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Oct. 19th, 2008

For those that missed it, Colin Powell endorses Obama. He among other things listed some very reasonable arguments for why he endorsed Obama. Powell is one of the most widely respected men in public service with good reason. Even if you are not voting Obama, this is probably a good thing to watch. He says some very true things.

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technoir
Oct. 20th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Concidering after the fact he said in interviews he was lied to while he was in office, I will tend to believe him. His career certainly implies a level of integrity that says to me he would not have knowingly lied. Till someone shows up with proof I will not believe other wise.

We the public say a lot of things without proof. This is a problem with people.
jeffrey
Oct. 20th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
But there's no proof that he didn't lie, and he was part of a group of people who founded everything they did on lies.

If someone hangs around with a gang all the time and is a MEMBER of that gang, and that gang is guilty of murdering someone, all members are under suspicion until cleared of any wrongdoing. There's no evidence there to clear him, sadly, so we have every reason to think he was party to the same things Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld et al were (though, as I said, to a lesser degree and probably with more honorable intentions).

We the public DO say a lot of things without proof... which is exactly what you just did. I base my judgment of his character on the people he willingly worked for and the things he did, you base yours on his track record previously. There's no more proof on your side than there is mine.

John McCain used to be a relatively decent guy previously. That certainly doesn't make him so now. People make bad decisions and screw up, and I hold them accountable for that. It doesn't mean they're terrible people (though with McCain I'm beginning to wonder, as the more his campaign tanks the worse of a person he seems to become), but it DOES mean they become far less trustworthy.
technoir
Oct. 20th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Can you prove any of what you have said? No. If your going to assassinate the character of a man you should show some proof. I will go one further. Can you prove that Bush and company lied? No probably not. Do I believe that they were wrong? most definitely. I find it just as likely they saw some evidence and leaped the conclusion they wanted to see. Without actual evidence all we are is an angry mob.

The one with the facts wins. It is not enough to say the other side doesn't have facts either.
jeffrey
Oct. 20th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
There's plenty of proof Bush lied... about dozens of things. Honestly I can't be arsed to link you to it, because I don't care if you know it and, if you don't know it by now then you might not have been paying attention.

The facts are Bush has lied. You can get that from any of his press conferences where he directly contradicts things he's said previously. I think you're jumping down the wrong path there in defense of a man who we both agree is largely a good guy.

Calm down there. :P
technoir
Oct. 20th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
I am always calm.

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