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Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Cornyn Amendment

[Update] Cornyn amendment passes, roll call and text found here.

Yesterday I posted about John Cornyn proposing an amendment to condemn, that I heard while watching C-span.

Dick Durbin was trying to use the technique we often see liberals use by trying to distract by bringing up John Kerry and the Swift Boat Veterans from years ago.

Worth mentioning here is that now, years later, for no other reason that John Cornyn proposing this amendment, NOW, the Democratic politicians, Barbara Boxer to be specific, want an amendment of their own regarding John Kerry.

They could have offered that amendment over the last few years, but they waited until now.


Because they are trying to distract from the's disgusting ad attacking General Petraeus and being made to take a stand either with MoveOn or against them.

For anyone that has been on another planet or under a rock (lol) and haven't heard about the MoveOn attack against General Petraeus, here are all our posts on one page about it.

From Mitch McConnell's website, regarding the Cornyn Amendment:

‘The Cornyn Amendment is an opportunity for Senate Democrats to have their reputation restored’

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday on the Cornyn Amendment, which expresses the Sense of the Senate that General Petraeus deserves the full support of the Senate and strongly condemns the personal attacks on the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and members of the Armed Forces:

“Mr. President, it strikes me that this is an opportunity, the Cornyn Amendment is an opportunity for Senate Democrats to have their reputation restored. I can't believe that Senate Democrats approve of this kind of trash that we've seen in the New York Times in this paid ad which I gather cost over $100,000 last Sunday.

“This organization,, is claiming that it controls the Democratic Party. I don't believe that's true, but this is what they had to say. Back in 2004, someone named Eli Pariser, an employee of MoveOn, talking about the Democratic Party said:

‘Now it's our party. Now it's our party. We bought it. We own it. And we're going to take it back.’

“They're claiming, MoveOn is claiming, they control the Democratic Party. If I were a Democratic Senator, I’d be offended by that suggestion. claims, as Senator Cornyn pointed out in his comments, that they communicate on a near daily basis with senior Democratic members.

“Here's a quote:

I called over there and said ‘You guys better have a strategy on this.’

“By ‘there’ Matzzie, who I guess is the head of, meant the offices of Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill with which he and his staff communicate on a near daily basis. According to Matzzie, Matzzie has personal relationships with several senior Democratic Members of Congress.

“In short, it struck me from this ad on Sunday that this organization, this radical left organization attacking the patriotism of General Petraeus with this act, accusing him in effect treason -- ‘betray us’ they said -- is claiming they control our colleagues on the other side of the aisle. Now, I don't believe that. I don't believe that for a minute. And the Cornyn Resolution is an opportunity for the Senate to go on record, hopefully unanimously, objecting to this kind of dialogue.

“Certainly they're free to do whatever they want to. It's a free country. The First Amendment allows everyone to say whatever they please. But you don't have to endorse this kind of nonsense.

“This organization strikes me as a severe threat to the reputation of the Democratic Party, and so this is an opportunity that the Senator from Texas has offered here for all of us to go on record in opposition to this outrageous, outrageous and unacceptable ad that was run in the New York Times on Sunday. General Petraeus, or General ‘Betray Us.’ What an outrage. Are we not offended by that? Do we not condemn that?

“This is the opportunity for the United States Senate on a broad bipartisan basis to condemn this outrageous ad. And I want to thank the Senator from Texas for giving us this opportunity. And I hope when this vote occurs that it will be a unanimous expression, regardless of how we may feel about the war -- and I know this is a deeply divisive issue in this body. We understand that.

“But regardless of how we may feel about the war, some kinds of rhetoric are simply unacceptable. And here you have an outside organization claiming to basically control the Democratic Party. I don't believe they do. And if I were a member of the Democratic Conference and sitting on the other side of the aisle in this chamber, I’d be offended by an organization claiming to control me and to speak for me such as this group apparently does.

“So I thank the Senator from Texas. I think it is a perfectly timely amendment, as General Petraeus is testifying here in the Senate today and the House yesterday. And of course next week we'll be dealing with the Iraq issue again.

“And I hope we can discuss it, discuss it in a typical responsible Senate debate and not have these extreme organizations on the far left who apparently wish for America’s defeat and have a disproportionate influence on this body or the outcome of our debates. We ought to be able to rise above that. I think we have the possibility of doing that. The American people would like for us to do that. They want us to engage in a civil debate about the way forward in Iraq.

“We'll have an opportunity to demonstrate that again next week, and I hope we'll demonstrate it this morning by overwhelmingly and hopefully on a unanimous basis condemning this outrageous ad questioning the patriotism of General Petraeus.”

On September 10, 2007, I asked if the Democratic Politicians would stand by MoveOn and thier attack against General Petraeus or denounce them.

Three days later, their silence in condemning that ad showed that they did, indeed, stand with MoveOn.

Now they have a chance to publicly answer my original question, will they vote to denounce MoveOn or will they stand by them.

It is their choice and it is a question that the American people deserve an answer to.

Barbara Boxer's pathetic attempt at distracting from the issue at hand, a recent issue, with an issue that the Democrats have had YEARS to address, is as obvious as it is classless.

This is a tactic we see often from trolls in the comment section here, when they cannot address the issues at hand they try to distract and "change the conversation" from the topic at hand.

Boxer is no better than those trolls in attempting to use such tactics to avoid having to address the issue at hand, which is the attack ad against our commanding General in Iraq, who has devoted 30+ yrs of his live to serving our country and was voted into that position unanimously, 81-0, by the very politicians that are now refusing to denounce the's "Betray Us" ad.

Way to support our troops folks.

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