Re: Presidents at Jamborees -- enough already
Ted Burton (tedbrtn@CYBERHIGHWAY.NET)
Mon, 11 Nov 1996 12:34:35 -0700
At 7:11 -07001, Kevin Kearney wrote thus [I likely cut a lot out]:
> I think the WSJ probably had
> the correct story of the president's reason for not attending the 1993
The only person who *knows* why the President did not attend the Jamboree
is William Jefferson Clinton. For the WSJ to announce a conclusion is
inherently speculation on its part.
I am about to be a grandfather. Let us suppose that mother goes to the
hospital. Let us suppose that Karen and I do not also go to the hosptial.
Aha, one might say, we disapprove of the event. Possibly; but if I also was
just asked to prepare a search warrant in a narcotics sale matter, I might
be not at the hospital for a different reason. A compatible motive, we call
it. The showing of a possible motive does not exclude compatible motives.
If there are seven reasons one might do something, showing that one such
reason could exist does not prove that there were not also six other
perfectly contributing reasons.
None of us have ever failed to show up for an event because something else
came up, right? Have we not all been grateful at least once in our lives
when something came up that spared us a choice, or unhappy when something
came up that deprived us of an opportunity? How can anyone other than we
ourselves know which way we really looked at the thing that came up? The
point is that we can suspect anything we want, but we ourselves have really
got no idea why the President did not show up in '93. For all we know
Saddam Hussein's finest were lurking in the underbrush, or Bob Dole's
friends urged that the invitation come too late, or the WSJ was absolutely
So let's get off the topic and quit behaving as if we were sole possessors
of the truth; leave that for the Kennedy assassination theorists. We have a
program to foster. Let's be sure to extend an invitation six months in
advance next time, and be understanding about things that come up, if any.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City