Friday, November 18, 2005

Jean Schmidt: Coward

In case you missed, as I did originally, the Republicans in control of Congress decided in their infinite wisdom to take Congressman Mutha's resolution and alter it a bit. Essentially, they changed it to be a total withdrawal of troop immediately - essentially a cut and run position. Then they tried to claim it was Murtha's amendment and that the Democrats were advocating the cut and run position.

But when the real fireworks started was when Congresswoman Schmidt, Republican from Ohio, stood up and said this:
"...A few minutes ago I received a call from Col Danny Bubp, Ohio representative from the 88th District in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message, "Stay the course." He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, "That cowards cut and run; Marines never do." Danny and the rest of America, and the world want the assurance from this body that we will..."

Emphasis mine, and the cause of the uproar on the floor in which Democrats shouted her down and the speaker had to gavel the house to a close as out of order. Besides being yet another example of Republicans calling any and all detractors names like any good school yard bully, this was just another example of how the Republican party deals with the truth.

You see, Congressman Murtha is a retired Marine.
He was born in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and grew up in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He left college to join the Marines during the Korean War. He volunteered for Vietnam in 1966-67, receiving the Bronze Star with Combat "V", two Purple Hearts, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and, upon his retirement as a colonel, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.

That's right, this "coward" seems to know a thing or two about the Marines. And service to his country. And combat. And war.

What does Schmidt know about war:
Schmidt made the Iraq War an issue in the race. She declared on WCET-TV's Forum that "9/11 was a wakeup call. We lost our innocence" and praised the Bush foreign policy. "The foundation of democracy that has been planted in Afghanistan and Iraq", she said, has inspired reforms in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere. At the Chatfield College debate on July 7, she said of Iraq and Saddam Hussein "We have toppled a terrorist regime, a terrorist madman who now sits in a prison cell. This country has gone to the ballot box and made its decision to become a democratic regime."

So let's see. Murtha fought in Korea and Viet Nam, has two purple hearts, a Bronze Star, and retired as a colonel with the Distinguished Service Medal. Schmidt thinks the President's plan for Iraq and the war on terra is just ducky, and as a millionaire has never served her country in the armed services. Yet she hides behind an "email from a constituent" in order to call Murtha a coward on the House floor.

Who's the coward here again Jean?