Similarly, in the political “courtroom” of the two-party system, you have two sides. Representatives from each side try and convince the public that their side is correct. But, as in the legal system, it can come down to just trying to win and using various tricks and gimmicks to do so. There is no honest searching for the truth. Neither side can admit a mistake because the other side will use it against them through repeated playing of sound bites. Neither side can concede a good point that the other side may have because it will show weakness and give credit to that side. It all becomes about winning. It can come down to how much money either side has to buy and shape public opinion.
Here are two examples from the web sites of the Democratic and Republican national committees. On December 8th the DNC posted an article entitled, “Fact Check: President Bush Said We Can't Win.” The first paragraph says:
Washington, DC - The RNC got it wrong. Today, they falsely claimed that President Bush has always predicted victory in the War on Terror, and argued in a release that "President Bush Never Said We Couldn't Win." In fact, last summer, on the first day of his convention, President Bush told Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today Show" that he didn't think "we can win it."
It goes on to give a portion of the transcript of the show (which was August 31st of 2004) and a quote from a New York Times article. This is part of an ongoing war of words on statements that each side has recently made on whether or not we can win in
On the other side, the RNC has exploited recent words used by DNC Chairman Howard Dean. The RNC has released a web ad. The announcement of their ad is shown in a partial screen shot below. It shows Howard Dean with the words “Retreat and Defeat” with a white flag flying. I think that Dean is not suggesting defeat. I am sure he wants the
In reality, there is great disagreement in this country about why we are in
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