Freedom of Speech. Almost dead.

At least, as far as any criticism of the military is concerned. MoveOn.org’s ad, which asked whether General Petraeus may not in fact be “General Betray-Us”, provoked a Senate resolution condemning the ad and all attacks on members of the military that was approved by 72-25. Not only that; the “president” strongly denounced the ad and called it “disgusting”. He explained the lack of vociferous criticism from all Democrats with his observation that they’re spineless ninnies “afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org.” A group which Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) called “radical.” Maybe “terrorist” will be next.

Chris Dodd, Democratic presidential candidate (Conn), opposed the resolution, saying that “It is a sad day in the Senate when we spend hours debating an ad while our young people are dying in Iraq. Now that the Senate has twice voted on this ad, it is time to move on and vote to end the war.”

I was pleased to see that our Senator, Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), also voted against this disgraceful and anti-American attempt to stifle criticism. If you want to find out how your Senator voted, check the list at Common Dreams.

And please sign MoveOn’s statement telling Congress that scare tactics won’t intimidate you.

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2 Responses to Freedom of Speech. Almost dead.

  1. artnexus says:

    Not surprisingly, you totally miss the point. The merits of Gen. P. obviously are in the eyes of the beholder. It’s the RIGHT to question them, to have a different viewpoint, that the Founding Fathers were so concerned about. That’s why we have a Constitution — to protect some people from others who assume that their One viewpoint is the ONLY one and who try to force everybody else to conform to it. You don’t have to agree with my thoughts — but don’t abuse my right to differ.

  2. companyone says:

    Hi,

    This General is an honorable man who has dedicated his life to OUR country and has the Bronze Star Medal for Valor

    ___

    Gen. David H. Petraeus
    Commanding General ~~ Multi-National Force – Iraq

    General David H. Petraeus assumed command of the Multi-National Force-Iraq on February 10th, 2007, following his assignment as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. Prior to assuming command at Ft. Leavenworth, he was the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, which he led from June 2004 to September 2005, and the NATO Training Mission- Iraq, which he commanded from October 2004 to September 2005.

    That deployment to Iraq followed his command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during which he led the “Screaming Eagles” in combat throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His command of the 101st followed a year deployed on Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, where he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force-Bosnia. Prior to his tour in Bosnia, he spent two years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, serving first as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 82nd Airborne Division and then as the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps.

    General Petraeus was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe and the United States, including command of a battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: Aide to the Chief of Staff of the Army; battalion, brigade, and division operations officer; Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander – Europe; Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    General Petraeus was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983. He subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and later served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the US Military Academy. He also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.

    Awards and decorations earned by General Petraeus include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Superior Honor Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and the Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm.

    He is a Master Parachutist and is Air Assault and Ranger qualified. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge and French, British, and German Jump Wings.

    In 2005 he was recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s 25 Best Leaders.

    LIAR…I do not think so.

    Peace!
    Steve
    General David Betray Us

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