Mad As Hell And Not Going To Take It Anymore

The Wall Street Journal is upset that John Kerry confronted Sam Fox in his confirmation hearings to be ambassador to Belgium (discussed here and here):

That’s an insight Mr. Kerry’s Democratic colleagues, who in solidarity may block Mr. Fox’s appointment in a vote next week, would do well to remember. The Democrats are not without their own free-range advocacy groups, such as MoveOn.org. Before they build the gallows, they might consider what will constitute a hanging offense when the political composition of the government shifts.

There are a few major flaws in this argument. First, while the media concentrated on the Swift Boat connection, as I reviewed previously a major portion of Kerry’s testimony was to show that Fox was not qualified for the position. Even if Fox’s connection to the Swift Boat Liars was the only issue, this would not be analogous to MoveOn. There is a tremendous difference between advocating a political position and engaging in a dishonest smear campaign of this nature. Anyone who participated in spreading these lies about a decorated war hero such as John Kerry should be disqualified from such an appointment. Holding different opinions is not the same as inventing different “facts” as was done by the Swift Boat Liars.

The Wall Street Journal says Kerry, and presumably the rest of us should “get over it.” Steve Benen explains why we should not just get over it:

It’s possible that I’m just petty. I have a hard time forgiving and forgetting. But every time I hear conservative argue that we should “get over it,” I’m reminded of why I continue to harbor grudges.

Republicans threw the political world into turmoil in 1998 by launching an impeachment crusade against Bill Clinton. It was an absurd and painful exercise. Those of us who are still annoyed by the fight are supposed to “get over it.”

In 2000, Republicans orchestrated a massive fraud in Florida, and, with the help of the Supreme Court, delivered the presidency to the candidate who came in second. Those of us who harbor resentment are told we should “get over it.”

Bush failed to take the terrorist threat seriously before 9/11? “Get over it.” Bush launched a disastrous war? “Get over it.” Bush is rewarding those who helped smear a war hero with a vicious lie? “Get over it.”

It’s not enough for the GOP and its allies to engage in offensive conduct; they also insist, after a short while, that we stop being bothered by it.

A far better response than to get over it would be to shout, as in Network, that “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

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2 Comments

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    Tom Maguire says:

    I expect we would all be interested in seeing your previous analysis of Kerry’s questioning, with the conclusion that Fox is not qualified – link, please.

    As to this:

    Holding different opinions is not the same as inventing different “facts” as was done by the Swift Boat Liars.

    My experience is that very few folks who say this sort of thing can actually cite any of the “lies” at issue (However, I did have a friend who taught her parrot to say “Swift Boat Liears”. Very impressive, in its own way.)

    So, care to toss out a lie or to for us to look at?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Check the video of the testimony on CSpan in addition to the links in the post regarding the hearings. I suspect that a transcript of the hearings might also be available.

    The claims of the Swift Boat Liars have been throughtly refuted many times. You can check Fact Check.org, Snopes Urban Legends, and multipe other sources. I had a full series on the Swift Boat Liars back at The Democratic Daily in the past if you also want to look those up. My experience is that those who believe the Swiftie’s lies have no interest in the facts and simply believe anything anti-Kerry, considering that their claims repeatedly contradict the military record, the work of historians such as Douglas Brinkley who have studied the issue, and in some cases even contradicted their own previous testimony.

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