Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I Question Your Patriotism. Yes, I do.

How many times have the Democratic leaders bristled at the idea that someone is questioning their patriotism? They go out of their way to insist that even though they are against the war, they support our soldiers 100%.

So I'm just going to say it. I question their patriotism.

Let's begin with the New York Times ad for MoveOn.org calling General Petraeus “General Betray Us.” A man who deserves nothing but our praise for his honorable and distinguished service to our country. Yet a resolution in the Senate to disavow the MoveOn.org ad war was opposed by all the leading Democratic presidential candidates. All top Democrats also refused to attend briefings by Gen. Petraeus before he spoke to the nation.

Recently Rep Peter Stark demeaned the sacrifice of our troops in Iraq; he obscenely accused the President of being amused by the deaths of our troops in Iraq. Requests by House Republicans to have the sickening remarks stricken from the record failed. House Minority Leader, John Boehner (R. Oh.) released a statement through the Drudge Report:

"Our troops in Iraq are fighting against al-Qaeda and other radical jihadists hellbent on killing the people we are sent here to represent. Congressman Stark's statement dishonors not only the Commander-in-Chief, but the thousands of courageous men and women of America's armed forces who believe in their mission and are putting their lives on the line for our freedom and security. Congressman Stark should retract his statement and apologize to the House, our Commander-in-Chief, and the families of our soldiers and commanders fighting terror overseas."

Stark stood by his statements and not a word of disagreement could be heard from our Democratic leaders. Except for Nancy Pelosi agreeing that it was "inappropriate" because it "distracted from the seriousness of the subject at hand -- providing health care for America's children." Not because it demeaned our troops and Commander in Chief.

(Update: Stark apologized today after a resolution to censure Pete Stark failed. I'll take his apology at face value only because he walked off the floor of the Senate and cried for five minutes. It shows me that he was affected by how his words hurt so many. I can respect that.)

Rep. John Murtha accused our soldiers of "murdering innocent civilians in cold blood" in the Haditha incident. When those murder charges against Lance Corporal Justin Sharratt and Steven Tatum were dropped in the Haditha incident, not a word of apology from Murtha or a call to do so from any Democratic leader.

Sen Dick Durbin compared our soldiers at Guantanamo to Nazis:

"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime - Pol Pot or others - that had no concern for human beings."

And let's not forget the man who would be President if the Democrats had won, Sen. John Kerry:

"And there is no reason… that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children."

"Education -- if you make the most of it and you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama said this recently:

"We've got to get the job done there (Afghanistan). And that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there."

Sen. Harry Reid, Majority Leader had this to say in April:

"This war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything."

Leading our soldiers in Iraq to fire back to Sen. Reid with this:

"We are not losing this war!"

Hillary Clinton keeps her anti-military views hidden. She is no fool, but she had to give the far left some red meat in a carefully crafted way of calling Gen. Petraeus a liar:

(To Gen. Petraeus) "You have been made the de facto spokesmen for what many of us believe to be a failed policy. Despite what I view is your rather extraordinary efforts in your testimony both yesterday and today, I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief .

All these examples make the whole Reid/Limbaugh/Phony soldiers controversy even more laughable. If Reid wanted to get indignant over insults to our troops, he need look no further than his own party and himself. Trying to paint himself as the defender of the troops against a staunch military supporter such as Rush, made Reid look like a fool. And it backfired on him beautifully, with Rush selling the phony letter of outrage to Clear Channel that Reid and his 41 fellow Democrats signed, for $4.2 million (with Rush's match) for the kids of Marines and law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty.

Do I believe everyday citizens who are Democrat are unpatriotic? Certaintly not. I know many and they love our soldiers as much as we do. But it's time for those Democrats to take a good hard look at their leadership and question their leader's patriotism.