Thursday, September 02, 2004

Watching Cheney's speech last night, and more precisely the crowd's reaction to it, I can't get past the feeling that this is a party that loves war, rejoices in the opportunity to fight war, and can't wait for the next chance to fight another war.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we already have been attacked" was delivered as an applause line. There's something sick and perverse about whooping it up over the loss of 3,000 lives, regardless of the political advantage it may give your party. Yes, the delegates would say they were applauding that Cheney recognizes that we were attacked, but it's still an odd thing to celebrate.

The big winning line seems to be that the US won't defer to the UN in determining whether to pursue war. Well, excuse me, but who was right and who was wrong about Iraq's WMD's? Yes, maybe the UN was right for the wrong reasons, but it seems odd to me that the Republicans would be bragging about eschewing the UN when the one time it did so it was proven wrong.

The message seemed to be that a vote for the Republicans is a vote for continuous war. The delegates seemed to like that. I don't.

I know this will piss off a lot of the Catholic bloggers out here, but I'm going to have a very hard time voting to keep these people in power. It seems to me that the tendency of the government to see war as an option is as important an abortion policy, and is very much in play in this election.

The worldview espoused last night is almost the antithesis of the world view espoused by the Holy Father. It's hard for me to overlook that just because they mouth some pro-life platitudes in the middle of the afternoon when nobody's listening.
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