Thursday, October 14, 2004

The First Amendment is for Suckers, Ed Gillespie Edition

Repugnican enforcer Ed Gillespie threatened Rock the Vote yesterday, demanding that they "cease and desist" their "Draft Your Friends" campaign, which aims to inform young people about the possibility of a draft. His evidence that Rock the Vote has "a reckless disregard for the truth" on this important question? Well, the laughable "proof" that "no less than the President of the United States," Veep Prick, and Rummy have denied that there will be a draft. Oh, you wish it were The Onion. Link to PDF of the Gillespie letter here.

Rock the Vote's responds:

Dear Chairman Gillespie,

The letter I received from you yesterday was quite a surprise. It struck us as just the sort of "malicious political deception" that is likely to increase voter cynicism and decrease the youth vote. In fact, it is a textbook case of attempted censorship, very much in line with those that triggered our organization's founding some fifteen years ago.

I am stunned that you would say that the issue of the military draft is an "urban myth"that has been "thoroughly debunked by no less than the President of the United States."

I have some news for you. Just because President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary Rumsfeld, and for that matter Senator Kerry, say that there is not going to be a draft does not make it so. Just because Congress holds a transparently phony vote against the draft does not mean there isn't going to be one. Anyone who thinks that the youth of America are going to take a politician's word on this topic is living on another planet.

By your logic, there should be no debate about anything that you disagree with. There's a place for that kind of sentiment (and your threats), but it's not here in our country.


Be sure to read the rest here at the Rock the Vote blog. The young'uns know of which they speak, and the demise of the RNC can't come soon enough. The Repiglicans are about as "now" as the dinosaurs.

P.S. I dig how the kids end it:
Despite the strong and often strident tone of your letter, I would hope that we could both agree that honest and open debate is the surest guarantor of our democracy and liberty.

Let's not hold our collective breath waiting for Eddie to agree. "Honest and open debate" in the B*sh Administration?? Hoohawhaw. What a crack up.