Did I say that, moi?
Joan, c'mon it's funny to think that anybody could be stupid and naive enough to think that praying and going to church makes you a good person.
But I guess there really are people gullible enough to believe it, or the scoundrel wouldn't have gotten elected in the first place.
I know, you were pulling my leg and I was pulling yours. I'm not good at trying to be funny. Sorry. I should leave the jokes to those better at it.
wiki on chickenhawk. James used the right colloquialism. Chickenhawk (also chicken hawk and chicken-hawk) is a political epithet used in the United States as ad hominem argument to criticize somebody who strongly supports a war or other military action (i.e., a War Hawk), yet who actively avoided military service when of age
Thanks for the clarification, Biped. I did say I was using the traditional NYC slang definitions—totally inappropriate to the context of the post.
William Bennett, the drug czar, would be a good example of your definition. Hawkish as heel but where was he when it was his turn? The War on Drugs is such a failure I don't know how his sonofagun can live with himself. This country has more people in jail that all the countries of the world combined, something like 1.3 million.
It's like out of 1984 where behavior was the opposite of that which was stated or declared. The Ministry of Truth was where they doctored historical records. MiniPax was where they planned warfare. Bennett wrote a book on virtue and goes out and blows four million on Internet gambling.
It's not merely money. John Kerry didn't exactly come from a poor family, yet he served in the military, evidently with distinction. Somehow his record got smeared and he was made to appear as a hypocrite with poor judgment and insufficient experience to serve as commander in chief. Meanwhile, his draft-dodging opponent was our "war president".
Somehow democrats who serve in the military get painted as spineless saps, while republicans who don't serve in the military are successfully portrayed as principled, disciplined men able to command our armed forces and willing to deploy them only in the instance of dire necessity. What gives? It's almost as if not being qualified is itself the highest qualification!
In the case of John Kerry, it was the case of money vs. MORE MONEY, and money determined to RUIN someone who ran in opposition to those who held money and did not like the message carried by Senator Kerry.
This is money cast as a club, an unthinking weapon, wielded indiscriminately against those who do not agree with he who carries said club. It is why "Citizen's United" is a travesty of constitutional law and why it must ultimately be defeated if a United States under a constitution which cares to deal not just with rich people or poor people but ALL THE PEOPLE is to survive at all.
I wonder if we will ever see "Citizen's United disbanded?