Americans of all political stripes should take a moment to consider what war spending on the trillion dollar scale means, not just in dollars spent, but in terms of opportunities lost to strengthen, invest in, and improve our country.
Protect life? Respect life? Gimme a break. The very people who prescribe life more than often also prescribe death. And like death row, healthcare, or the dearth thereof, continues to take American lives.
As wave after wave of black crude washes ashore in Louisiana, the stench of death follows. It is a smell familiar to the people of New Orleans and South Louisiana, five years after Katrina. But this time the air of defeat is the most crushing blow.
Obama is fortunate to have such kind allies, but he himself is the loser, the longer he refuses to tackle those who insist, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that everyone who was held at Guantánamo was a "terrorist."
The Republicans are resurgent, at least for now. It's going to be a hard slog in 2010 and 2012 to keep the grassroots fervor alive -- and the funding to sustain it. In Virginia, we are just plain tired.