Three days ago, the Senate passed a resolution, 72-25, denouncing the liberal activist group MoveOn.org for its attack ads against General Petraeus. The story was reported in the New York Times.
For those who have been living under a rock for the past two weeks, the ad was a full-page photo of the General, with the subtitle “General Petraeus or Betray-Us?“. Of course, it really pissed off Bush and his lackeys, and they immediately mobilized to suppress criticism. They called for Senate Democrats to condemn the organization, which they did.
Only 28 Senators had the guts to stand up to this Republican thuggery, and only 3 of those – Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama, and Joseph Biden – had the sense to abstain. The other 72 slunk like the cowards they are, back to their cages and meekly sided with the tyrants, voting to condemn a private organization for actually using its Constitutionally protected freedom of speech.
The President’s response? It’s in the Times, but just in case you missed it:
“And I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat Party spoke out strongly against that kind of ad,” Mr. Bush said. “And that leads me to come to this conclusion: that most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org — or more afraid of irritating them than they are of irritating the United States military.”
No, Mr. Bush. The fact that 72 Senators, including many Democrats, actually voted FOR this blatantly UNCONSTITUTIONAL resolution shows how thoroughly you and your minions have corrupted American politics in the past six years. It proves that you can’t tolerate criticism, and will do anything to silence it.
Regardless of how you feel about MoveOn.org and its politics, there is one fundamental, irrefutable, irrevocable truth behind all this. That they are a PRIVATE organization, and as such are not required to suck up to you or any of your sycophants, cronies, lackeys or stooges – no matter how high ranking they are.
This resolution is the most cowardly, irresponsible thing the Senate has done all year. If the Democrats in the Senate have even a shred of courage left, they will immediately call for a vote to strike it from the record, and condemn not MoveOn.org, but the President and his minions for even suggesting such a thing.
And if they don’t, it’s time for we, the People, to send them a clear warning – that if they don’t grow a pair and start acting like they have power, they’ll be looking for new jobs. If they can’t find the guts to recognize tyranny and oppose it, then we, the People, should find someone who will.
This action by the President is the most egregiously unconstitutional usurpation of authority in his entire sordid history. In my days in the military, I swore to defend the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. The President has now officially declared war against the First Amendment and put himself squarely in the “Enemies” camp. Every American must stand up against this tyrant.
Before it’s too late.