Sunday, November 20, 2005

I'm sure everyone already knows about republican congresswoman Jean Schmidt's insult to decortated war veteran Juhn Murtha, a 37-year, two war Marine veteran, using a secondhand phoned-in insult (you can see the video here). It took me a while, but the irony finally dawned on me: Jean calls one of America's true war heroes a coward, and when she's met by howls of opposition, she immediately lies and says she didn't mean HIM:
A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp, Ohio Representative from the 88th district in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Ms. Schmidt: Mr. Speaker, my remarks were not directed at any member of the House and I did not intend to suggest that they applied to any member.
So, you have to admit, she's correct: cowards cut and run. And what fun the wingnuts are having with it. (I like how a 37-year veteran is a "supposed supporter of the military" in that second one.) Here's the plain fact: extreme conservative wingnut republicans don't care about military service. They'll insult and degrade and impugn the service of any democratic veteran who dares to stand up to them. They slime Murtha, they slimed Paul Hackett, they slimed John Kerry, and if recent reports about Pat Tillman's views on the war are true, they'll slime him too. They do not respect service or sacrifice. It's just another ideological tool. I'd certainly expect to see fewer deferments and excuses among the top leadership, if they are so besotted with serving one's country -- as opposed to serving one's masters.


Anonymous Rhymes With Right said...

You seem to misunderstand something about those of us on the conservative side.

We respect the service -- we just don't respect an idea that is utterly wrong.

And I find it interesting that Leftists are so concerned about the service of a guy who has been out of uniform since the Nixon administration that they would silence the words of someone who is currently serving. That strikes me as more than a little bit absurd and ass-backwards.

11/20/2005 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger Suspect Device said...

Case in point. There are certaibnly plenty of conservatives who respect service, but there is a considerable percentage, yourself included, who pay it lip service, and will rush past criticism of an "idea which is utterly wrong" to calling decorated democratic veterans "cowards" or "pukes". And no one tried to silence Bubp, they tried to silence Schmidt, who ignorantly insulted a veteran and a fellow congressman. And then lied about it.

I really don't thik it matters how long someone has been out of uniform. And I certainly don't think that Murtha's opinion matters less than Bubp's; I'd value it more because of his combat and leadership experience, which is considerable, while Bubp's is negligible -- he's been in thew Marines, active + reserves, for almost thirty years and has managed to miss combat completely. I would further point out that you're a typical misleading right-wing apologist, since Murtha stayed in the Marine reserves until 1990.

11/21/2005 03:43:00 AM  
Anonymous spinn said...

Heh, I dig this bit in redstate:

In the 7:00pm. hour of Hardball with Chris Matthews, the host stated that these statements by congresswoman Schmidt might "choke her career." This statement by Chris Matthews demonstrates, once again, his partisan view of everything. Schmidt was simply relaying an email message from a consituent in Ohio!

Yeah! Don't hold her accountable, she's just relaying a message! As we know, our congressman are simple mouthpieces for their constituents, automatons incapable of independent thought or processing. If anybody should be held accountable, let's get that damn Marine in front of Congress to answer for his presumption. Surely he knew that waggling his fingers at his phone receiver, Svengali-like, would send a shambling, groaning Schmidt off into the dark D.C. night to carry out his will.

Somebody get on that, while I go call my congressman-robut and have him enter "" into the record.

11/21/2005 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, fellow congressmen. I just got a letter from the Boston Strangler, and he asked me to pass it on to you.


Say, "Choose an identity," my therapist's been telling me that for years. What's the difference between blogger, other, and anonymous?

--Sometimes Don't!

11/21/2005 02:08:00 PM  

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