February 21st, 2007
“Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.”
- George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775
It’s nice to have actual presidential words in the wake of the right wing’s phony Abe Lincoln quote, as pontificated in congressional session by Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young:
“Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.”
(View the clip at TPM cafe — watch Rep. Young’s chest heave patriotically under his red poser-shirt — oops, typo — power-shirt).
The Washington Times columnist, Frank Gaffney, invented those words for Honest Abe, 143 years after he was reputed to have uttered them. The Washington Times, with a daily circulation of over 100,000 and climbing, actually bucks a trend. Most big city dailies are losing circulation.
Thank God for blogs, the antidote to the reactionary mainstream media.