Redefining 'Swiftboating' and Rewriting History

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/04/redefining_swiftboating_and_re.html

    April 20, 2008
    Redefining 'Swiftboating' and Rewriting History
    By Henry P. Wickham, Jr.

    If the words "swift" and "boat" must be combined and turned into a verb, then let us insist on its proper use. The word as a verb originates from the campaign undertaken in 2004 by the Swift Boat Veterans in response to the John Kerry presidential candidacy. The word means, or should mean, the exposure of a fraudulent autobiography of one seeking political office or public influence. It is the correction of a personal and professional record that has been selectively and dishonestly compiled, as the Swift Vets did so effectively to that of John Kerry.

    Although swiftboating may be a neologism, there are other recent examples of this phenomenon. Justus Reid Werner, in a seminal Commentary article, exposed the fraudulent life story created by Edward Said to advance his political agenda. Dan Rather's macho claims to be an "ex-marine", when he did not finish marine basic training, were also revealed to be fraudulent. This is swiftboating in its truest sense.

    The Left is now redefining and, therefore, misusing the term swiftboating, and this misuse has become one of the many notable aspects of the 2008 presidential campaign...

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    To understand better the origins of this term and the actual meaning of swiftboating, one can do no better than to read To Set the Record Straight, How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs, and the New Media Defeated John Kerry, by Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler.
     
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    In my opinion, all they had to do was to show excerpts of Kerry's 'Winter Soldiers' testimony before Congress in 1971. Most voters had forgotten it or were never aware of it.
     
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    I don't know how he did it but somehow Bush succeeded in not getting swiftboated (in your sense of the word) after jumping ahead of a waiting list for the Guard instead of going to Viet Nam like kerry and then going AWOL after he got into the guard.
     
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    And you have the forged documents to prove it.














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  5. carpro

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    I do. Sorry you don't understand that service in the Air National Guard is honorable service.

    And the AWOL charge remains a lie until proven different.

    It's has been proven easier to "swiftboat" someone like Kerry just by telling the truth.

    Then there is the additional fact that Kerry turned traitor. Bush didn't.
     
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    No, I just believe it to be the truth. Unlike this lies the swiftboaters conjured up about Kerry.
     
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    Here's some truth for you.....

    Both John Kerry and George Bush voluntarily joined, and as far as anyone knows, both recieved honorable discharges. That's where it begins and ends, for me. And I hate to sound all haughty, but I hope every one who is critical of either Bush or Kerry for their service has at least done a couple years themselves.

    If vetrerans have something to say, they have right to publish any book they want. I didn't read the book, I had enough policy issues with the man I could never vote for him.

    And the left's tantrums over this book were really comical, but the treasonous act of forging an official communication during a time of war ?

    The left lost that one, big time. You should admit it and move on.
     
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    Since "truth" is substantiated by evidence it appears you believe what best fits your hatred for the President.
     
  9. JustChristian

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    Twisting my words. I said that GW Bush used his father's influence to jump ahead of a waiting list to get into the Air National Guard. I don't know whether you were in this position but I was. The Air National Guard was seen as a better option than fighting the Viet Cong in the bush. Comprende?
     

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