Sunday, June 25, 2006

If the terrorists and the right had their way...

I love how the right wing is so up in arms about defending their Second Ammendment right to bear arms that they are willing to do away with our nation's freedom of speech.

The latest back-and-forth on Michelle Malkin's blog is a free-for-all of artwork calling for the destruction of the New York Times, calling the paper and its Pullitzer-Prize-winning staff traitors, among other things.

According to Malkin, the Times' anti-bush agenda is our biggest foe in the war on terror; one such is example of this is a recent story published by the paper on a government program to monitor bank accounts of people suspected to have ties to terrorism.

Now, the paper reports that this activity is legal, though the "access to large amounts of confidential data was highly unusual [...] and stirred concerns inside the administration about legal and privacy issues."

What's the big deal then?

The big deal is that the right wing wants the press to play the role of mouthpiece for this administration and pose a united front against our enemies overseas. "Careless" and "self-important" reporters, apparently, are costing soldiers their lives in Iraq. That Dick Cheney is making plans on Iraq as Halliburton 's next headquarters seems to pose NO conflict of interest at all OR any risk t soliders' lives.

Now would be a good idea to ask who trained Osama in the first place? He didn't build those caves in Afghanistan by himself, you know.

Anyway, I wish I had the symplistic, black-and-white view of the world that the Right has. Choosing outfits and forming opinions would be much easier. The irony in these pictures, though, is fascinating-- don't these people think of freedom of the press as a cornerstone of democracy? Unbelievable. But true.

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