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Tuesday, October 05, 2004  

Fear and Loathing

I have a fear that Kerry might win the election. Six months ago, if you'd asked me what I'd think if Kerry were to win, I'd say something like, that's a darn shame and real setback to war against terrorists.

But watching the level of attacks, deception, and viciousness coming from Kerry and now Edwards (SEN. JOHN EDWARDS (D-NC) (clip of a speech): "I'd say if you live in the United States of America and you vote for George Bush, you've lost your mind." ), well, I don't just have a fear of the Democrats, I have a horror.

That there remains a month until the election pains me. I want it over now.

Even at its worst, Nixon and Reagan hatred never sank to these depths.

The kind of personal attacks by Kerry at Bush are not only sickening, but diminish respect for the office, and undermine its prestige. The day will come when a president who is not as thick skinned or temperate as Bush will retaliate more forcefully.

A republic like ours cannot tolerate this level of vicious discourse. Kerry has aimed fighting words at another man. The excuse that politics is hardball and that this is nothing extraordinary is a lie and a myth perpetrated by the Democrats, particularly Clintonites.

Attacking someone's record, distorting it or exaggerating it to the opponent's disadvantage has always been fair game. Even the dredging up of moral failures in private life of candidates is a sad fact, but what we are seeing, or rather hearing, today takes the ad hominem to a new level.

It is one thing to say your opponent is wrong. It is another to say he is wrong because he is stupid, stubborn, misguided, corrupt, and vain.

These are things Kerry keeps saying and hammering on. The ironic thing being, of course, that such terms are projections which best describe himself.

My prayer is that Bush will win decisively and the Democrats will dissolve discredited and hopeless. My fear is that the election will be closer than it ought to be, and that the Democrats have simply begun round one in a relentless assault on rational democracy.

Abetted by the MSM, the Democrts have no shame, but after Kerry, what kind of brigands will they turn to? Dean? Gore? Hillary?

posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:31 PM |