Wednesday, September 12, 2007

MoveOn Morass

The reader has no doubt heard some of the horse puckey and hullabaloo over a newspaper advertisement in the New York Times by MoveOn.org. Senator Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced a Senate resolution Tuesday condemning the ad. Someone with a brain stepped up and killed the thing as "not germane."

Giuliani called it "one of the more disgusting things that has happened in American politics."

Oh really?

Look at the events of the last six years, and one of the more disgusting things in American politics is an ad in a newspaper? Who are these people? 4000 dead, 30,000 wounded, hundreds of billions of dollars, pathetic health care system, an education system falling behind, and these people are bitching about a newspaper ad?

Patraeus is a general in the army. I would assume the man has thick enough skin not to cry to mommy because he got criticized by a liberal organization's expression of frustration with the war and the escalating recognition that we have been lied to and misled about this holocaust from the word go.

It's an ad. I'm too busy to learn Premiere, but if I pull it off, I can promise you the stuff I post on youTube will make that ad look like a kiss on the cheek.

I have nothing against Patraeus. The country is now brutally bifurcated between about 3/4 of us who hate this bloody mess and 1/4 who eat what Cheney is shoveling. If they think the rhetoric is ugly now, wait nine months. We'll be in the same mess with more dead, more wounded, more debt, and Cheney's buddies will have more contracts in place to snarf that sweet Iraqi crude.

The ad struck a nerve because there is a nerve to strike. People are getting really, really angry.

5 Comments:

Anonymous dustin said...

this ad is tame compared to what I feel as well. The fact of the matter is, here in america, anyone can say damn near anything without reprisal from the state. At least, that is what I was raised to believe. I remember sometime back the hooplah over flag burning, what is probably the most extreme expression of our rights. That someone would propose legislation over this ad is not in the least surprising. Much like everything else war supporters say and do these days.

9/12/2007 3:55 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Don't ask me why, but I am somewhat surprised that some Republican senator would actually try to get a resolution passed condemning the Moveon.org ad. This is just political grandstanding and perhaps in some cases an attempt to deflect attention from the issue of the war, even temporarily. Create an issue about the behavior of the opposition and see if it flies. Or let the usual right wing gasbags work it to death and obtruct the flow of real news.

Same story, different day.

9/12/2007 5:08 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

Maybe it comes from growing up in a military family, but I do find the use of the word "betray", when tied to an active military general, to be beyond simply distasteful.

As I have noted elsewhere, however, those complaining loudest by-and-large have no leg to stand on, having freely thrown about similar pejoratives for years to slime those who disagreed with them.

9/13/2007 7:36 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

At this point, I think that the right wing gasbags just see an opportunity to discredit Moveon. Repeat the message a zillion times and it will stick. Moveon is way too influential for them.

9/13/2007 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Francine Shacter said...

Let me see if I understand this - at my age, it is easy to be confused. The President and numerous Republicans have called Democrats and those opposing the war traitors. No problem, somehow, that is ok. A group of people paid money to lie in their teeth about John Kerry in 2004. No problem. But when an organization sponsors an ad that uses a play on words to criticize a General, that is cause for a great hue and cry?

I'm missing something here - maybe it is my age - or maybe I am old enough to know the difference between something and nothing. For Republicans and the Republican President to call Democrats who don't agree with them on this misbegotten war "traitors" does not make masses of people angry - when it should - that is the travesty!

9/16/2007 10:36 AM  

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