In the midst of a back and forth on this thread about the bullshit claim that the desperate soon-to-be-former Senator “anal leakage” Santorum made that we had found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the coward LonesomePolecat made this statement:
Calling someone a “quisling” is a reference to Vidkun Quisling, the prime minister of Nazi-occupied Norway. As Wikipedia says:
I am an American. I love my country and the set of ideals espoused in the Constitution. In fact, my love for my country is the closest thing to a religion I have. Unlike a subject, serf or slave, American citizens govern themselves and thus have a responsibility to keep tabs on what their country is doing and, if it is going in the wrong direction, speak out and do everything in their power to correct the course of the country. This is the price of freedom, and it is not an onerous one. Indeed, the contention between differing viewpoints is necessary in order to determine which ideas are the best ones. This open debate is democracy’s strength. I know this is an ideal that America does not always live up to; nevertheless, I continue to hold to it and exercise my rights as a citzen so that the American experiment in liberty may continue and serve as an example to a humanity that sorely needs it.
I believe that the perponderance of evidence indicates George W. Bush lied to start an illegal war of aggression in Iraq while allowing America’s more dangerous enemies to escape at Tora Bora. I have spoken out against this war at every opportunity that presented itself, and I will continue to do so. I believe Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and many others in this criminal administration should be impeached and removed from office. Furthermore, I believe that those who supported the war in Congress and who allowed the United States to invade a sovereign country without demanding a formal declaration of war shirked their Constitutional duties and should either take steps to rectify it or resign in disgrace. This entire Iraq war fiasco is one of the greatest failures and fuckups in American history. It has done untold harm to our Republic and those responsible should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
There are many who would disagree with what I just said, and they have every right to do so, and I’m sure they’ll be along shortly to unload on me with both rhetorical barrels. But my beliefs, my speaking out about them, and my taking political action to attempt to right the ship of state are not treason. The Founding Fathers were very wary of accusations of treason, as the kings they were fleeing had used the accusation of treason to execute and imprision their political enemies. Americans don’t accuse each other of treason unless, as Benedict Arnold did, they openly make war against the country. Holding a dissenting view on foreign policy, especially when that policy has been as disasterous and horrifying as the Iraq war, is not treason. It is patriotism. Calling someone a traitor is calling them a criminal, and implying that they should be shot, as was Quisling. It is an invitation to politcal violence.
And yet, supporters of this misbegotten, damn fool war have made a habit of calling me and people of my ilk traitors, both directly, and, as in the case of the cowardly LonesomePolecat, indirectly. When I confronted the coward in the thread linked above, he refused to come out and call me a traitor to my face, because he is a scared little person who wants Big Daddy Bush to protect him from all of the nasty brown people and evil liberals. This is typical of his cowardly ilk: bloodthirsty, yet not brave enough to confront his enemies directly, face to face. They’re like skinheads in that way. Do you see cowards like LonesomePolecat picking up a rife and going to Iraq to put his personal ass on the line in support of his glorious war? No, the coward LonesomePolecat is too cowardly to even come out and say directly what he means. He and his ilk want to bypass and destroy our beloved Constitution because they are too afraid to be free citizens, with all of the responsibilities and risks that come with it. Instead, they want a king and war, and all of the power over their fellow citizens that comes with those things.
I’ve had it. I absolutely will not tolerate anyone calling me a traitor or implying that I am not loyal to this country, especially cowardly little men like LonesomePolecat. Perhaps I have been too hard on him, since it is obvious that he was conceived from the santorum that ran out of his mother’s ass, and his mental growth stunted by all of the crack she smoked while carrying him. But when I see reports from Iraq of all the people dying on both sides because of this horrible misbegotten clusterfuck of a war while new tapes from bin Laden surface indicating that the vile murderer is still alive and laughing at us while we fall right into his trap, and then I see shitheads like the coward LonesomePolecat throwing words around like “quisling” and “traitor”, I get very, very angry.
So, you fucking ill-begotten coward, I have articulated my beliefs. If you think my beliefs are treasonous, come down here and call me a traitor to my face. Otherwise, retract your statement and apologize. But be sure to wipe the blood off your hands first. If you can.