January 6, 2003
Bush Cartel Feigns Outrage In Order to Smear MoveOn.org!
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
It was inevitable.
MoveOn.Org has become a genuine participatory phenomenon. With creativity and flair, a few savvy patriots have made the spirit of democracy come alive through the Internet.
MoveOn.org has attracted hundreds of thousands -- perhaps millions -- of participants and supporters into an evolving strategy of standing up for democracy, which, in this dark hour, means standing up to the Bush Cartel.
MoveOn.org didn't move to the forefront of Karl Rove's concerns until it started doing what the Grand Hypocrisy Party lives to do: raise money. No, MoveOn.org hasn't moved into the Bush Cartel printing press level of raising money yet, but it's starting to become a real threat to Rove. Anything that combines true participatory democracy and big fundraising starts to send off the warning alarm in 'ol Karl's office.
Which brings us to the feigned outrage that the RNC is now expressing, on behalf of Rove, that amidst more than a 1,500 ads submitted in a MoveOn.org contest, a couple of them compared Bush to Hitler:
First of all, they weren't the selected ads. You can view the 15 SELECTED finalists at [LINK] Second of all -- and most importantly -- this is America, Mr. Gillespie, and we have a cherished tradition of something called free speech. The ads were two among more than 1,500 that were merely submitted in an open competition.
We are wondering where Mr. Gillespie was when Republican supporters were running ads in South Dakota linking pussycat Tom Daschle to Saddam Hussein. We are wondering where Mr. Gillespie was when the Bush Cartel circulated rumors in the 2000 South Carolina primary that John McCain had a black child and was a traitor during his captivity in Vietnam. We are wondering where Mr. Gillespie was when the Bush Cartel openly lied America into war. We are wondering where Mr. Gillespie was when the White House outed a CIA operative specializing in Weapons of Mass Destruction. We are wondering where Mr. Gillespie was when Bush's religious comrades-in-arms said America had 9/11 coming to it. We are wondering where Mr. Gillespie was when de facto lead policy strategist for the Bush White House, Grover Norquist, compared the estate tax to the Holocaust?
We are wondering where Mr. Gillespie was when every Republican leader with a nickel in his pocket was comparing Bill Clinton to Satan...well, the list just doesn't stop, does it?
But who cares? If someone wants to compare Bush to Satan or Hitler, that's their right, isn't it? This is America, after all. What's the paraphrase of that old patriotic expression? "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
In the end, the RNC and the Bush Cartel ALWAYS try to marginalize successful opponents with smear tactics like this. It's a testament to the success of MoveOn.org that they are now getting the royal character assassination treatment from the White House. It means that they've earned Karl Rove's respect.
As for BuzzFlash, frankly, we don't cotton much to comparing Bush to Hitler (and remember, MoveOn.org members didn't select any ads comparing Bush to Hitler. But such details aren't important to the RNC.)
To BuzzFlash, Bush is a cross between the intelligence of Forrest Gump, the corrupt corporate/government cronyism of Francisco Franco and the Soviet Style secrecy of Leonid Brezhnev.
Message to Mr. Gillespie: Try morphing that one into a video ad.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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