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Honor

Date: 01 January, 2008

By: Chief

Imaget is merely the glue which binds a man's thoughts to his actions and thus to his morals. At the same time honor is what separates a man from a:

I could add extensively to that list, but why bother? You get the idea — vermin are vermin no matter how it is spelled.

A principle subset of honor is trust. I'll tell you this much: I trust a rattlesnake one hell-of-a-lot more than I do any coward, criminal, lawyer or politician. Why? Because you can depend upon — trust — a rattlesnake to do what it instinctively must do — strike, poison and kill. That is how a rattler (buzz tail) survives. A rattler will strike when (1) it is hungry or (2) it is threatened. You can depend on that.

The flip side of that particular coin is you cannot in anyway depend upon — trust — a coward, criminal, lawyer or politician at any time. Period. You simply never know what they will do. More importantly, you never know what a coward, criminal, lawyer or politician is capable of doing. And that, by itself, makes them far more dangerous than any buzz tail.

The Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, the Detainee Treatment Act and the infamous Protect America Act were all passed by members of Congress and signed into law by King George the Bush and each swore an oath to preserve and protect our Constitution. In other words, by members of either the Democratic or Republican political parties. The Constitution be damned.

Each of these abominable acts sacrifices our Constitutional rights, protections and guarantees upon the alter of political:

As you can tell the very first thing jettisoned by a politician is — honor.

Consider for a moment the current crop of presidential wannabes. I do not care one whit which of the two main political parties you choose. They are both equally disgusting. However, for this current discussion, let us look at the Democratic party. First of all each and every one of the wannabes, with a single exception, is a lawyer. The single exception is none other than Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico (sigh). He is a self admitted draft dodger. So right off the bat each of the wannabes should be discarded because none of them have the single most important ingredient of all human characteristics — honor.

Hillary Clinton still refuses to state, with specificity, why she voted "Yea" to the joint resolution of the 107th Congress, first session, public law 107-40, to authorize King George the Bush the exclusive power to pick and choose what country(ies) he perceived to be a threat and subsequently initiate a war against them. Or why she voted "Yea" to invade Iraq, public law 107-243. Quoting public law 107-40:

"That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons."

Quoting public law 107-243:

"The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to--

"(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and

"(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq."

I will tell you why Hillary voted the way she did — which, by the way, is the very same reason the rest of them did — politics. She is a Senator from New York. New York took the brunt of the 9/11 attack. Hence by voting "Yea" to the resolutions she bought a bunch of New York votes. She would not have to go and fight. Neither would her kid. So why not vote "Yea" and buy both votes and popularity? Just because thousands of other nameless, faceless American citizens would be killed or wounded in Iraq meant nothing to her. It was no skin off of her nose. Indeed, it was a win - win for her and the rest of her ilk — which is all she cared about. To be sure, it is all the rest of them cared about.

But just to be fair about this, here are how the Democratic candidates voted on public law 107-40:

And Public law 107-243:

To be truly fair here are the votes of the Republican presidential candidates (public law 107-40):

And public law 107-243:

All the above information was obtained from the Library of Congress "Thomas" web site and Wikipedia web site.

As it is glaringly obvious, even to a blind man, neither of the two main political party's candidates offer much in the way of — honor. At least as it pertains to the granting of war powers to the King and the Iraq resolution. That is not even discussing the huge losses in human lives, material and money in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The big political silly season is upon us. This year we will be determining whom we would like to see on the actual ballot. Come November we all shall once again be called upon to exercise our right, nay — our duty, to vote. Who you choose to vote for is entirely your business. Just keep honor and all that it implies firmly in mind.

Honor is, without a doubt, a man's most important trait.

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