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How about a little perspective..........

by Del McMullen / August 23, 2004 11:26 AM PDT

...... on all of this so called "anti" whoever campaign rhetoric.

One of the most volatile in current news is the Kerry Camp's frustration
with the Swift Boat crew.

O'Neil, the head of the Swift Boat bunch, and Kerry, have been going at
each other since the early '70's. There is nothing new out there. I haven't
researched any of the Swift Boat dialog, but I suspect there is very little
campaign type support of President Bush in any of it, as it is totally aimed
at discrediting Kerry as a Commander in Chief. Not because these "swifties"
are supporting Bush, but because they dislike/disrespect Kerry. If the
truth were known, even that disrespect is not based on what they proclaim
to be Kerry's activities, or lack thereof, while he was in Vietnam, but wholly
because of his Hanoi Jane activities, particularly as it impacted upon veterans,
after he left the Navy. As the years have passed, and the antagonism has
grown, as has the crowd around/behind O'Neil, exaggeration became common
place, and fact from fiction became impossible to separate, from either side
of the argument.

When Kerry came out for the Office of the President, he just threw gas on
the fire, in the eyes of the "swifties".

So to blame the Bush Campaign for the Swift Boat activity is out of cync, as
I don't see them as supporting President Bush, but rather I see them as the
devil with a pitchfork chasing Senator Kerry down the road.

Most of us pay little attention to the campaign rhetoric, except to repeat what
we hear from the media when we think it might get a rise out of someone in
the room. But most of us also believe that where there is continuing smoke
there most certainly is fire at the bottom.

If the media wouldn't give both sides so much "ink", and make it front page
news, most of us would pay little attention to most of the "trash talk" that is
so much a part of the political process these days.

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