GOP Senator calls General a Traitor during Wartime

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The Republicans have a very short memory as they continue to use the MOVEON "General Betrayus" add to attack Democrats.  Back in June 1951 during the peak of the Korean War a war in which over 35,000 US Troops lost their lives extreme right wing GOP Senator Joseph McCarthy accused Secretary of Defense 5-Star General George C. Marshall of "deliberate treason". He also claimed that General George Marshall had been a Communist Agent for the USSR since the 1930's and that he took orders directly from Moscow.  

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A Historical Perspective On The Continuing Edwards/Coulter Clash

Appearing this morning (7/5/07) on CBS' "Early Show," Elizabeth Edwards repeated her call for civility:

...the candidate's wife said it didn't used to be all right for people to "call names, to say these hateful kind of things." Edwards said as a parent, she doesn't think it should be allowed to happen now.

Ann Coulter and the Edwards' have repeatedly clashed this election cycle.  The initial clash came back in March, when Coulter called John Edwards a "faggot" while speaking at CPAC, however tensions escalated last week when Elizabeth Edwards confronted Ann Coulter on MSNBC's Hardball in order to respond to comments she had made earlier in the week.

Elizabeth Edwards is right to call for increased civility in politics and to request that all refrain from pointless ad hominem attacks.  However, her reasoning is simply wrong; the reason why we should avoid personal attacks has nothing to do with history.  Take a look at some of the attacks that took place in past elections...

Election of 1800: Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican) vs. John Adams (Federalist)

  • Federalist papers claimed that electing Thomas Jefferson would lead to the "teaching of murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest."


Election of 1828: Andrew Jackson (Jacksonian Democrat) vs. John Quincy Adams (National Republican)
  • Adams attacked Jackson's marriage, accusing him of living in sin with his wife Rachel, because Rachel's divorce from her prior marriage had not been finalized when Andrew Jackson married her.  Jackson's wife was referred to as an "American Jezebel" and was branded as a convicted adulteress.  Adams sent out pamphlets that asked, "Ought a convicted adulteress and her paramour husband to be placed in the highest offices of this free and christian land?" Rachel Jackson was also called a "strumpet" and a "whore" in some papers covering the election.

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  • Jackson was accused of being a murderer among other unpleasant things.

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  • Adams was accused of providing the Russian Czar with American virgins to serve as his servants while Adams was Minister to Russia.


Election of 1848: Zachary Taylor (Whigs) vs. Lewis Cass (Democrats) vs. John Parker Hale (Free Soil)
  • Democrats attacked Taylor for being uneducated, mean and greedy.

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  • Whigs attacked Cass for being a liar.


Election of 1884: James Blaine (Republicans) vs. Grover Cleveland (Democrats)
  • Taking a swipe at the supporters of Cleveland, Blaine's campaign spokesman said: "We are Republicans, and don't propose to leave our party and identify ourselves with the party whose antecedents have been rum, Romanism, and rebellion."

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  • Cleveland was accused of having a child out of wedlock, abandoning that child at an orphanage and then placing the mother of that child into an asylum.


Election of 1920: Warren G. Harding (Republicans) vs. James Cox (Democrats)
  • Harding was erronously accused of having African-American ancestry.


Election of 1964: Lydon B. Johnson (Democrats) vs. Barry Goldwater (Republicans)
  • Johnson accused Goldwater of having ties to the Ku Klux Klan.


I could carry on and demonstrate how plenty of presidential elections in American history resulted in mudslinging, personal attacks, libel/slander and absurd accusations.  As an American, it's not something that I'm proud of.  I wish our presidential campaigns were better (now and then); but, just because I would prefer them to be a different way does not mean that I ignore history.  Part of growing up as a country is owning your history and learning from it in order to produce better results in the future (and something that I imagine we want a President and First Lady to serve as exemplars of)...

Continued at 2008Central.net...

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Elizabeth: "Why I Called Ann Coulter"

I received this email from the John Edwards campaign.
I think Elizabeth's words speak eloquently and I have little to add.

<>Last night I had an important talk with Ann Coulter and I want to tell you what happened.

On Monday, Ann announced that instead of using more homophobic slurs to attack John, she will just wish that John had been "killed in a terrorist assassination plot."<>

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BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IS A RADICAL MUSLIM

Not Only That, but........

Fox News is Fair and Balanced

Saddam Hussein is still hiding somewhere in Iran

Vladamir Putin is our most trusted ally

Iraq attacked us on September 11th 2003

We're winning the War On Terror

John Edwards is a closeted homosexual

CNN is the Most Trusted Name in News

There never were any Secret Prisons

Scooter Libby should be Pardoned

We found the Weapons of Mass Destruction

Joe Lieberman is the most Progressive Democrat in Congress

Mike Gravel will be the next President of the United States

Tom Tancredo is the new Martin Luther King Jr.

Hillary Clinton is a Liberal Anti-War Democrat

MSNBC is the Place for Politics

The Daily Show is a tool for the Far Right

Ann Coulter is the leader of the Progressive Movement

There is no Genocide in Darfur

Rush Limbaugh is the voice of the Democratic Party

MyDD and Daily Kos are Pro-Mitt Romney

Richard Nixon was the Greatest President that ever lived

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When Elizabeth Met Ann


Why does Hardball and ABC legitimize her by giving Ann Coulter a platform to say these things in the first place?

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