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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Friday, October 01, 2004

Elliott Denniston Letter 10/1/04

Cutting Through the Media Fog

"You know, I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to watch the political ads and decide how to vote," said a friend of mine recently.

I was too surprised to answer. I thought everyone knew that political ads are incredibly slanted, that they are often devious attempts to manipulate us. On the other hand, how objective are news sources today?! Everyone complains about how biased they are--and everyone is by and large right! So we are largely left on our own.

Therefore, I offer some irrefutable facts, and some personal opinions. Facts: under Bush's presidency, the economy has slumped, and the surplus has turned into a huge deficit, millions of people have lost their jobs and their health insurance, education has been severely underfunded--and the rich have gotten richer. Furthermore, (my convictions), a horrible and unnecessary war has been started, with no honorable and just conclusion possible. The president has been shown to have seriously shirked his military duty, while his opponent, according to John McCain and the U.S. Navy, is unquestionably a war hero. For me, deciding how to vote is overwhelmingly clear.

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