The Patriotism Of The Encyclopedia
The anti-Kerry group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which has spent more than $10 million trying to discredit Kerry’s war record, recently changed its name to Swift Vets and POWs for Truth to bring into its fold dozens of Vietnam prisoners of war opposed to Kerry’s candidacy. Many of those POWs are interviewed in the documentary, “Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal.”
At the same time, the Swift Vets group yesterday purchased $3 million in airtime for two new ads in New Mexico, Ohio and Colorado, according to William E. Franke, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and spokesman for the group. Two-thirds of the money will be spent in Ohio, a state both parties consider a must-win. The ads condemn Kerry’s prominent leadership role in the antiwar protests of the early 1970s. “How can you expect our sons and daughters to follow you when you condemned their fathers and grandfathers?” George “Bud” Day, a POW cellmate of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), asks in one of the new ads.
Michelle Malkin takes a strong stand, listing Day’s many accolades and demanding that her commenters swarm CNN’s site and demand they correct the record by adding in a several-paragraph biography to an already accurate post. Should the crazies decide that this post is inaccurate because I don’t mention kind Michelle’s family, education, work history and penchant for collecting taped confessions from random vagrants on the street using her portable waterboarding kit, please use trackbacks to drive up the Technorati links, mm-kay?
Greyhawk from Mudville Gazette, with more airbrushed eagles than can possibly be healthy, likewise demands you know the full history of Col. Day, because again, somehow an entirely accurate report of what he did and how he did it is a gross slur against his character and achievements, indicative of the left’s fear of real brave manly men.
I recommend we hold conservative bloggers to this new standard of accuracy and patriotism by spine-numbingly thorough biography. When they call Michael Moore fat, I want reports on his favorite class in third grade. When they declare George Soros some sort of liberal Machiavelli, I would appreciate the entire story of the Holocaust and the Jewish experience during WWII. And every time they point out that Robert Byrd was a Klansman, I want an entire history of racism in the United States. With primary source citations.
It’s only fair, don’t you know?