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Thursday, September 08, 2005
Image hosted by If the "left" continues to let groups like or individuals like Ted Kennedy speak for them then you can expect to crash and burn. Left 'bloggers should be reacting with outrage against these people, because they hurt you far FAR more than right-wing wackoes ever could. Get with it my "left" friends--its YOUR credibility that is on the line. - Group's TV ad uses storm's aftermath to target Roberts By Mark Memmott, USA TODAY The televised images of poverty-stricken evacuees from Hurricane Katrina are part of a provocative, last-minute effort by a liberal interest group to divert federal Judge John Roberts' path to confirmation as chief justice. 'We believe John Roberts' record on civil rights ... is clearly not the direction our country needs to head now,' a spokesperson said."
posted by Jack Mercer @ 9/08/2005 05:05:00 AM  
  • At 9/12/2005 04:23:00 PM, Blogger mokawanis said…

    I think it's shrub who's in crash-and-burn mode right now. The war's going badly and his numbers are in the toilet. Nixon's popularity during Watergate was a little higher than President Chimp's is now.

  • At 9/12/2005 06:44:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    I agree, Dave. I think that the many on the left rejoice at what Katrina has done to Bush's numbers. I wouldn't think you would feel the same though. I think though that what needs to happen is clear thinking individuals on the left need to start taking on their irrational counterparts and being holding them responsible for what they say. If you don't you let them speak for you.


  • At 9/13/2005 06:19:00 PM, Blogger mokawanis said…

    Hi again Jack,
    (I changed my tag from Dave to mokawnis so bloggers wouldn't confuse me with other posters.) I take seriously your point about holding my peers on the left responsible for irrational commentary . I don't hesitate to challenge them when I see this occur, and unfortunately I see it all too often. My biggest concern is that negative politics and smear campaigns are practiced by both the left and the detriment of us all. We are a divided nation and the take-no-prisoners win-at-any-cost mentality only weakens the dialogue that needs to be happening. I call on those on the right to also challenge irrational and irresponsible tactics coming from their camp.

    By the way, Bush's numbers were already down close to what Nixon's were during Watergate BEFORE Katrina hit. I'm of the opinion that the worsening situatuion in Iraq is the reason.

    Thanks for listening.

  • At 9/13/2005 07:01:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Mok!

    Like the new handle--when you get a chance mind letting me into its background? (If I'm not being too nosey).

    I know its hard not to get discouraged. I have friends from the left and right that I have to remind them every once in a while that what we see on the internet is not often a true picture of what is happening around us. I hear people say we are a nation divided, but what happened after our brothers and sisters in Lousiana and Missippi suffered hardship? Everyone, Mok, left and right jumped in there and got the job done. Sure, there will always be those who sit on the sidelines and complain, but the majority of Americans are like you and me--hard working, dedicated, truly desiring to do the right thing. If you go outside and look around, you'll see average people whose believe systems aren't THAT disperate greeting each other, helping each other, and yes, even loving each other. Look at you and me for example. I'm a Barry Goldwater conservative (what I consider a real conservative) and you characterize yourself as "left-leaning". Even though we will disagree at times, basically we want the same things--peace, prosperity, etc.--its just sometimes in the details we may become mired. Bottom line with me is that I have to view you as a person--not a blogger, not an opinion, not an leftist, etc., but as an individual that it is incumbent upon me to get to know and learn from. I look forward to our agreements AND disagreements, Mok.

    The political crowd is another breed. There are a few good politicians--a few. I lump most of them in the same category as lawyers(of which there are a few good ones also). Many, though, are pariah who feed upon the fears and hopes of the populace to increase their own power. Even though many of them ARE that way, occasionally they do things that are worthy of praise, and that is the time I praise. There is always time for criticizing.

    Now, back to your comments:

    I agree--I refuse to let anyone get away with speaking for me if they are saying the wrong things--regardless of ideology. The problem is that we have people left and right who are reluctant to speak out against wrong when they see it.

    Also, prior to the war I made the assertion that Iraq would be a problem mainly because contemporary America had no stomach for protracted conflict. I referenced the first Gulf War knowing that most of the public's expectation of Iraq would be judged on that template and that it wouldn't happen. Unfortunately I lost that post when I was hosted by ebloggy along with a host of other articles (and readers). Given time I will try to articulate my feelings on the Iraq War. Several of my left friends' blogs understant that I neither supported or opposed the Iraq war. I still maintain that position based on the collection of a huge database of information. It is one of those things I have to admit that I still don't have enough information to make an informed decision, and I do not let others make up my mind for me or formulate my opinions.

    Oops, beginning to ramble, Mok.

    Thanks for stopping by as always!


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