Democrat Dictionary: Hypocrisy: An Acceptable Form Of Debate
Today the following news story was published regarding the Congressional Democrat public attack on Rush Limbaugh’s comments:
SENATE DEMOCRATS CONDEMN LIMBAUGH’S ATTACK ON OUR TROOPS
Tue Oct 02 2007 18:49:38 ETWashington, DC—Senate Democrats today sent the following letter to Mark P. Mays, CEO of Clear Channel Communications, calling on him to publicly repudiate Rush Limbaugh’s characterization of troops who speak out against the Iraq war as “phony soldiers.” Despite recent Republican comments condemning verbal attacks on our troops, when given the opportunity to join us in signing this letter, not a single one did so.
The text of the letter is below and attached:
October 2, 2007
Mr. Mark P. Mays
CEO, Clear Channel Communications Inc.
200 East Basse Road
San Antonio, TX 78209
Dear Mr. Mays,
At the time we sign this letter, 3,808 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and another 28,009 have been wounded. 160,000 others awoke this morning on foreign sand, far from home, to face the danger and uncertainty of another day at war.
Although Americans of goodwill debate the merits of this war, we can all agree that those who serve with such great courage deserve our deepest respect and gratitude. That is why Rush Limbaugh’s recent characterization of troops who oppose the war as “phony soldiers” is such an outrage.
Our troops are fighting and dying to bring to others the freedoms that many take for granted. It is unconscionable that Mr. Limbaugh would criticize them for exercising the fundamentally American right to free speech. Mr. Limbaugh has made outrageous remarks before, but this affront to our soldiers is beyond the pale.
The military, like any community within the United States, includes members both for and against the war. Senior generals, such as General John Batiste and Paul Eaton, have come out against the war while others have publicly supported it. A December 2006 poll conducted by the Military Times found just 35 percent of service members approved of President Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq, compared to 42 percent who disapproved. From this figure alone, it is clear that Mr. Limbaugh’s insult is directed at thousands of American service members.
Active and retired members of our armed forces have a unique perspective on the war and offer a valuable contribution to our national debate. In August, seven soldiers wrote an op-ed expressing their concern with the current strategy in Iraq. Tragically, since then, two of those seven soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq.
Thousands of active troops and veterans were subjected to Mr. Limbaugh’s unpatriotic and indefensible comments on your broadcast. We trust you will agree that not a single one of our sons, daughters, neighbors and friends serving overseas is a “phony soldier.” We call on you to publicly repudiate these comments that call into question their service and sacrifice and to ask Mr. Limbaugh to apologize for his comments.
Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader
Senator Richard Durbin, Assistant Majority Leader
Senator Charles Schumer, Vice Chairman, Democratic Conference
Senator Patty Murray, Secretary, Democratic Conference
Senator Daniel Akaka
Senator Max Baucus
Senator Joseph Biden
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Sherrod Brown
Senator Robert Byrd
Senator Benjamin Cardin
Senator Tom Carper
Senator Bob Casey
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Senator Kent Conrad
Senator Christopher Dodd
Senator Byron Dorgan
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Daniel Inouye
Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Senator John Kerry
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Senator Mary Landrieu
Senator Frank Lautenberg
Senator Patrick Leahy
Senator Carl Levin
Senator Blanche Lincoln
Senator Bob Menendez
Senator Barbara Mikulski
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Barack Obama
Senator Jack Reed
Senator Jay Rockefeller
Senator Ken Salazar
Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Jon Tester
Senator Jim Webb
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator Ron Wyden
I’m not going to defend Rush Limbaugh’s comments because frankly I did not hear them–why? Because I work during the day which is apparently a heck of a lot more than the Democrats do in Congress. Nevertheless I can’t help but look at the list of people who signed this demand for whatever it is they are actually demanding–oh, for ClearChannel to rebuke Rush (a talk show host) for expressing an opinion they have chosen to attack, and wonder whether they know the meaning of hypocrisy.
So I’ve decided to enlighten my readers on some quotes regarding the war from the signatures on this letter:
Daniel Akaka: “I do not believe, given her past decisions and comments on the reasons to go to war in Iraq, that Dr. Rice will be able to represent the United States without a predetermined bias from the war.”
Max Baucus: “The administration was not up front with us. They presented faulty intelligence and inaccurate information about weapons of mass destruction. Unfortunately, the quality of Congress’s decision-making was no better than the quality of the information upon which we relied. Going into Iraq was a mistake.”
Barbara Boxer: “Our troops are hurting, they often can’t tell who the enemy is, they are coming home wounded in body—more than 18,000 already—and experts tell me than 1 out of 3 soldiers are suffering from some form of mental health problems, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
Edward Kennedy: “Shamefully we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management. ” and this gem: “The war in Iraq itself has not made America safer and has not made the world safer.”
Ron Wyden: ” There is an old saying that all roads lead to Rome. It seems the administration so oftern clearly believes that no matter what the evidence was at any particular time, essentially everything led to Saddam Hussein.”
There are so many more I can’t do it–my head is exploding. The point is this–apparently it is just fine for a Democrat Senator to talk about how we are losing, the war was a mistake, the troops are wasting their time, but God forbid that any conservative say something against the troops or the war effort–why that person should be shut down, put down and stiffled.
If our congressmen and women would spend a little more time doing their jobs and a little less time trying to silence conservative voices in the media, maybe, just maybe they would actually EARN their paychecks.
I’m sorry–that was the most delusional thing I have ever said. I truly apologize. I must still be woozy from the UT Kansas State game.