Wednesday, August 24, 2005

American Legion Declares War on Protestors -- Media Next?

Highlights:

NEW YORK The American Legion, which has 2.7 million members, has declared war on antiwar protestors, and the media could be next. Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group's national commander called for an end to all “public protests” and “media events” against the war, constitutional protections
be damned.

Gee, I wonder how many of those 2.7 million members vote republican?

The delegates vowed to use whatever means necessary to "ensure the united backing of the American people to support our troops and the global war on terrorism."
The "united" backing? So all 280 million Americans should agree on exactly the same things? That's a realistic goal.

"We had hoped that the lessons learned from the Vietnam War would be clear to our fellow citizens. Public protests against the war here at home while our young men and women are in harm's way on the other side of the globe only provide aid and comfort to our enemies. "
Public protests do a bit more than that. They raise public awareness and give voice to a large group of Americans who are often being overlooked or deliberately ignored by the Powers That Be, who are usually the ones running the war(s) in the first place.

Steve Gilliard responds:

So, is this how desperate the right is? The American Legion should change their name to the Freikorps and head immediately to Crawford to beat on Gold Star Mothers and combat vets.

Uh, I dare him to accuse Cindy Sheehan of sitting with the Sadrists who killed her son in combat.

The problem is that his argument is made of straw. No one is denoucing the troops. We denounce the people who didn't give them the tools to fight. They should not be protected from censur

What so many people on the right forget is that Mrs. Sheehan's son died in combat while a soldier in the US Army. She has a moral authority they don't come close to.

Who knew a mom could be so scary?

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