(04-01-2011 12:59 PM)Peadar O Suileabhain Wrote: In a way, I can empathize with Bettencourt. Those of you who have been in public life know that it is easy to let the whirlwind get control of your thought process and lead you to make statements that reflect the passions of the moment, not the core of your character. DJ is a good kid, and while I find his remarks way out of line, I hope that he will be able to learn from this incident.
i'm sorry, Peadar O Suileabhain, but i am having a hard time with some of that.
i agree the bishop was a highly-questionable spokesperson on the moral aspects of what he said. those issues are too crucial to have people advocating for the most vulnerable who are, themselves, so easy to impeach. but i am a bit taken aback to hear Bettencourt referred to as "a good kid," and "isn't a bad guy."
here is a demonstration of his 'morality':
When the budget deficit metastasized last winter, the Democrats were busy working to decriminalize marijuana and lessen other offenses for the use of other drugs. As jobless claims grew in the spring, they were focused on "transgender rights" and a "bathroom bill," and during the summer, as $110 million of the state budget was being legally challenged in the courts, Democrats were preoccupied with celebrating the passage of gay marriage.
For the third consecutive term, Democrats defeated parental notification legislation, which ensures another two years of children having the ability to undergo abortion surgery without their parents' knowledge -- but they can't ask the school nurse for an aspirin without a parent's note. We still bear the distinction as the only state in history to repeal parental notification. Regardless of how one feels on these social issues, the focus should have been on our declining economy.
do you think that your experience of knowing him in your youth - i presume i got that right from what you wrote? - supersedes the view you might, otherwise, have of him?
maybe you feel that he was
a good kid?
- as in, when he was
ironically, he is in some trouble with more conservative people there, and is now receiving some criticism similar to that he dished Democrats back then. do you think he can learn enough from it all to become more humane than a being republican? i hope so! if you know him in person, maybe someone clarifying the issues would help him take the next steps.