On Aug. 1, a special cruise will in be in town. Subscribers and speakers from the National Review will embark from the Noordam in Juneau.
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The Web site advertising this cruise has a section on quotes from past cruises. One of these extols the pleasure of being able to have a "spontaneous discussion and tenaciously held principles without pulled punches," while another declares their enjoyment of "the cigar smokers and the cocktail parties for the accessibility of the speakers." And one mentions, "It is a relief to be able to express a conservative viewpoint with others and not be put down."
One of the featured speakers on this cruise is former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, the man who twisted intelligence many times to further his own agenda. This man is responsible for including forged information about yellow cake uranium from Niger in the 2003 State of the Union.
Dick Morris also will be aboard, probably lambasting truths about Sept. 11. And Michael Steele is scheduled to attend. Perhaps he will enlighten guests on his view that stem cell research is similar to Nazi experimentation.
The list of featured speakers is not enough for me to be dismayed. What troubles me most are the thoughts and political opinions of the attending guests.
If you want to read one reporter's take on a past cruise, I suggest reading a piece by Johann Hari titled "Neocons on a Cruise: What Conservatives Say When They Think We Aren't Listening." Try googling for "National Review Cruise" as well.
I won't posit that this new group of passengers harbors the same sentiments. I will be welcoming them when they disembark at 7 a.m. Aug. 1 in Juneau. Please join me and let them know there is a strong presence of free-thinking, straight-talking people here who are against a right-wing agenda, rhetoric and especially this war and all who have played vital roles in starting it.