The Fifth Horseman: Mixed-Up Priorities

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Mixed-Up Priorities

I've got a couple of different subjects today, so I don't want to waste any time introducing them.

First up: Cindy Sheehan.

Remember, a little while back, when Bush refused to talk with Cindy Sheehan? I believe his words were:

"I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live and will do so."

Apparently, the President was simply too busy to meet with Cindy. That sounds reasonable, right? I mean, the President surely has important matters of national security to deal with, right? Wrong, dead wrong.

Not only did Bush have time for a leisurely bike ride with Lance Armstrong, he also had time to go on a PR tour through Utah and Idaho to help bolster public support for his failing war. To add insult to injury, Bush has also managed to find time to meet with the families of 19 soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So he'll talk to these families, yet he still won't talk to Cindy Sheehan. Why?

Because Cindy opposes the war. According to Dubya, unless you agree with him, you don't matter as a human being. If he can't use your grief to bolster support for his War of Aggression, then your grief doesn't matter to him.

On to my next topic: the mixed-up priorities of bloggers and the Main Stream Media. Just for kicks, let's examine the Top Ten Searches on

1. “Pat Robertson”
2. Ajax
3. “Lance Armstrong”
4. “Intelligent Design”
5. “Cindy Sheehan”
6. “Six Feet Under”
7. “Able Danger”
8. “Utah Rave”
9. Linux
10. 心湖荡漾

You know what I don't see on that list? The Downing Street Memo. Remember that? The smoking gun that proved that Bush lied to us in the months leading up to the Invasion of Iraq?

The Administration stonewalled, refusing to launch an investigation, in the hopes that the public would grow bored and lose interest in the story. Which it did. However, even while the public's attention turned to other topics, an independent committee of congressional Democrats has been working day and night to launch a thorough investigation into the Memo.

As I mentioned, support for an investigation has been confined to Democrats. The 11 senators and 131 congressmen supporting the Resolution of Inquiry have all been Democrats. Until now. Yesterday, Republican congressman Jim Leach announced that he would cosponsor the Resolution of Inquiry into the Downing Street Memo. This story is huge. Between this and Senator Hagel's criticism of the War, it seems that Republican unity is beginning to unravel at the seams.

This is good news for all of us principled left-wingers, and bad news for Dubya and the Chickenhawk Brigade. And yet, other than some coverage of Chuck Hagel, this story has barely generated a peep of response from the Main Stream Media and blogosphere.

Come one, guys. I know that the MSM is pretty much gone forever, but there's still hope for bloggers. It's up to us to generate buzz about the scandals not covered by the MSM (i.e. Karl Rove, The Downing Street Memo, Tom DeLay, etc.).

There are plenty of scandals. We just have to bring them to the light.

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