It is a civil war

One of the incidents at the recent faux-committee hearing was the appearance of the anit-Israel conspiracists. This has caused some comment in terms of characterizing the event. It also provided an example for [Mark Noonan] to use to illustrate his worry about the nature of the debate in current vogue.

When I write that we are engaged in a (thus far) non-violent civil war, this is what I’m talking about – there is no way to negotiate away the differences between, say, myself and someone who thinks that we liberated Iraq for oil and at the bidding of Israel. Either my view must prevail in its entirety, or the other side must. When you get to a point in domestic politics where the two sides cannot meet, then you are de-facto involved in a civil war, even if there is no shooting going on.

I’ve said on many occasions in the past that the left must be purged from the Democratic Party if we are to restore political rationality to our nation – only if the left is purged will we obtain a Democratic Party which can actually negotiate outstanding differences. We can negotiate with Democrats who wish for a timetable for US withdrawl from Iraq; we can negotiate with Democrats who want less or more US troops deployed to Iraq: we can negotiate with Democrats who wish for us to place a stronger emphasis on UN action…we can’t negotiate with Democrats under the thumb of leftwingers who think that President Bush misled us into liberating Iraq. Its just not possible.

The current ‘Turban’ Durbin controvery is of this ilk as well. Several junior Senators have issued a request complaining about the historically inaccurate and US smearning Durbin comments saying that they were elected in part to change the tone in Washington – and Durbin’s comments don’t help them towards this promise.

The filibustering of nominees is another example of confrontational politics. Another is illustrated in the attempt to open debate on Social Security reform.

The key to all of these issues is that there is no seeking for common values. Is the fight against each other becoming more important than our fight against common enemies?

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