Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Setting the patriotic trap again

Remember back before and when the US invaded Iraq, if anyone questioned the war or the president, they were called unpatriotic and a traitor. This was a trap and a not so subtle way to shut down dissent and mute anyone who did not support what bush was doing.

Now we see that trap being set again but this time it is in regard to questioning anything about Senator McCain’s military experience and history.

Sunday, General Wesley Clark said, “I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president,…''. Monday morning on Morning Joe, Mika and Andrea Mitchell expressed their displeasure regarding what General Clark said. They intimated that you just don’t go there and that such statements would backfire on the Obama campaign.

See, the bait has been placed in the trap. Senator McCain’s service and actions at the time are off limits. Discussing any of this is akin to belittling all who have served in the military, according to Mika and Andrea.

I totally disagree. Anyone who has served their country in the military is to be commended but that does not make them infallible or superior. McCain’s being shot down during the Vietnam war is not a shield nor does it give him a pass. No more than if he had been injured as a policeman in the line of duty.

So watch as we go along and listen for the reoccurring theme, that to question Senator McCain’s military history, will result in your being unpatriotic. Touch that bait in the trap and snap, you are caught being anti American and a traitor. Do you think it will work again?


Blogger Distributorcap said...

i dont think it will work this time - americans are sick of this. and especially sick of people like Andrea Mitchell and Mika telling us what we can or cannot discuss

first of all -- how DARE those people say mccain's military record is off limits when kerry's wasnt - they sure had a grand old time trashing kerry in 2004.

mccain's military record qualifies him for nothing. ZERO. like Heileman from New York Magazine said it shaped his character, didnt give him skills to determine what is good foreign policy or expertise on terrorism. Mika, Andrea, Chris and others have determined and continue to propagate the myth than military service makes one qualified to lead, decide and judge.

a big FU to Mika - i used to like her -- not after yesterday's performance. She literally chided anyone who calls into question military service. But said nothing about what they did to Kerry.

Clark is dead on right and i am glad he is not backing down.

i think killing innocent civilians is un-american, and mccain was shot down while bombing North Vietnam.

after being tortured one would think he would have led the charge against any and all forms of torture -- but NO, he flip-flopped on that one too.

July 01, 2008 2:06 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

Unfortunately, most toddlers have a longer attention span than the average American. Very few remember what was done to John Kerry and will look at this as the 'Greatest Outrage Evah'. Most Americans get their opinions from Mika and Andrea and that means they'll swallow this meme hook, line, and sinker. I mean, what does Wes Clark know? He was only the Supreme Commander of NATO.

July 01, 2008 2:15 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

That is such horseshit.

If these idiots had a freaking clue, the etymology of the word courage comes from COR or heart. Not just what appears to be (but is often not) guts.

They would not know a patriot if one smacked them in the face. (and i just may have to do that...)

Idiots. We have confused patriot in our society with lots of things, most of them having nothing to do with real patriotism.

July 01, 2008 3:26 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Considering the love affair the media seem to have with McSame it may work again. Americans only catch the sound bites and don't really try and understand the bigger picture. So it was with Kerry.

July 01, 2008 3:41 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Sorry dcap, I think it'll work at least a little. Kerry was a French Democrat, and McCain, thanks to the sycophantic media, is everyone's lovable grandpa.

Race will play more of a role than patriotism since it isn't two white dudes running, but you know the wingnut way: toss as much crap as possible on the wall. Some of it is bound to stick.

July 01, 2008 6:08 AM  
Blogger LeftLeaningLady said...

I think it will work a little. Since I live in a hotbed of conservative BS, I get to listen to plenty of ridiculous comments by neo-cons. And, yes, I have been accused of being unpatriotic on more than one occasion (the war in Iraq was the loudest!). Unfortunately no matter how loud I was, no one listened to me on the SwiftBoat BS that derailed Kerry's campaign. Maybe their intelligence has grown since then.

July 01, 2008 6:53 AM  
Blogger Unconventional Conventionist said...

I banged my head in an airplane once, so that makes me qualified.


July 01, 2008 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Joe the Troll said...

"mccain's military record qualifies him for nothing."

Oh, it qualified him for a much better G.I. Bill than he's willing to give the soldiers whose backs he wants to ride to the White House.

Criticizing his military record can be done and done successfully if it is always done by people in the military, especially high-ranking ones. No civilian should try it.

July 01, 2008 8:23 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

john cole over at balloon juice takes that twisted thinking to its logical and inevitable conclusion. . .

randall "duke" cunningham would be the perfect vp for mcCain!

July 01, 2008 8:38 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

so, every soldier who ever wore a uniform is qualified to be prez?

but, some folks will swallow anything the MSM tells em. especially if it's something they already want to hear.

July 01, 2008 9:40 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Of course it'll work again. Obama even happens to be running around giving his "great american values" speeches, including the one on patriotism, yesterday -- as if THAT'S what's important right now. It always amazes me how politicians can reduce any race to its lowest common denominators--bullshit generalizations like faith and patriotism, instead of specifics about policies and positions on the real issues.

And Amurkans fall for it every fecking time.

July 01, 2008 10:41 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

Kudos to Clark.

Shame on Barack.

Fuck the media.

Did I miss anything?

July 01, 2008 12:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Who makes these stupid damn rules anyway?

If McCain (or any politician) is going to mention his military record as part of his campaign, then it ought to be fair game.

July 01, 2008 12:34 PM  
Anonymous pursey said...

Americans do fall for this kind of trash every fecking time as dguzman said. I was in a waiting room and overheard three women discussing Obama. They repeatedly grappled with the question of whether or not Obama was Muslim. "I just want to know,,, is he or is he not a Muslim?" one of the women declared. Then one said, "Obama said the dumbest thing, he said 'I love America and I want to change it'. They all roared with laughter at the idiocy of wanting to change America and said, "We don't need to change America." This painting the opposition as anti-American will always win. We are a bunch of dummies, plain and simple.

July 04, 2008 11:10 AM  

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