Democrats Defend Phony Soldiers- Attack the Real Ones
Harry “We Lost” Reid attacked Rush Limbaugh’s patriotism today on the Senate floor.
Reid decided to pass a letter condemning Rush Limbaugh over a phony controversy cooked up by George Soros-backed Media Matters…
The same Media Matters that Hillary Clinton helped start.
Despite Harry’s phony outrage there actually is a problem with with phony soldiers.
The Veterans Administration even put out posters like this one because the problem is so severe.
Phony soldiers like Jesse MacBeth can thank Harry Reid for the support.
Salon has the transcript of Reid’s attack:
“During his show last Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh was engaged in one of his typical rants,” Reid said. “This rant was unremarkable and indistinguishable from his usual drivel, which has been steadily losing listeners for year, until he crossed [the] line by calling our men and women in uniform who oppose the war in Iraq ‘phony soldiers.’ This comment was so beyond the pale of decency that it cannot be left alone. And yet, he followed it up with denials and an attack on Congressman Jack Murtha, a 37-year active member of the Marine Corps. . . .
“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 civil war. Ye he thinks that his opinion on the war is worth more than those who are on the front lines.”
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, in the last half hour, Harry Reid took to the floor of the Senate and proceeded to spend five-to-seven minutes denouncing me, spreading the smear that started last week on this phony soldiers business. He has prepared a letter to be sent to the CEO of the company that syndicates this program, and that letter he asked as many senators as possible to sign, offering them the opportunity to demand of my syndicator that I be condemned for something that I did not say, which Harry Reid knows I did not say. The House of Representatives, I have just learned, is going to introduce a resolution this afternoon along the lines of the MoveOn.org resolution that was introduced last week, tit-for-tat, they want a vote in the House to condemn me, a private citizen, for something I did not say. These people have had three, four days now to learn the truth about this, and they no doubt know the truth, which doesn’t matter. What they are trying to do is flood a false story into the Drive-By Media and have that survive and suffice as the evidence and as the story of what I said when it wasn’t.
This is not just the anatomy of a smear. There’s much more going on with this than just smearing me. There is an attempt, I think, as they have done throughout my career, to discredit me…
If anybody in this country has been trying to demoralize the troops, it is you, sir, and your members of the Democrat Party. You have waved the white flag of defeat. You have claimed that they cannot win. You are trying to shift the focus from your perception, the perception, accurately, that people have of you and your party, to me, who everyone who has listened to me any length of time whatsoever knows that these allegations are just totally untrue. As to why I’m on the Armed Forces Radio network, it was President Clinton’s defense secretary, Les Aspin, who secured an hour of this program on the Armed Forces Radio network, and because I was requested. They did a poll of the troops back then, and the troops requested that this program be on Armed Forces Radio. Did you notice in this bite, since I’ve never been to combat, I’m not qualified — which is another liberal assault on free speech. If you haven’t done something, you’re not allowed to talk about it, Senator Reid says…
We have two more Harry Reid sound bites. By the way, in the second sound bite, he refers to my dwindling audience or whatever. In his dreams, ladies and gentlemen, is this audience getting smaller. (Laughing.) There’s nothing in any of this that’s truthful…
You want to come on this program and call me unpatriotic, come on this program and call me unpatriotic. You want to call me a liar, you want to tell me that I did not say what I said, you come on this program and you tell me to my face that I said what I did not say. Stop hiding behind your special protections as a senator and spewing the talking points of an embarrassing, partisan hack media group called Media Matters for America. Hillary Clinton didn’t serve in the military, by the way, Senator Reid. She just voted against General Petraeus. Barack Obama did not serve in the military, Senator Reid, and he didn’t even show up to vote in support of Petraeus. John Edwards didn’t serve, and after voting to send our troops to war, he has undermined them ever since. It is unconscionable for an esteemed United States senator to launch an all-out assault on a private citizen, which is a lie from front to back, in order to cover your own actions and words, which have been the true demoralization of the US military — and if anybody owes the military of this country an apology, Senator Reid, it is you. It is Jack Murtha. It is Dick Durbin. It is any and all who have joined your effort to secure defeat of the United States and the United States military in not only Iraq, but the war on terror.
Hat Tip Quotecritter
It’s another sad day for the worst Congress on record.