Saturday, November 19, 2005


Slander and character assassination

John Murtha was apparently a stand-up guy as far as right-wingers are concerned, as long as he supported their war in Iraq. Now that he's changed his mind, however, Murtha has magically become the lowest form of scum imaginable. It's a lesson learned for anyone who disagrees with the far-right fringe that dominates our White House: Disagree with us and we'll do everything we can to destroy you.

"The US cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home," Murtha had the gall to say.

Let's look at some of the things various right-wing bloggers and pundtis have said about the Pennsylvania congressman:

"Murtha joins the likes of traitor Clayton Lonetree, the Marine security guard who gave top-secret intelligence to the Soviets, and traitor Robert Garwood, the Marine who went over to the enemy during the Vietnam War and was involved in holding and abusing US prisoners of war in North Vietnam while wearing the uniform of the enemy."
- Denver talk show host Bob Newman, who hosts the "Anger-Management Hour" and "Gunny Bob" shows.

"(Murtha) would prefer that the United States surrender to the terrorists who would harm innocent Americans."
-House Speaker Dennis Hastert

"John Murtha of Pennsylvania claimed that our troops were the real problem in Iraq."
-Blogger Mary Mostert, writing on The Conservative Voice website.

"(Democrats) know that, despite the Old Media’s characterization, Americans overwhelmingly support this War"
- Blogger Gregory Borse, apparently unaware of last weeks Gallup poll showing 54 percent of Americans believe we never should have invaded Iraq, writing on ChronWatch.

"Murtha is a net drain on the nation, a leech drawing pay at the expense of taxpayers."
- From a blogger known as The Tin Ear.

"The eve of an historic democratic election in Iraq is not the time to surrender to the terrorists."
-White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

"He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message that, 'Cowards cut and run, Marines never do.'"
- U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, relaying a message from a Marine colonel. Schmidt, unaware that Murtha served as a Marine, herself later asked that her comments be stricken from the Congressional Record.

It's OK to disagree with Murtha. It's not OK to call him a coward, a hater of American troops or terrorist sympathizer. If you agree that these personal attacks on him in response to his opposition to White House policy are outrageous and grossly uncivil, you can express your views here.

O.k., lets call the comments from Libs in the past few days for what they are STRAW MAN POLITICS. I've noticed lately, how adept libs are in consistently using the straw man strategy. Of course, I guess I shouldn't be surprised - when you don't evidence to stand on, then you need to invent a stance for your opposition that you can attack and knock down.

Yes, there are comments from bloggers attacking John Murtha, and a freshman congresswoman read a note from a Marine who said that cowards turn but Marines never quit. (which I expect was actually meant to convey the message to Murtha that he is NOT a coward, and shouldn't be retreating) However, there is no ATTACK against Murtha. We conservatives don't think he's turned into the great satan, and we don't think he was or is a coward. In fact, we respect him, and thank him for his service (something you never seem to hear liberals doing). But we do think he is wrong, and a good number of Democrates think he is wrong.

But, hey, this isn't about the war for libs, its about politics. Win at any cost. And more importantly, give to the Democratic party (who's creating this Straw Man) at any cost.
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