Friday, September 21, 2007
Free speech devalued more than US dollar?
Quote from an AOL news story on MoveOn.org's latest controversy:
"The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution denouncing a MoveOn.org ad that appeared in The New York Times on Sept. 10 and challenged the credibility of Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq."
Now I'm the first to admit that MoveOn.org has done some dumb-ass things in the name of democracy, but this ad is not one of them. Criticizing a public figure for what is commonly understood to be an "I'm your huckleberry" move on Petraeus's part is a matter of free speech. This is in no way a criticism of the US military or those serving their duties with integrity. In fact, it is in their defense. They deserve better. They deserve the true "conditions on the ground" to be documented and addressed without smoke and mirrors.
This ad is all about calling out an administration that feels great comfort in turning heroes into puppets to serve ugly agendas. Case in point: Colin Powell and his glass vial. Which is how this whole monstronsity of a world crisis got started. Ahem.
Sometime the truth hurts, but that's part of what it means to be truly free.