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The definition of melodramatric: n.

1. (used with a sing. verb) Melodramatic theatrical performance.

2. (used with a pl. verb) Exaggeratedly emotional behavior; histrionics. (emphasis mine)

I really do wonder if it’s me. You see, I don’t know what all the fuss is about concerning the Iraq war. I’ve asked questions but no real answers seem to be forthcoming. I don’t understand why it’s such a contentious topic. It’s the easiest war we’ve ever had and people are complaining about it. Do they want it to be harder?

The only personal sacrifices anyone has made in this war are those who have lost loved ones in the conflict or are separated from their loved ones in the conflict. None of the rest of us have had to sacrifice a darn thing.

Honestly, I wish people would stop complaining about it and think about other just as important and perhaps more important than the Iraq War. You know, like the stupid immigration reform bill that promises us the same things the one in 1986 promised but never materialized. This is a bigger threat to the nation than the Iraq War but apparently there are 52% supporting it. When I hear thing like that I often wonder how many of them have actually read the thing they are supporting or are they listening to the MSM which is supporting it.

And if that doesn’t capture your interest, let’s focus on Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton. Or how about Ahmadinejad? He sounds like a two year old throwing a tantrum because he’s figured out how to get and keep our attention focused upon him. How many of you parents out there have gone through absolute chaos with your two year old children? The only difference I see is that Ahmadinejad has tools at his disposal that a real two year old wouldn’t even know about and that makes him a thousand times more dangerous because he hasn’t got the maturity to handle what he’s got. He’ll use them just to keep the attention focused on him. Now, I don’t know how you handle your two year olds but here in this house there are bad consequences for bad behavior. The longer the behavior goes on, the worse the consequences, so what are we gonna do about that two year old in the adult body? Did bribery work for your two year old? For how long, before the next bribe had to be larger than the one before until eventually the two year old was the parent and you were the child subject to his or her dictates… all for the sake of momentary peace? I say momentary because they were fleeting instances before the next tirade began and the cycle started all over again.

I hear today that the Dems plan to destroy the Repubs.

Tom Matzzie, campaign manager for Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, the leading coalition against the war, promised an equally unpleasant summer for Republicans whenever they return home.

“Our job is to go into the congressional districts of members and create a political environment that is toxic,” he said. “The public is there already. It is really about focusing their anger.” (emphasis mine)

They are not even being secretive about what they’re doing. They are so confident in what they’re doing it’s unnecessary to be secretive because the likelihood of adverse consequences are virtually nil. From the legislators’ mouths in the same piece:

“Votes for the sake of having votes doesn’t really help us. What we need are votes that show we are gaining in strength.  So we need to be thoughtful,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), a leading war critic who sponsored legislation last month to mandate withdrawal by next spring.

“But it is incredibly important that the debate continue in June and July. It keeps the pressure on the White House, and it keeps the pressure on Republicans to break with the president,” he said. “At a minimum, we need to be building … for a showdown in September.” (emphasis mine)

I guess at this point, the only question to be asked is: When can we have some real adults in Washington, too? We have immature brats in the Middle East and immature brats in Washington. It’s a recipe for disaster and nobody seems to really care. This is the part I don’t understand about any of it: nobody seems to really care.

However, it will all be okay in the long run. Washington is set to implode and those of us with a little common sense, experience, and maturity will still be around to pick up the pieces.

Backers of Immigration Bill More Optimistic

You just have to recognize you will get 300 calls, you’ll get conflicts at town hall meetings — all of them negative,” said Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who consulted with Kyl and hopes to carry a similar deal through the House in July. “The last few days have really turned things around.”

Public opinion polls seem to support Kyl’s contention that Americans are far more open to the deal than the voices of opposition would indicate. In a Washington PostABC News poll released today, 52 percent of Americans said they would support a program giving illegal immigrants the right to stay and work in the United States if they pay a fine and meet other requirements. Opposition to that proposal was 44 percent.

(emphasis mine)

The article goes on to talk about amendments that others would like to add but the essential piece of information is that some will walk away if things aren’t added, not added, or taken away. It’s still a nightmare that is being crammed down our throats and they aren’t listening. If they were listening they’d hear: “Secure the border first as has been promised time and again.”  This will be over in a week’s time with little input from the public who will bear the responsibility for the bill.

Do you know what the value of such spin is worth when it’s as public as this? It puts pressure on the dissenters to “get back in line” and follow the herd mentality, while the government orders everything to their liking.

I tell you what. Let’s make a deal. If these Senators and Congressmen believe so strongly in this “comprehensive immigration reform bill” let them front the initial outlays out of pocket. That will be their guarantee that this bill is worth supporting. I believe collectively, especially with Ted Kennedy’s money they could raise the funds among them… they can be the first examples of Clinton’s “collective”. If it works for them, then maybe I’ll rethink my position on how bad that ideology is.

 Of course, they could always opt for enforcing the laws already on the books instead of wasting time writing new legislation that is relatively unchanged from old legislation.

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