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Monday, February 20, 2006

Blinded by Hate

Why all the fuss about the Midwest Heroes ads?

What happened to the Left's adoration for one's second most precious right – the freedom of speech? What happened to their self-proclaimed virtue of tolerating other points of view?

The conservative issue advocacy group, Progress for America, is running a couple ads in Minnesota supporting the mission in Iraq and local Democrats are crying foul. The ads feature Minnesota families with loved ones serving in Iraq. They express their view of why we fight and why the mission must succeed. But, local Democrats are demanding that the ads be pulled. (Our friends at PowerLine have been dissecting their talking points.)

It is as if speech is cherished only if it agrees with the liberal agenda – and today's liberal agenda is “hate Bush”.

While the liberals preach defeat, the Midwest Heroes ads speak of success and hope for a free Iraq and for the defeat of radical Islamic terrorism.

But, with hope of American success, there is fear of Democrat failure – fear that liberals and Democrats will be out of power for many years to come. Sadly, the American Left has positioned itself to benefit from American defeat in Iraq – and from Al Qeada victories.

(Politically, this is a very curious strategy. First, it is doomed to fail because most Americans will rally behind American victory. Second, in 2004, the Democrat Party could have rallied behind the President regarding the War on Terrorism – as they did in 2002. In doing so, they would have neutralized foreign policy and military leadership from the political battlefield. Their road to power would have then been decided by the social issues which most liberals feel is their strength. Instead, by presenting themselves as cheerleaders for American defeat in Iraq, Democrats have solidified their reputation for being weak on defense. Somehow I doubt that past Democrat heroes like FDR, Truman, and JFK would have chosen this path.)

The Midwest Heroes ads are filled with that which most threatens the American Liberal Agenda – truth.
  • 9/11 changed our view on the threat of terrorism. Critics oppose the use of 9/11 images in the ad claiming that Saddam was not responsible for the attack, therefore Iraq was not linked to Al Qeada. But one does not imply the other. And the ads do not claim that Saddam was behind 9/11. Moreover, this isn't the message of 9/11 to which the ad refers.. During the 1990's we adopted a “see no evil, hear no evil” policy toward terrorism. We pretended that terrorism was a criminal act that didn't threaten national security. But this policy rendered us vulnerable to attack and attack they did – several times. We learned from 9/11 that we can no longer deter terrorism through criminal prosecution. To protect American freedom, we must be more proactive about defusing foreign threats. On September 11, 2001, we learned that we were at war and it was time to fight back.
  • It is Al Qaeda whom we fight in Iraq. The ad is absolutely correct about the media's lack of accuracy in reporting this – as evidenced by their use of the word “insurgents”. An insurgent is a citizen who rises up against those in power. The media paints the image that Iraqi's oppose our presence and are rising up through insurgency to fight us. But, this is not the case. Most of the so-called “insurgents” are foreign fighters recruited by Al Qeada. Moreover, most of their targets are not U.S. soldiers, but Iraqi citizens – particularly those who support their freedom. Al Qeada is attempting to replace Saddam as the dictatorial power in Iraq and the move toward a free democracy is what they fight.
  • Most of our American troops support President Bush and their mission in Iraq. Robin Williams learned this first hand when he began his U.S.O. Tour. He attempted a few jokes at our President's expense, only to receive a very cold reception – so cold that he no longer jokes about President Bush in front of U.S. troops. More concretely, there have been surveys among troops that show a 70-80% approval. In addition, reenlistment consistently exceeds expectations. Those who served in Iraq are signing up to serve again.
Facts are stubborn things and truth can be ruthless when one hopes to regain power through twisted stories of dismay. A decade ago, when ABC-CBS-NBC-CNN dictated the news, such leftist deceptions may have been persuasive. Fortunately, there are now more avenues for truth to be heard. It can no longer be held hostage by the major media networks. Midwest Heroes is one such avenue for truth to find an audience.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heil Bush!
So why ain't you in Iraq? Bitch

2/20/2006 8:26 PM  
Blogger G-man said...

Clever retort! Is the truth really that painful?

2/20/2006 9:01 PM  
Blogger hammerswing75 said...

Anonymous=craven wuss

2/22/2006 6:45 PM  

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