Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s current travails is ongoing evidence that in the age of postmodern relativism words mean whatsoever the speaker defines them to mean. That fact is manifested most prominently in the realm of politics.
Richard Blumenthal is the highest law enforcement officer in the state of Connecticut. The public ought to demand a higher standard, but it is crystal clear that there’s always a place in government for scoundrels.
As reported by the Connecticut Post, on May 18, 2009 at a military board tribute to veterans Mr. Blumenthal flat-out stated: “When we returned from Vietnam, I remember the taunts, the verbal and even physical abuse we encountered.”
Nice narrative to connect with those who served in Vietnam. There were likely goosepimples or flashbacks for those in the audience who’d actually experienced that kind of bitter homecoming. That single sentence might have been a great applause line.
Only problem is that Attorney General Blumenthal was lying. He and his apologists can explain it any way they like, but to knowingly tell an untruth is to lie.
To prop said untruth up by saying equivalent things on numerous occasions is to be a liar. To be a liar for the purposes of advancing one’s political career is despicable.
Richard Blumenthal claims he misspoke—not once, but several times. We now know that his miss-speaking was not an isolated incident. It happened repeatedly. According to acceptable newspeak, one might say he was a serial miss-speaker.
In the real world, he lied. After initialing attacking the New York Times for exposing the inaccuracy of his words, he has now issued an e-mail apology to The Hartford Courant:
“At times when I have sought to honor veterans, I have not been as clear or precise as I should have been about my service in the Marine Corps Reserves. I have firmly and clearly expressed regret and taken responsibility for my words. I have made mistakes and I am sorry. I truly regret offending anyone. I will always champion the cause of Connecticut's and our nation's veterans.”
Well, isn’t that special? A very careful parsing of language, but riddled with ambiguity. Could the author of the e-mail apology please explain how he figures usurping the pain and horrid memories of true veterans honors them?
Mr. Blumenthal, your blatant misappropriation of valor is sickening in the extreme for it makes a mockery of the sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans. There’s a black granite wall on the mall in Washington, D.C. that has 58,627 names etched on it—the names of those who paid the ultimate price in Vietnam. Your non-apology apology dishonors them.
How about making it simple Mr. Blumenthal? Why not just say, “I lied. I am sorry. Please forgive me.” And in the spirit of taking responsibility for your words, how about stepping off the political stage? Get out of the limelight; return to the private sector and truly champion the cause of Connecticut's and our nation's veterans.
You lied about your military service during the Vietnam War era to score political points. In the investigation generated by that revelation it has come to light that a lie regarding your captaincy of the Harvard swim team has been perpetuated in several biographies—when apparently you were not even on the swim team.
What else have you or are you lying about, Mr. Blumenthal?
Attorney General Blumenthal’s handlers and operatives are hard at work on behalf of his efforts to replace Christopher Dodd in the U.S. Senate. Given their skill and the many helpers in the mainstream press, it is likely that Blumenthal will survive the monstrous fraud he perpetuated.
Washington is a swarming nest of serial miss-speakers, so if Blumenthal becomes a U.S. Senator, he’ll not be alone. After all, it’s about spin and controlling the message, for in politics truth is always up for grabs.