Friday, July 11, 2008

Against Stupidity the Gods Themselves Contend In Vain

A Letter in the Boston Globe

Too easy to scapegoat Cheney

RE "No welcome for vice president" (Letters, July 8): First, I would like to say that I am a rare breed: a Bush supporter from Massachusetts. More important, however, is that the writer of the letter about Vice President Cheney's Boston visit sounds bitter. Perhaps he is bitter that George W. Bush has twice secured the confidence of the nation and that he won despite being one of the most unpopular men in the country when he beat Senator John Kerry in 2004.

The responsibility for the conflict in Iraq and the current occupation of that country lies squarely on Congress. Without lawmakers' approval, it would not have gone forth.

If you have a problem with the conflict, blame, among others, Kerry, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Representative Robert Wexler. They are all liberals, and they supported the resolution authorizing force in Iraq.

Members of Congress are supposed to be able to vote intelligently. After no weapons of mass destruction were found, but before the ultimate weapon of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein, was found, many members expressed a type of buyer's remorse and scapegoated Cheney.

Edmund Burke once said, "Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion." Maybe those who voted in 2002 for the resolution but later regretted it should have heeded his advice.

--Name and town withheld out of sheer pity for this moron.