Thursday, October 21, 2004

Shameless

I know a good number of decent, honest liberals, and even a few decent, honest Democrats. Many of them think it is very important that John Kerry be elected. Still, I have to wonder if they think that end justifies these means:

1. Asking the federal government to censor the political speech of groups of veterans.

2. Twice.

3. Threatening the broadcaster of one such group's message with retribution should Kerry win:
[Kerry spokesman Chad] Clanton: "I think they're going to regret doing this, and they better hope we don't win."

4. Filing lawsuits to keep Ralph Nader off the ballot across the country.

5. Waiting to do #4 until the last minute so voters overseas (i.e., our military) can't get ballots in time to have their votes counted.

6. Claiming Kerry will pay for all his "plans" by closing tax loopholes while using those loopholes to reduce the Kerry family's tax burden to barely above the minimum rate.

7. Calling executives who use overseas labor traitors during a campaign financed by money from those very CEOs, not to mention the Heinz conglomerate, which operates, poetically, 57 factories overseas.

8. Telling the handicapped that if John Kerry is elected, people in wheelchairs "are going to get up out of that wheelchair and walk again." The reaction of one such person in a wheelchair:
"In my 25 years in Washington, I have never seen a more loathsome display of demagoguery. Hope is good. False hope is bad. Deliberately, for personal gain, raising false hope in the catastrophically afflicted is despicable."

9. Gratuitously discussing the sexuality of an opponent's daughter on national television - twice.

10. Defending #9 by saying she's "fair game."

11. Attacking the mother of the "fair game" when she objects to #9.

12.


13. Breaking into numerous Republican offices.

14. Shooting at others.

15. Burning swastikas on the lawns of Bush supporters.

16. Adopting an official policy of crying "Voter Intimidation!" even where "no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged."

17. Repeatedly referring to Republicans as Nazis and comparing them to racist murderers.

Is John Kerry really worth all this?

UPDATE:
18. "Making misleading statements regarding his support from the law enforcement community": from a brutal Fraternal Order of Police press release.

UPDATE II:
19., 20. Lying about secret Bush plans to privatize social security and reinstate a draft. These, along with Nos. 8 and 9 are discussed here.

UPDATE III: More evidence of #5.