The hypocrisy and double standards of the Republican Party have reached an all-time low. I know, I know. How much lower could it get after Sen. Larry Craig (R-Minneapolis Airport)?
This week Republicans in the Congress, led by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), offered a resolution to honor conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who on Tuesday compared an anti-war veteran, who served in Iraq, to a suicide bomber.
McGough used the free speech he purchased with blood Wednesday in an ad criticizing Rush Limbaugh's comment that soldiers who oppose the war are "phonies."
Limbaugh responded by characterizing McGough condescendingly, as if the soldier was nothing more than a vegetable, which is how most Republican politicians treat veterans of foreign wars. Limbaugh called the ad "a blatant use of a valiant combat veteran, lying to him about what I said, then strapping those lies to his belt, sending him out via the media in a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into."
How dare Limbaugh cloak himself in flowery patriotic pretexts and pretend to support the troops, while in the fine print it says, "offer subject to terms and conditions; soldier must pledge allegiance to the flag of Rush Limbaugh, Enron and Halliburton or I will do everything in my power to tarnish his reputation and snatch away his credentials as a veteran."
Bloggers have not let up on Limbaugh since his original slandering last week of anti-war US vets as "phony soldiers," and the story continues to gain traction in the mainstream media. It doesn't matter that 300 Republican Company spokespeople in the blogosphere, print and cable media have rushed to revise Rush's comments to suggest he was referring to Jesse McBeth. This isn't about winning favor among Corrupublicans. This is about principle.
The Republicans in Congress worked themselves up into an Academy Award-worthy state of indignation two weeks ago when MoveOn.org begged the question, "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" BEGGED THE QUESTION! We're talking about a GENERAL, NOT A COMMON SOLDIER, A GENERAL HAND-PICKED BY BUSH FOR HIS SERVILITY.
The Republicans even stopped CONGRESS!!! After weeks of log-jamming, and derailing Democrats from accomplishing anything, they SHUT DOWN CONGRESS until they could stand in defense of the soldiers from Left Wing slander. What a bunch of hog wash!
Coward Steny Hoyer (D-UD), allowed Republicans to pass a resolution condemning MoveOn.Org for the Petraeus ad. Now, Hoyer thinks that a condemnation would be a trifling waste of time. Well thanks for reaching that conclusion a week late, you cowardly, pandering wimp. What a miserable excuse for a Democrat.
Gone is the chance to expose the blatant hypocrisy and double standards of the Republican Party. None of these self-righteous politicians who were supposedly outraged and incensed over the MoveOn.org ad would vote for such a resolution, because they carry out orders strictly for the Republican Company, of which Limbaugh is a chairman.
This is the Republican Party. The same party that couldn't even give soldiers Hummers with full armor. The same party that told soldiers, "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you want." The same party that filibustered an amendment, PURELY for POLITICAL REPRISAL and disregard for US soldiers, that would have given the troops more time at home with their families!!!
Oh, but Republicans love the troops. Yes. Never question that. They love the Brain McGough's of the world. Just so long as they keep their mouths shut and smile for the photo-ops on Memorial Day.