I haven’t taken note of the ramblings of J.D. Mullane in the Courier Times for a good while now, because he really hasn’t given me an excuse to do so. However, in today’s column, he points out that “revealing truth isn’t unpatriotic.”
And he’s absolutely right, pointing out the fact that George Washington owned slaves, Theodore Roosevelt praised eugenics and (all together now) Franklin D. Roosevelt interned Japanese Americans during World War II (I know it was serious and I’m not trying to trivialize it, but short of the accusation that Sandy Berger stuck documents from the National Archive in his underwear and ran screaming like a banshee with them in his possession – or something – that unfortunate fact about Roosevelt gets mentioned by freepers more than anything else).
So, as far as Mullane is concerned, I suppose it would also be patriotic to note here the role played by Ronald Reagan in helping Osama bin Laden build his al Qaeda network (funny how videos from this guy always seem to surface when things look particularly bad for the Repugs, to say nothing of coming in the wake of Michael Chertoff’s digestive proclamation and the National Intelligence Estimate’s confirmation of the fact, by virtue of his failed war in Iraq which turned that country into a terrorist training ground, Dubya has emerged as the best friend bin Laden could hope to have).
And I guess it would be patriotic to remind us all once more that Mullane once described Dubya as having a presence that was “Lincolnesque” in 2004, as well as the fact that the esteemed Courier Times columnist once made a joke about tear gassing “hippies” who protested the Iraq war (here).
I suppose there are all kinds of ways to be a patriot (and speaking of that wonderful word, this post describes how it has been utterly fouled by Sirius Satellite Radio and tells us what we should do about it).
(One more thing - whose bright idea was it at the Courier Times to provide a forum for Mann Coulter?).