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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Bush critic Sheehan blasts US Democrats: "Prominent Iraq war opponent Cindy Sheehan urged US President George W. Bush on Friday to 'end this madness' and accused his Democratic foes of having 'betrayed' their anti-war supporters. Sheehan, whose soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq, planned to lead dozens of protesters to a security checkpoint near Bush's Texas ranch and read out names of US dead in Iraq using a bullhorn. 'Our message is: Today is Good Friday, when Jesus Christ was killed by the Roman Empire. He rose again on Sunday, came back to life. But our loved ones won't be coming home' from Iraq, she told reporters. The protesters will tell Bush 'to end this madness for our families,' said Sheehan, who took a tough line against Democrats who harnessed anger at the Iraq war to recapture the US Congress in November. 'They got there and they betrayed the grass roots that put them back there,' she said. 'We can't depend on the Democrats.'"

posted by Jack Mercer @ 4/08/2007 03:37:00 PM  
  • At 4/09/2007 01:45:00 AM, Blogger whig said…

    I'm a big fan of Cindy Sheehan. I also recognize that there is a process which has to be followed, and it will take time for troops to be brought home. Primaries are less than a year away in many states.

    Is your point that you support Cindy Sheehan or that you just don't like Democrats?

  • At 4/09/2007 08:44:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    I'm a critic of policians, Whig, and our two primary political parties. So far, the Democrats have broken just about every campaign promise they have made. (Gas has gone up--they promised to make it go down, promised more bi-partisan process-to work with Republicans, but have locked Republicans out of process repeatedly-politics as usual, out of Iraq--non-binding resolutions--posturing, promised to expand house work week, broken after first week, promised to reign in spending--porked every spending bill to the maximum)

    America needs to look realistically and honestly at our politicians and realize they are not the solution to our problems, but the problem itself.

    Whig, I like neither Democrats or Republicans.


  • At 4/09/2007 02:03:00 PM, Blogger whig said…

    Who promised gas prices were going to come down? Do you actually have a source for this?

    Jack, we talked about how important honesty is, and I want you to be completely honest with me. I will do the same for you.

    Who tells you these things?

  • At 4/09/2007 02:20:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Plus I remember John Kerry and several others (sorry no specifics) indicating that high gas prices were because of Republicans being in power, implying that if Democrats were they would go down. There are other sources, Whig, I just don't have time to hunt 'em down.

    "Among the 15 senators signing the letter were Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and senators Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Joe Lieberman."

  • At 4/09/2007 06:14:00 PM, Blogger whig said…

    But Jack, you are misrepresenting what they said. There is no promise here to lower gas prices. They are criticizing the administration policies which they contend have caused high gas prices.

    Why do you misrepresent, Jack? Isn't that bearing false witness?

  • At 4/09/2007 06:21:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…


    I am not as nuanced as a lot more intelligent folk. I am not very good at parsing words. When Democrats blame Republicans for high gas prices and yes, there were many instances where Democrat politicians local and national indicated that they could do something about gas prices--from price caps to investigations into oil companies for price gouging, etc., etc., then we have politicians making the claim that they are a part of the solution both directly and by implication.

    Whig, if you can't see that, then I guess there is no way I can convince you of it.


  • At 4/09/2007 06:22:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Whig, what are your thoughts on the half dozen other issues raised?


  • At 4/10/2007 01:45:00 AM, Blogger whig said…

    Jack, you are perfectly capable of understanding and using the English language. Admit you made a wrong accusation and we can move on. There's nothing to nuance or parse. Nobody promised gas prices were going to be brought down.

    Will you acknowledge?

  • At 4/10/2007 01:48:00 AM, Blogger whig said…

    I think you're very nuanced and intelligent, by the way.

  • At 4/10/2007 06:28:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Whig, if it absolutely makes you feel better, I'll admit to anything. :)


  • At 4/10/2007 07:53:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

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  • At 4/10/2007 07:57:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…


    Still trying to locate specifics, but here is a news cast where there was discussion by a panel of varying ideological backgrounds. The assertion they make agrees with me:,2933,264931,00.html

    I am not saying this is evidence, just that evidently these people heard what I did also.


    "Democrats hit the campaign trail promising to ease the pain at the pump. But the day they took control of Congress, the national average was $2.32 a gallon. Now: a gallon of unleaded will set you back $2.70. That's a 14-percent spike in three short months."

    "Laura: This Congress, in their first hundred hours, passed the first real energy reform in the last six years. Hopefully the Senate will take it up this spring and send it to the President's desk. The Democrats have only been in power ninety-days and things like this take time. When was the last time a company was turned around in ninety days? The Democrats are committed and you're going to see it."

    "Scott: The Democrats' promise is bogus and can't be done! The Middle East is the cause of our problems. They simply talk and oil prices go up. Refineries lack of progress is what's causing gas prices to rise. And that will continue forever unless there are more refineries."

  • At 4/10/2007 08:09:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Here are more links, Whig:,4670,Kucinich2008,00.html

    Whig, if you want more, I've got about 150 more. :)


  • At 4/11/2007 12:39:00 AM, Blogger Michael said…

    Jack, none of your links support a claim that any Democratic member of congress ever promised that gasoline prices would come down if they were elected.

    It will indeed make me feel better if you will admit this fact.

  • At 4/11/2007 12:54:00 AM, Blogger Michael said…

    Neil Cavuto's statement is unsupported and a lie, as is much of what emanates from Fox News. I have to say this, Jack, and you may find it difficult to accept, but there is no basis to believe what they say unless they can present an actual Democrat who actually said what they claim.

    It shouldn't be a hard thing for them to do, if it were true. It isn't true.

  • At 4/11/2007 07:28:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Michael (Whig?),

    I am not sure if you followed campaign ads or campaign news. If you would have, you would have witnessed many of them blaming Republicans for high gas prices. This was followed up with "Vote for me--I am a solution to this and all of the other problems raised in this ad, etc." If this doesn't mean to you, that Democrats were saying that Republicans were at fault for high gas prices and that by voting for them, gas prices would go down, then there is nothing I can really say that will convince you otherwise. Why else bring it up if you are campaigning to do something about it, bring about change, etc.

    Michael, I heard many of the ads, watched them as they were profiled almost on a nightly basis on the various news programs. If you want to call me a liar and say that I didn't see them, then that is A-Ok with me. I have been called much worse in my lifetime. :)

    This is pretty far off the topic of the post, and not very relevant to what I originally posted. Pick another campaign promise broken, and we'll start fresh.


  • At 4/11/2007 12:59:00 PM, Blogger whig said…

    No campaign promise was broken. That's the point. You cannot back up anything you say, you spread lies without concern for the truth, and you will be held responsible for bearing false witness if you do not repent.

  • At 4/11/2007 08:18:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Whig, 'ol buddy, you're nuts, and just a tiny bit scary! :)

    Might I suggest you take yourself a tinsy bit less seriously. Maybe you should stick to blogs that you agree with. Just for your heart's sake.

    Your friend,


  • At 4/11/2007 08:39:00 PM, Blogger whig said…

    What makes you think I take myself so seriously, Jack? I could be wrong after all.

  • At 5/06/2007 10:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    4. Relief at the Pump (S. 847). Democrats plan to halt the diversion of oil from the markets to the strategic petroleum reserve. By releasing oil from the reserve through a swap program, the plan will bring down prices at the pump.

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