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Rumsfeld fete outrages Union League member
Philly.com - Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Thu, Nov. 30, 2006 | DAN GERINGER

Posted on 11/30/2006 7:59:36 AM PST by WmCraven_Wk

PRESIDENT Bush's departing defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, will be given the Union League of Philadelphia's Gold Medal tomorrow - and at least one distinguished member of that elegant institution is "astonished and ashamed."

In a blistering letter to League president Frank Giordano, longtime member James A. Ouns-worth called Rumsfeld "an arrogant and dishonest human being" who "with his blundering ahead with the war in Iraq, with his pigheadedness when faced with mistakes and failures... has presided over what may well be one of the great disasters of U.S. history."

Ounsworth, a Navy nuclear engineer who became a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, said he was "reconsidering whether I should continue as a member of such an organization."

Giordano did not respond to a Daily News request for an interview.

Union League spokesperson Patricia Tobin said that Giordano had received Ounsworth's letter, but would not comment on it publicly.

"We're pleased and honored to host [Rumsfeld]," Tobin said. She declined to say anything more.

"This is like the CEOs who are awarded huge severance packages even though they're failures," Ounsworth told the Daily News yesterday. "Rumsfeld is a failure. I don't think you should give an award for failure. I thought the Union League stood for more than that."

On its Web site, the Union League states it was "founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the policies of President Abraham Lincoln," has "given local support to the American military in each conflict since the Civil War, and continues to be driven by its founding motto, 'Love of Country Leads.' "

But Ounsworth said that honoring Rumsfeld violates League principles because he "was directly involved in the deaths of over 2,800 U.S. soldiers and the wounding of more than 20,000. I can't imagine why they would want to honor him."

Ounsworth, a Naval Academy graduate who was a fullback and linebacker on quarterback Roger Staubach's legendary teams, said, "I call myself a true Republican. I believe in my country. I believe we should support the administration in time of war. But get someone else to honor, not someone who so prominently failed.

"The young men and women who are putting their lives on the line in Iraq," he said, "deserve more than the Union League honoring people who don't measure up, and honoring this guy in particular, who I don't think has ever admitted he made a mistake."

Sandra L. Cadwalader, a socially prominent Center City Philadelphian who is equally outraged by the Rumsfeld medal ceremony, said a friend who is a Union League member "facetiously" invited her to the black-tie event weeks ago.

She and some friends had planned to protest, she said, but "once Rumsfeld resigned, that kind of took the steam out of trying to plan a major protest march at the Union League. If you see a couple of people holding a candlelight vigil, that'll be us."

The Gold Medal recipients, she said, include "Lincoln, Pershing, Eisenhower, George Bush Number One and Supreme Court justices Rehnquist and Sandra Day O'Connor. Giving it to Rumsfeld is a travesty. He is definitely no Sandra Day O'Connor.

"The invasion of Iraq is probably the greatest foreign policy disaster in our history," she said, "but somehow the Union League has managed to put on a happy face, give a black-tie dinner and celebrate... what, exactly?

"I wouldn't mind if the dinner were in New York, but it is humiliating, somehow, to have it in Philadelphia."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: defense; iraq; military; rumsfeld
Anyone want to declair 'Open Season' on this RINO?
1 posted on 11/30/2006 7:59:40 AM PST by WmCraven_Wk
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To: WmCraven_Wk
has presided over what may well be one of the great disasters of U.S. history

Where has our sense of History gone? Sheesh..

2 posted on 11/30/2006 8:01:40 AM PST by Paradox (American Conservatives: Keeping the world safe for Liberalism.)
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To: Paradox

"History?" we don't need no stinking history....they don't even call it that in many schools anymore....they call it SOCIAL STUDIES....


3 posted on 11/30/2006 8:03:53 AM PST by goodnesswins (I think the real problem is islamo-bombia! (Rummyfan))
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To: WmCraven_Wk

A Carter wananbe.


4 posted on 11/30/2006 8:04:13 AM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: WmCraven_Wk
"He is definitely no Sandra Day O'Connor"

And that's a good thing.

5 posted on 11/30/2006 8:05:09 AM PST by Covenantor
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To: WmCraven_Wk

this is why Rick Santorum lost....


6 posted on 11/30/2006 8:06:41 AM PST by Nat Turner (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME)
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To: WmCraven_Wk

You misspelled Anus-worth.


7 posted on 11/30/2006 8:10:56 AM PST by steve8714 (Study hard, if you do you'll do well..if not, you'll be stuck in the Senate.)
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To: WmCraven_Wk

Alas, this is what passes for a "Republican" in the keystone state - that and Arlen Specter, Perzel, Jubelier...


8 posted on 11/30/2006 8:11:03 AM PST by SargeK
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To: WmCraven_Wk

A whole story wrapped around one person's "outrage".

Only in liberal 'Philthy'-delphia.


9 posted on 11/30/2006 8:12:20 AM PST by airborne (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Jesus is the reason for the season!!)
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To: WmCraven_Wk
From the Union League Website: 3,000 men and women between the ages of 21 and 98, who represent a wide variety of backgrounds and professions, make up the membership of the club.

3000 members and one guy's letter is a news story?

10 posted on 11/30/2006 8:14:58 AM PST by TankerKC (I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth!)
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To: WmCraven_Wk
Ounsworth, a Navy nuclear engineer who became a prominent Philadelphia lawyer

This is relevant because ... ? BFD. Jimmy Carter and Homer Simpson were nuclear engineers.

11 posted on 11/30/2006 8:16:01 AM PST by Spirochete
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To: WmCraven_Wk
Donald Rumsfeld has bravely and unselfishly served his country for more decades than the average member of that Union League of Philadelphia has been alive.

He is also too much of a gentleman to tell this and some of the other member of the League what they can do with their Gold Medal. This man not only has been a part of history, he will be redeemed by history in the near future.

The real failure is in not seeing what a great contributer to the War on Terror Rumsfeld is. Shame on The Union League of Philadelphia.

12 posted on 11/30/2006 8:19:12 AM PST by wmileo (Reagan Democrat for life)
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To: WmCraven_Wk
I Bet you 10 Bucks this guy is NOT a heterosexual.
13 posted on 11/30/2006 8:19:43 AM PST by PEACE ENFORCER (Liberals; People That Are Only Alive Because It's Illegal To SHOOT Them!)
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To: All
“I call myself a true Republican.”

Just like innumerable zotted trolls.

14 posted on 11/30/2006 8:19:56 AM PST by dighton
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To: TankerKC
3000 members and one guy's letter is a news story?

It is when he sends a second copy to the press.

15 posted on 11/30/2006 8:20:33 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: steve8714
'You misspelled Anus-worth.'

Complain to the writer. I just post'um verbatim.
16 posted on 11/30/2006 8:27:32 AM PST by WmCraven_Wk
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To: WmCraven_Wk
Ounsworth, a Navy nuclear engineer who became a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, said he was "reconsidering whether I should continue as a member of such an organization."

Bu-bye asshat. Head on down to Georgia and hook up with that other fine nuclear engineer, Jimmah Carter. You're peas in a pod.

17 posted on 11/30/2006 8:53:45 AM PST by tx_eggman (Democrat Campaign Slogan - 2006: "Bring Out The Gimp!")
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To: WmCraven_Wk
Ounsworth, a Navy nuclear engineer ... Stop Right There! (/meatloaf) The nation has had enough of Navy nuclear engineers. Carter-wannabes can STFU.
18 posted on 11/30/2006 9:01:52 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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To: WmCraven_Wk
Ounsworth, a Navy nuclear engineer who became a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, said he was "reconsidering whether I should continue as a member of such an organization."

Jimmy Carter (Spit, rot in Hell) was supposedly a nuclear engineer.

Neutron damage to the Central Nervous System would explain it.

19 posted on 11/30/2006 9:04:15 AM PST by Gorzaloon ("Illegal Immigrant": The Larval form of A Democrat.)
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To: WmCraven_Wk
The origin of the RINO problem is in the very precincts of the upper classes of Northeastern WASPs where the GOP was once dominant. Union League clubs date to the Civil War era where pro-Lincoln businessmen met to the exclusion of Democrat businessmen who favored peace with an independent South. New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore had large numbers of pro-secession or neutrality advocates in both the upper classes and the working classes. (The New York Draft Riots of 1863 started out as anti-conscription protests but degenerated into anti-black and anti-Yankee pogroms.)

Until World War II, Union League members were the epitome of "rock-ribbed" pro-business Republicans, who were strong supporters of protective tariffs, laissez faire in connection with domestic government, and isolationist, at least with respect to Europe. A combination of factors, including the liberal takeover of the Ivy League universities, the elite boarding schools, and the mainline Protestant churches, especially the Episcopal, Northern Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ (Congregationalist) denominations, caused the old Northeastern WASP elite to shift ideologically from old-style Republicanism to Rockefeller or "me-too" Republicanism and, in many cases, to the left wing of the Democratic Party. The scions of old line families, like the Rockefellers in New York and West Virginia, the Lodges and Welds in Massachusetts, the Pells in Rhode Island, and the Keans in New Jersey, are clearly liberal. Look at the leftward drift of the Tafts in Ohio (old Yankee family that moved to Cincinnati) and the Fishes in New York from laissez faire, limited government, and isolationist sentiment to liberalism, and you will see evidence of the leftward drift of the old elite.

20 posted on 11/30/2006 9:04:43 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: WmCraven_Wk

Looks like the self declared Republican likes to support the other party with his $$$$'s.

http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/contributions/james-ounsworth.asp?cycle=06

He gave to Sestak and ACTBLUE PAC.


21 posted on 11/30/2006 9:05:34 AM PST by Dartoid
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To: WmCraven_Wk

Who is this Rickover dropout to define Rummies actions as a failure? I served 26 years in the Navy and I thought the guy did a great job and I was fried when he resigned. This a-hole helped give us Sestak the "Perfumed Prince", that should define his credibility.


22 posted on 11/30/2006 9:25:07 AM PST by mortal19440
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To: WmCraven_Wk
has presided over what may well be one of the great disasters of U.S. history."

James A. Ounsworth, When has it ever been done better?

23 posted on 11/30/2006 9:47:19 AM PST by RJL
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To: WmCraven_Wk

With Republicans like this jerkwood, who needs enemies?


24 posted on 11/30/2006 10:53:08 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: WmCraven_Wk
He is definitely no Sandra Day O'Connor.

I should hope not.

25 posted on 11/30/2006 1:08:08 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: wmileo
Shame on The Union League of Philadelphia.

Perhaps you should read the story. The Union League is the organization honoring Rumsfeld. If you like Rumsfeld, you should be happy the League is honoring him, not blasting them. It's just one disaffected idiot from the Naval Academy who is criticizing the honor.

26 posted on 11/30/2006 4:42:40 PM PST by speedy
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To: Wallace T.
Sometime after WW2 the old Yankee elite drifted towards positions which really amount to an abandonment of the American project. Their politics has been trending towards the worst kind of radical chic, trust-fund leftism.

I fear for America when the descendants of her founding population no longer really seem to care so much about this country or its common people.

27 posted on 12/01/2006 11:09:46 PM PST by Aikonaa
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To: WmCraven_Wk
"I call myself a true Republican. I believe in my country. I believe we should support the administration in time of war. But get someone else to honor, not someone who so prominently failed."

I call myself Thumper, Lord Protector of All that is Good; Baron of the Air at 2000'; King of the blonde haired, blue-eyed lithe and supple virginry; Master of all I survey........no one believes me.
I believe in my nations principles and destiny.
This dude's a lawyer???

I wonder how many of his clients have successfully petitioned for new trials on the basis of ineffective defense.

28 posted on 12/01/2006 11:19:53 PM PST by Thumper1960 (Unleash the Dogs of War as a Minority, or perish as a party.)
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To: Paradox
Where has our sense of History gone? Sheesh..

Maybe this guy was born in 2002.
29 posted on 12/03/2006 5:57:09 AM PST by etradervic (Rumsfeld - the sack heard around the world)
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