Saturday, September 30, 2006

In Illinois, Empty Conservative Catch-Phrase "Cut And Run" Takes On Much Different Meaning

During a recent debate, Peter Roskam, the Republican candidate for Illinois's sixth district, trotted out the familiar line that his Democratic opponent wanted America to "cut and run" from Iraq.

His opponent, Tammy Duckworth, a former National Guard pilot who lost both her legs in Iraq last year when her helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade, was visibly angry at the exchange.

"I just could not believe he would say that to me," said Duckworth, who now walks on artificial legs with the help of a cane. "I have risked my life to serve my country and you cannot question my patriotism."

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It could have been worse. One joke supposedly making the rounds among some Roskam supporters was that Duckworth supporters were being silly -- it wasn't like Roskam said Duckworth favored "cut and roll." Get it? Isn't that hilarious? Someone call Ann Coulter.

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But of course, Roskam's use of "cut and run" is just empty conservative spin.

"I am sick and tired of the Republicans saying 'Either you agree with us on national security or you are not patriotic'," said Duckworth, who like many Democrats recommends a "phased redeployment" of US troops in Iraq -- similar to a proposal advocated by our top man in Iraq, Gen. George Casey. "It is total baloney – in fact I have a better army word, but I can't use it. We must never forget that it is patriotic and it is American to question people in power."

2 Comments:

Anonymous whoop4467 said...

I learned something as a young boy during my elementary days and junior high days that I have grown out of as adult. If you had no facts on your side in an argument you called your adversary names, belittled them to knock them down to the level of a snake, dehumanized them by calling them a "sissy" or you tried physical force to win your point if the belittling did not work. Sounds like politicians are adults that have not outgrown this behavior and in todays political climate that is all the repukes have left to influence the American population that do not read or listen to facts in any form. An educated mature population are much smarter voters than the "sheep" in our society.

As I have said before, for democracy to prosper, succeed and never fail there are 5 things we all must do:
1. Be an open and honest society, especially politicians( all of them)
2. Be an educated population both academically and politically.
3. Encourage all able registered voters to vote and have it counted properly.
4. Conduct oversight on every administration to keep it honest.
5. Support a honest and fair free press.

12:10 AM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

I forgot on my last post to add one more thing to have a successful democracy( now 6) and that is to tear down all of the "FOR SALE" signs by all political parties for our government, both domestic and foreign.

12:16 AM  

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