised when Valerie Plame was asked if she was a Democrat. But it reminded me that the Republicans are at war with us. They do not believe in bi-partisanship, a government of checks and balances, or the rule of law. Their questions reveal more about them and the way they think than anything else. Even now they are saying that Chuck Schumer's motivation for US attorney hearings is political, as if there is no objective right or wrong in any given situation. I can't wait for the Bush tyrannical reign to be over.

March 20, 2007 7:08 AM  
Blogger Time said...

Of course! They aren't concerned for the welfare of the people, only the welfare of their party.

They are being (rightly) questioned about their behavior, while in power. Their reaction is defense, not to answer truthfully. Their goal is to make it appear to the American people, that this is all political, and has nothing to do with their mistakes.

Waxman is the right person to be questioning these Republicans.

March 20, 2007 7:45 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

I guess when you yourself live that way, you just automatically assume everyone else does as well.

Ya got that so sadly right, POP. It's imho one of the most tricky problems in our govt right now.

March 20, 2007 7:52 AM  
Blogger Jersey Guy said...

There is one very safe rule you can follow, Patricia, they scream loudest about that which they know best.Hermann Hesse said it very well (loosely translated):

"If you hate a person, you hate something in that person that
is a part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't
disturb us."

March 20, 2007 8:30 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

To paraphrase Jersey Guy:

If I point my finger, I've got three pointing back at me.

March 20, 2007 9:43 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...


March 20, 2007 9:54 AM  
Blogger Edward Copeland said...

Jon Stewart showed the clip of him asking Plame what party she belonged to and answering, "I'm a Democrat" and then asked, "I forgot -- what's the punishment for that now?"

March 20, 2007 10:00 AM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Well, I despise my neighbors because they cheated on their construction projects over the years, ruining our views. And they're not Republicans! People's venal actions know no political bounds, although it sure as hell looks like the GOPers are in the blood money more than anyone these days.
I don't see one single thing in the GOP faithful that I share with them. I see them screeching and pointing fingers to take the focus off themselves.
It's like some kind of end of the species insanity. I just wish their branch wasn't ruining the planet for my branch.

March 20, 2007 10:22 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

My mom and grandparents told me that's how they did it in Nazi Germany. If you weren't a member of the Party, you were treated with suspicion.

March 20, 2007 11:57 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Historically, the CIA has operated outside party lines. The credo of the professionals that work there is that their job is to provide good intelligence to whomever is in power. Democrats appreciate that. The GOP did too, prior to the neocon/theocon revolution in their party. The Bush regime politicized the CIA when they demanded cooked intelligence to support Bush's war of aggression. Now that the GOP find themselves defending a criminal position, playing the it's politics card is all they have left.

March 20, 2007 1:49 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

There's a joke down here, I heard when I first got here:

(Minister:) "My Brothers and Sisters, if you had to watch your family be vaporized by a nuclear bomb, and your only way out was to vote for a Liberal, what would you do?"
(Congregation, in unison:) BOMB US!!

March 20, 2007 10:49 PM  
Blogger The Truffle said...

Actually, I suspect it's projection. The wingnuts project their own partisanship onto the opposition. Today's GOP is full of these "party before country" folks, and this projecting is typical of them.

March 21, 2007 6:26 PM  

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