March 6, 2007
When did we lose it?
I'm talking about decency in public discourse. Ann Coulter calling John Edwards a "faggot" is only the latest in the politics of hate. I don't believe for a minute than Coulter made that remark without advance clearance from Rove and Cheney and, and since Mitt Romney introduced her, I have to believe he knew in advance that she would leap into the gutter. They are careful to plant such vitriol and hope that it sticks in the minds of voters. "Is Edwards gay?" is the message these creeps plant in millions of minds with Coulter's outrage to 5000 at Conservative PAC.
Remember Willie Horton? Did Dukakis knowingly permit him out of prison so he could rape? Remember Swift Boat? Did John Kerry shoot people in the back? Betray his men? Exaggerate his heroism? In my campaign against Kasten, the allegation was made that money was missing from the NFL player's pension fund. Did Garvey take the money?
So how do we respond? Here is Air America's response. "Ann Coulter is a man. Maybe Coulter wants a shot at Edwards. Coulter's adams apple is bigger than Bush and Edwards combined." I'm not making this up. Then they played an interview with George Will who was obvioulsly upset with Coulter's comments. He said, "The less said about him the better." Wow!
How many good people opt out of politics because of this sort of trash talk? Edwards is gay, Coulter is a man, Bush is a war hero, and Kerry a coward. Too much.
Media missed the story. Walter Reed services were privatized two years ago. The CEO of the company getting $123 million for five years last worked for, you guessed it, Hallibutron. How do we know? Because Amy Goodman reported that crucial tidbit and Jon Stewart did as well. Where in the hell is the corporate media? And, are we to believe that not one of 535 members of Congress ever took a cab to Walter Reed to see how the troops are being treated? Of thousands of staffers, not one dropped in?
Yes, the Army brass should be held accountable, but who authorized a for-profit Halliburtonesque monster to take care of our wounded? As Lombardi asked, "What the hell is going on!"
Meanwhile, Afghanistan is a disaster happening before our eyes while the surge is a failure as predicted. We need leaders to take decisive action. Now.
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