Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Sedition Act - Dick Durbin

Although both the “Sedition Act” and the “Espionage Act” were repealed in 1921, we should all understand the reason they were inacted in the first place. See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedition_Act_of_1918

Senator Durbin stood on the Senate floor and did another “moral equivalency” speech that would surely have qualified under either of the acts above as treason, had they still been in effect.

There is no other Country in the World that is so self-examining to try to better itself than the United States of America. We criticize our selves more than any other country on earth. But we sometimes do it at the wrong time and without any regard for “unintended consequences.” We should have more brains than to say things that will become propaganda for our enemies.

Let’s examine how we as Americans are being so bad in our treatment of the prisoners at GITMO. First many, many have been released. How many were release from the Gulag or Auschwitz?

Not only released unharmed, but weighing more than when they went in. Many have said it was the best food, (we give the Muslims honey glazed chicken, and other fine foods because it is part of their strict diet), and have said it was the best treatment they have ever had.

And now let us examine the complaints. A few say they are being tortured, (the definition of torture is “the infliction of severe physical pain." - American Heritage Dictionary)

First torture complaint is that we played with the thermostat and actually made it too cold for one prisoner. Wow! That is severe pain. Almost like pulling out fingernails as happened in the Gulag.

Next we played with the thermostat and made it too hot. It got up to almost 100 degrees. Wow, severe physical pain again. Never mind that here in Sacramento we have and average of over 60 days a year where temperatures approach 100 degrees, or that the temperature inside a hummer in the desert approaches 130 degrees.

These statements by Durbin are inciteful and fallacious.

We really need to come up with several new words that could be used for the following:
1. A small amount of pain, like playing with the air conditioning.
2. A medium amount of pain, like hitting someone with an open hand.
3. A severe amount of pain, like pulling out fingernails, cutting off extremities, poking out eyes, burning people alive in ovens. Oh, I forgot, this is the definition of torture!

Which of the three above are the ones associated with Gulag and Auschwitz? That third one is the only one that means torture. Number 1 and 2 have no definitions and for Durbin to equate them is to be intellectually dishonest. Anything to get back at Bush!

There is a reason that we have about 150,000 words in our language. Each one means something. That is why we should choose our words carefully.

6 Comments:

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Possum said...

EXACTLY! Except in Durbin's case (as well as Rangle's) we can plead ignorance (as in, lack of knowledge of the real facts)...

I think they actually believe what they are saying!

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger Sassy said...

Nice post

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger Free Agency Rules said...

possum,

I think they know what they are saying. I don't think Senators say anything that is not well thought out and well understood as to their political capital.

A Senators first priority is to get elected, his second priority is to get re-elected.

"We have the best people in Washington that money can buy." - Will Rogers Jr.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I think the liberals will do anything to make Bush bad. It's too bad he had to open his mouth and shame his country with his ramblings. I heard on Rush that it is all over Europe including Al Jezerah. What a mess. Wouldn't it be nice to transport Mr. Durbin back in time to one of those camps he was comparing Gitmo to. Maybe he would make it out alive and come back to appologize. Sorry for the short rant. It just boils my blood.

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger Free Agency Rules said...

He now is back peddling big time. I hope they Censure him.

 
At 5:38 AM, Blogger Mike's America said...

The worst thing about this Durtbag Durbin's statement (and there are lots of bad things) is that his comparison weakens the ability of language to communicate what real EVIL there is in the world.

I did a bit of a piece on this recently:

http://mikesamerica.blogspot.com/#111912767315617709

You might be interested in the link to National Review article on "Moral Equivalency" in paragraph 4.

 

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