Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Dear wankers: What's it like to be wrong about everything?

No, seriously ... what is it like to wake up every morning and realize that you have been flat-out wrong about every single opinion you've had for the last several years? Where do we even start?

Well, there was that same-sex marriage thing, and how you all shrieked incessantly about how it was going to be the death of traditional marriage and the downfall of western civilization and a clear portent of the heat death of the universe and similar rubbish. These days, though, the blithering chowderheads who whined interminably about it are now the same people who, without missing a beat, are now poking fun at how it is such a hilariously insignificant issue. Go figure.

Then there's religion and values, where all of you Bible-pounding loons were absolutely adamant that one required a deep, religious foundation (Christian, of course) to be upstanding and moral and so on. Sad to say, that position has taken a bit of a pounding. Yeah, that's not such a popular party line anymore, is it? Doesn't give you quite the opportunity for pompous, sanctimonious moralizing anymore, does it?

And as for the idea that some staunch conservative values are better for the young'uns, well, that didn't work out that well, either, did it? On the other hand, Chelsea Clinton was a National Merit Scholarship finalist, graduated from Stanford and went on to Oxford. Man, that must have grated on you, but I'm guessing you still didn't clue in, did you?

And then there's Iraq. Oh, lord, where to even begin on Iraq? Yes, that was going to be the grand, neo-con experiment in regime change and spreading democracy and making the Middle East safe for inexpensive oil, and on and on and tediously on. And it was going to be cheap, by God, it was going to be cheap:

This is 1.7 billion.

(Off Camera) All right, this is the first. I mean, when you talk about 1.7, you're not suggesting that the rebuilding of Iraq is gonna be done for $1.7 billion?

Well, in terms of the American taxpayers contribution, I do, this is it for the US. The rest of the rebuilding of Iraq will be done by other countries who have already made pledges, Britain, Germany, Norway, Japan, Canada, and Iraqi oil revenues, eventually in several years, when it's up and running and there's a new government that's been democratically elected, will finish the job with their own revenues. They're going to get in $20 billion a year in oil revenues. But the American part of this will be 1.7 billion. We have no plans for any further-on funding for this.

Yes, that worked out just ducky, didn't it?

Iraq war budget jumps for 2008

WASHINGTON -- -- After smothering efforts by war critics in Congress to drastically cut U.S. troop levels in Iraq, President Bush plans to ask lawmakers next week to approve another massive spending measure -- totaling nearly $200 billion -- to fund the war through next year, Pentagon officials said.

If Bush's spending request is approved, 2008 will be the most expensive year of the Iraq war.

I could go on about Iraq but, really, Bill Maher summed it up all so nicely, don't you think?

And closer to home, I can remember when a vote for Stephen Harper's Conservative Party was going to be a vote for integrity, transparency and accountability to the electorate. As I recall, that guarantee lasted for all of several days, and went rapidly downhill from there.

So, really, how exactly do you cope with having to come to grips with being wrong about absolutely everything, absolutely all of the time? Personally, I'd be getting kind of depressed. Then again, I have a sense of pride in what I believe, and I'm a firm believer in logic and evidence and that sort of thing. I imagine it's different for you.

P.S. You'll notice that I didn't even mention the Right's delusional thinking on global warming since, in their minds, the jury is still out on that. One suspects that the polar ice caps would have to melt completely before they finally accepted it.

Their collective dementia truly knows no bounds.


Ti-Guy said...

They're not wrong....they just haven't been proved right yet. They'll be right tomorrow. Just you wait and see.

...just kidding. It's really because most of them are liars; they don't really give a rat's ass whether they're right or not, as long as it doesn't affect their wallets.

Robert McClelland said...

One suspects that the polar ice caps would have to melt completely before they finally accepted it.

I think you're giving them too much credit. I suspect the oceans would have to boil before they finally accepted that it was all the left's fault.

Unknown said...

CC...great post. Depressing, but great. Sums it all up so perfectly.

Red Tory said...

What Phyl said. This was a great post.

Funnily enough I was thinking about PNAC the other night and posted on it very briefly and then ran across this today.

I was regarding the whole thing in a bleaker way, so your more dismissive take comes as a refreshing antidote of sorts. That Mahr viddy is priceless.

Antonia Z said...

Hey, they delivered on the beer and popcorn, didn't they?