Apparently, the US Senate has a light workload these days.
In response to a liberal political group’s newspaper ad that criticizes General Patraeus (oh, the humanity!), the Senate was thankfully able to carve out some time from its busy agenda of war-mongering and political posturing in order to pass a resolution condemning it. Because dissent is a terrible thing in a democracy.
Actually, we’ve gotta hand it to the Senate Republicans, especially Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, who sponsored the bill. After all, they were cleverly able to divert attention away from, you know, actual work, or maybe dealing with the damn war or maybe fixing public education or figuring out how to pay down the debt, or other dreary, depressing things like that that remind people that “Republican governance” is an oxymoron. By introducing this resolution, they put Democrats in the uncomfortable position of having to either condemn a liberal dissenting voice, or be seen as endorsing the terrible, newspaper ad attack on a U.S. General.
Of course, there is a third way: Barack Obama boycotted the vote, stating:
“By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against these empty politics.”
Exactly. Cheap, partisan maneuvers like this only serve to waste everyone’s time, lower the debate, and divide us a little bit more, while attempting to stifle legitimate dissent. Hopefully, Democrats will take Obama’s lead and not get sucked into this sort of false dichotomy in the future.