Little Green Footballs

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Freedom from speech

Look what the head of an influential American patriotic organization is saying:

We had hoped that the lessons learned from the Vietnam War would be clear to our fellow citizens: public protests against the war here at home while our young men and women are in harm’s way on the other side of the globe only provide aid and comfort to our enemies. We understand that the terrorists they are engaging there would slit the throats of every American, adult and child, if they could.


[We] 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.


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. 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.

Fine words from a patriotic American, sure to bring much gladness and joy to the flinty hearts of lizards everywhere.

Oh, and the organization in question is the American Legion, which has a membership of 2.7 million -- and a long history of defending freedom, or at least some version of it.

The waltz with fascism goes on, and the music is getting louder.

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