Saturday, August 13, 2005

Moms Rule!

by Joy

According to Zogby a majority of Americans now believe the war in Iraq was ill-conceived - the Shrub comes out with just a 38% approval rating, even while overall approval hovers at around 44%. While reading through Cindy Sheehan's Blog on Kos today [Saturday, August 13] and sending just a short note of encouragement (mother to mother), I got to thinking what these polls really mean, in terms of actual human beings.

I mean, you read about 'this' percentage versus 'that' percentage, and we all know nobody from the polling organizations ever calls our houses to ask what WE think. Still, they supposedly extrapolate out across the heartland board as some kind of real indicator of what's going on.

So I took the 38% figure from the latest Zogby, which was taken and released well before Cindy Sheehan took up residence in a ditch next to the road outside Shrub's snake-infested scrub near Crawford, Texas. That ditch, by the way, has now sprouted a veritable garden of little white crosses bearing the names of soldiers killed in Iraq, planted by family members who have traveled to be with Cindy in that ditch. Now called "Camp Casey" after Cindy's son.

So. How does a 38% "approval" rating for Shrub's handling of the war [oops... I mean "post war," if NPR's new take on the situation has any meaning - and it doesn't] extrapolate? Why, it extrapolates out to about 186 MILLION citizens if we go ahead and take the estimate of ~300 million as our population minus tourists and illegals as of 2003.

So. Shrub's got his attack dogs on the job - called Mrs. Sheehan a "whore" yesterday. I wonder what his attack dogs would do if 186 MILLION American citizens decided to come camp out on the road leading to his 'compound'. Ya think he'd "drive by really, really fast - twice" or just stay home abusing his real dogs? He could always send Karl out to talk to the folks. I'd bet there are more than a few who know the traditional punishment for treason in time of war.

The whole thing is ultimately disgusting. But then, it's been ultimately disgusting all along. Osama bin Laden attacked us on 9-11-01, but Shrub lost interest in him quickly. Let 'im get away scott free! Now he's getting ready to launch against Iran. Since he tells us we can't withdraw any tired troops from Iraq, who's going to fight this war? Laura and Jenna? Somehow, I doubt it...

A nice draft would spread the grief around a bit, though. If he can get Rummy to go along, and when has Rummy not? Jahsh and Mike (my precious grandsons) are 15. I've got an adopted and a nephew in this fight already. They'll take my grandbabies over my dead body... and I've dared 'em along these lines before and they backed way down. Could be time to try it again!


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