Paul Hopper
Paul Hopper [link]
26 August 2004 @ 16:33:00
free speech, opinions, and outright lies
Gah, this is so frustrating! I keep hearing about the Swift Boat Veterans and their negative ad campaign against John Kerry. Those on the left say their claims simply aren't true and point to the official records of the Navy. The Kerry campaign, of course, wants those ads to stop. Defenders of the Swift Boat Veterans argue that "they're entitled to their opinions". Ahem, keyword: opinions. But they're not voicing opinions, they're making an attack that not only has no basis in the factual record, but even contradicts the official Navy record. And they waited all these years to correct the record? Even accepted medals themselves based on a supposedly false record? Give me a break!

To tell you the truth, I don't think they care so much about the initial allegations that he didn't really earn his medals. I mean, they do, but their plan was larger than that from the very beginning. Now they've gotten everyone's attention. Now people are going to pay more attention to what they do next — Kerry's anti-war activities post-Vietnam. And they've already got commercials attacking him for that now. And now is when the "opinion" defense works. But the first set of commercials were based on lies and attacks on the factual record. They just couldn't get to his anti-war activities post-Vietnam as easily and with as much attention had they not ran the first set of ads first.

And why is it that they keep talking about Kerry attacking and discrediting "honorable, decorated Vietnam veterans", but they don't recognize that the Swift Boat Veterans, ignoring the official Navy record and things some of them have said themselves about Kerry in the past and their own medals, that the Swift Boat Veterans are attacking Kerry, an honorable, decorated Vietnam veteran? Grrr!

Pot. Kettle. Black.
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Brandi [link] on August 26th, 2004 - 20:28:31 ET
That's the problem I have with this country and its going to war. American society tries really hard to make it seem impossible to support the troops and be against the war they fight in. Even in the media with the War in Iraq, it was "anti-war" v. "support the troops."

I don't see how I can support a person more than I am supporting the troops. What better support is there than to want them to live? What better support is there than to want them only to sacrifice their lives for something worthwhile?

It's exactly what they're doing to Kerry. It makes me so mad!

Ok, enough with my rant. How are you today?
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Paul Hopper [link] on August 27th, 2004 - 08:51:50 ET
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I know. The whole idea that supporting the troops means you should support the idea of sending them to risk their lives in an unnecessary war is... just... idiotic.

Even setting that aside, though, it really is just cheap rhetoric. Where was their support when Clinton launched attacks on suspected terrorist training camps and targets in Afghanistan and Sudan or a few months later when he authorized a bombing campaign in Iraq? I don't know about you, but I remember hearing the phrase "wag the dog" a lot back then! They certainly didn't want to set aside the Lewinsky stuff while Clinton dealt with those other issues. On the contrary, they were very critical of those military operations and claimed he was using our military for his own political purposes. And, honestly, I remember wondering if what we were seeing was an attempt to distract us from all the other crap going on, but, hey, I never claimed we should forget about everything else and give our unquestioning support to the President during military operations or even war. Apparently, you only have to "support the troops" and forget about all other criticism of the President when it suits their political interests.

Sorry for the rant! I just can't help myself sometimes. :)
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Paul Hopper [link] on August 27th, 2004 - 10:19:27 ET
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Ok, enough with my rant. How are you today?

Oh, yeah... I'm doing okay. Just been busy with the changeover at work. I wish I could say I was getting a lot done, but I'm not. Most of this past week was spent in meetings and stuff. My supervisor's been doing his best to go through all the different projects and applications I'll be responsible for (or the backup person for) once he's gone. And next week will be his last week before going on contigent status. So it's important and all, but it's more transfer of knowledge stuff than getting things done stuff, you know? Anyway, yeah, I'm doing okay. Glad it's the weekend! Now I can focus on chores around the house! Yay. :)
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Brandi [link] on August 27th, 2004 - 18:58:41 ET
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My friend Liz is moving in today and then I have an engagement party to go to, so I am going to have quite a busy day.

I hate changeovers. Actually, the only thing I like to do at work is...well, work.

Chores around the much fun!
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