The following is my letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
On Thursday, Senator Casey (D-PA) and other "Democrats" in the world's greatest deliberative body got together to decide whether or not to condemn a newspaper advertisement. (S.Amdt. 2934) The final vote was 72-25 to admonish MoveOn for its "General Betrayus" ad.
Where was the senate when the "Swift Boat" people were attacking one of their own, John Kerry? Where was John Kerry, for that matter? The Senate is holding our kids hostage in Iraq, and continues to kill over a million Iraqi citizens, but they are worried about MoveOn hurting someone's feelings?! Apparently, the Senate hasn't even read the 1st amendment of the constitution. It's called freedom of speech. If you're in favor of free speech, then you're in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise. Otherwise, you're not in favor of free speech. Sometimes I wonder what country I'm living in, where a kid gets tasered by thuggish cops for asking an annoying question in a political forum.
This is nothing but censorship of the kind the Dixie Chicks suffered through. Petraus is a big military boy. He can take it. He took it from his boss Admiral Fallon, who called him an ass-kissing little chicken s**t. He said he "hate(s) people like that." Where is the Senate's outrage against Fallon? No wonder the Senate's rating is so low. They vote to give their "full support" to the guy in charge of a war whose execution many of them oppose. Hypocrites.
Coordinator of MoveOn's Operation Democracy Council of Greater Pittsburgh