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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Turncoats

Benedict Arnold was one of George Washington's most trusted and effective officers during the Revolutionary War. But he felt slighted when not promoted in a timely manner by the young Congress of a new country. So he betrayed his country and joined the enemy, the British. In 1781 he even led an attack on the City of New London, Connecticut, now famous for another kind of fight.

Eventually, Benedict Arnold got what he deserved. He fled to England where he died in obscurity and poverty. He was the first turncoat of the young nation.

Today's turncoats are much worse. With names like John Murtha, Hillary Clinton, and Harry Reid, they renounce their former statements in support of the current war. In so doing they give aid, comfort and encouragement to the enemy. Instead of joining the enemy, they stay in the Senate or Congress where they can do damage, vote themselves raises, and hope they fool the electorate enough so that their party will gain more power.

They make Benedict Arnold look almost respectable.

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