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.