by John Hawkins | January 8, 2007 12:17 pm
America’s biggest, most influential, and kookiest blog is the Daily Kos and so, obviously, the blog deserves its own set of “worst of” quotes for 2006. As you read these quotes, keep in mind that all of them come from the Daily Kos diarists, not from the commenters:
10) “And I come in here tonight and surf on my computer and the first information I get is that Saddam Hussein was hung by the neck until dead. I don’t think we put him out of his misery. I believe he left misery behind long ago. We had taken it from him, because misery was too good for this man – we wanted something more. But he was human – he had dreams, he had aspirations, I am sure. He did kind things sometimes, I am sure. But yes he was a cruel man – funny I felt obligated to say that. I am wondering if Saddam Hussein’s execution will put me out of my misery. Not tonight – because tonight I feel an overwhelming sense of sadness.” — wilbur
9) “The administration will, in due course, stand to account for a war crime committed in Iraq by executing the Iraqi dictator.
…As such, the entire government of the US is now at best an accomplice to this crime, and at worst although it can be argued that circumstantial evidence suggests that it was a premeditated crime perpetrated by the administration.” — NicolausCopernicus
8) “ISG’s proposals are studiously designed to isolate Bush, to highlight and tweak his mental illness. Surrounded by a diverse alignment of extremists and centrists, icons of the Reagan-Bush and Clinton ‘Wonder Years’, the President is put to the test: is he irrational? If he rejects even these lukewarm, unanimous, bipartisan proposals–plans so generic/neutered that even Ed Meese and Vernon Jordan can agree–he proves that he is not just wrong, but mentally ill. And yet the proposals are aimed right at the President’s ‘issues’–particularly Iran. ISG is almost begging Bush to flip out and reject their report, to show to the country that he is unfit for office.
The next step: consensus among the establishment–in the Congress, among business leaders, in the Pentagon, the White House Staff (yes, even Rove) and in the Bush family–that the President is ill and must be removed from power. We may be witnessing a coup d’etat.
I don’t think impeachment is in the winds, rather a quiet in-house understanding where Bush gets the word: You’re not really President anymore. Bush would serve out his term as a null object.” — kanaan
7) “Saddam had achieved almost universal adult literacy and Baghdadi meant “wealthy”in Arabic slang when his administration became a target for devastating sanctions and war. Lebanon had rebuilt a vibrant economy, drawing large numbers of sophisticated young professionals, when it was bombed back to the stone age this summer. Iran’s educational progress and economic scale now invite our wrath and destruction. Iran must be attacked soon to prevent it becoming an examplar of economic progress and a regional power, and the plan is to permanently impoverish Iranians by stealing their oil wealth.” — LondonYank
6) “And as the fish rots from the head, I propose we start by demanding that the criminal Bush administration be investigated and brought to justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It’s going to be just one more national humiliation if Germany has to do it for us. We owe it to the world to bring these b*stards up on charges ourselves and deliver them to The Hague for final justice in the matter. We are spitting in the world’s face (yet again) if we don’t.
Investigating and prosecuting the Bush administration is just the first step in our national recovery – and it’s going to be one long haul brothers and sisters. Let’s get this show on the road.” — One P*ssed Off Liberal
5) “One of the reasons I have such trouble believing in God is that if he were real and the justice that pious believers speak of were genuine, guys like George Bush should be vaporized instantaneously one day just by opening his mouth. I’m still waiting.” — snafubar
4) Because filing briefs don’t stop bullets, and when the ballot box fails us, we are not above seeing what’s in the ammo box.” — pinche tejano
3) “The GOP likes to attack Kos for his comment saying “Screw them”, but Kos was right then (in the comments). And he’s still right now. A person doesn’t go work for a Private Security Team to “serve God and country”. They join to make money. Thus, they are mercenaries.” — pacified
2) “Our sons and daughters need to realize that choosing to be a soldier means a decision to place themselves among “the damned,” since no matter what they end up doing while on the field of battle, they will eventually be damned.. damned if they do and damned if they do not. Realizing that compliance with a superior’s order to shoot and kill the enemy may well lead to the damnation (the self-extirpation) of one’s soul.
…I beg the young people of this nation to consider the ominous proposition that, as it was in the days of Nuremberg when the Nazis were held responsible for crimes against humanity, when the leaders of the German nation dressed their children “in brown shirts” reminding that they had a moral obligation (a national duty) to fight for the Fatherland, it will be the same for the leaders of our nation, as well as for those who blindly allow themselves to be coerced into fighting for our country, a nation having come under the nefarious control of malefactors convinced that our nation has been given the right, the God-ordained responsibility, to oversee the planet, to, in fact, rule the world.” — Populist Party
1) “I heard it on Al Franken this morning and it’s frickin obvious.
And the only conclusion here, and the only thing people really need be talking about (while they’re taking a break from talking about Foleygate) is that Bush let North Korea get nukes in order to start an arms race in Asia. He did it so American weapons manufacturers will make money, like we do with Israel.
We need to start talking straight, people. We need to start being up front about what this is all about. We can’t wait until Bush walks up and blows our brains out to call this what it is.” — Kosmo
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