[Comment] Re: Censorship at the Beattie Blog

You're welcome to post here, Lance. I have no axe to grind. I am searching for the Truth. I have opinions, but I am open to discussion, unlike bee-AT-tee. I have even been known to change my opinion. Heck, I used to be a flaming liberal. (I got better.)<p>All I can say about Hussein is that, given the time and opportunity, he would have been happy to follow in Bin Laden's footsteps. He was a threat. Now he isn't. In the wake of 9/11, with him flouting UN weapons inspectors for over a decade, it was not a mistake to take him seriously.<p>One of the things that helped me get over my liberalism is the hypocracy. Clinton went to all kinds of places, like Somalia, Bosnia, and Chechnya. They were never a threat to us the way Hussein was. Where was the righteous indignation about any of that? These missions had far more nebulous reasons and objectives than Afghanistan and Iraq. Did liberals cry out in protest, or did they blindly follow "their" guy? Plus, Clinton let attacks like the 1993 World Trade Center, the U.S.S. Cole, and the bombings of the American Embassies go essentially unanswered, which led up to 9/11/01, yet liberals still find a way to blame Bush. We are suffering the hangover from Clinton's party years, both economically and militarily, but Democrats won't own up to any of it and want to do it again with Kerry.</p><pre>For myself it isn't President Bush himself that concerns so much as the people that run
his administration: Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft – to name a few popular targets.
What they have done in the name of The War On Terror frightens me.</pre><p>I've heard plenty of this kind of rhetoric, but what does this really mean, other than a gut-level dislike? Have your liberties personally been eroded or trampled upon? Mine haven't. This is one of those accusations like global warming or Bush raping the environment that I think is just sensationalist fiction. Where are the facts to back up your fears?</p><p>Given what happened three years ago and the fact that there are plenty of people who would like to hit us even harder today, I'm impressed by how little my day-to-day life has actually changed! Other than having to take my shoes off in an airport, what have I had to give up for my security? What has <i>really</i> changed in your life? I think this is just opportunistic hype with no substance behind it. This is why I stopped being a liberal and became a realist. All the emotional stuff started to wear really thin. As an engineer, I operate better on facts than feelings. The liberal approach to economics is untenable and destructive. And the liberal views on security are self-destructive. The whole kumbayah thing just shows how out of touch liberals are with reality.</p><p>I mean no offense, Lance, but you've got to give me something to hang on to, if you're going to persuade me. Otherwise, it's more of Russell Beattie's meaningless, emotion-driven drivel. Sadly, I think that's what's driving most of Kerry's supporters. i don't think he's offered anything else.</p>

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