Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Still More Republican Hypocricy

It never ceases to gall me how the draft dodgers in the Republican Party and on Fox "News" are always questioning the patriotism of war heroes, even while giving lip service to "supporting the troops."

It happened in 2000 when the Bush campaign destroyed John McCain's soul by spreading lies about him, including lies about his Vietnam service.

It happened again when the Repuglicans in Georgia morphed the picture of Sen. Max Cleland, a man who left three limbs in Vietnam in service to his country into a picture of Osama bin Laden.

Again, in 2004, they got swift boat veterans to tell lies about John Kerry, contradicting what they themselves had said only a decade earlier.

Now, draft dodgers Pat Buchanan and Bill O'Reilly dare to question the patriotism of former Marine hero Jeremiah Wright, simply because they don't understand fire-and-brimstone preaching, and care nothing about the Black experience in America.

I wonder how the Patrick McHenry campaign is going to impugn the patriotism of Daniel Johnson. Daniel Johnson was in the Navy when he lost his legs rescuing a shipmate. Everybody on the left and right praised him for it. George Will even devoted a column to praising his heroism. Now he's running for Congress from our district. Assuming he wins the Democratic primary and assuming McHenry pulls the usual shenanigans to win the Republican primary again, he will take aim at Johnson's patriotism, the way the rest of the cowards on his side usually do. It will be interesting to see what lies he comes up with.


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