Skip to comments.Kerry Accuses White House of Intolerance [habit of labeling dissenters as unpatriotic....]
Posted on 05/06/2006 1:39:47 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Kerry Accuses White House of Intolerance
By MIKE GLOVER, Associated Press Writer 15 minutes ago
Sen. John Kerry accused the Bush administration on Saturday of stirring up a "spirit of intolerance" to suppress dissent over the war in Iraq.
Kerry said the Bush administration is targeting opponents of the Iraq war in much the same way he was attacked for protesting failed policies in Vietnam in the 1970s.
"Dismissing dissent is not only wrong but dangerous when America's leadership is unwilling to admit mistakes, unwilling to engage in honest discussion and unwilling to hold itself accountable for the consequences of decisions made without genuine disclosure or genuine debate," said Kerry, D-Mass.
"Although no one is being jailed today for speaking out against the war in Iraq, the spirit of intolerance for dissent has risen steadily, and the habit of labeling dissenters as unpatriotic has become the common currency of the politicians currently running our country," he said.
Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president in 2004, spoke at Grinnell College. During his visit to Iowa he repeated his call for a deadline for American troops to be pulled out of Iraq by the end of the year.
"The Iraqis have shown they only respond to deadlines," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I think you've got to be tough here."
Kerry first drew public attention 35 years ago when, as a decorated Navy veteran, he testified to Congress in opposition to the Vietnam war. Some fellow veterans criticized him then, and his opposition to the war has been a point of controversy throughout his political career.
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I guess Kerry has abandoned is war hero status to join the ranks of Cindy Sheehan and ANSWER..
This is better described as the left being incredibly effective in squelching anti, anti-American criticism.
Has Kerry signed his DOD-180 yet?
Look at me!
Look at me!
The pot calling the kettle black.
I guess the "White House" is not allowed to engage in free speech. In Hanoi Johnny's America, "intolerance" would not be tolerated.
John F'in Kerry is a g-damned traitor, he perjured himself under oath about so-called "war crimes" that were never committed by his fellow soldiers, he violated U.S. law by traveling to Paris to enter private talks with the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong while America was at war, he received a less than honorable discharge, which was only upgraded to "honorable" under the treasonous Carter Administration, and THAT is why even to this day, Kerry will not release his military records in their entirety because his disloyalty would then become known to all.
More putting words in people's mouths, then attacking those fabricated words. The Bush Admin has not called dissenters unpatriotic.
To John "Vichy" Kerry:
Kerry, you are a WEASEL - hey, look, Benedict Arnold served too, he was even the "hero of Ticonderoga" -- did far more than you ever did, Kerry, but when he turned against his country his previous service was not some permanent absolution from judgment for what he did to betray his country.
However, I, Miss Marple, DO question his patriotism. I think Kerry is a traitor who has not one speck of love for this ccountry.
...It's the most intolerant administration since that of Jenghis-Khan!
Kerry thinks it's still 1971
Knock, knock Kerry....We're at WAR not reliving the smelly hippie days!
Some european intellectual (I forget who, maybe Derrida?) said (paraphrase): Nationalism is the ideology of the man with nothing to say. Replace "Nationalism" with the synonym of the above discussion, and you have the fundamental critique: patriotism is at best vapid, and at worst oppressive. Your relationship with your country does not require you to keep your mouth shut because of past benefits you have received: it is a continuing relationship, in which both parties have continuing rights and responsibilities.Wonkette linked with:
Tossing and turning over the definition of a patriot? Worried that the label carries morally inconsistent connotations and/or Jeff Gordon-idolizing overtones?Considering the typical leftist's view of patriotism, it seems inconsistent to complain about being labeled "un-patriotic" - to say the least.
So ours this week will be "spirit of ignorance"... or illegitimacy... take your pick.
Ah yes... from the party of tolerance, McKinney would love that, seeing the way they jumped to her defense (unlike Patty boy, even the libs saw that). I didn't see Jefferson photo-ops either. Ooh... and Boston College Jesuits not wanting to honor Condi.
Will Kerry be the next Vanilla Ice speaking for the 'hood' when he runs then? I hope so... please run.
Okay, John Kerry, here you go. You are unpatriotic, and worse than that, you are a traitor. See, now someone actually said it.
John Kerry is repeating an old, and bogus accusation. It's a lie. One of many lies democrats keep repeating because no one in the administration calls them on it. Reporters should challenge Kerry to name the names of people in this administration who have accused someone of being unpatriotic. It has not happened.
It reminds me of how democrats get away with saying republicans starve babies, kill old folks, poison the air and water.
The ONLY person I have heard that has called someone "Unamerican" for an opposing view is his wife - Teresa.
How bout this for us: "spirit of illegality" ?
It's catchy AND to it's got double entendre value.
Whose in charge of the "not this sh*t again" graphic?
Where are you when we need you?
Have you noticed how ready Kerry and his boy buds are to accuse others of the very actions they would take if given the chance?
paÂ·triÂ·ot (pā'trē-ət, -ŏt)
[French patriote, from Old French, compatriot, from Late Latin patriōta, from Greek patriōtēs, from patrios, of one's fathers, from patēr, patr-, father.] noun
One who loves, supports, and defends one's country.
OPEN LETTER TO CINDY SHEEHAN (Must Read)
Proof that hanoi kerry is behind baghdad sindee
by FReeper Mom of Two Soldiers
"OPEN LETTER TO CINDY SHEEHAN:
Residing in the same town as you once resided
and knowing your family,
I must ask you, "Whatever are you thinking? ..."
"...Cindy, you've changed since the Kerry campaign
contacted you in early July of last summer..."
"...Finally, and most disturbing,
how can you support a group that supported John Kerry,
who on April 7th, on National Public Radio
stated that Al Sadr had a "legitimate voice"
and that the Coalition (including your son)
should not have closed down his newspaper
after he called for the deaths of U.S. troops..."
Epecially when John kerry is honored in a Vietnam war museum, in Vietnam.
Now, to question something is to implicitly admit the possibility of its existence. More properly, you should say you deny his patriotism. :)
Wayne & Garth: "Well Shyaaaah..."
Correction. I think I recall Dean and maybe Reid refer to Republicans as unpatriotic...
I'm still trying to figure out how this guy (Hanoi John Effin' Kerry) wasn't court-martialed and tried for TREASON.
Question his "patriotism"? How can that happen, since he has none.
Oh! Would that someone with access to Hanoi John Effing Kerry's DD-1080 "leak it!"
Lotsa other stuff "leaks." Whay not that one piece of paper?
For the good of the country?
Kerry is unpatriotic. He just doesn't realize it.
I think he finally did sign it and it showed he had a worse college score that Bush (The man he claims to be stupid) and then he tried to excuse the bad score by claiming to have been a drunk (What he tried to label Bush as).
You can't invent this pathetic stuff!
Please make him go away.
Maybe it's time for another thread on Alternate Universes. Surely Kerry has not been observing the events in the same universe as we have.
The Left is pathetic.
Sorry but those who would use the first amendment to DO AWAY with the first amendment ARE UNPATRIOTIC.
WHERE IS KERRY'S SECRET PLAN TO "WIN THE WAR"?
HAS DEAN FOUND OSAMA AT ANY OF HIS DNC MEETINGS?
Er, you are a traitor, Hanoi John!
What is intolerant about calling your a$$ out for treasonous speech and behavior?
Every time Kerry opens his mouth the only thing that comes out is BS. There should ba a crowd at every Kerry speech shouting BULLSHIT.
"BREATHES there the man with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
'This is my own, my native land!'
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd
From wandering on a foreign strand?
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung."
~Sir Walter Scott
Oh contraire mon frair! He has the utmost loyalty to socialist rule!
Johnny's a hero in his mind!