Skip to comments.The definition of "swift boating"
Posted on 01/26/2007 7:32:41 AM PST by Lee'sGhost
Yesterday FReeper Dark Skies posted an editorial by Andy Martin from Political Gateway with the following lead comment:
Swift boating" is a term that came into use during the 2004 presidential election to reflect Senator John Kerrys flaccid response to attacks on his wartime record in Viet-Nam. The term, a noun, adjective and verb, has entered the political lexicon and is usually invoked when liberals and Democrats are stung trying to defend themselves against unpleasantly truthful accusations hurled by conservatives.
I took exception to that definitiion and emailed my objection to Mr. Martin as follows:
"Swift boating is a term that is used to describe a concerted effort to get the truth out about a political candidate. You are confusing the public by defining it incorrectly. Please issue a correction.
Mr. Martin replied:
I am afraid your definition is not correct. I disagree. The left gave "swift boating" an odious connotation and that odor has persisted to the present day. You can't wish that your definition would prevail when it hasn't.
My response was:
I can assure you that within conservative circles swift boating is the definition I provided. YOU are allowing the left to usurp that definition. Perhaps a demonstration is in order.
Swiftie Ping !!
I have adopted your post for my tagline. You have really captured the essence of Swiftboating!
At least the author recognized that it was "unpleasant truths" that was being hurled. Let the left keep their definition, we have ours. Just as the left has it's own interpretations of "patriotism, honor, duty, etc." and we know the correct meanings
I donated $200 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth during the 2004 election cycle, and find your definition of "Swift-Boating" to be smarmy and intellectually dishonest.
All John Fraud Kerry ever had to do to completely discredit the Swiftees is sign Standard Form SF-180 releasing his ENTIRE military record to the public and submit it to the National Personnel Records Center.
Since Mr. Kerry was campaigning to become Commander-in-Chief of the United States military, his military record was highly relevant. All other Presidential candidates in recent history have made their ENTIRE military records public. Mr. Kerry founded his political career on his military service in Viet Nam. It seems odd that he would be the only candidate to demur from providing his military records.
The problem for Mr. Kerry with releasing his ENTIRE military record to the public is that we would find out the particulars on his three Purple Hearts and Bronze Star, decorations earned in less than 30-days in-country. There are many recipients of a single Purple Heart who are missing body parts, but Mr. Kerry is completely scar-free, except for a few bicycling and snowboarding mishaps.
To this day, we have no idea who awarded these medals or why, other than Mr. Kerry's account. All we ever wanted from Mr. Kerry were documented facts, facts that he evidently considers to be an embarrassment.
Prove me wrong. Convince Mr. Kerry to sign and submit Standard Form SF-180.
....and it's less fattening!.......
How does he define "Borked?"
I just want a Lewinsky.
Be careful -- you could become another victim of Arkancide.
"Borked" it's synonymous with the term "Chappaquidiced".
Danke!.........It's apolitical, Bi-Partisan, Fair and Balanced, and totally fat free!.........
"...decorations earned in [b]less than 30-days in-country[/b]."
Good rant, spoiled by woefully inaccurate fact. Alas.
Like Dan Rather's forged documents!
"Chappaquidiced"......which is NOT to be confused with "Chappaquidicide"......
So how long was he in-country?
I got my info from John O'Neill's book.
There are many recipients of a single Purple Heart who DEAD prematurely.