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Hillary has a lot going against her

September 01, 2007|By JOHNATHAN R. BURRS

The Democrats and their supporters just don't seem capable of getting their facts straight. From the highest Democrat in government to the lowest-level Democratic supporter, the Democrats time and time again prove exactly why not to vote Democratic in 2008.

Over the past year or so, I have written several political opinion columns presenting factual information exposing problems in the American political system, most of which criticized the Bush administration and the failed policy in Iraq. In fact, the May 26 Herald-Mail column, "My party is in Iraq denial," lambasted Donald Currier's assessment of the Bush Doctrine.

More recently, I have taken the time to focus on the flaws of the Democratic party, its so-called leaders running for president and the political rhetoric they use to manipulate support for their campaign without ever presenting a clear message for what they stand for on important and sometimes controversial issues.

To me, straight talk on controversial issues is the key to growth. However, when it comes to politics and religion, it is inevitable someone, somewhere will be offended or take exception, particularly when facing factual information versus the fictitious political rhetoric from people such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama!

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To all those local Democratic critics, reading further will more than likely raise your eyebrows and leave you with a feeling that someone just stomped on both your feet. My advice: Move your feet!

Recently, one of my critics, Donnie Souders Jr., accused me of being nave for believing that many Democrats support Hillary just because she's a woman. Interestingly enough, I have had personal conversations with a lot of people who have no problem indicating they support Clinton just because she's a woman. This is no different than all the African- Americans who support Obama just because he's African-American. I, for one, think it's nave to believe or suggest this type of reasoning doesn't exist in American politics when in fact it does.

Furthermore, none of this changes the fact that Clinton simply is not qualified to be the next U.S. president, which, in my humble opinion, is based on her inability to define viable strategies on issues such as the war in Iraq, Social Security and health care.

Defenders of Clinton proclaim the only reason she voted to authorize the use of the military in Iraq was because she had been presented flawed and manipulated information from the Bush administration. They suggest her flip-flopping on the Iraq debacle shows leadership, in spite of the fact the majority of the flip-flopping came after the Bush administration was exposed for manipulating pre-war information.

These very same Clinton cronies seem to forget she spent eight years in the White House as first lady, before becoming a U.S. senator. If anyone should have been skeptical of the Bush administration, it should have been her.

Instead, she went along with every other politician who chose to present the American public with a false sense of unity versus taking a stand for truth, like Rep. Barbara Lee did.

Lee was the lone vote against President Bush's war resolution in Iraq. If the Democrats want a real leader, Barbara Lee is where they should start looking. She has proven she will stand for truth even if she has to stand alone. That's more than Clinton can say now, isn't it?

On the other hand, if the Democrats' priority is to make history by nominating an unqualified candidate for president on the premise of gender, Hillary is the right choice. However, just like all those people who voted for Bush because of religious beliefs and his stand against homosexuals, they should not complain if she wins and they wake up in the year 2010 and realize the country is falling further into debt, health care costs have continued to skyrocket and the military is still stuck in Iraq in spite of all the good ole political rhetoric Clinton used to get their votes. Now isn't that ironic - Clinton rhetoric to gain political support. Deja vu!

Jonathan R. Burrs is a Hagerstown resident who writes for

The Herald-Mail.

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