Category Archives: Political Commentary

Screed Alert

James Lileks is less than impressed with Andrew Sullivan’s poorly-thought-out and naive endorsement of John Kerry.

But in wartime, a president bears the greater responsibility for keeping the country united. And this president has fundamentally failed in this respect.

Oh, surely. But maybe – just maybe – many people did not want the country to be united if it meant being united behind Bush. He is a much more potent and immediate threat, after all. Who


This article says that most voters are clueless.

”Particularly significant is the fact that, on many issues, the majority is not only ignorant of the truth, but actively misinformed. For example, 61 percent believe that there has been a net loss of jobs in 2004, 58 percent believe that the administration sees a link between Saddam Hussein and 9-11, and 57 percent believe that increases in domestic spending have not contributed significantly to the current federal budget deficit.”

It’s amazing that Bush is doing as well as he is, when you consider this.

I doubt that this is a new phenomenon, but I’m concerned (as always) about this big push to get people to vote (like the foolish “motor voter” law) without an accompanying push to educate them to the point that they can do so responsibly. Fortunately, most of them still don’t make it to the polls.

I Think We Can Guess Now

…why Kerry continues to refuse to sign SF 180 and release all of his military records. There have been rumors swirling about this for a while, but it’s looking more and more like his discharge from the Navy may have been less than honorable.

And much of his subsequent political career has been spent in attempting to repair that blot on his vital narrative of “John Kerry, Vietnam Hero”

There are a number of categories of discharges besides honorable. There are general discharges, medical discharges, bad conduct discharges, as well as other than honorable and dishonorable discharges. There is one odd coincidence that gives some weight to the possibility that Mr. Kerry was dishonorably discharged. Mr. Kerry has claimed that he lost his medal certificates and that is why he asked that they be reissued. But when a dishonorable discharge is issued, all pay benefits, and allowances, and all medals and honors are revoked as well. And five months after Mr. Kerry joined the U.S. Senate in 1985, on one single day, June 4, all of Mr. Kerry’s medals were reissued.

[2:30 PM EDT update]

More thoughts over at the Beldar Blog.

Even if this isn’t the issue, the question won’t go away–why is Kerry and his campaign stonewalling on the service records? If this isn’t what he’s hiding, is it something else? Something worse?

It Was Just A Matter Of Time

The anti-First-Amendment types are siccing the FEC on the web. How long before they shut down this site because I occasionally have harsh words for Senator Kerry and his blow-dried running mate? Signing McCain-Feingold was one of the most shameful acts of this administration, and that Supreme Court ruling that it was constitutional was a disaster for free speech.

If they really try to regulate the blogs, it may finally start the needed revolution against all of this campaign finance nonsense.