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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Weekend Musings

Yesterday I had a much needed day off from school. Did I use my time to do my homework? Nope. I used my time to do nothing at all. Sure, I've got a paper due and a bunch of math homework, but Friday is a day to unwind and recharge the batteries.

Actually, I spent most of the day surfing blogs via Blog Explosion. It's all about getting the credits -- and hopefully discovering an interesting new blog.

As you surf the blogsphere, you begin to notice trends, common themes that appear in blog after blog. For instance, conservative blogs. These blogs are used to attack liberals and Democrats as a group. Now, here at my blog, I tend to attack individual conservatives, such as Sean Hannity, who I hate, and most of the Bush administration. See, I'm focused like some kind of laser (presumably the kind that you would point at someone) on individual conservatives, and I enjoy slamming them for their stupid beliefs and their mind-boggling hypocrisy.

But as I surf, I begin to wonder if I should change my focus to just attacking conservatives as a whole. As much as I enjoy smacking Sean Hannity around, I think it would be more entertaining -- not just for me, but my readers -- to attack conservatives as a group AND as individuals. I know, I'm not taking the high road here. I am, however, following the examples I've found in dozens of political blogs.

Case in point #1: the accusation that Democrats who voted against Dr. Condolezza Rice's appointment as Secretary of States are racist.

Where do people dream this shit up?

The proof of this racism seems to be related to the fact that Senator Robert Byrd was in the Ku Klux Klan. Ipso facto, Byrd is a racist, and a Democrat, which would make the others that voted against Rice racist as well. I think. Actually, I haven't seen any proof yet that the Democrats who voted against Rice were also racist.

I would have voted against Condi. Not because I'm a racist. Because I think she's not qualified for the job. Well, let me take that back. As a Bush puppet, she is extremely qualified for the job. More so than Colin Powell, who on occasion publicly disagreed with Bush administration policies.

Like everyone else in Bush's cabinet, Rice refuses to accept any responsibility for the bad intelligence that led to our war with Iraq to hunt down WMDs.

Your average conservative would counter that John Kerry spoke out about WMDs; why aren't you blaming him?

Well, mainly, he's just a senator, relying on the intelligence information provided by the various intelligence groups working on WMDs. He would have been told, just like Colin Powell told the U.N. Security Council, that our intelligence about WMDs was based on facts, not assertions.

It was Bush, Powell, Rice, Ashcroft and Rumsfeld that ran with the WMD angle. They told us all on numerous occasions of the threat posed by Saddam and his vast stockpiles of weapons. And they were wrong. Deadly wrong.

So no, it's not about racism. It's about putting the right person in the job. And since Rice refused to acknowledge mistakes made by her agency and others, and has in the past refused to appear in any hearings where she is required to take an oath to tell the truth, makes her the wrong person for the job.

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