One of the principles that we operate on in this country is that leaders are held accountable

Good thing I’m not a political consultant. If my candidate asked me if I thought it was a good idea to attack a veteran and question his patriotism without the slightest shred of evidence. I would have said that it would be immoral to do so. I would have said to stick to the issues and make your arguments on the merits. I would have said that unless you had smoking gun evidence that they did something criminal during their military career to just back off. If my candidate went ahead and made those attacks which were not of any substance, but used as mud slinging in a disagreements over foreign policy I would have called him or her crazy. Which might make me an ethical consultant, but probably one that couldn’t find work in a Republican campaign, Calif. Vet Slams GOP Congressional Foe

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic Vietnam veteran running for Congress lashed out at his Republican opponent Friday after a series of Republican-financed attacks questioning his support for U.S. troops.

In a rare display of anger, retired Air Force Maj. Charlie Brown called Republican Rep. John Doolittle a coward who is “hiding behind the flag” and slammed him for failing to serve in Vietnam.

“While I was being shot at in Vietnam, John Doolittle was practicing his tennis game at (the University of California) Santa Cruz,” Brown said during a news conference as he was surrounded by fellow veterans.

Brown, 56, left the Air Force in 1998 after 26 years of service. His wife, Jan, also served in the Air Force as a nurse and his son, Jeff, is an Air Force captain who will begin his fourth tour of duty in Iraq in December.

Doolittle campaign spokesman Richard Robinson said the campaign was “thrilled” Brown decided to bring attention to such issues.

“He is not who he says he is,” Robinson said. “He says he is supportive of our troops, but he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with left-wing activists at a rally sponsored by (the women’s peace and social justice group) Code Pink. We think it’s important for the public to know that.”

Doolittle seems to be gasping, he’s weak, fresh out of ideas. Doo might need some stem cell research to see if scientists can’t replace his dead morality cells. Doolittle wants to use the tired old conservative anti-military smear attacks against the dad of someone serving in Iraq? How clever and original, another Republican not only attacks a vet’s patriotism, but attacks a whole family that has served their country with honor. Doolittle is not guaranteed a victory, but he does live in an overwhelmingly conservative district. A Doolittle victory would say more about the culture of moral corruption that Republicans have been cultivating the last forty years then is does about this particular race. Attach the sign of the sacred “R” after your candidate’s name and like a wizard’s curse your lack of service and courage becomes a patriotic asset, while military service in a Democrat becomes a negative. Swear alliance to the sacred “R” and suddenly your Jesus is bigger and better then a “D” Jesus. Surround yourself with other “R”s and the dealings you engage in that are every bit as corrupt as the worse dealings of organized crime are miraculously transformed into just being “pro-business”. George W. Bush sent America’s sons and daughters to die Iraq based on a bunch of lies and he’s a hero of the sacred cult of “R”. Cindy Sheehan says she doesn’t want anymore soldiers to die for that lie and she is, according to the Rep. John Doolittles of this country, unamerican. In conservative country evil becomes good, good becomes evil and loyalty to the almighty R trumps what is best for America.

The power of Bob Perry’s ‘Swift-Boating’ money

In mid-September, TPMMuckraker.com’s Paul Kiel reported that Perry’s Free Enterprise Fund is again “working with” Stevens, Reed, Curcio, and Potholm (SRCP), the same group that produced the Swift Boat ads. Stevens, Reed, Curcio and Potholm has worked for the National Republican Campaign Committee as well as a number of top-shelf Republicans including Sen. George Allen (R-VA), Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Kiel pointed out that “This July, the group got in hot water for an ad it ran against Ohio Senate candidate Sherrod Brown…which hit Brown for being weak on national security, [and] featured a doctored image of the twin towers with photogenic smoke hovering around them.”

The media backed down from running a movie that was less then mindless idolatry of Ronald “Iran-Contra” Reagan and some of the media is putting up some roadblocks to the Dixie Chicks new documentary, but the media doesn’t have a problem accepting Stalinesque trash from sleazy members of the conservative mafia like Bob Perry,

In the good old days, if you scrimped and saved and bought your dream home in Texas, you could sleep easy at night knowing that the roof over your head was protected by a common-sense legal doctrine. Known as an implied warranty of habitability, in layman’s terms it meant that — whether or not anything was put in writing — the courts would hold the builder to a guarantee that your home was fit to live in and constructed with care. If your foundation sagged or your windows leaked or your roof caved in, you could demand that the builder fix the defect and take him to court if he didn’t.

That option is no longer available. In 2003, after spreading around $9 million in campaign contributions, the powerful home builders’ lobby got the Legislature to agree with its contention that implied warranties were too darn vague and that the lawsuits they produced were too damaging to the industry. Instead, it asked lawmakers to create a new state agency to protect builders from legal retribution. It was one of the most blatant power plays in recent years, made possible by an anti-lawsuit fervor that swept through the new Republican-controlled Legislature and by the influence of two politically active builders: the biggest individual contributor, Bob Perry (no relation to Governor Rick Perry but lots of political ties), and the co-founder of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Dick Weekley.

“One of the principles that we operate on in this country is that leaders are held accountable. The simple truth is that we went into Iraq on the basis of some intuition, some fear, and some exaggerated rhetoric and some very, very scanty evidence.” – General Wesley Clark

“As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.” – John Stuart Mill