Recently, I recieved an e-mail from Congressman John Murtha. Of course, this same e-mail went to 20 million other Americans, but who cares? It was such a personal missive. It was entitled:
Cut the "Traitor" Talk
Dear [Indigo Red] my edit,
To all the Republicans who sit in their air-conditioned offices and talk of the courage it takes for them to keep young kids in harm's way - I say enough. Karl Rove talking about "cutting and running" while he sits on his big, fat backside-saying "stay the course." I say enough! That's not a plan! We've got to have a new direction, and it's clear we need more Democrats in Congress to get that done. [The new plan is, "RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY!" and the new direction is any direction that's not towards the enemy.]
No matter how obvious the mistakes in Iraq become, or how many Americans get fed up, Republicans in Congress and the White House will label you a traitor to your country if you stand up and question them. [It isn't the questions about mistakes, or challenges about the conduct of the war, Congressman. It's the constant drumbeat of defeatism, national security capabilities leaks, the open Congressional hearings about means and methods to stop the bad guys under the guise of protecting civil liberties. Congressman, without these methods we will not have any civil liberties under Sharia or Taliban. Your actions are, if not treasonous, at the very least, seditious.]
I'm not naïve enough to think it won't be an issue in the election year but accusing people of being unpatriotic cheats good Americans out of any chance for a real resolution to the mess in Iraq. And while this issue of war is neither a Democratic nor a Republican one, the need for new leadership in the House is clearly an issue. [But, it is a political issue as well as a patriotism issue and the Democrat party has made it so. I do agree that new leadership in the House is clearly needed. A more patriotic leadership of LOYAL OPPOSITION would benefit the nation more than a change of window dressing on the titanic Democrat Party.]
While the Republicans have been busy name calling, the situation in Iraq has only gotten worse. The insurgency has grown exponentially. IED attacks, where our troops are sitting ducks for an enemy they can't even see, have increased steadily. And the patience of the American people for this flawed policy is running out. [The majority of Americans still support the war and do not want to run away. The insurgency has continued, but absolutely has not increased "exponentially". Of course, the situation would be helped if the Iraqi government would stop saying it's okay to kill American and Coalition Forces. And it hasn't been the Republicans name calling. "One-word reactions to most issues are the liberal norm... Here is a list of terms liberals apply to virtually every idea or action with which they differ: Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Islamophobic, Imperialist, Bigoted, Intolerant. And here is the list of one-word descriptions of what liberals are for: Peace, Fairness, Tolerance, The poor, The disenfranchised, The environment. These two lists serve contemporary liberals in at least three ways. First, they attack the motives of non-liberals and thereby morally dismiss the non-liberal person. Second, these words make it easy to be a liberal—essentially all one needs to do is to memorize this brief list and apply the right term to any idea or policy... Third, they make the liberal feel good about himself—by opposing conservative ideas and policies, he is automatically opposing racism, bigotry, imperialism, etc. Examples could fill a book." —Dennis Prager]
We need to put an end to these outrageous attacks on people who disagree with Bush and his Rubber Stamp Republican Congress's "sit and watch" plan for Iraq. My colleagues in the House Democratic leadership are so committed to winning a Democratic majority that they have offered to match all contributions that come in from before midnight on June 30th. [If you and the Democrat leadership were so committed to WINNING the war, the war might have been over by now. Even Democrats believe in a united stand and that "a house divided against itself cannot stand." If any party has unnecssary blood on it's hands it is the party of Democrats who want to beat Republicans far more than they want to beat terrorists and terrorism.]
With a Democratic majority, we would have an honest debate about the war. The American people's concerns and opposition would be recognized. [If "honest debate" is a short discussion followed by a rubberstamp vote of the rest of Congress without any dissent because everyone agrees with ever so obvious logic of the Democrat party, then by all means necessary, get your majority. But if one means an honest depate in which all sides are heard, a vote is taken, and one side wins, well then, that has already happened and your side lost, Congressman. Get over it already!]
Last week, during the House floor debate, I hoped the Republicans would have realized that the majority of the American people do not support this war. I hoped that they would have recognized that the American people need more from their government than a Republican Congress that asks no questions and demands no answers. But that didn't happen, and it's clear we need a Democratic majority to chart a new course. [The country has already spoken, Congressman. George Bush was re-elected as President and More Republicans were elected than Democrats. That people in this nation disagree with current policy is fully recognized. You must now realize that your ideas lost and are not gaining any more purchase today as they did two years ago.]
When I offered a concrete plan to get our troops out of harm's way, where they have become the target, I didn't expect every member of Congress or every candidate to agree with my specific proposal in this debate. But I did expect them to acknowledge that there is more to be done than sitting and watching. [It may have seemed concrete to you, but to the majority it seemed as 1 Minute Oatmeal cooked four minutes. Mr. Murtha, you may have been a brave Marine at one time, but now you are just a cowardly old fool without any future. My future and the futures of many millions of Americans too young to vote or not yet born are too important to be left in the hands of a dottering old fool. Go lie down, take a nap, and try to stay out of the way.]
The single most important thing you can do right now as a supporter of the DCCC is make a contribution. [When I see 'DCCC', I think of the old Soviet Union CCCP. Is anyone else reminded of that? It does fit. Oh, and save your money, put in the bank, or into stocks and bonds, or in your mattress, just don't waste it on the Democrats. Besides, if they win, they'll be taking it in taxes soon enough.]
Thank you for all your help, it's so important.
Member of Congress, Pennsylvania's 12th District
P.S. I hope you will join me in my fight. Our candidates have to be able to fight back against the Rove Machine's traitor talk in order to start getting Congress to move towards finding real solutions. We need a Democratic majority to change the direction in Iraq. [The Rove Machine rails against traitors because you are talking treason. Your words and actions are giving aid and comfort to the enemy and they have, in fact, said so.]
Bernie at Planck's Constant has a very good piece today on John Murtha and the Miami Wahabi Wannabes. Check it out.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.