Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Another “Phony Soldier” Speaks Up

General Wesley Clark wants Rush Limbaugh off Armed Forces Radio:

Tax dollars are used to fund Armed Forces Radio, and that money is not intended for radio show hosts to spout insults at our soldiers. These “phony soldiers” have simply exercised their right to free speech, as Rush Limbaugh does on a daily basis. Simply because a majority of our troops who return from Iraq disagree with Rush on Bush’s failed war policy does not give him the right to dishonor their service.

Unlike Rush Limbaugh, members of Congress cannot casually brush off the concerns of citizens. Since Rush won’t listen to us, we’re going directly to Congress, who can prevent him from disrespecting and censoring the voices of our soldiers.

How have Republicans in Congress chosen to respond so far? Congressional Republicans have actually drafted a resolution supporting Rush Limbaugh, “commending [his] relentless efforts to build and maintain troop morale through worldwide radio broadcasts and personal visits to conflict regions.”

That’s outrageous. Rush Limbaugh’s “phony soldiers” comment should not be commended — it should be condemned. And it’s time to tell Congress to act swiftly to hold Rush Limbaugh accountable.

Of course the Orcosphere will scream that Gen. Clark is advocating censorship. No, he’s not. Rush Limbaugh will continue to broadcast and no one’s telling him what to say or not to say. He’s just saying that the taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for the privilege of having his show on AFRN.

General Clark has posted a petition to Congress to get Limbaugh off AFRN.