Friday, August 06, 2004

Overdosing on hatred and lies

The new anti-Kerry book 'Unfit For Command', written by the Swift Boat veterans mentioned in the previous post, is now's #1 highest selling book despite the fact that it won't be released for another 9 days.

So a few million people get a book full of plausible sounding lies. How do I know they are lies? I'll let Kerry's accusers handle that:

Adrian Lonsdale contradicts his own story:

Now: "he lacks the capacity to lead."

Then: "As far as I was concerned, the war was won over there in that part for that period. And it was mainly won because of the bravado and the courage of the young officers that ran the boats, the SWIFT boats and the Coast Guard cutters and Senator Kerry was no exception. He was among the finest of those."

Kerry's former CO George Elliott retracts his criticism of Kerry:

Now: 'George Elliott said in an interview that he had made a "terrible mistake" in signing an affidavit that suggests Kerry did not deserve the Silver Star'... reached at his home, Elliott said he regretted signing the affidavit and said he still thinks Kerry deserved the Silver Star. "I still don't think he shot the guy in the back."

Then: "Kerry lied about what occurred in Vietnam... for example, in connection with his Silver Star, I was never informed that he had simply shot a wounded, fleeing Viet Cong in the back."

Larry Thurlow is just plain confused:

Now: "Thurlow was claiming that during Kerry's rescue of Rassman, there was no enemy fire at all, and hence Kerry didn't deserve a purple heart or a bronze star."

Then: "Along with a third Purple Heart for the injury to his right arm, Kerry was also awarded a Bronze Star for his bravery, as was Larry Thurlow." Uh huh. So Thurlow got the same award for what he is claiming was a non-event that involved no bravery in the face of no enemy fire.

This is the sort of deceit that has characterised the Republican party since the Reagan years. It's hateful, divisive, and dishonorable. It's also all we're going to hear from now until November. (Actually it's all we're going to hear for years... they won't stop the slander if Kerry wins. The same people who reviled Clinton currently say that it's our duty to support Bush because right or wrong he is our President - how long do you think that sense of patriotic duty will last if Kerry wins?)

Were people always this hateful, and I just didn't notice, or has the US become diseased in the past few years? I am inclined to think it is the latter... ignorance breeds hatred, and the majority media breeds ignorance. I don't see a way out of this downward spiral.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will support Kerry the same way y'all supported Bush...

I will protest every visit he makes, say that he lied, etc...

Blogger Foobario said...

Umm... Bush *did* lie. It's not like people made shit up... hell, he's supplying so much raw material it's hard to keep up with him. He's done almost nothing *but* lie. And he fucked the economy and the environment and our standing in the world. But other than that he's been a great President.

If Kerry lies, I'll be slamming him up against the wall too. If he makes campaign promises he doesn't keep, he's at the top of my shit-list. It's not about political parties, it's about whether or not our elected representatives actually represent us, and Bush has shown nothing but scorn for the people of this country. He sure seems to like the corporations though.

The thing is, I am 100% certain that Bush will continue to lie and damage the country, but I have no idea what Kerry will do. But it's like the lottery - if you don't buy a ticket, you have a 100% chance of losing. If you *do* buy a ticket, you have this infinitesimally small chance that you might not lose...

And as for your comment: I believe you will, but it's nothing to be proud of. Where was your eagerness to uncritically support the president during the Clinton administration? Clinton was a weasel, but at least he was just fucking his intern. Bush is fucking the country.

It's not a very convincing argument to say you'll just do what 'we' (whoever the hell 'we' is... I'm not affiliated with any political or ideological party - I vote for who and what I think will best serve this country) did, when 'we' watched you do the same thing for years. And either way, it's hateful and unrepresentative of what America is supposed to stand for. Thomas Jefferson said that American citizens have a *duty* to criticize the President... that's what democracy is all about.

It sounds to me like maybe you haven't been doing your duty... so I'm glad to hear you'll be starting to do so in the near future. The trick is to continue doing it all of the time, regardless of who is in the White House. Treating it like a fucking football game, cheering your team and booing the other guys, that's not democracy, that's herd-instinct.
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