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Like I say
A Nation of Stupid Children,
Who Refuse to Give Up the Lies
by Arthur Silber
March 3, 2007
By the age of eight or nine, most children realize that Santa Claus isn't a real person, just as they know the Easter Bunny and similar pleasantries are only make-believe, tales of imagination offered to add a bit of fun to the holidays.
The great majority of children give up these fantasies without experiencing emotional upheaval that remotely approaches serious trauma. Those very rare children fortunate enough to be raised by adults who accord them the seriousness and respect they deserve know such stories to be ones of invention from the beginning.
Unfortunately, the great majority of Americans – led by a relentlessly trivial and mendacious political class and a comparably anti-intellectual media – never approach again the psychological achievement of children who undergo this transition.
Why the sudden uproar?
A tempest has been brewing today over something Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said while on CBS-TV's Late Show With David Letterman.
"Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be," about the situation in Iraq, McCain said. "We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives."
The word "wasted" drew a sharp rebuke from the Democratic National Committee:
"Senator McCain should apologize immediately for his comments," Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney said in an e-mail to reporters. "McCain should also explain this poll-driven change in his tune. How is it that John McCain now believes American lives are being 'wasted,' yet he so stubbornly supports the President's plan to escalate the war in Iraq and put more American lives in harm's way? Clearly in looking at his sinking poll numbers, he really will do or say just about anything to win."
"we now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted." He quickly apologized, saying that "even as I said it, I realized I had misspoken."
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Good point. The hypocrisy shown when "one of theirs" says something as opposed to "one of ours" saying the same thing is pretty obvious! And the truth is that they're both right and nobody owes an apology!