Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.


- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Clinton campaign smacks down O'Reilly over Daily Kos smears



O'Reilly has been going after Daily Kos almost daily. I don't watch his BS and haven't even bothered to acknowledge it out here, purely because it doesn't dignify response.

But Hillary took a strong stand in defense of Daily Kos - and strength in the face of GOP bullying is something the Democratic Party has been sorely lacking over the years.

I still distrust Murdoch (and that is my chief reason for my distrust of the Clinton campaign right now - Murdoch is the enemy of truth in journalism.) But I cannot help but applaud Hillary's stand against O'Reilly. Good on her for that, and it shows she appreciates the internet and open discussion of democracy. In spite of Murdoch lurking in the background (and Comcast,) perhaps she will come out in favor of Net Neutrality... another of my big concerns.

Here is some background on the whole O'Reilly smear campaign against Daily Kos, from Media Matters:

O'Reilly compared Daily Kos to Capone, Mussolini

On the July 23 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, responding to Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers' assertion that "there's a lot of stuff that [Daily Kos bloggers] do that isn't horrible," host Bill O'Reilly said: "It's kind of like Al Capone." O'Reilly continued: "We'll only do bad things on Thursday, and we'll slaughter a bunch of people, but on Friday we'll go to church." In response to Powers' statement that "there's a lot of good diaries put up there," O'Reilly said: "[Former Italian fascist dictator Benito] Mussolini made the trains run on time."

In recent days, O'Reilly has repeatedly compared Daily Kos to the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, as Media Matters for America has documented (here, here, and here). For example, on the July 19 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly said: "[T]he hate this site traffics in rivals the KKK and Nazi websites." Media Matters has also noted that O'Reilly previously used the phrase "Mussolini made the trains run on time," to compare the Italian dictator to billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

O'Reilly asserted earlier in the July 23 segment that the Democratic Party is "held hostage" by Daily Kos, because bloggers "say to the candidates, 'If you don't toe our line or be nice to us, we're going to pull funding for you. We're not going to raise money and we're going to attack you.' " He added: "And you know who the most attacked person is? Hillary Clinton." Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin responded: "Yeah, that's right. The far left is emboldened. And they see a lot of these Democrat candidates not only cowering in front of them but then crawling on their knees to pander and try and get their votes."

While O'Reilly cited left-wing bloggers for "attack[ing]" Clinton, Malkin has herself attacked Clinton -- as recently as July 20 when, while guest hosting The O'Reilly Factor , she talked about a letter to Clinton from Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman saying that Clinton's request in May for a briefing on U.S. contingency plans for withdrawal from Iraq "reinforces enemy propaganda." Malkin asked Fox News contributor Juan Williams, "Wasn't this a case of Hillary putting on her little imaginary four stars on her sleeve and playing armchair general? Isn't that perhaps what got the Pentagon so ticked off, Juan?"

From the July 23 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:

O'REILLY: On the radio today I basically said if the Democratic Party is going be held hostage by these people, and they are. Because not only do these people say terrible things, Michelle, they actually threaten the candidates. And they say to the candidates, "If you don't toe our line or be nice to us, we're going to pull funding for you. We're not going to raise money and we're going to attack you." And you know who the most attacked person is? Hillary Clinton.

MALKIN: Yeah, that's right. The far left is emboldened. And they see a lot of these Democrat candidates not only cowering in front of them but then crawling on their knees to pander and try and get their votes. Which I think in the end is probably a stupid thing to do because there's this perception that they're a lot more powerful than they are.

O'REILLY: Than they are, absolutely.

POWERS: I think that's right. But what I was going to say --

O"REILLY: Real quick.

POWERS: -- is there's a lot of stuff that they do that isn't horrible. Most, like 90 --

O'REILLY: Oh, I see. It's kind of like Al Capone.

POWERS: No. No. No. But it's really --

O'REILLY: We'll only do bad things on Thursday, and we'll slaughter a bunch of people, but on Friday we'll go to church. Stop.

POWERS: But the majority -- look, the majority of the stuff -- there's a lot of good diaries that are put up there. There's a lot of smart political stuff that's on there.

O'REILLY: Mussolini made the trains run on time.

POWERS: Oh, it's not like Mussolini. That's ridiculous.

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