Finally, there is some plain talk on Capitol Hill.
Representative Pete Stark (D-CA) finally told the nation what Democrats really think of President Bush.
Apparently, Stark got a little steamed with Republicans, who weren’t willing to fall for the Democrats’ next step toward socialism: the expansion of the SCHIP program.
“I’m just amazed that they can’t figure out — the Republicans are worried that they can’t pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don’t care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq.”
“Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? 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.”
So, according to Representative Stark, we’re only in Iraq so that President Bush can get his jollies watching US troops “get their heads blown off?”
In the height of irony, there hasn’t been much of any condemnation for Stark’s comments from the Left. Thankfully, however, Republican leader John Boehner called Stark on it:
“Our troops in Iraq are fighting against al-Qaeda and other radical jihadists hellbent on killing the people we are sent here to represent. Congressman Stark’s statement dishonors not only the Commander-in-Chief, but the thousands of courageous men and women of America’s armed forces who believe in their mission and are putting their lives on the line for our freedom and security. Congressman Stark should retract his statement and apologize to the House, our Commander-in-Chief, and the families of our soldiers and commanders fighting terror overseas.”
There’s only one point that I disagree with Congressman Boehner on: after the shameful example that Pete Stark has made of himself, I think some form of seppuku (aka hari kari) would be much more appropriate.
Seriously, though, I think that more Democrats should stand up like Pete Stark, speak their minds and tell the people of America how they really feel; if Americans knew what most Democrat leaders truly believed, the only constituency left to vote for them would be the hate-filled anti-war commie wackos in Code Pink & International ANSWER (in other words, nine-tenths of the population of the San Francisco Bay area).
This is how liberals are: if conservatives either (1) makes the slightest misstep or (2) defends America’s sovereignty and/or national security, they should be made to apologize (or thrown in jail, depending on the vitriol of the issue), but liberals can get away with saying whatever they want.
I’d bet good money that the same liberals who are defending Pete Stark are the ones who think Ann Coulter should be censored.
While it’s pretty much impossible to get complete common sense out of a liberal, at least Nanci Pelosi has done something slightly encouraging by rebuking Pete Stark…it seems that her main concern was not the outrageousness of his statement, but the fact that it “distracted from the seriousness of the subject at hand—providing health care for America’s children.”