Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Dirt

There is too much dirt being thrown in politics these days, especially in this election. What was Dick Cheney thinking to swear publicly at a fellow of public service on the day they were getting together, en masse, to have the yearly Senate photograph taken? What example is he putting forth to anyone aware of his actions?

In July of 2004 I visited the Bush web site and clicked through on “Kerry Flip Flops” and then to “Kerry on Iraq”. This is what I found:

A time line that shows statements made by Senator Kerry starting in November of 1997 and going through to May of 2004. I don’t know how you might interpret it, but I see in the very first date that they have put a quote as if from Senator Kerry in the headline “…We Must Use Force, Unilaterally If Necessary.” But that verbiage doesn’t exist in the textual quotes of Senator Kerry, which do say “…we should always seek to take significant international action on a multilateral rather than a unilateral basis whenever that is possible…” In the next several time points Senator Kerry:

1. Calls on the U.N. to take action in Iraq.
2. Says that it should be official U.S. policy that we want to see Saddam Hussein removed from power.
3. Calls on the global community to take action.
4. Says we need to keep pressure on terrorism globally.
5. Says we cannot allow (Saddam) to prevail in (his quest for WMD)
6. Says that the President should show respect to the process of international diplomacy.
7. Says that the U.S. needs it’s own regime change.
8. Supported the president and troops as we went to war. (May 2003)
9. Declined to comment on possible misleading of the public by the president without all the evidence being in place.
10. Says that the president did mislead the public three days later.
11. Says that he voted to threaten the use of force and that it was wrong to rush to war without building a true international coalition.
12. Voted to support the spending for the rebuilding of Iraq, saying to abandon our troops and recklessly leave Iraq to whatever follows as a result would be irresponsible.
13. Voted against additional funding for military operations, maintenance and medical care.
14. Tells Chris Matthews that he didn’t believe the president took us to war as he should have.
15. Tells Brit Hume that he knew he had to be accountable for his vote.
16. And two remaining comments out of context, completely.

I don’t see any flip-flops her and, if there were, I applaud the senator for having an open mind, taking the time to consider new information as it arrives and having a considered opinion based upon the facts at hand. It is the person that holds on to an opinion regardless of information pointing to the contrary that needs to be rebuked.

As written by Solomon in Proverbs 18:15 “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.”

My greater point is that the GOP is still using the tricks that Lee Atwater, the inventor of negative campaigning, put to disgusting use in previous campaigns for the senior Bush. They are pulling quotes out of context, adding one statement as if it were part of another, creating concepts that were never there in the first place and spending millions of dollars to get very convincing content in front of the American public that seems to make sense but has no basis in fact.

Our media has become little but puppets of the respective parties. From my side I prefer CNN and can’t stand to watch Fox and I know the Republicans out there have the opposite take. Sad, isn’t it, that we all can only be informed by preference giving sources. It is up to each of us to gather whatever information we can, accept it with the salt provided, discern our own truth from it and then make up our own minds as to what the real agenda(s) are. That said, Lou Dobbs may be the most altruistic person providing news these days.

Exodus 23:1 says, “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness.”

Swift Boat Veterans, hear this please!

In Luke 6:27-28 Jesus says: “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

We are all allowed to disagree. Freedom of speech is one tenet of our great country. It is the way in which the discussion is spoken, it’s very tone, which sets apart a hissy fit from fairness. It is the way the truth is twisted that makes a mockery of our country.

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