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2003-05-08 - 5:39 a.m.

The Silence Is Deafening

What is it with the Republicans? Why can they not get over Bill Clinton? Prime example: Terry McAuliffe, the DNC Chairman, was on a radio talkshow Tuesday morning and was trying to talk about Bush, his photo-op aboard the Abraham Lincoln, and his failed National Guard record and all the conservative dude, Curtis Sliwa, could do was talk about Clinton. If it isn't Clinton's penis, then its his draft-dodging. What these Republicans do not seem to realize is: Clinton is no longer an issue! His political career is over for now anyway. No, these damn Republicans would rather side-step around any issue concerning Bush by throwing up smoke screens about Clinton, and even at times about Gore. And if any Democrats try to shed light on Bush's failed National Guard record, then it's lights out for them. Which is exactly what happened to McAuliffe. He no sooner tossed out his point about Bush when Sliwa side-stepped the issue and then hurriedly brushed McAuliffe off.

I was no big fan of Clinton or Gore, but it just pisses me off that the Republicans think it is fine and dandy to talk about them and what they did or didn't do right, but the second anyone mentions the bullshit shinanigans of Bush, the silence becomes deafening.

Here is another example of attacks by the Republicans on anyone who criticizes Bush: Senator Byrd gave some remarks in the Senate on May 6th criticizing the way Bush announced the end of military operations in Iraq. He said: President Bush's address to the American people announcing combat victory in Iraq deserved to be marked with solemnity, not extravagance; with gratitude to God, not self-congratulatory gestures. American blood has been shed on foreign soil in defense of the President's policies. This is not some made-for-TV backdrop for a campaign commercial. This is real life, and real lives have been lost. To me, it is an affront to the Americans killed or injured in Iraq for the President to exploit the trappings of war for the momentary spectacle of a speech. I do not begrudge his salute to America's warriors aboard the carrier Lincoln, for they have performed bravely and skillfully, as have their countrymen still in Iraq, but I do question the motives of a deskbound President who assumes the garb of a warrior for the purposes of a speech.

Because of his speech, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is now calling up Byrd's past KKK involvements. Senator Byrd has never hidden the fact that he was once involved in the KKK and he does now make it very clear that his involvement was wrong and has apologized for it on numerous occassions. What makes Frist's arguement invalid is the fact that Bush has a lot of questions from his past that he refuses to answer: his cocaine addiction, his DUI record, his failed National Guard record, and his shady business dealings in Texas. Bush refuses to acknowledge any of those things even when there is evidence for all of them (read Greg Palast's book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Fortunate Son by JH Hatfield).What truly makes this whole thing sickening is that anyone who dares bring those questions up gets silenced or ridiculed into silence. At least Byrd has apologized. How much you want to bet Bush will never apologize for all he has done?

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