Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Some thoughts on that "Betray Us" ad

I first heard his name morphed by an active duty soldier, about an hour after he took the billet and the fourth star that came with it. But that is not the point. I think the ad was stupid, and I said so. But that isn't the point, either.

I am hearing Norm Coleman make hay from it, just as that wingnut congresswoman from Florida did yesterday. I am hearing all manner of indignant outrage from the loonies of the right.

That set me to wondering about something...

How offended were these same people when Senator Kerry was swift-boated? War hero and triple-amputee Max Cleland was smeared by the smarmy Saxby Chambliss by equating him with Osama bin Laden. How offended were these foam-flecked wingnuts then? Today, they accept the rodent Chambliss as their equal.

Hell - how did they react to those of us who disagreed with them before the war? They called us unpatriotic, they called us traitors, they called us unamerican and told us to get out of the country even though people who saw it the way we did had served in greater numbers. (The right to free speech that so many on our side have served to uphold doesn't guarantee that everything said will be smart, or even true. It is up to the listener to make those judgments.)

But I digress...Anyone - and I do mean anyone - bleating about being offended now, by that ad, had better be able to point to a full-throated denunciation of scurrilous attacks that went the other way then.

If they were silent then, or even supported those attacks, they need to shut the hell up now.

Sauce for the goose being sauce for the gander, and all that.