John Murtha (D-PA) has stepped in a fire ant hill. As a backer of the Iraq war, he has now come out for withdrawal. This has the republicans really upset, since he was a hawk and one of the 'good' Democrats. [possible parallel to Johnson losing Cronkite during the Vietnam war?].
As important as this declaration is, I think his other declaration is perhaps more important in the broader picture.
...as Murtha so aptly said, 'the future of our country is at risk' and it's time to stop reaching across the aisle to a GOP that does not share our values, makes little effort to be honestly bipartisan and has no respect whatsoever for those who make such efforts...
The Blue Dog Coalition was created in 1995 and came about to promote positions "...which bridge the gap between ideological extremes" according to their House web site. "Many of the group's policy proposals have been praised as fair, responsible, and positive additions to a Congressional environment too often marked as partisan and antagonistic," say the Blue Dogs in their mission statement.
Time for Blue Dog Democrats in House to disband
What I hope he is declaring is 'no more Mr, Appeasement', no more dealing with the Bullys [sic], as if they play by the same rules.
Since the 90's, the leadership of the Republican party has allowed Bullys to take over. Since 2000, this leadership has controlled the mechanisms of our government and nation.
This initial phase of defense [dealing, denying, disbelief, deferring, wishing will make it so...] against Bully behavior has gone on just a bit too long.
John Murtha is signaling that we need to go to phase 2: Declaring that the game is up.
As Murtha is/was a hawk, and is a conservative leaning Democrat this may be a tipping point. I hope more citizens [conservative and liberal] begin to declare the same thing.
Then we can get to phase 3: Driving the SOBullys out.
All together now: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this any more! [Howard Beale, Network (1976)]
Note: When I use the term 'Bully', I am not referring to the ordinary cartoon of a thug. I am using it as short hand for clinical, but functional Personality Disorder[s]. ie. Borderline, Narcissistic, Antisocial, and/or Paranoid.
I suggest a visit to the Bully Online web site. This is one of the most comprehensive collections of resources on work place bullying. The information here is very dense [might say wordy] so I have abstracted some of it. The data fit isn't exact since I am extending his model to group behavior, but I will let you decide if there is any congruence. What is bullying?
The common objective of these offenders is power, control, domination and subjugation..[Or as I say PMSS]
Some characteristics [This is the short list!]:
Jekyll & Hyde nature
Constantly imposing on others a false reality made up of distortion and fabrication
Compulsive liar [convincing, practised] and when called to account, will make up anything spontaneously to fit their needs at that moment
Displays a great deal of certitude and self-assuredness [arrogance]
much controlling behaviour and is a control freak
Self-opinionated and displays arrogance, audacity, a superior sense of entitlement and sense of invulnerability and untouchability
Narcissistic need to portray themselves as a wonderful, kind, caring and compassionate
When called to account, immediately and aggressively denies everything, then counter-attacks with distorted or fabricated criticisms and allegations; if this is insufficient, quickly feigns victimhood
Shows a lack of joined-up thinking with conversation that doesn't flow and arguments that don't hold water
May pursue a vindictive vendetta against anyone who dares to held them accountable
Belittle, undermine, denigrate and discredit anyone who calls, attempts to call, or might call the bully to account
Gains gratification from denying people what they are entitled to
Spiritually dead although may loudly profess some religious belief or affiliation
Aggressive, devious, manipulative, spiteful, vengeful, doesn't listen, can't sustain mature adult conversation, lacks a conscience, shows no remorse, is drawn to power, emotionally cold and flat, humourless, joyless, ungrateful, dysfunctional, disruptive, divisive, rigid and inflexible, selfish, insincere, insecure, immature and deeply inadequate, especially in interpersonal skills
The way they the bully treats their targets:
[These generally are a pattern, not an incident, an accumulation of many small incidents over a long period of time.]
...refusal to acknowledge you and your contributions and achievements or to recognise your existence and value. belittled, demeaned and patronised humiliated, shouted at and threatened
constant nit-picking, fault-finding and criticism marginalized, overruled, ignored, sidelined, frozen out...
Reacting to Bullys: Why don't you stand up for yourself?
PS. Revisit the film Network
. Pay particular attention to Ned Beatty's riff on Corporate Cosmology. The 'New World Order' thing is not so new doncha know.
For catharsis [of sorts], get The Wild Bunch