Why I’m Ecstatic Over the Iraqi Elections

Iraqi electionsWe recently received an email from a reader challenging us to write something positive about the Iraq elections:

How about the elections. I’ll bet the farm not a one of you can write a blog putting a positive spin on the elections. It would go against your antiwar stand to even admit that anything has gone right.

The challenge is made. You may say something slightly positive but will offset it with mostly negative comments.

Try being positive at least once. I’ll bet the troops there would appreciate it instead of having to read negative comments about them and the Iraq war.

Write a whole blog positive about the election. How about it?

So here it is. There will be absolutely nothing negative said in this piece about the elections, the occupation of Iraq, the troops or anything of that nature. Nothing but positive accolades… are you ready?

Let’s face it, liberal, conservative or libertarian: you have to be happy that Iraq is holding some legitimate elections to elect their own representative government. I’m absolutely jubilant that violence is finally subsiding enough that millions of Iraqis were able to vote without fear of retribution on their choice of candidates out of about 5 major parties.

Why am I so overjoyed?

Because if it can happen in Iraq, maybe it can happen here.

I look forward to the day when we are finally able to extricate our military from the streets of Iraq and bring them back home to the U.S., so that they can topple our own two-party duopoly who have manipulated the legislative system with mickey mouse laws limiting the choices for who can run for office, gerrymandering of districts, corruption and intimidation at the polls. Because by gosh, I’m absolutely purple with jealously over how much choice Iraq has.

I want our troops to give to Americans what they have given to Iraqis:

Choice in candidates – I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy living in a country run by Dem and Dumber. There’s plenty of parties other than Democrats and Republicans, but due to the laws that they wrote to facilitate the continuing two-party choke-hold, you may have never heard of them.

Ability to run for office – How about a cruise missile to the Ministry of the FEC? If Bill Gates or Donald Trump wanted to bankroll their favorite candidate with millions of dollars (with the caveat being they will not receive government favors), then by all means let them.

Faith in results – Let’s dispense with this paperless Diebold voting computer malarkey. If we can’t verify the results aren’t being tabulated accurate and the machines are unhackable (this means mandating open source code), then that machine won’t be used;

Faith in leadership – Maybe, just maybe if we had elections in the same spirit as Iraq, we would have a far more representative system where a wider spectrum of opinion and policy is presented. I know I have a lot more faith in a product if it’s subjected to peer review, and I’d sure as heck have a lot more faith in my government if there were more than two sides presented on every issue.

So there ya go reader, you wanted my positive assessment of the Iraq elections, you got it. I’m absolutely ecstatic that the Iraqis have a cavalcade of representation to choose from, I certainly hope we can learn from them.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. Why were elections held? Is it because Saddam is still in power and he decided the people deserved to be free and participate in a democratic process? Is it due to the invasion of the country by Al-Qaeda who implemented free elections? Remember, it has been written that Saddam and Osama are enemies.

    Did Syria decide enough is enough and deposed Saddam? What about Iran with their love for freedom? I wonder if it were the Saudis and the House of Saud that forced Saddam out? Maybe France and Germany persuaded Saddam to change his ways through negotation and appeasement.

    I know who it was. It must have been the United Nations. Aren’t they the world negotiators and peacemakers? It must have been all the UN sanctions in place for 10 years that persuaded Saddam to surrender to freedom.

    None of the above is the correct answer.

    It is the USA that is giving the Iraq people a chance at freedom. A big thank you to our troops. Thank you for your courage and sacrifices.

  2. Julian,

    Why aren’t you over there fighting for this nobel cause? Lew Rockwell sums it up nicely:

    “We flatter ourselves into believing that our central planning mechanisms are imposing not socialism but freedom itself, with Iraq as the most obvious example and the reductio ad absurdum, all in one. Here we have a country that the US invaded to overthrow its government and replace it with martial law administered by tanks on the street and bombers in the air, a controlled economy complete with gasoline price controls, and handpicked political leaders, and what do we call it? We call it freedom.

    And yet some 15 years ago, when Saddam invaded Kuwait, threw out its leaders, occupied the country and attempted to impose a new government, the US president called it an aggression that would not stand. He took us to war to send a message that the sovereignty of states must be considered inviolate. It seems that everyone got the message except the US.”


  3. Mike

    I would if allowed. I am too old, according to everybody, including you for me to even have an opinion. I did my war in Vietnam and am proud of my service.

    What about you, you yellow chicken shit coward. When you go hide and cry and when the shit hits the fan, you will hope like hell guys like me are still around.

    When I am asked that question, I get really pissed off because I put my ass in gear. Money says you really are a chicken shit cry baby with no guts. My son, whom I tend to piss off on a regular basis, will tell you that if anything, I stand up for what I believe in and would die for it. You know my son, you piece of crap.

    As far as I am concerned, you insulted me and every other old vet with your insult.

    KISS MY ASS!!! By the way, answer this and tell me where you live. I’ll give you my address and see if you have the balls to look me in the eyes and insult me again. I’ll bet not.

  4. No one is allowed to say anything negative about the Iraq war, the people who support it or fight it or those that oppose it for ALL future comments on this post.

    This is an ecstatic decree, abide.

  5. Julian,

    I am baffled as to how you could possibly be so insulted. I simply asked why you weren’t over there fighting for a cause you consider so noble? Simple question, not need to get panties in a wad. If the military won’t pay your way, perhaps you could fly over there yourself and kill some Iraqi patriots who are defending their land.

  6. Mike

    It is my duty in life to go after you and your allies (such as the far left socialists, burned out communists and anarchists) that you have aligned with who seem to be driven to bash the military and soldiers.

    I made a vow to myself years ago that never again would I stand by and allow you and your vicious friends treat soldiers and veterans as I was treated.

    I am an angry, pissed off veteran and have been for 35 years. There are many of us.

    I spend my time showing up at antiwar demonstrations as a counterdemonstrator, at soldier’ funerals to counterdemonstrate against Phelps and his sick bunch of so called Christians, and beating you and your buddies up on the internet for your peanut brain ideas.

    What do you do? Bash everything. I have learned well from some of you.

    Maybe I will go over to Iraq and flame out by taking out as many assholes as possible. What about it Stephen? Good idea? Seems your buddies think it is.

  7. Julian,

    I don’t see where they’re insulting the soldier in the field here. With the exception of folks like those who ran a certain prison facility I needn’t name, who think there’s more than one use for a fluorescent tube.. apart from their ilk, the soldiers over there are commendable.

    The problem is the *leadership*. Cheney said there wouldn’t be a drawn-out insurgency because we’d be welcomed as liberators. Bush said major combat operations have ended, and that the world is safer. Both were plainly wrong. Now, I’ve made mistakes in my job before, but A) Mine don’t cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, and B) when I’m confronted with my errors, I correct them.

    So, Julian, I commend you for being willing to risk all for what you believe. But I’m saddened that our government can send you to risk your life based on erroneous beliefs about the region they’d send you to.