During a debate on children’s health care Thursday, Rep. Pete Stark said “You don’t have money to fund the war or children, but you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement”, managing to enrage not only Republicans but also his own party members (by the way, if Daily Kos poll on Pelosi reflects the truth, he should not worry about her comments).
I should had warned Representative Stark that such a line of argument is not effective. The article In Bush We Trust, which I wrote October 3rd, made the same point, and was one of the least popular articles on the blog (1 digg, 0 reddits –I am amazed it has no negative reddits–, and only a 10% internal popularity rating on the blog).
Maybe he did not read my article and he came out with the same idea at about the same time (it happens all the time as described in Circulating ideas), but I have an oversized ego and I want to believe he got his idea from reading my blog. If he did, however, let me say this, we may be right, but we are near the source of the idea fountain (between the paranoids and the extremists). In other words, our time has not yet come. On the other hand, the commentary of heads being blown off for the amusement of the president does not seem accurate.
In fact, I would expect a representative would get more information before opening his mouth in public: the main Iraq War wound is brain trauma. They don’t have their heads blown off, it’s only their mental faculties.
Franklin @ October 20, 2007