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Indiana Democrat Insults Soldiers and Indiana Voters

Indiana Democrat Rep. Dave Cheatham

          Incompetent politicians, when backed into a corner of tough decisions, run and hide.  Such is the case with the Indiana Democrat’s walkout that lasted more than a month.  Not surprisingly, now that the Democrats have returned, they are scurrying about looking for some way to justify their cowardice and save their seats in the Indiana House of Representatives.

           Take Representative Dave Cheatham for example.  In the March 26th Third House Meeting in Madison, Indiana, Dave tried to justify his dereliction of duty by comparing his spineless retreat to Illinois to the bravery of an American Soldier going to Afghanistan.  Before reading further, watch this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwixYYFmSHI&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

          What you have just witnessed is an ancient “winning” technique called “Sophistry”.  The following are definitions of “Sophistry”:

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1. subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation

 The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009.

1. Plausible but fallacious argumentation.

2. A plausible but misleading or fallacious argument

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

 1. (Philosophy)

a.  a method of argument that is seemingly plausible though actually invalid and misleading

b.  the art of using such arguments

2. subtle but unsound or fallacious reasoning

          Now notice these key phrases: “subtly deceptive”, “fallacious”, “misleading”, “invalid and misleading,” and “unsound”.

          Dave Cheatham’s little story has all the makings for a heart-wrenching, tearjerker of a tale.  The problem is, whether the story is fiction or non-fiction (and I am leaning toward fiction), it is an unsound argument that seems plausible at first but fails the test of reality.  Mr. Cheatham and his band of run-away Democrats are frantically reaching for anything that might make sense of their walkout to their constituents.  Unfortunately for Rep. Cheatham, his story is a barf bag worthy insult to American Soldiers and their bravery.

           I am a disabled American veteran.  Like so many others, I bear in my body and on my mind the scars of my service to my country.  I am not claiming bravery or heroism here.  I am simply trying to illustrate that I understand the difference between running to a fight and running from one.

Loyal American Soldiers carry the wounded to safety.

 

          The American Soldier to which Mr. Cheatham is referring is going off to war.  He will see things no human should have to see.  He will endure the harsh conditions of war.  He will suffer sleepless nights and hellatious days.  He will put his life in harm’s way everyday he is in Afghanistan.  He will feel the anxiety of patrolling the streets amid a hostile people.  He will feel the emptiness of being without his family.  He may even lose his life leaving his wife a widow and his son without a father.  Nevertheless, one thing is for certain, Mr. Cheatham, the American Soldier you reference will not desert his post.  He will not go AWOL.  He will stand and fight, and through his bravery and heroism, he will help secure freedom for all Americans.

 

Indiana Democrats relaxing at the Comfort Suites in Illinios.

 

          Now let’s see, Mr. Cheatham.  You and your rebel band of weak and fearful Democrats left Indianapolis and traveled in your luxury cars to the Comfort Suites in Illinois.  You slept in warm, soft beds.  When it got hot, you turned on the air conditioner.  When it got cold, you turned on the heater.  You safely traveled at will from your hideout to your home.  Hotel maids cleaned your room each day.  You sat in big comfortable chairs and played on your laptops.  Someone else prepared your meals…no C-Rations or MRE’s for you.  You abandoned your post, your place of duty.  You broke your sacred oath to not only all the voters in your district, but to all the voters of Indiana as well.  How can you possible equate your cowardice with the American Soldiers bravery?

          The truth be told, Mr. Cheatham, your words and actions on Saturday night, March 26, 2011, make you nothing more than an irritating pimple on that American Soldier’s behind.  It is such a tragedy that you have stooped so low.  Yes, Mr. Cheatham.  You have insulted a gallant American Soldier and all of our brave men and women serving in the Middle East.  You have insulted the people of Indiana by thinking them too stupid to see through your sophistry.

          So my question is this: If you have so little respect for the Indiana General Assembly, the American Soldier, and the people of Indiana, why don’t you and your fellow scamocrats resign and go home?

April 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Constituents Continue to Stand FOR Rep. Steven R. Stemler

          From the confused wake of the spineless walkout by Indiana Democrats and Patrick Bauer’s passive-aggressive comments toward the one and only Democrat to stand his ground by remaining in Indianapolis, comes a refreshing wave of unified and bi-partisan voices…thousands of them…supporting Rep. Steven R. Stemler.

           Below is yet another example of an American voicing his support.  Mr. Bodine and Mr. Moorer (highlighted yesterday in this blog) know holding a point-of-view isn’t enough.  If a viewpoint isn’t voiced, it isn’t heard, and if it isn’t heard, it’s worthless.  Below is the communication Mr. Bodine sent to Rep. Bauer.

 
 
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:35 AM
 

 

Now that you and your band of societal misfits decided to once again earn your pay and return to work for the citizens of this great state, I know of no one who considers you “returning heroes.”

Your disgraceful coalition of mindless robots are firmly entrenched in the hip pockets of overpaid union members and underperforming educators.  I feel confident all of you will pay at the polls.  My representative, Steve Stemler, is the hero in this mess and NOT ONE of you is fit to carry his attaché case!

Tom Bodine

Jeffersonville, Indiana

 

All of us that trust and support Rep. Stemler should write, call, or e-mail Rep. Bauer and inform him of our stand.  Let him know he was right when he said “let Mr. Stemler’s constituents deal with him in his next election”.  We will deal with him, Mr. Bauer.  We will elect him over and over again because, unlike you, he is a man of principle and integrity.

April 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Constituents Take a Stand FOR Rep. Steven R. Stemler

          The Indiana Democrats have returned from their hideout in Illinois with great boasts of victory and self-conferred accolades of heroism.  Rep. Bauer and the rest of his gang claim to be the saviors of the common working people of Indiana, but are blind to the fact that their constituents comprise more than just teachers and union workers.

         One Hoosier, Conrad Moorer (a resident of Jeffersonville, IN) took exception to Rep. Bauer and his rhetoric against the three Democrats who refrained from walking out on their duty.  Below is a letter that Mr. Moorer wrote to Rep. Bauer in support of Rep. Steven R. Stemler (The ONLY Democrat that refused to walkout on his duties and responsibilities to the People of Indiana).

 

 

Dated: Mar 30, 2011, at 10:29 AM,

Mr. Bauer,

I was offended when you some weeks ago made a statement to the media that you would “let Mr. Stemler’s constituents deal with him in his next election”.  Frankly, Sir you have little idea of how most of us feel concerning our representative.  The Evening News has been taking an online poll and I thought I would share the results as of this morning with you: 356 people have voted and 267 (75%) say they support Mr. Stemler, 86 (24.16%) do not support him staying and 3 (0.840) voted other.  I consider Mr. Stemler a Statesman and you and your followers are simply politicians and believe me there is a difference.  I cannot tell you how many people (yes, members of your party that have told me Steve did the right thing by staying).  Hopefully, now that your vacation on taxpayers dollars is over you can get down to business.

Sincerely,

Conrad Moorer

Jeffersonville

         I want to applaud Rep. Stemler publically for his character, his courage, and his dedication to the People of Indiana.  Mr. Moorer is also worthy of praise for his willingness to stand up for a notable “Statesman”.

          The State of Indiana would be a better place if we had more people in it like Rep. Stemler and Mr. Moorer.

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment