The Convention of National Deception

By Kevin McCullough

America’s “political left” have met this past week to engage in a staged presentation that was built on pretense, falsehoods and purposeful misrepresentation. From the new “rock stars” of the Democratic Party like Howard Dean, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Michael Moore, to the tired old faithful like Jimmy Carter, the “Billary” Clintons and Ted Kennedy – misdirection has been the name of the game. They have attempted to fool the TV viewers, the liberal-friendly media, and even the delegates on the floor of the Fleet Center.

Purposefully fooling the American public is what the Democrats have long hoped to become successful at. By appearing to be one thing, they get elected. Then, in a slow methodical fashion, they begin to try to persuade public opinion and political power to their true agenda. They are forced into these tactics because if they were to state plainly their ideas on the campaign trail, they would be defeated.

For liberals, it is important to mask their true goals with platitudes of “inspiring words.” Thus when Teresa Heinz Kerry greets the delegates by saying hello and welcome in five languages, the audience swoons. Somehow though, she is given a pass on explaining any specifics on what her husband plans to do as president.

By using picturesque images, Barack Obama can preach from the podium like a black pastor – even if he carefully conceals the fact that he is an admitted former crack cocaine abuser, or that he is adamantly in support of partial-birth abortion, or that his position on the acceptance of same-sex marriage is something most Americans can not stomach.

Some of the platform speakers – like Kennedy, Dean, Carter and Clinton – decided to take the direct route of mischaracterizing President Bush as a liar. They repeatedly asserted the accusation that President Bush lied to the American people about the weapons issue in Iraq. They did so even though President Bush has been vindicated by the findings of the 9-11 commission report, investigations conducted separately by the United States Senate, and Lord Butler of British Intelligence. Even Russian President Putin’s intelligence service has confirmed Bush’s position on the matter.

This same bunch also implied and sometimes stated directly that there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida. They do so even though the bipartisan 9-11 commission’s report dedicates over 60 pages to the specific links between the two.

In one of the more interesting stories to come out of the convention this week, Bill O’Reilly confronted Democratic front-man Michael Moore on national television. Moore seemed dumbfounded that anyone could believe Iraq had anything to do with the War on Terror.

Moore’s status at this convention is another keen deception. Moore claims to be a non-partisan independent. He claims this even though his registration as a Democrat was recently documented. Moore is not a non-partisan, he’s a rock star. At the convention this past week, if you were to stumble across any large group of people huddled around a certain person, it was usually Moore. Moore’s popularity is based on two issues this week’s crowd has howled about – hatred for the War on Terror, and the supposed intrusion of civil liberties by the Patriot Act.

Civil liberties, Iraq and war have been by far the most popular words to escape convention speaker’s lips this week. Yet the Democratic leadership is misleading their own delegates attending the convention. According to the Democratic Party platform, John Kerry has written in open-ended support for the war in Iraq and the stabilization and democratizing of that nation, as well as unlimited support for the Patriot Act. Opposition to both points, of course, was open fodder for the entirety of the campaign preceding the convention.

Even the video footage John Kerry used in his TV ads and the video introduction of himself at the convention were, according to multiple sources now revealed to be staged re-enactments and not true footage of heroic deeds. This past week in Boston has been colorful, but it has not been truthful.

The voters in America have the right to know when they are being sold a false bill of goods. And maybe Nov. 2, 2004 can be the kind of “Boston Tea Party” that these kinds of attempts at deception truly deserve.