All 5 Oregon Dems opposed the war!
ALL FOUR OF OREGON'S DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVES AND OREGON'S ONE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR HAVE BEEN OPPOSED TO THE IRAQ WAR SINCE THE BEGINNING!
Rep. John Murtha, bless him, did not originate Democratic opposition to the Iraq war. The whole mess started with the infamous "October resolution" rammed through the congress in October, 2002, with enormous pre-election pressure by corporate media and big $$$ campaign funding.
Corporate media wants you to believe that "the Democrats" were ALL for that war powers authorization -- but IN FACT DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE OPPOSED THE WAR POWERS AUTHORIZATION BY A MAJORITY OF 126-to-81. In the Senate, 21 Democrats (including WYDEN of Oregon and MURRAY of Washington) voted AGAINST the war powers authorization for Bush.
Nancy Pelosi (as House Democratic Whip in the 107th Congress) was opposed to the war when Murtha was a big supporter of it. She was leader of anti-war Democrats who rallied 126 Democratic Representatives AGAINST the infamous "October resolution" -- the joint congressional resolution that probably lost Kerry the election in 2004 because of his vote FOR it, when the other Senator from Massachusetts (Kennedy) joined with 20 other Democrats (and 1 Republican and 1 Independent) to vote AGAINST it. (That's assuming that Kerry did lose that election, which is doubtful.)
THE CORPORATE MEDIA LIE: corporate media wants you to believe that the ONLY Democratic Party is the Kerry/Hillary party. That way, the Democratic Party that really wants to represent YOU can be ignored. Whether you are a Dem or a anti-Dem, that distortion of reality works against all of us. DON'T BUY INTO CORPORATE MEDIA PROPAGANDA!
Corporate media presents the Democratic Leadership Council as the Democratic Party -- and that, like most of what you get from corporate media, is a BIG LIE!
Early this month (December, 2005) Nancy Pelosi - currently leader of the Democratic house caucus - endorsed Rep. John Murtha's proposal for US troop withdrawal from Iraq. Pelosi immediately encountered opposition from the DLC wing of the party, represented by the Number Two Democrat in the House, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.). Pelosi refused to bite the DLC bait that was intended to take attention off of Bush and the war by featuring a civil war among congressional Democrats. So, on December 15, Pelosi announced that Democrats would not seek a unified position on an exit strategy in Iraq. Pelosi could afford to be gracious, because the pro-war DLC campaign had proved to be still-born and without any popular support.
Clearly, no unified position was possible, despite DNC Chair Howard Dean backing what has become known as the Pelosi-Murtha (or Dean-Pelosi-Murtha) proposal. The reason that a unified position was, and is, impossible: the Democratic Leadership Council ("DLC"), the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. The DLC was formed back in the 90's to promote the idea that the only way that the Democrats could ever hope to regain the White House would be by copying Republican positions on such issues as welfare, warfare and international trade. The DLC has generally been credited with the nomination, election and re-election of Clinton -- as well as with the enactment of the so-called "free" trade agenda.
It has become clear that the DLC, if they can't run the party, are willing to destroy it!
David Siorota, (Center for American Progress), tells it like it is:
"The Democratic Leadership Council has really gone over the line. In today's Washington Post, their staffer Marshall Wittman - who used to be a Republican operative and top official at the Christian Coalition - said that Democrats who are pushing for an exit strategy from Iraq are "offering surrender." This [the DLC] is an organization that continues to say it wants to "help" Democrats - but as we can see, they aren't interested in anything like that."
The Post quoted quoted Sirota, as follows: "It is not surprising that a bunch of insulated elitists in the Washington establishment -- most of whom have never served in uniform -- would stab the Democratic Party in the back and attack the courage of people like Vietnam War hero Jack Murtha and Nancy Pelosi for their stand on Iraq."
Sirota continues in an update, as follows: "it's not that hard to understand. Wittman, like dishonest right-wing pundits/politicians, characterized a plan to withdraw from Iraq as "offering surrender." It is nothing of the sort - and characterizing it that way is disgusting and dishonest, especially from someone who now purports to speak, at least in part, for Democrats."
link to www.davidsirota.com
DLC influence is waning! The DLC has never been weaker since its creation more than a decade ago. Populist Democrats are coming back stronger than ever!
Since the Social Security battle and continuing through Katrina issues, Democrats have been scoring significant victories recently by rediscovering their populist roots.
Pelosi sums it up: "Not only did we take [Bush] down on [Social Security], but we took down a lot of his credibility as being somebody who cared about 'people like me,' " she said.
That's me alright, Nancy, I'm one of those 'people like me'!
See, recent article here at PIMC --
"Rep. Murtha's resolution to get U.S. troops out of Iraq" by George Bender
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