John McCain to the Rescue (once again)

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There is nothing worse than a person or group of people who are willing to do anything, no matter what, to stop another person or group of people. The end does not justify the means, no matter the situation.  Sorry, but when you become worse than your enemy, not only have you lost, but you have made yourself worse that what you were trying to defeat.

The far right, tea party right, libertarian right, conservative far right, and some within the GOP have reached the point of their hatred of Barack Obama, that they are far worse than he is.  Right now, the way the far right idiots in the House are acting, we’re in deep you know what in November.

What would have happened if someone had been injured, or worse in the Bachmann inspired riot?

The other day, The Pink Flamingo watched in horror as Hillary Clinton, who, in my humble estimation is one of the best Secretaries of State we’ve had in my lifetime, was in serious trouble.  The reason she was in serious trouble is because of Michele Bachmann and her inability to distinguish reality from fiction.  The woman is seriously disturbed.

Think Progress
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It seems Michele Bachmann, that adorable little dingbat from Minnesota was at it again, this time being the Joe McCarthy of anti-Muslim hate. The Pink Flamingo has been saying she is Bat-Sh*t crazy.  This proves it.

“…The next paragraph of the law review article she cites quotes Syed Abedin concluding that the Koran calls for, “multiple ways of life … i.e. religious and cultural plurality among mankind.” Pretty scary Islamo-fascist stuff. It’s also worth nothing that Weiner, Huma Abedin’s husband, is one of the most unquestionably pro-Israeli politicians in America. But Bachmann would have us believe that the security clearance process somehow missed Abedin’s nefarious connections, and thus she knows more than, say, the CIA and FBI, who are involved in the background-check process.

As for her sources, Bachmann curiously doesn’t mention Frank Gaffney in this new letter, whom she cited favorably by name in the first few paragraphs of each of her first round of letters to the inspectors general of the national security agencies. Ellison’s response specifically called into question Gaffney’s expertise, noting, “Mr. Gaffney’s views have been widely discredited, including by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and conservative organizations.” But Bachmann ignores him in her response. This is especially curious considering that Gaffney was an informal foreign policy advisor to Bachmman’s presidential bid. “We’ve spent hours, over several days with her. I think she’s got the bulk of what we would tell her in one of the more formal presentations,” Gaffney told journalist Eli Lake last year.

In the new letter, however, we do get a favorable citation of Steven Emerson and his Investigative Project on Terrorism, another activist in “the Anti-Muslim inner circle,” as the Southern Poverty Law Center put it. Part of the cottage industry of Islamo-phobia on the fringe-right, Emerson has engaged in the same kind of conspiratorial attacks on Muslims and opaque funding practices as Gaffney.

Even George W. Bush gets implicated for appointing a special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is “determined to impose shariah [Islamic law] worldwide” and undermine the U.S. Constitution, according to Bachmann’s letter. She notes that President Obama also appointed an envoy to the organization….”

NY Times

There’s something really strange about the “libertarian” right.  They hate Islam.  Any traffic violation, stubbed toe, jay-walking ticket a person who is Muslim gets is a plot to bring down the US and force Sharia on us all.

Salon

Thank Heavens For John McCain!  I think one reason The Pink Flamingo is so disgusted with this election cycle is because the GOP is about to nominate an arrogant, pathetic creature of no honor.  He is the exact opposite of John McCain.  The Pink Flamingo, as well you know, was honored to work my heart out for McCain.  How dare the GOP dishonor this great, patriotic, heroic American by nominating someone who is so far beneath him?

“...Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said claims made by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other Republicans that Hillary Clinton’s top adviser is an infiltrator for the Muslim Brotherhood amount to “specious and degrading attacks.”

“When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it,” McCain said on the Senate floor on Wednesday….”

This gets even better.  According to Charles Johnson, the protests were based on Glenn Beck.

Little Green Footballs

This is deplorable.

The Hill

It is so bad, even Ed Rollins is furious.

“...I have been a practitioner of tough politics for many decades. There is little that amazes me and even less that shocks me. I have to say that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s outrageous and  false charges against a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin reaches that threshold.

Her unsubstantiated charge against Abedin, a widely respected top aide to Secretary  Hillary Clinton, accusing her of some sort of far-fetched connection to the Muslim brotherhood, is extreme and dishonest.

Having worked for Congressman Bachman’s campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy  level. (Joe McCarthy falsely made claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies inside the State Department in the early 1950’s. On December 2, 1954, the Senate voted to “condemn” McCarthy on  two counts.)

Senator John McCain, an American hero, stood on the floor of the Senate Wednesday and condemned Mrs. Bachmann, if not by name then by her actions: “These allegations about Huma and the report from which they are drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant.”  

The Republican Party, which John McCain led as our nominee in 2008, is going to become irrelevant if we become the party of intolerance and hate. The party founded by Abraham Lincoln was a party that fought slavery and intolerance at every level. …”

The Blaze

“…McCain said the attacks on Abedin in a June 13 letter from five House Republicans, and a related report from the Center for Security Policy, run counter to the truth and to the values of the United States.

“The letter and the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department or as a member of then-Sen. Clinton’s staff that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government,” the Arizona Republican said on the Senate floor.

“These attacks have no logic, no basis and no merit, and they need to stop. They need to stop now,” McCain said. “Ultimately what is at stake in this matter is larger even than the reputation of one person. This is about who we are as a nation and who we aspire to be. … When anyone, not least a Member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation and we all grow poorer because of it.”…”

What does Bachmann have to say?  She does have “evidence“.

The Hill

On Tuesday, John McCain issued a statement against what Bachmann did.

“...Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate on the matter of recent attacks made on Huma Abedin:

“Mr. President: Rarely do I come to the floor of this institution to discuss particular individuals. But I understand how painful and injurious it is when a person’s character, reputation, and patriotism are attacked without concern for fact or fairness. It is for that reason that I rise today to speak in defense of Huma Abedin.

“Over the past decade, I have had the pleasure of coming to know Huma during her long and dedicated service to Hillary Rodham Clinton, both in the United States Senate and now in the Department of State. I know Huma to be an intelligent, upstanding, hard-working, and loyal servant of our country and our government, who has devoted countless days of her life to advancing the ideals of the nation she loves and looking after its most precious interests. That she has done so while maintaining her characteristic decency, warmth, and good humor is a testament to her ability to bear even the most arduous duties with poise and confidence.

“Put simply, Huma represents what is best about America: the daughter of immigrants, who has risen to the highest levels of our government on the basis of her substantial personal merit and her abiding commitment to the American ideals that she embodies so fully. I am proud to know Huma, and to call her my friend.

“Recently, it has been alleged that Huma, a Muslim American, is part of a nefarious conspiracy to harm the United States by unduly influencing U.S. foreign policy at the Department of State in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist causes. On June 13, five members of Congress wrote to the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of State, demanding that he begin an investigation into the possibility that Huma and other American officials are using their influence to promote the cause of the Muslim Brotherhood within the U.S. government. The information offered to support these serious allegations is based on a report, ‘The Muslim Brotherhood in America,’ produced by the Center for Security Policy.

“To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant.

“The letter alleges that three members of Huma’s family are ‘connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.’ Never mind that one of those individuals, Huma’s father, passed away two decades ago. The letter and the report offer not one instance of an action, a decision, or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government. Nor does either document offer any evidence of a direct impact that Huma may have had on one of the U.S. policies with which the authors of the letter and the producers of the report find fault. These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way. These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now.

“Ultimately, what is at stake in this matter is larger even than the reputation of one person. This is about who we are as a nation, and who we aspire to be. What makes America exceptional among the countries of the world is that we are bound together as citizens not by blood or class, not by sect or ethnicity, but by a set of enduring, universal, and equal rights that are the foundation of our constitution, our laws, our citizenry, and our identity. When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it.

“Our reputations, our character, are the only things we leave behind when we depart this earth, and unjust attacks that malign the good name of a decent and honorable person is not only wrong; it is contrary to everything we hold dear as Americans.

“Some years ago, I had the pleasure, along with my friend, the Senator from South Carolina, Senator Lindsey Graham, of traveling overseas with our colleague, then-Senator Hillary Clinton. By her side, as always, was Huma, and I had the pleasure of seeing firsthand her hard work and dedicated service on behalf of the former Senator from New York – a service that continues to this day at the Department of State, and bears with it significant personal sacrifice for Huma.

“I have every confidence in Huma’s loyalty to our country, and everyone else should as well. All Americans owe Huma a debt of gratitude for her many years of superior public service. I hope these ugly and unfortunate attacks on her can be immediately brought to an end and put behind us before any further damage is done to a woman, an American, of genuine patriotism and love of country.”

 

When George W. Bush was POTUS, the right, conservatives were furious when Dems would meddle in foreign policy and make a mess of things.  BUT – have you heard any of them condemn what Michele Bachmann did?  She had made a very real mess in Egypt.

Not only should this woman be condemned, but she should be required to resign her seat in the House.  What she did was deplorable.

I bet you won’t hear any of the idiots of the far right, who rightfully criticized Dems for messing with GWB, criticizing Bachmann.  After all, we’re talking Hillary Clinton here.  They hate her almost as much as they do Obama.

When you base your entire existence on hate, you end up losing, and becoming an object of derision.  The GOP is approaching this point in its existence, thanks to people like Bachmann.

Can This Party Be Saved?

If we had someone with the honor, patriotism, and courage of our previous nominee to run, we might survive.  I’m no longer holding my breath.  We were honored last time to have someone like John McCain as our nominee.  It is an insult to him to be followed by Mitt Romney.

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4 thoughts on “John McCain to the Rescue (once again)

  1. Wasn’t it Reagan, who said, “trust, but verify”? The way I understand it, it was Walid Shobat, supposedly a former PLO terrorist and Muslim Brotherhood activist, who was the first to allege that members of Huma Abedin’s family had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were Muslim infiltration in the government. It would be one of many. We are constantly being infiltrated by all kinds of crazy ideas. Whether Huma Abedin has been unfairly drawn into this type of thing is a question which is not easily answered. There have been rumors about her lavish lifestyle – expensive condos, designer clothes etc, but it is not politically correct to question where she is getting the money. It’s not on her salary. If her husband had been a republican the media would be camped outside her door. The media will not touch this one with a ten foot pole, but they spent countless hours going through Sarah Palin’s e-mails as governor. What would have happened if allegations had surfaced that members of Abedin’s family had ties to the Ku Klux Klan? In our society divisiveness and tolerance depend on what is currently politically correct.

  2. Aside from the fact that she has vile taste in men, she has been through major security vetting.

    My disgust with this story is with Bachmann and her actions that could have truly endangered not only Hillary but quite a few Americans. If a Dem had done this during a GOP administration, we would hear no end of their near -treason and duplicity. I think the woman had no business doing what she did. She based her info on some extremely questionable wingnut material that has not only been discredited, but is big time Glenn Beck looney tunes material.

    Like you said … double standards.

    SJR

  3. I don’t know anybody who credits Michelle Backmann with much intelligence. Hopefully, she will be voted out in the next election. I wonder if her accusations were made only on the allegations of Walid Shoebat. If not, it makes you wonder what Eric Holder is doing. It is true that Fundamentalist Muslims are out to kill us, but it is hard to believe they would be that stupid.

  4. Anybody can make any comment at anytime and still get someone or group mad enough to endanger any person or people (that is, such a group or person they can latch to anything to make and use as an excuse to endanger anyone’s well being and common good no matter who said it.) In all of the clout and turmoil, in particular, which hovers over everyone living out there, you can get any attention for any purpose as a result of what someone said or did to offend another person or group (it’s not all that hard.) So, when Bachmann (Beck or Biden – remember his comments on airline travel and so forth) make a comment which sets off an over and un-necessary re-action (which is usually the result of pre-meditated outrage by any group or person), you can blame anyone who has made some comment to which causes offense to any individual (welcome to the mis-use of the information age.)

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