Sedition's big brother is appearing in the New York Post this morning, wielded by a writer with the background to give weight to the charge. I was reminded in comments recently that I had used the label Copperhead to describe the opposition party over two years ago. I'm quite sure that my initial use of the term predates the exchange cited by a minimum of a year. The opposition party turned to sedition within weeks of the fall of Baghdad, having the foresight to realize that their support of actually protecting the United States (via the AUMF) was going to have the effect of strengthening the President and by extension, his party.
That realization, coupled with an amazing lack of scruples and an invincible ignorance of the existence of principles, has lead the opposition ineluctably to its current place of shame. Watching the remnants of the political power which it had held and wielded for seventy years washing away, coupled with a complete lack of vision regarding what might be done to regain it, raised despair to a level where sedition - and its big brother - seem the only "hope" remaining. What is truly unfortunate about the situation is that the majority within the opposition party do not hold, and in fact, are unalterably opposed to positions taken by its leadership. How many party members would vote 'Yes' for an objective alliance with al-Queada?
Unfortunately, party members have minimal input in the selection of party leadership. Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid do not hold their positions based upon merit or the fact that they share the ideals of the majority of their party but upon a system of advancement based upon seniority coupled with a perceived (and unrealized) ability to raise money. The seams maintaining the illusion of unity within the party have been rent and no amount of mending will rejoin them. Last summer labor clarified its departure - which group will be next?
The collapse of a political party would be a matter of minor historical interest (unless we were speaking of the Rockingham Whigs) except for its inauspicious timing. A collapse coupled with a cynical alignment of party interest and enemies of the United States is another matter. The symbiotic relationship between al-Queada and the opposition party is harmful to the national interest and deadly to our armed forces as well as to the innocents slaughtered by al-Queada in a last effort to effect a change in governance within the only country that has shown a firm determination to accomplish its extermination. Let us hope for an ignominous and speedy end for both parties to this unholy alliance.