As you may know, I never read the critics of my commentaries. Why? In my opinion, commentaries are not for getting into personal arguments with critics but to express opinions.
Obviously, I missed a recent column that was apparently highly critical of my positions and contained personal attacks made by a local retired attorney. I greatly appreciate two of my fiends who came to my rescue. Thank you.
Difference of opinion is fair game. I have, however, observed that whenever liberals run out of arguments to support their emotional position, they revert to personal attacks, and then they filibuster so the real facts become obscured for lack of opportunity to ask a question.
For a confirmation of this behavior, watch the next debate between a liberal and a conservative on TV. You can bet the show exposure time difference will be obvious. Personal attacks and filibusters are signs of weakness.
There is a different subject that inspires comment: Recently, both parties had conventions. I couldn't keep track of the violations of truth expressed in both conventions, but both were filled with "facts" and lies. I followed both conventions carefully. The Republican convention appeared scripted with one exception - Clint Eastwood. His unscripted performance shocked some and was approved by others. His point was that when the coach is failing, it's time to fire him. Personally, I agree.
The Democratic convention was supposed to be scripted, but that also was violated. The vote to put "God" and a reference to "Jerusalem" as Israel's capital city be returned to the party's platform was laughable. It was obvious that voice votes of "yeas" and "nays" were nearly equal.
Three times the speaker called for a vote to get a majority. Finally, he gave up and read the preprogrammed teleprompter and declared that "the "yeas have it by a three-quarter majority." Those who voted "nay" may sue the Democratic Party.
This exposed some problems. The results were predetermined (possibly by Obama himself), and the vote call was either histrionics or a badly handled cover-up of previous errors. (They can still blame George Bush.) A freight train, similar to the late-night one forcing Obamacare, ripped its way though the false tranquility of peace and harmony of a "united" convention.
Another concern is that most of the Democrats were against returning God to their platform. This secular trend is disturbing, since every national poll reports that at least 70 percent of Americans believe in God.
Much of the rhetoric supported free government contraceptives, provided by taxpayers to female law school students. To oppose it was proof of the "Republican war on women" that was contrived by the Democrats to divert the discussion away from Obama's poor economic judgment and his lack of leadership.
There is so little space here to reflect upon every mistruth in each convention. Maybe we'll discuss those in another commentary. Anyway, the speeches of both parties were well-presented, even questioning the lack of factual content.
There are some rising young stars in both parties on the horizon. They are all good speakers with a strong presence. We already have a good speaker in the White House, and quoting Herman Cane: "How's that workin' out for ya?"
Let's hope, if they do come to Washington, they are not contaminated by Potomac fever like our "do nothing" senators. Let's also hope they don't immediately start breaking promises, like Obama. Let's further hope that there's at least one statesman among the lot and all are better than the present lot.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, asked for a meeting with Obama regarding the critical "red line" for Iran's nuclear bomb ambitions. However, President Obama doesn't have time to visit with the prime minister because he's campaigning in Ohio. Has there ever been a time when he wasn't campaigning, playing basketball or playing golf while skipping daily security briefings?
By the way, if you haven't seen the documentary "Obama's America, 2016," it is a must-see for members of both parties before voting. It played in Vail and was sold out almost every showing.
It clearly documents Obama's past and present goals for America. It's a professionally produced documentary by the director of "Schindler's List." The theme is: "You may love Obama or hate him, but you don't know him."
Every patriot should be concerned. Frankly, it scared the hell out of me, leaving a clear choice for my vote. It's not Obama.
Dick Gustafson, of Vail, was a two-term Eagle County commissioner.