NEW YORK The American Legion, which has 2.7 million members, has declared war on antiwar protesters, and the media could be next. Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group’s national commander called for an end to all “public protests” and “media events” against the war, even though they are protected by the Bill of Rights.
“The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom-loving peoples,” Thomas Cadmus, national commander, told delegates at the group’s national convention in Honolulu.
The delegates voted to use whatever means necessary to “ensure the united backing of the American people to support our troops and the global war on terrorism.”
Wow. From that article it certainly seems as though the American Legion will be actively trying to stop anti-war protests (which are protected by the Bill of Rights, the author of the story assures us), but as is usually case it seems as though the reporting of this initiative by the veteran’s group doesn’t really match what they’re actually saying.
Here’s the expanded comments made by Commander Cadmus:
“For many of us, the visions of Jane Fonda glibly spouting anti-American messages with the North Vietnamese and protesters denouncing our own forces four decades ago is forever etched in our memories,” Cadmus said. “We must never let that happen again. I assure you, The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom loving peoples.”
The measure recognizes that the global war on terrorism is as deadly as any war
in which the United States has been previously engaged and that the President and Congress did authorize military actions in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
“No one respects the right to protest more than one who has fought for it, but we hope that Americans will present their views in correspondence to their elected officials rather than by public media events guaranteed to be picked up and used as tools of encouragement by our enemies,” Cadmus said. “It would be tragic if the freedoms our veterans fought so valiantly to protect would be used against their successors today as they battle terrorists bent on our destruction.”
Read the whole thing.
Basically, the American Legion promising to “stand against” the anti-war protesters. Is that really so bad? They’re not promising to violate anybody’s free speech rights, they’re just promising to respond with protests and words of their own. There’s no mention of “ending” anybody’s “public protest” or “media event” as is indicated in the article.
And that’s how this democracy thing is supposed to work, isn’t it? How is it that Cindy Sheehan can stand down in Crawford for weeks on end and scream about our President being a “murderer,” yet when the American Legion responds with a call to “stand against” that sort of vicious rhetoric they get blasted by the media the day after the make their announcement? Blasted in an extremely misleading and smearing matter, no less.
Why do these anti-war leftists always think they have a monopoly on dissent? And why must anyone attempting to dissent against the anti-war establishment contend with not only the anti-war advocates themselves but a media that is sympathetic to those anti-war causes as well?
(via Flickertail Journal)
By Rob Port of Say Anything.