…and they say Bush talks funny

I was saddened and angered today to receive a bit of intra-office political spam today.  One of my co-workers, L, forwarded an email ripping Kerry.  I wasn’t surprised by that part; L often sends emails directly from the RNC to the office.  What surprised me were the sheer inanity of the accusations against Kerry and L’s partisan blindness to what he had done.

I’m astonished that the level of political discourse has sunk so low that people are making up meaningless accusations like this and refusing to research them.

The message started out like this:

And they say Bush talks funny. This Kerry is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. His GPA at Yale was lower then Bush and he didn’t go on to Grad School. It should get real interesting when they start debating each other.  You will think Yogi Berra is writing the script.

I don’t know if the GPA claim was true, but I figured the rest of the email was going to be a listing of some of the stupid things Kerry has said during the campaign, from the oft-abused “I actually voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it” to humorous slips of the tongue.  I was very surprised to see this instead:

“The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country.”
– John F. Kerry

“If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.”
– John F. Kerry

“One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’.”
– John F. Kerry

“I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.”
– John F. Kerry

“The future will be better tomorrow.”
– John F. Kerry

“We’re going to have the best educated American people in the world.”
– John F. Kerry

“I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made.”
– John F. Kerry

“We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe.”
– John F. Kerry

“Public speaking is very easy.”
– John F. Kerry

“A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.”
– John F. Kerry

“We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.”
– John F. Kerry

“For NASA, space is still a high priority.”
– John F. Kerry

“Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.”
– John F. Kerry

“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
– John F. Kerry

“It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system.”
– John F. Kerry

These quote are all very funny of course, but they aren’t Kerry’s.  Except for the first one, these quotes are from Dan Quayle!  The first one is a paraphrase of George W. Bush (links to sources of the quotes at About.com).  My boss, R, and I noticed this immediately, so R emailed L telling him to look at truthorfiction.com to see that he was spreading misattributed silliness. 

I thought we’d never get a response, but L responded to R pretty quickly.  Amazingly, L defended his email, even stating that he had his source (email forwarding) and we had our source (truthorfiction.com), and obviously truthorfiction.com was biased for the left and just wanted to make Republicans look bad while making Democrats look good!  Of course, truthorfiction.com is not politically biased at all, but L preferred the insults to Kerry to the truth, and he fell back on bias and opinion when his belief was challenged.  But these aren’t issues of bias or opinion!  Quotes are facts, and these quotes are from Quayle and Bush, not Kerry.  Bias and opinion are used to interpret the meaning of the quotes and what they say about the speaker, but there’s no liberal bias in saying that these particular quotes are by Republicans.

Has discourse in America really sunk so low that people will believe anything they hear that maligns an enemy, and assume that any attempt to correct is biased?  Do we prefer hatred to fact that much?

P.S. I’m sure that Liberals have been equally silly in passing along ridiculous claims, but this insult through misattribution was too glaring for me to ignore it.


About Lance Finney

Father of two boys, Java developer, Ethical Humanist, and world traveler (when I can sneak it in). Contributor to Grounded Parents.
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