I’m delighted by the comments on yesterday’s blog entry, especially the ones from our liberal friends (however intemperate a few of them may have been). Bookworm and I have tried very hard to create in the Bookwormroom a safe place for people of all point of view to come and discuss their views. One liberal commenter described conservatives as intolerant. As I sometimes do, I invite that reader to stop by Daily KOS and the Captain’s Quarters and see which side treats those who disagree with them with tolerance and respect.
In any event, in the Bookwormroom we strive to respect all points of view (which is not to say that we don’t disagree with some of them, often with vigor!). So let’s talk. Perhaps we can learn from each other. To start things off, conservatives, why should the Republicans retain control of the House this November? Liberals, why should the Democrats take over? Note, I’m looking for concrete reasons here, not name-calling. What fundamental, substantive policy changes will occur if the Democrats take over and how will these changes effect American citizens and America’s place in the world, for good or bad?
I’ll start. I opposed the invasion of Iraq (in large part because I believed we’d have a difficult time getting out) but now that we’re there the worst thing we could do is withdraw, leaving behind the chaos that would follow if we left now. I’m quite afraid that if the Democrats take over the House (and especially if they take the White House in 2 years) we will withdraw without regard to the damage the withdrawal will do to Iraq itself, not to mention what it would do to the already strong impression the world has that America does not have the courage to do what it takes to succeed. The world is already a dangerous place. It will be infinitely more dangerous if the world believes America is so afraid of the sight of its own blood that it will not stand up for itself. I especially invite those who disagree to tell me why they think America will be stronger and better off for withdrawing.
P.S. I now appear to be unable to link to anything. I suspect you can find your own way to KOS and the Captain, though.