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January 28, 2008

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Regarding Chuck's commentary today, "Fraudulent Fundraisers," it's pretty hard not to feel cynical about the fact that some of the biggest frauds in America--members of Congress--are attacking a fundraiser for cheating the America public. These are the same "watchdogs," mind you, who set aside millions of dollars on pork-barrel spending for their own districts, the primary purpose of which is to get Congressmen re-elected. These are also the folks who, when they're not taking the high moral ground during hearings, are taking their families on all-expense-paid (by taxpayers) trips to the Caribbean and Europe. And don't get me started on abuses of campaign money, or of the refusal by Congress to investigate crimes that may have been committed by fellow Congressmen.

Maybe that's why Roger Chapin, who runs the two veterans' charities, couldn't help sneering at the audacity of members of Congress who accused him of making too much money and committing fraud; his pointed remarks about the members' own moral shortcomings sent one of them into a screaming, pounding rage, as this WAPO story reveals.

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benjamin ady

Even more disturbing than money that was intended for wounded veterans being misused is the ongoing expenditure of 4 billion dollars a week to continue a war which is only leading to even more veterans being wounded, both physically and psychologically, not to mention the huge number of dead and wounded Iraqi's, or the vast number of Iraqi refugees. 154 Iraqi civilians killed this past week alone, which as a proportion of population is equivalent to 1540 dead U.S. civilians over the past week. 2.2 *million* new Iraqi refugees since 2003. If it was happening here the outrage would be deafening. But we go on about our daily lives, blogging, and drinking latte's and what have you. Iraqis clearly aren't as human as we are.

The real exploitation is the exploitation of the Iraqi people, along with the U.S. military's ongoing poverty draft.

I'm really looking forward to the ending of this travesty in 2009.

Anne Morse

Benjamin: I wonder if you're half as concerned about American babies slaughtered in the womb--at the rate of 4,000 per day, every single day--as you are about Iraqis. Maybe, in your view, they "aren't as human as we are." This war on the uborn has been going on for 35 years--far longer than the war in Iraq--and the body count is in the tens of millions. And far from ending in 2009, the slaughter will likely continue far into the future--especially if one of those super-caring presidential candidates--you know the ones I mean--gets elected. God help us.

P.S. I drink Diet coke, not latte.


Hmmm - when a blogger responds so quickly and insightfully to a comment on their original posting, it's appropriate to call it (especially if you say it aloud) a "riposte".

How does Dave The Swede feel about your drinking preference, Anne?


I don't see how abortion is related to this topic at all (isn't Gina always getting on us for steering things off topic). The post was about veterans, the response was about the war ... and the response to that was about abortion?

It seems, from my vantage point, to be a diversion rather than a response. Abortion is gruesome, a valid point, but I don't see how that wrong negates addresses the concerns of the comment.

Gina Dalfonzo

Brian, the connection is between killing in Iraq and killing here at home, and how an end to one wouldn't necessarily mean an end to the other (and in fact, quite the contrary might happen). Although, as usual, I don't want us to wander too far afield here, I think it's a valid connection.

Jason Taylor

The word "draft" means specifically forced conscription for military service. In a service that is all-volunteer, and in which you need at least enough lack of poverty to be physically fit, there is no such thing as a "poverty draft." If by that phrase you mean,"rich men don't go to Iraq", that is true and more's the pity. But that is not the same as a "poverty draft". If you mean poor people are forced by poverty to join up, that would require them to be qualified as I have said. It would also require that there be few other alternatives.
This argument is a Red Herring(irrelevancy) and a Tu Quoque(so's your old man)at the same time. As while as being based on questionable assumptions. Furthermore you cannot condemn every evil in the world at once and condemning a condemnation against one evil because it does not condemn another is odd. The argument also depends on the premise that the Iraq war is unjust which is still in debate and is anyway irrelevant to the question.
And refraining from drinking lattes will not help defrauded unfortunates, or Iraqis, or for that matter unborn babies. And the theoretical goal(whatever the means advocated) of both hawks and doves is that Iraqis, not to mention ourselves, should indeed be able to "go about our daily lives".

grizzlybear mom

Regarding Anne’s comment, I understand Christianity as holding us responsible for our actions after we reach the age of accountability. Because the aborted are innocents, I see them as my little brothers and sisters in Christ so I am not concerned with them, and wonder why others are. It seems appropriate to worry about their mothers, abortionists, etc. On the other hand I worry VERY much about our military (maybe because I’m a veteran), the Iraqis and other casualties who are dying and having their limbs blown off; some without benefit of having a saving relationship with Christ.

Gina Dalfonzo

Did I read that wrong, or are you saying that we have no reason to be concerned about our brothers and sisters in Christ?

If I didn't read that wrong, can you explain?

Michael Snow

Maybe somebody should start a thread on the holocaust of abortion since that was not the topic here.

Meanwhile, re: the Pot Calling the Kettle Black, I suppose members of Congress could respond about Christian organizations like Hinn, Copeland, etc. etc. which gets very little exposure from the Christian press.

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