July 22, 2007
Saluting the White FlagBy Bob Weir
From the time we're in grammar school, all the way through our adult lives we've been taught to take responsibility for our actions and not place blame on others for something we did. It's one of the essential elements of integrity. There was a time in our history when we could at least hope to look up to our elected officials and view them as statesmen, because they represented character traits we admired. Those traits and the courage to take a stand against evil would make us proud to follow them into battle. But today, we see many of them behaving like duplicitous children, pointing fingers at classmates and lying to the teacher about who threw the spitball. One of the most obnoxious traits is the willingness to conveniently forget what they supported in the past in order to gain political advantage in the present.
In 1998, Secretary of State, Madeline Albright said:
President Clinton said action must be taken to stop the Iraqi dictator or,
That same year, former Vermont Governor and current leader of the DNC, Howard Dean said:
Sandy Berger, the National Security Advisor under Clinton said, speaking of Saddam Hussein:
California Democrat Congresswoman, and current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi said in 2002:
West Virginia Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller said:
Delaware Democrat Senator Joe Biden said:
Nevada Democrat Senator, Harry Reid said:
That same year on Meet the Press, New York Democrat Senator, Hillary Clinton was asked by host Tim Russert:
Former North Carolina Senator and current presidential candidate, Democrat, John Edwards said on MSNBC in 2003:
Indiana Senator, Democrat Evan Bayh said on The O'Reilly Factor in 2003:
All of the above (and much more) was said by Democrats who voted to give President Bush the authority to invade Iraq. However, like irresponsible adolescents, they invent excuses for their behavior and look for a scapegoat.
President Bush said:
Sadly, the only thing those Democrats would stand behind is a white flag. With a worldwide terrorist organization plotting our demise, electing one of those poltroons as Commander in Chief could literally become a fatal mistake.
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Bob Weir is a former detective sergeant in the New York City Police Department. He is the executive editor of The News Connection in Highland Village, Texas. Email Bob