A few weeks ago, there was a letter to the editor that beat me to the punch regarding that despicable little man, Harry Reid, and his lies about Rush Limbaugh.
The happy ending is worth mentioning again since the liberal press forgot to fulfill its responsibilities of objective reporting. It is still trying, as are the treasonous liberal leaders of the House and Senate, to wipe the egg off their faces and hope once again that the public will forget about their embarrassing actions.
The incident began when, on the Senate floor, individual senators attacked Rush Limbaugh, a private citizen, about his supposedly calling any veterans who opposed the war in Iraq phony soldiers.
This is Senate business? They knew this was a lie before and during their ranting, but they were acting on orders from Moveon.org and trying to appease their ultra-liberal base. They also wanted to show everyone, by huffing and puffing with righteous indignation, how patriotic they were.
No matter that they have been making concerted effort after concerted effort to undermine the ability of our troops to win the war and exit with honor.
No matter that they forgot to denounce the Moveon.org ad insulting General Petraeus. They certainly can't denounce their puppetmaster, George Soros.
No matter that they have repeatedly called our troops baby- and women-killers and torturers. And, luckily for them, they have the mainstream media letting them get away with it.
Now, about the phony soldier claim. Rush was, if you listen to that portion of his monologue, specifically denouncing Jesse MacBeth as a phony soldier, a traitor who claimed to be a past Army Ranger and also claimed to have witnessed unspeakable cruelties committed by our forces in Iraq.
It turns out that, yes, Jesse was in the Army _ for exactly 44 days _ before being kicked out for not making the grade. He is now in prison for falsifying his Army records.
Rush was also speaking of him and others like him who glorify their non-existent military backgrounds to give credibility to their lies.
Maybe you haven't heard much about them, either. They don't exactly help the agenda of Moveon.org and its media lapdogs.
In his faked outrage, the liar, Harry Reid, wrote a letter to a Mr. Mark Mays, CEO of Clear Channel Communications, to publicly repudiate Rush's statement and force him to issue a public apology.
What hypocrisy! Ever wonder why whenever Rush goes over to visit the troops he gets inundated with affection and admiration from our troops, while the many signers of the infamous letter don't dare go near the troops?
People like Harry Reid, John, the war hero (or so he likes to continually remind us) Kerry, Dick Durbin, Joe Biden ... (never mind the lengthy list, just put in the entire Democrat party) are never shown with troops surrounding them?
None of our men and women want to be seen with them, and they know it. Even the ever-startled-looking Nancy Pelosi would rather have her picture taken with a Syrian dictator than be seen with our troops.
Back to the letter. CEO Mays found it quite amusing and gave it to Rush, who offered it up for sale on eBay. He also issued a challenge to Democrats to put their patriotism where their mouths were. Before the bidding process began, Rush agreed to match the final bid with both amounts being contributed to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. This is an organization that does charitable work with the children of fallen military men and women.
Rush also challenged the 41 signers of this letter to do the same. The letter sold for $2.1 million and Rush matched the amount as he said he would. Guess how much the huffing and puffing patriotic signers contributed? Zippo. Typical liberal behavior. If you just stand up to them, they slink away into dark corners (probably whining along the way).
So Harry, are you going to continue to be an ineffective, totally impotent leader of the Senate or will you end up in the trash bin of history the next time you are up for re-election? While there, say hello to Tom Daschle and Dick Gephardt, who were also as arrogant as you are.
It sure doesn't look good, Harry. You only have a 32 percent (and shrinking) approval rating in your own state. Congress, under the leadership of you and the ever-startled-looking Nancy Pelosi, has shrunk to a new low of an 18 percent approval rating.
Rush has an audience in the mid-20 million and is signed on to more and more radio stations (more than 600) at a time when you have a 32 percent approval rate in a state with 2.2 million citizens.
Just go over to Iraq, visit our troops, and see how much they appreciate your "patriotism."
Tom Sears is a professor of accounting at Hartwick College in Oneonta. He can be reached at SearsT@hartwick.edu. His column appears every other week.