Thursday, February 09, 2006

Howard. Dean.

Drudge is reporting yet another incident of PR malpractice on behalf on the Democratic party by DNC chair Howard Dean who told Good Morning America:

"All we ask is that we not turn into a country like Iran where the President can do anything he wants."

Now seriously. I have one small request and that is for people like Howard Dean, Harry Belafonte, Cindy Sheehan, and anyone else on the left to go spend one week in Iran, North Korea, Venezuala, or if time travel were possible Nazi Germany. I would like them to go and spend one week and while they were there I want them to engage in the same criticism of the respective leaders of those countries as they do here in the U.S. and see how long they remain free or alive for that matter. I am not complaning that they criticize the President, I am not saying they do not have free speech. All I am saying is that they should choose their words more carefully and actually offer greater intellectual honesty in their analogies not to mention a dose of realism. These people have no clue what it means to live in a facist state or any place that actually engages in suppressing free spech and dissent. They have never experienced the terror of being thrown in prison for speaking out or lived under a leader who exercises absolute authority over every aspect of economy and the culture. If they were actually living in such a place or the U.S. had actually become such a place then they would not be free to go around and say the things they do because they would be imprisoned.

All I am asking is for these people to keep the debate on a realistic level with relevant comparisons and criticism intended for progress not cheap shots for the purposes of raising money.

Author's Note: Yes, I know Cindy Sheehan was arrested at the SOTU for wearing a T-shirt, she was released and received an apology. A Congressman's wife who was pro-war was also removed from the SOTU. The point: The Bush Administration was not suppressing free speech but rather some overzealous Capitol Police officers overstepped their bounds by removing them. If Bush wanted to suppress Sheehan, I would think that her plane to Venezuela would have suffered an unforunate mechanical problem, don't you?

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