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By HAL BROWN
After listening to them attack the anti-surge resolution, I’ve concluded that the Republicans think the Democrats are psychopaths.
After all, they are such sore losers they want to send Americans who are part of the surge to fight and die in Iraq in their skivvies.
They should eschew using the lame appellation “Democrat Party”. We all got it a long time ago. The Demcrats can’t be allowed to “own” the word democratic.
I have a better name for them to use for their opposition, one that shows how they really feel.
They should call them the Demopathic Party.
Republicans are dissembling when they call colleagues in name only “friends” when they clearly think they are psychopathic traitors.
Tell us what you really feel, Republicans!
Considering that you think Democrats want to send troops into a deadly crossfire in nothing but their Calvin Kleins, as Patriotic Republicans you ought to dispense with the faux civility and let us know how you really feel about these unpatriotic and callous members Congress.
Forget the tenuous historic connections you tried to draw between Iraq and D Day or the Alamo.
In the next debate, be honest.
Think of the comparisons you can make between Democrats and Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Aldrich Ames, and Jane Fonda.
“This ain’t reality TV.”
Watching how the Democrats were characterized by the Republicans brought to mind The Departed and its fictional Boston mob boss, Frank Costello, no doubt a Boston Democrat.
As bullets ripped through bodies on his orders, Jack Nicholson, playing the charming psychopathic Irish mob boss, gleefully chewed the scenery into shreds.
Frank Costello: “The COPS… are saying he’s a cop… so I won’t look for the cop. Are you soft, Fitz? When I tell you… to dump a body in the marsh, you dump him *IN* the marsh. Not where some guy from John Hancock goes every Thursday, TO GET A FUCKING BLOWJOB! [Fitzy laughs, Frank hits him] Don’t laugh! This ain’t Reality TV!”
I tred to visualize Barney “Buzz Saw” Frank and Ted “Shamrock” Kennedy sitting in a Southie bar as Massachusetts bosses, and ordering Marty “Machine Gun” Meehan and Johnny “Junior” Kerry to hijack trucks with supplies for brave Americans just because they were pissed off that they were part of Bush’s surge.
Although members on both sides often overdid the drama for effect, the tragedy I saw unfold on CSPAN was reality rather than reality TV. But images of psychopathic Democrats as mob bosses with no conscience doesn’t work.
They spoke the truth with compassion.
I don’t quesition the compassion of Republicans, but it got all mixed up with Bush loyalty and contortion of reality twisted to fit a predetermined conclusion.
(Hal Brown is a clinical social worker and former mental health center director who is mostly retired from his private psychotherapy practice. He writes on the psychopathology of public figures and other topics that pique his interest. He can be found online at www.stressline.com)