Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"There Are More American Indians Alive Today Than There Were When Columbus Arrived"

Why do Liberal bloggers get such a bum rap from major media organizations when Rush Limbaugh says crap like the above and even "respectable journalists" like Jay Carney of Time says stuff like this?

Then there's Bill O'Reilly, who snuck a little doozie into his January 12 Talking Point. Reacting to the phonied-up controversy over Barbara Boxer's questioning of Condoleezza Rice, Bill "my nephew just enlisted in the Army" O'Reilly had this to say:
Well, Talking Points does not think this has anything to do with feminism. It has to do with the far left — of which Barbara Boxer is certainly a part — using foolish personal arguments to debate issues vital to this country.

I mean, think about it: If you don't have a kid in the military, you can't make policy about war? I wonder what FDR and Abraham Lincoln would have thought about that.

It seems the clear implication is that FDR and Abraham Lincoln made war policy (successfully) despite having no children in the military.


John Aspinwall Roosevelt:
... worked at Filene's Department Store in Boston until World War II broke out in 1941. He served in the navy until 1946 ...

Could be said FDR didn't like this kid much, since he was a Republican.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.:
... was called from the Naval Reserve on March 13, 1941, to active duty as an ensign in the United States Navy and served in North Africa, Europe, and the Pacific; discharged from active duty in January 1946; awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Silver Star ...

This was FDR's namesake, after having already lost his first namesake in infancy.

Elliott Roosevelt:
Elliott repaired his breach with his parents during World War II when he accompanied FDR as a military aide to the Casablanca meeting of 1943 and the Cairo-Teheran Conference of 1944. As an Army photo reconnaissance pilot he and the men in his unit also played a key role in the D-Day landings.

James Roosevelt:
... went on active duty as a captain in the United States Marine Corps in November 1940; promoted to colonel April 13, 1944, and served in the Pacific Theater; released from active duty in August 1945; brigadier general United States Marine Corps Reserve, retired ...

Of four sons who survived to adulthood, all four served under their own father's.

Robert Todd Lincoln:
Early in 1865 (after his father had written Ulysses S. Grant a letter)Robert joined General Grant's staff as a captain. Captain Lincoln's main duty as an army officer was that of escorting visitors to various locations. Additionally, he was present at Appomattox when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant.

Mainly protected, but still serving. And considering that Mary went a little crazier every time a son died, Lincoln had even more at stake.

Perhaps a better question would have been would have James Madison and Woodrow Wilson have though of Fox News' skewed and dishonest take on Boxer's comments? Although I really like to ask: what would any historical figure with education and intelligence have thought of Bill O'Reilly?

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