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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)

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Jeff Martinek Letter 10/06/04

Tuesday’s vice presidential debate pointed out the “stature gap” between a seasoned political insider and a boyish neophyte.

Unfortunately for the Republicans, it was George W. Bush who was shown up, not John Edwards. The “stature gap” touted by the cable news pundits was between Cheney and Bush: and it amounted to the difference between a confident, shameless liar and desperate, befuddled one.

Dick Cheney cast himself as a professor talking to a pupil. And I hope George Bush learned the lesson: “when you lie, my boy, lie boldly and often; no matter how outrageous and obvious the lie, never flinch or show a tinge of conscience.”

Cheney began with the mind-boggling assertion, delivered with his patented matter-of-factness, that he had “not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11.” Cheney has been saying exactly this for over 3 years.

Cheney claimed again that Kerry and Edwards had voted “for the war” and “to commit troops,” when in fact the Iraq resolution they voted for called for intensified diplomacy before going to war.

Cheney tried to paint Kerry as anti-military by citing a vote for miltary cuts that he himself had asked for and supported as Bush Sr.’s Secretary of Defense.

Cheney called Edwards’ charges about Halliburton a “smokescreen” and then claimed a fact-checking website would support him. He got the name of the website wrong, but the site he meant to cite supports Edwards’ main allegations!

Finally, Cheney claimed that Edwards was such a truant from his Senate duties that he never met him before the night of the debate. Within hours, the Democrats produced a video showing Cheney and Edwards shaking hands four years ago. At least three meetings have been confirmed so far.

Yes, George Bush has a lot to learn about lying with conviction.

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