When I saw the buzz on the “Phony Soldiers”—I didn’t read up on it until today—I thought it was another smear the troop campaign.Well, what an interesting course of events has played out– an attack from the Senate on an American citizen (Rush Limbaugh) and his re-counter of that attack. Harry Reid composed a letter that was directed to Rush Limbaugh’s syndicated partner: Mark Mays (Clear Channel Communications) to pressure and humiliate Rush – if not personally damage his reputation…. The letter by Senator Harry Reid was auctioned on E-Bay and the bidding/auction raised over $2,000,000 that was then matched by the citizen attacked–all the proceeds of the auction is to go to: Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation: http://www.mc-lef.org/—a foundation that provides support to the children of Marines and law officials who have died in the line of duty.
I do not listen/read/follow Rush Limbaugh-never did (no offense). What caught my attention was that rather than address the letter to Rush directly-it was sent to his business partner/associate-that’s odd. Rather than write the letter as one citizen practicing his free speech/opinion to another citizen — the letter was written on official Senate letter head and not just signed by the person who begged to differ–it was signed with the title of Senator and not just him but by 41 other elected officials.
Senator Reid and Limbaugh and the press argue over whether Limbaugh was name calling 1 solider or all those who are opposed to war as “phony soliders’. (for me all those who have volunteered to serve and all our Veteran’s deserve our respect and thanks–and their right to free speech is to be respected too. There have been some who pretend to have served-walked in parades, worn uniforms adored with pins, medals and ribbons-that they didn’t earn or never even took the oath–that is pathetic fraud and insults all the men and women who have taken the oath to protect and defend.)
http://mediamatters.org/items/200710200002?f=i_latest Below is a link to Senator Harry Reid’s “Contact page” —to perhaps ask him how much he has pledged or given to this worthy cause: Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. I would encourage you to encourage him to put his money where his mouth is and make good on what he has said. (As well as the other Senators who signed it.) Harry Reid would not come out of his office the day the mother of a fallen Navy SEAL came to visit him this September 2007 (Move America Forward has a video clip on that)……so to find him supporting such an organization from the distance only with empty words, yet avoiding a mother of a fallen Navy SEAL Mark Allen Lee-the first who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq is beyond appalling. Here is a video clip of Gold Star Mother Debbie Lee’s and her presentation at the “Gathering of Eagles” in Washington D.C. (September 3-15., 2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqlBhtduVM8 Here is a link to Mark Allen Lee’s letter home to his mom on July 4th, 2006 – (He gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life on August 2nd, 2006) http://www.moveamericaforward.org/index.php/DailyFile/a_letter_from_marc_alan_lee/
Hope we can honor the words and example of Fallen Navy SEAL Marc Allen Lee and encourage our Senators to do just the same:
“I find that being here makes me realize the great country we have and the obligation we have to keep it that way. The 4th has just come and gone and I received many emails thanking me for helping keep America great and free. I take no credit for the career path I have chosen; I can only give it to those of you who are reading this, because each one of you has contributed to me and who I am.
However what I do over here is only a small percent of what keeps our country great. I think the truth to our greatness is each other. Purity, morals and kindness, passed down to each generation through example.
So to all my family and friends, do me a favor and pass on the kindness, the love, the precious gift of human life to each other so that when your children come into contact with a great conflict that we are now faced with here in Iraq, that they are people of humanity, of pure motives, of compassion.” (Mark Allen Lee)
The bid and copy of the letter and those who signed it (at the bottom of the page)
Reid’s contact page: http://reid.senate.gov/contact/email_form.cfm
Reid on t.v. today (10/19/07): http://breitbart.tv/html/6938.html
Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation
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Let us all practice our Constitutional Right to FREE SPEECH
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! BRAVO ZULU!