Thursday, November 17, 2005

Fight Fire with Fire

Republicans,

The Democrats' largely unchallenged efforts to criminalize political debate and impugn the integrity of conservatives with false charges of ethics violations are working. And the tactic puts all of you at risk. Sen. Bill Frist, Sen. Richard Shelby, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Rep. Tom Delay, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and ousted former PBS Board Chairman Kenneth Tomlinson are but a few of the people who have been subjected to Democrat smear campaigns. More are sure to follow unless and until Republicans wake up and turn the tables.

We are at a disadvantage in that lying is not something that comes to us easily, but in this case, lying isn't necessary. Democrats have given us ample ammunition to fight fire with fire, if only we have the courage to use it.

Sandy Berger stole classified papers, destroyed them and lied about it, yet escaped with a slap on the wrist. He ought to be sitting in jail.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller has admitted on national television to revealing plans for the attack on Iraq to Saddam Hussein ally, Syria, one of the world's leading state sponsors of terror. According to Sen. Rockefeller, this was shortly after 9/11. He should be investigated, by a special prosecutor, to determine whether his actions led to the evacuation of weapons of mass destruction from Iraq to Syria, whether they cost the lives of American military forces, and whether they constituted treason.

Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame should be investigated, again by a special prosecutor, to determine if his so-called mission to Niger was an attempt by rogue elements within the CIA to unlawfully undermine the policies of the President of the United States. Why wasn't Wilson required to sign a confidentiality statement? Why wasn't he required to provide a written after-action report? Why was he given permission by the CIA to publish details of his "mission" in the national press? Why did Wilson lie about the Vice President's knowledge of his so-called findings? Who else within the CIA was involved?

A special prosecutor needs to be appointed to get to the bottom of the very serious national security implications of The Washington Post story on the existence and general location of secret CIA prisons for terrorists. Who were the Post's sources? Was a crime committed?

Rogue Austin, Texas, prosecutor Ronnie Earle, should be investigated for misuse of his public office to intimidate and punish his perceived political enemies. Did he commit any crimes in leveling false allegations against duly elected officials, in charging Tom Delay with a "crime" that wasn't even on the books and in grand jury shopping?

The only way to stop the Democrats abuse of the American judicial system and ethics rules is to show them that this is a zero-sum game by turning the tables. Would beating them at their own game be destructive and distasteful? You bet. But it would put a stop to this nonsense.

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