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I am Become a Liberal Fool, Again

December 23rd, 2010

Were the Democrats playing political games with the 9/11 First Responders bill?

New York, N.Y. (Sept. 14, 2001) -- A fire fighter emerges from the smoke and debris of the World Trade Center. The twin towers of the center were destroyed in a Sep. 11 terrorist attack. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson.

Taking note of the near-constant negative press the GOP was absorbing by blocking the bill, I sent my brother, I admit it, an antagonistic message. I guess his reply should have come as no surprise.

ME: Do you have any idea how much political damage this is doing to your party? Come 2012, the ads reminding voters of the GOP’s hypocrisy on this issue will be withering. It’s all on tape, the flag-draping back then and the refusal to pay for a moral obligation now. This is a gift to the political opposition and easily the worst single-issue press disaster I’ve seen either party suffer in recent memory.

MY BROTHER: You are wrong again. … The Republican party is being made a scapegoat here on purpose.  The Democrats (who are still in denial of their massive losses on Nov. 2nd) purposely waited to present this bill just as another way of adding to the deficit without taking the time to pay for it the right way. … This is only a gift to the Democrats as long as the media can keep lying about the logistics of this and if they get more useful idiots like yourself to toot their horn for them. … The fact that you can’t see this reassures me of the blind liberal fool you are becoming.

Back to zero. I’m a fool. Anyone who disagrees with my brother’s politics is a wrong-headed, naive, stupid fool. My brother and I are lucky in that we have a friendship that exists separate and apart from all of this. But he does have to decide which of his passions is stronger, the one that hates liberals, or the one that values his family?