I was channel flipping and saw Sen. McWhore take the stage so I thought I'd take a peek. He started quoting one Democrat (FDR): "To some generations much is given. To others, much is demanded. This generation has a rendezvous with destiny." He cited the similarities between our struggle now and that in 1936 when FDR spoke these words.
Never mind the distinctions between Germany and Iraq ... oh wait, I forgot we're not talking about the great Iraqi adventure though are we - we're talking about our generic War on Terror - still it's too bad he couldn't come up with some eloquent quote from his fearless leader. I think "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we, They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we" would have worked.
However, sticking with the FDR theme, here's a few more for you John:
On Bush's Tax Cuts:
"Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle".On Abu Ghraib:
"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough".
"Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion."On Liberty:
"The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government".And [if this election is to be on results ...] On Progress:
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."On Bush's Preference for Dictatorship:
"True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made."[It's easier that way though, right George?]On Bushinomics:
"We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we now know that it is bad economics."On Our Nation's Response to Attack:
"Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. And so our enemies [China] will hear from us soon." [Okay, so I made that last part up but we're stickin' with similarities here]On Bush's Common Sense [or lack thereof]:
"The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."[yeah, my emphasis]There's one more, it's right on the tip of my tongue ... what is it? ...hmmm. Oh jeebus, if it were a snake ...
On The Bush/Cheney Meme (on or off the campaign trail):
"Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." [hat tip to Terry in Afghanistan]Next he stole from another Democrat - Obama. Okay so it wasn't no red states, no blue states, only the United States (of America), it was on 9/11 (of course) there were no Democrats, no Republicans, no Independants, no liberals, no conservatives ... yeah, you got the picture -just us 'merikuns.
He followed that up with citing many of his Democratic colleagues and how they emphasized [he may have used 'stressed' I'm going by memory here] diplomacy, how they emphasized exhausting all options blah, blah, blah and how he agreed with these friends, how the pReznit agreed with them - I'm sure this'll come as quite a surprise to those buddies.
He made it 2/3 of the way through his speech with much mention of 9/11, war, enemies and terror but nary a mention of Iraq. In the end though we find that the grand Iraqi adventure was necessary, effective and honorable. I mean after everything else had failed and what with Saddam going to be an even graver threat and all [although those pesky weapons never surfaced], what could poor George do?
But it's okay now because we're all friends just having a 'discussion' on how best to deal with our enemies.
Well, to sum it up, I think FDR would have been disappointed in ol' John's performance for he failed on at least 2 of 3 counts ...
"Be sincere; be brief; be seated." [that's assuming he took a seat at some point and didn't just depart in embarrassment]