It’s pathetic the depths at which the anti-war Democrats will go to support their position. Now Harry Reid, Leader of a Senate with an 11% approval rating is offering a resolution to condemn a radio personality for comments made on his show. Glad to see the Senate has solved all our country’s other problems and can now focus on these important items.
“Last week, Rush Limbaugh went way over the line, way over the line. While I respect his right to say anything he likes, his unpatriotic comments I cannot ignore. During his show last Wednesday, Limbaugh was engaged in one of his typical rants. This one was unremarkable, indistinguishable from his usual drivel, which has been steadily losing listeners for years, [sic] until he crossed that line by calling our men and women in uniform who oppose the war in Iraq, and I quote, “phony soldiers.” [sic] This comment was so beyond the pale of decency, and we can’t leave it alone. And yet he followed it up with denials and an attack on Congressman Jack Murtha, who was a 37-year active member of the Marine Corps, combat veteran.”
Basically, Limbaugh was referring to the epidemic of “phoney” soldiers being propped up by leftwing anti-war groups.
The obvious reason the left is engaging in this tactic is to try and claim absolute moral authority on the subject. It’s an attempt to preempt any criticism of the messengers of the anti-war propaganda. And Limbaugh was calling them out on it. Of course, Senator Reid is playing fast and loose with the facts and claiming that Limbaugh was criticizing any soldier (read that “real soldiers”) that opposed the war.
But we don’t see any resolutions condemning ABC news for an identical story just two days prior to Limbaugh’s account.
Reid goes on to paint Limbaugh with the chickenhawk smear.
Rush Limbaugh took it upon himself to attack the courage and character of those fighting and dying for him and for all of us. Rush Limbaugh got himself a deferment from serving when he was a young man. He never served in uniform. He never saw in person the extreme difficulty of maintaining peace in a foreign country engaged in a civil war. He never saw a person in combat. Yet he thinks that his opinion on the war is worth more than those who have been on the front lines. And what’s worse, Limbaugh’s show is broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, which means that thousands of troops, overseas, and veterans here at home, were forced to hear this attack on their patriotism. Rush Limbaugh owes the men and women of our armed forces an apology.
The ironic thing is that if service in the military is a prerequisite for opining on the war, then the very people Reid is defending (the phoney soldiers) are the exact people Reid thinks shouldn’t be exercising their right to speak about the war.
The Left tried to promote these fake soldiers to advance their anti-war position. Now that their fake soldiers have been exposed en masse, they’re shifting to a new campaign strategy… again based on lies and distortions.
Who’s surprised? It’s what they know best.
Democrat Senator Tom Harkin followed Reid’s lead by asking, on the floor of the Senate, whether Rush Limbaugh was still on drugs. Government officials personally attacking private citizens from the floor of the Senate. Your tax dollars at work.
And Tom Harkin should know a thing or two on lying about military service…
Excerpt from Stolen Valor : How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History
(hat tip: Michelle)
How convenient. An organization called VoteVets.org that bills itself as a group of “anti-war Veterans” just happens to have a television-ready, multimedia anti-Limbaugh campaign ready to air on major networks. As Bryan puts it, “Get the feeling the left had been planning this attack for some time?”
If VoteVets.org sounds familiar, it should. In 2004, they launched a campaign using a “disgruntled Iraq war veteran” whose stories turned out to be mostly fabrications.
The “Great One” responds… as only he can.