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Integrity on the left
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Noting the hypocrisy, viscousness and vile nature of the attacks on Sarah Palin and her family and denouncing them:
September 2nd, 2008. The 2008 Election ended this morning as a vast cadre of liberals, progressives, Democrats and like minded journalists lifted the white flag and surrendered.

We surrendered something a whole lot more valuable than our vote. We surrendered our principles. We surrendered our core values.

We surrendered all hope. We surrendered our shared dreams that our daughters would inherit a better world, a world of promise, equality, justice, fairness and honor.

We had dreamed of a world where our 17 years old daughters wouldn't be striped naked and raped on the front page of the New York Times, above the fold.

We dreamed of a world where a candidate, man or woman, could run for the highest office in the land and not be "swiftboated" with sexual lies and slander so vicious, so cruel, so gross and destructive that they actually wither our very soul.

I actually believed we were better than that. I actually believed "swiftboating" was the sole property of Republicans. I actually believed we wanted to debate the issues. I actually believed we wanted the real change so eloquently promised by Senator Barack Obama. I actually believed we wanted a better world for our sons and our daughters.

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I’ll note this:

The origional "Swiftboating" was done by vets who’s honor had been drug over the coals by John Kerry in the ’70s. And what I saw was mostly true, and raised questions about the top line on Kerry’s resume, and was therefore appropriate.

It wasn’t inherently "Republican", it was about him stabbing his buddies in the back.

How come we talk about "Swiftboating", anyway? Memogate was really the partisan attempt to steal an election.
Written By: Don
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It’s real interesting how you can quickly size up a person’s political biases by how they define "swiftboating".
Written By: Neo
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The fun part is that in the past the term swiftboating would just easily pass into the lexicon as a verb. But I don’t think the left has that kind of power anymore.
The normal people now have enough clout in media and on the internet to correct the term when it is misused and remind everyone of exactly what Don just said.

Written By: kyleN
Considering that "swiftboating" involved actual facts, I’d say it still was the sole property of the Republicans...

This? This isn’t swiftboating... It is crass, vile and cruel, and it disgusts me.
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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’Our editors are making us do this, and I am ashamed.’
Written By: Neo
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I think it’s charming that he or she is this naive. It casts that much more shame on the party leadership who’ve been peddling this horsehockey. The “politics of personal destruction” isn’t the exclusive province of either political party, neither party is above such tactics, and the way it’s practiced nowadays pales in comparison to stuff that was standard practice in days gone by.

Low, lousy, libelous smear campaigns are intrinsic to party politics. Inextricably entwined. The first American election that featured that degree of vitriol was, coincidentally, the first one in which party politics was really a major feature: the election of 1824.
Written By: Dave Schuler
I don’t know, Dave, I think you could take it back to 1800. That was pretty vicious.
Written By: Bryan Pick
Thanks for the link and for your strong support of Sarah Palin. Left or right, what’s beiong done here is simply wrong.

That so many on te left are simply standing on the sidelines and (silently) cheering this assualt is tragic.

And the news media.... Every single principle of journalism has been abandoned this weekend and won’t be located by these hacks until a left winger is attacked. Then just watch the Nora O’Donnells and Campbell Browns come to her (the left’s future version of Sarah Palin) defense and cry foul at every slanderous question and comment.

Imagine if anyone dared attack Joe Biden’s children. Hell hath no fury.......

Written By: The Wizard, fkap

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