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QUOTATION: People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing. - Walter H. Judd
2004-09-14 - 4:46 p.m.
Are they reading my blog?
Just yesterday or the day before I suggested in my blog that Senator Kerry consider using Ross Perot's graphic flip-charts to illustrate for the viewing public exactly what's going on in Washington, D.C. and how he might change things for the better. And voila! today he has flip-charts about Medicare. It's hard to believe, but is somebody reading my blog?
Today's word: adroit
1. quick or skillful or adept in action or thought: "Jim is the kind of adroit host that keeps the drinks full and the conversations flowing."
2. skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends; 'an adroit politician'
adverb form: adroitly
noun form: adroitness
Approximately 1652; borrowed from French; from Old French, 'adroit,' 'adreit' ('a-': to, from Latin 'ad-,' + 'droit,' 'dreit': right, from Late Latin 'directum': right, justice, from Latin accusative of 'directus': straight).
"For their part, the Democrats' convention reflected one overriding objective -- to showcase Kerry as a Vietnam War hero. They left Boston with that mission accomplished -- but with little else.
The Republicans were far more adroit. Instead of ignoring the president's most damaging liabilities, such as the war in Iraq or the economy, the Republicans faced up to them. But not in a manner that was the least bit defensive. The war with Iraq represents one of America's finest moments; the economy is improving, thanks to the president's tax cuts; public schools are turning the corner thanks to his education policies. What more could anyone expect from their commander in chief, they seem to be saying."
Gerald Boyd. "Op/Ed: Bush's Bash," Yahoo News (September 10, 2004).
Take a few minutes to read this article Here's What Happened to the Republican Party, so adroitly written by Garrison Keillor of Lake Wobegone fame. Well worth a read!
Yesterday as I adroitly dinked around on the Internet, I came across the following news article at AntiWar.com
I thought you'd want to know:
While You Weren't Looking...They Lost the War
by Justin Raimondo
Perhaps you're paying attention to the increasingly annoying presidential campaign, in which the nearly lost art of distinguishing typewriter fonts may prove decisive, and it just didn't register; or maybe you were too focused on the latest developments in the Scott Peterson murder trial, and it slipped beneath your radar. My theory is that Zell Miller's speech to the Republican national convention reached such heights of inspired demagoguery that it blew mental circuits nationwide, resulting in collective brain damage of frightening proportions. In any case, while hardly anyone was looking, the U.S. lost Iraq to the rebels. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, along with Juan Cole and Pat Buchanan, were among the few who noticed.
This rather confirms what the officer last night said on CNN about the administration holding them back from doing what they could to do more than contain Falujah (if that's what they are doing). He said that they could actually win in I think he said four days if given the go-ahead to win. I think he may have been referring to what Bill Maher said on Larry King Live: He said that the insurgents come out and fight until they get tired and then run back into the mosques saying "Nyanh, nyahn, nyahn, can't get us now," and our troops back off until there's another attack.
If someone in the Kerry campaign is reading this now, please have the two Johns indicate how they would do things differently...and perhaps mention what others have been saying. There is the possibility that the war is being politicized in more than one way. Is the war being prolonged so that fewer body bags will be coming home between now and the election?