I heard Vice President Dick Cheney’s Nov. 21 speech with my own lying ears.
Folks, the administration is still fighting back. Some would consider it small joy after the weeks of battering and shrillness from the Moonbats and those with Selective Memory Syndrome. To me, Cheney’s remarks were fair and, yes, there are people who do not like fairness. These are people who can only win by cheating: small children who want to win the next Monopoly game, adolescents who dream of a sports career, adults who want to get the job over the next guy. All are examples of those who might cheat if given a chance and if desperate enough. Oh. And Democrats who lost the last election and want to get their way anyway. They might cheat too.
In a younger and more naïve time, I never would have thought such a thing possible, this notion that some people don’t like fairness. Indeed one of my better strategies to obtain customer satisfaction across the merchant realm is to appeal to our human innate sense of fairness.
Our entire culture is based on a sense of fairness, every board game designed, sporting events, even our personal interactions. Every day we who carry this country on our backs must negotiate purchases and prices, ascertain if the teacher was right or wrong, decide if little Johnny is lying, debate tonight’s use of the wide-screen television. The games and sports events are based on pre-defined rules on which everyone must agree beforehand. Parents make important decisions based on their personal history combined with the love they have for their children. Courts across the land wrestle with judicial issues and juries decide life or death. All based on the sense of fairness that is integral to our culture.
This may be a broad assumption, but as Americans we generally agree that you don’t get to vote one way earlier then later claim “unfair” or that “I didn’t mean it.” Criminals who confess are rarely found “not guilty”, even if they recant their confession later.
I hope the administration continues to firmly restate its case and continue to demand fairness as well. For too long it seemed that demanding fairness is somehow shameful, as if we would play a game of poker and knowingly allow our opponent five or six extra aces.
We understand fairness out here in la-la land is what I’m saying. We understand the constant vigil to keep the opponent from cheating, even if the opponents are our own children, who cheat through lies and deception.
We are not surprised by or disdainful toward a proud attempt to state one’s case and demand fairness. We expect the same every day as we live our lawful lives.
Below, an especially pertinent paragraph from Cheney’s speech:
Some of the most irresponsible comments have come from politicians who actually voted in favor of authorizing the use of force against Saddam Hussein. These are elected officials who had access to the intelligence materials. They are known to have a high opinion of their own analytical capabilities. (Laughter.) And they were free to reach their own judgments based upon the evidence. They concluded, as the president and I had concluded, and as the previous administration had concluded, that Saddam Hussein was a threat. Available intelligence indicated that the dictator of Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and this judgment was shared by the intelligence agencies of many other nations, according to the bipartisan Silberman-Robb Commission. All of us understood, as well, that for more than a decade, the UN Security Council had demanded that Saddam Hussein make a full accounting of his weapons programs. The burden of proof was entirely on the dictator of Iraq — not on the UN or the United States or anyone else. And he repeatedly refused to comply throughout the course of the decade.
“Their only chance for victory is for us to walk away from the fight.” Vice President, Dick Cheney, referring to the terrorist enemy, 11/21/05
Below, the condensed version of VP Cheney’s speech: