he regrets freedom
Joe Gandelman posted today that President Bush has denounced the Swift Boat Vet ads, but continues to tie that in to a call to do away with 527s (which are, in reality, representative of free speech).
Joe quotes Bush:
" 'That ad and every other ad' run by such groups [527s] have no place in the campaign."If we choose to lean toward freedom, the freedom of 527s must be kept intact.
I do not regret that the Swift Boat Vets have employed the rights and priveleges enveloped by our nation's First Amendment protections.
I do regret dishonorable opportunism when it comes to a politically calculated revision of settled history.
The president also reissued his call for Kerry to echo his statement about such ads.
I would be very upset with John Kerry if he denounced 527s.
I would be pleased to hear Kerry admit that any deliberate and reckless lie is never acceptable in political advertising, especially when it so blatantly dishonors the service of any veteran.
A Commander-in-chief worth an ounce of honor would have denounced the Swift Boat ads "day one".
Talk about your whining politicians, this is the FEC complaint Bush-Cheney made against 527s (against our freedom) last March.
Speaking of dishonorable opportunism, Joe comments, in the same post, that he believes Bob Dole's recent comments are truly reprehensible.
I couldn't help but notice, while Bob Dole made those comments, he did so with his eyes continually cast down to the ground, indicative of a man who may have felt some shame in what he was saying about a fellow citizen who gave honorable service to America.
Shame on Bob Dole.
At Crooked Timber, I caught a discussion about 527s:
Uggabugga links to a list of 527s and asks, “Why does the Bush campaign object to ads that the Oregon Grocery Association might run? What are they doing that is objectionable?”
Sorry to keep harping on this, but it’s pretty incredible that a serious candidate would talk like this. I doubt that five people in a hundred would agree with Bush’s position if it was presented in a cooler-headed context. The right of people to organize and speak out is right at the heart of the First Amendment.
Mr. Bush should realize this is a bipartisan issue and that he isn't fooling those of us (on either side of the ideological fence) who truly respect freedom.