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May 21, 2004

Gotta Love It

I love the South.

Weeks after his nephew was killed while traveling in an Army convoy in Iraq, Ray Hartman prays for President Bush in handling the war. Despite his family's loss, Hartman believes Bush is doing the right thing.
"If we don't deal with this, our children will live with this threat of terror for the rest of their lives," said Hartman, 55, director of visitation ministries at First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, Tenn., about 50 miles south of Nashville.
"The cost of freedom has always been expensive," he said. "It's not an easy thing."
A majority of Southerners seem to agree with Hartman, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll of likely voters conducted by Zogby International on Monday and Tuesday.
Almost 50 percent of people polled in 11 Southern states approve of the president's handling of Iraq, while 58 percent of Americans disapprove, according to a recent USA Today national poll. Sixty-four percent of Southerners approve of his handling of the broader war on terrorism, compared with a little more than half in the national poll.
The approval numbers reflect Southerners' voting intentions. If the election were held today, according to the AJC poll, Bush would beat Democratic Sen. John Kerry by 15 points โ€” 52 percent to 37 percent.
Many Southerners believe the prisoner abuse scandal, as well as other perceived setbacks in Iraq, are overblown because of Democratic politicking. Asked which parties, if any, have attempted to use the abuse of prisoners to their political advantage, 41 percent named the Democrats. Only 7 percent accused the Republicans, while 22 percent said both parties were equally guilty.
"It's nothing but the Democratic Party taking advantage of a situation in an election year," said Dinah Bane, 45, a bail bondsman from Gainesville in Hall County. "I'm tired of watching the news because of all this crap. The media is so far left that it doesn't get reported accurately."
And 66 percent โ€” including many who oppose the war โ€” say the United States should not withdraw troops until a stable, permanent Iraqi government is put in place.
"We broke it, we own it," said Robert Johnston, a New Orleans lawyer.
Speaking of U.S. troops staying beyond June 30, when the Iraqi Governing Council will take over, Barrett said: "If the terrorists are still there, we should stay until they're dealt with."
"People forget 9/11, don't they?" she added.

Yeah... that attack that happened up in...New York, and Pennsylvania, and DC, which is almost on the Mason Dixon line? Well, the South gets it. And they haven't forgotten.

Thanks to JarheadDad for the link.

- Cassandra

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The South loves you too Cass. The South and Mid-West - by and large, what is normal and great about America.

Posted by: KJ at May 21, 2004 9:50:07 AM

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
The American Crisis, No. 1
December 19, 1776

Posted by: Drive-by Thomas Paine at May 21, 2004 9:52:46 AM

6 weeks Lord... 6 weeks, and I'll be on my way. Dixie here I come.

Posted by: Cassandra at May 21, 2004 1:17:27 PM

Cass is returning. The South will Rise...never mind.

Posted by: Emily Litella at May 21, 2004 1:51:04 PM

*&^( smart-alecky commenters...

Posted by: Cassandra at May 21, 2004 2:21:56 PM

I wish I was in Dixie!

Posted by: Purple Raider at May 21, 2004 2:26:15 PM

I have a question here. With Scott in PA, you in MD and everyone else much below the Mason and Dixon Line, we ought to have a Scrapple confab.

I seriously want to know more about what other Neat Stuff I have missed in DC besides the Smithsonian.

Posted by: La Femme Crickita at May 21, 2004 2:56:46 PM