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No Truth Here, Please

We're Democrats.

[Update a few minutes later]

This seems related.

Not only can Democrats not handle the truth, but when truth is told about them, the truth tellers are called liars. Even by Saint Barack:

When called out on something -- say, misquoting McCain on the 100 years statement -- Obama's reflexive move is to insist the person doubting his credibility is lying. When Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopolous asked him tough questions, his followers screamed bloody murder.

The strategy is clear: when you say something negative about Obama, you will be accused of lying.

Well, at least they're not threatening to chop off our heads.



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Robert wrote:

Rather than throw around slurs like "liars", why not acknowledge that there is an ambiguity?

'Obama is disrespecting people who wear flag pins.'

could mean

a) 'Obama is disrespecting some people who wear flag pins.

or it could mean

b) 'Obama is disrespecting all people who wear flag pins.

It is unfortunate that conversational English doesn't enable logical distinctions as well it might. Since it doesn't, we should try not to muddy the waters that pretending that what is ambiguous is actually unambiguous.

Rand Simberg wrote:

Calling people with whom they disagree liars is almost reflexive to leftists. I think it's a projection thing. The vitriol of the accusations against George Bush are emblematic.

Richard wrote:

But Robert, it sounds like you're asking us to overlook the fact that, by your own admission, Obama is disrespecting at the very least *Someone,* based on whether or not they're wearing a pin.

From the party that gives so much lip service to respecting each other and their differences, this kind of double standard ("Respect us, and we don't have to respect you!") simply will not fly, regardless of who gets the nom.

Robert wrote:

Obama said "You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq War, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."

So, yes, I think Obama was "disrespecting" some people who wore a flag pin. I think he was disrespecting people who wore a flag pin as a substitute for patriotism.

What is wrong with that? Do you think Democrats, who, yes, talk a lot how people should respect each other, should respect people who do wear pins as a substitute for being patriotic?

Bill Maron wrote:

How about this Robert, he was intimating he was MORE patriotic for not wearing one and speaking out against the war. He was accusing those wearing a pin of a silly little gesture that really means nothing. I find that repugnant in a Presidential aspirant. Now, when you can pinpoint who wears a pin as a silly little gesture and who wears one because they love their country, I'll consider revising my opinion of what he meant.

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