Saturday, June 26, 2004

Hypocrisy That Knows No Bounds

Several months ago the 527 group Moveon.org posted an internet ad on their website that showed an image of President Bush morphing into Adolf Hitler. The ad stayed on the website until the outpouring of disgust forced them to remove it. Moveon.org stated that the posting of the ad on the internet was due to an oversight, and that it should not have been made public. Later, a second ad appeared that again invoked images of Hitler and Bush, again on the moveon.org website. After the two ads made appearances on their website, the group stated that they disavowed them and their message. Since that time the Democratic Party has gone deeper and deeper into the fever swamps of conspiracy and shameful rhetoric. In his last speech Al Gore spoke of "Brownshirts" and in a speech in May referred to "Gulags", a not so veiled comparison of the administration to the Hitler regime. Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee stated that he believed the Michael Moore movie Fahrenheit 9/11 after watching the film. John Kerry, Senator Pat Leahy and Terry McAuliffe have repeatedly implied and stated that we went to war for Halliburton, and that Vice President Cheney is profiting from re-building contracts in Iraq, insinuating that the President and Vice President took the nation to war not because Saddam Hussein was a threat, but to make a profit. George Soros, billionaire donor to the Democratic Party made a direct comparison between President Bush and the Nazis when he said:

"When I hear Bush say, 'You're either with us or against us,' it reminds me of the Germans. It conjures up memories of Nazi slogans on the walls, Der Feind Hort mit ('The enemy is listening')."


Michael Moore, whose movie the chairman of the DNC said he believes, added to the Nazi/Bush comparison last fall when he stated:

"The Patriot Act is the first step. 'Mein Kampf' - 'Mein Kampf' was written long before Hitler came to power."


Recently, federal judge and John Kerry supporter Guido Calabresi was forced to apologize after making a direct comparison between George Bush and Adolf Hitler. This has become the standard of debate for the Democratic Party.

As a response to these attacks, the Bush campaign released a new internet ad on georgewbush.com called "Coalition of the Wild-eyed" that compiles footage of leading Democrats in full rage. The ad includes segments of the two moveon.org ads showing Bush morphing into Hitler. Upon its release, Mary Beth Cahill, John Kerry's campaign manager, sent this email to Kerry supporters:


Dear [Name Withheld],

Yesterday, the Bush-Cheney campaign, losing any last sense of decency, placed a disgusting ad called "The Faces of John Kerry's Democratic Party" as the main feature on its website. Bizarrely, and without explanation, the ad places Adolf Hitler among those faces.

The Bush-Cheney campaign must pull this ad off of its website. The use of Adolf Hitler by any campaign, politician or party is simply wrong.

We sent you a fundraising plea earlier this morning. But when this came up, we decided it was important to show you just what we're up against: a presidential campaign that is willing to do or say absolutely anything to win. You're our only line of defense against these underhanded tactics. Please contribute today:

https://contribute.johnkerry.com

If he were a real leader, George Bush would be talking about his first-term accomplishments -- and his second-term vision for America. But he has cast aside that opportunity because he has nothing to offer except a string of broken promises and a steady stream of fear and deception.

John Kerry is talking to this country about his optimistic vision for a stronger America. By contributing, you're giving him the resources to get that vision to millions more Americans every week. Help keep up the incredible momentum of this campaign by making a donation today:

https://contribute.johnkerry.com

Thank you,

Mary Beth Cahill
Campaign Manager

P.S. It's hard to believe that the Bush campaign would use images of Adolf Hitler. See it for yourself: http://www.georgewbush.com.


It is hard to imagine how this email could be more misleading or hypocritical.. Note she states that the images of Adolf Hitler appear "without explanation", never acknowledging that those images earned their place in the ad because were used in attack ads against the President. It is not possible to separate the Kerry campaign from Moveon.org. Moveon.org is responsible for running tens of millions of dollars worth of advertising for John Kerry and in fact John Kerry hired Zack Exley - the man responsible for encouraging the production of these ads as part of a MoveOn contest - to run the Kerry campaign's internet operation. The hypocrisy and dishonesty of the Kerry campaigns position on the new Bush campaign ad is mind blowing. The AP has picked up this story with a deceptive headline of their own, "Hitler Image Used in Bush Campaign Web Ad", and the author of the piece, Jennifer C. Kerr, does her best to soften the impact of the fact that the Hitler images were taken from a moveon.org ad campaign:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Adolf Hitler's image has surfaced again in the White House race. President Bush's campaign is featuring online video of the Nazi dictator, taken down months ago from a liberal group's Web site and disavowed, in a spot that intersperses clips of speeches by Democrats John Kerry, Al Gore and Howard Dean.


Of course a casual reader browsing headlines would be given the impression that it was the Bush administration that had compared a Democrat to Hitler, not the other way around. Members of the Democratic Party and the largest donors to John Kerry's campaign have either made, or supported the people who have made, direct comparisons between President Bush and Adolf Hitler/Nazis. The Kerry campaign is now complaining that the Bush campaign is focusing attention on the fact that the Democratic Party is now run by what used to be the radical fringe of the party. Mary Beth Cahill called the ad "disgusting", and the Bush campaign agrees.

It is disgusting. The fact that the Democratic Party, including the former Vice President so casually compare an American administration to the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler is a stain on the politics of our country, and it proves that the Democrats are incapable of seeing or understanding the nature of evil.