Two stories in The Dispatch are reporting that Don Samuelson, who was defeated by Paul Koering in Senate District 12, is accusing the Senate (Republican) Victory Fund of running an unfair campaign by misrepresenting his position on certain pro-life issues.
Samuelson claims he was endorsed by MCCL, but he never featured it in any of his campaign ads. There was a letter of support from the president of MCCL, but no mention of an endorsement. A letter of support is not a formal endorsement.
Samuelson claims a mailing was false when it said he talks pro-life, but votes pro-abortion. The mailing focused on Samuelson always voting for strongly pro-abortion Roger Moe as Senate majority leader even though he knew Moe would prevent pro-life legislation, such as a ban on partial-birth abortion and the Woman's Right to Know bill, from being passed. Samuelson's actual votes on pro-life legislation were not mentioned.
Samuelson also claims there wasn't a single vote he took as a senator that could be labeled pro-abortion. However, he often had less than a 100 percent pro-life voting record which means he did cast pro-abortion votes. For instance, his last pro-life voting record was only 85 percent. According to the MCCL web site, he voted for a campaign finance reform bill that MCCL opposed because it would have severely limited the free speech rights of groups such as MCCL before and during elections. That was a pro-abortion vote.
This lackluster pro-life voting record and his support for Moe were mentioned in numerous letters to the editor, but were never answered by Samuelson or his supporters. He had his chance then, but he did not take it.
"Condoleezza Rice -- One smart cookie." This Monday, Dec. 9, article on the editorial page reflects the pervading liberal attitude of demonizing anyone not in their camp. The writer, Sheryl McCarthy, admits to being "a fairly liberal newspaper columnist," then proceeds to try to smooth talk her liberal bigotry by saying she and Rice had similar childhood experiences, but that Rice is now (Heaven forbid) "a Republican ... hawk ... in a right-wing" administration. Right-wing! How horrible!! There has to be something wrong with her because she is one of "those" right-wingers! The implication being, "I'm normal because I'm a liberal Democrat, but Rice is abnormal because she is not like me, she's right-wing." It's the old liberal ploy. -- "portray ourselves as mainstream, moderate, normal (self-proclaimed), and anyone to our right (conservative) is someone we must destroy!"
How do they seek to destroy? Look at Newt Gingrich, Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, John Ashcroft, Charles Pickering, to name a few. According to the liberals, "if one is pro-life, pro-Constitution, pro-Second Amendment, he must be silenced and destroyed! So smear him! Demonize him!"
The problem is, these good men are still around, and their ideas are still being heard. Their influence is not destroyed, because the marketplace is still open.
Then, at the end of her ploy, McCarthy tries to rewrite history before it happens by saying Rice "has been mentored by those who embrace a hard-nosed imperialistic vision of America's role in the world." Excuse me? So now, right-wing equates to imperialism. Show me one place in history where America has sought to expand her borders. Our wars have been fought to protect ourselves and others against evil. Since when does that equate with imperialism?
A bankrupt doctrine
Let's face it -- Bush I failed with Iraq. Now his son, with the same advisers, is itching for a re-run. In the 1980s, Bush et al. sneered at energy conservation and renewables in favor of plentiful oil, purchased with a large, permanent military presence in the Gulf and billions in profitable arms sales to all sides (conveniently ratcheting up Middle East debt). They sold Iraq chemical weapons, even after the infamous attack on the Kurds. In 1991, Bush I rejected UN diplomacy in favor of swift, massive war (death toll: 100,000). To enlist cooperation, the administration flat out lied about Iraqi troops massing on the Saudi border. They denied Gulf War syndrome and the dangers of depleted uranium. They targeted civilians -- a war crime -- via aerial bombardment of civilian infrastructure (food, electrical, water treatment facilities) They spoonfed and babysat media coverage. Then, when Kuwait was "liberated", rebel forces were converging on Baghdad, and Iraqi-led regime change was imminent, Bush abruptly called off the war, allowing Saddam to mercilessly crush the opposition forces.
Perhaps they didn't believe in "regime change" then. Or perhaps they
thought they could control Saddam -- a known entity since '79 -- more easily than a regime they hadn't groomed. So they kept their military presence, and engineered UN economic sanctions that crippled the people while strengthening Saddam. Iraqi children have been dying, cruelly, by the thousands. Bombings in the no-fly zones cause substantial civilian casualties.
Yes, we have problems. The Bush doctrine is bankrupt. The emperor wears no clothes. Our history and blatant oil interests disqualify us as liberators in the world's eyes. War is evil; empire is unsustainable. Solutions require multilateral, cooperative, long-term strategies that build -- not destroy -- civil society, economies, culture, and self-determination.
A new leaf
With the onset of 2003, millions of Americans will be making the traditional health-centered new year's resolutions: to exercise more, to lose weight, to quit smoking ...
This year, let's expand our sights and our hopes beyond our own health to the health of our family, our natural environment, including the animals, and our planet Earth. In short, let us think globally as we act locally.
Amazingly, each of us can accomplish all that three times a day, by switching from meat and dairy products to convenient, wholesome, delicious, plant-based foods. In addition to the highly recommended five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, every supermarket now carries soy-based deli slices, veggie burgers and dogs, heat-and-eat dinners, as well as soy milk and ice cream.
Let us turn over a new leaf, kick the meat habit, and get a new lease on our own life as well as the life of our planet.
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