16 February 2007

Quote of the Day

"I hate freedom. And America."
-Congressman Don Young (R-AK), 2/16/07

(via Atrios)

I apologize. It's unfair to post this without explaining. What Don Young actually said was:

"Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged."

He attributed this "quote" to Abraham Lincoln. However, it was falsely attributed to Lincoln by a conservative pundit, Michael Waller in 2003. (He claims it was a typo and never issued a correction.) It has previously been publicly debunked. Yet Rep Young chose to use the false quote to demonize his political opponents, and whether the quote was used knowingly or through carelessness, he has thus far refused to retract the statement.

He has not at this point specified which of his congressional colleagues should be hung first.

Atrios' point was that apparently it's OK to make up quotes. At least OK if you are a Republican.

Seriously, can you imagine if a Democrat had said this? O'Reilly would be all over it like flies on shit. Some obscure bloggers for Edwards once said less than nice things about the catholic church and Bill Donohue and conservative pundits screamed outrage (and the media politely ignored Donohue's anti-semitism). Kerry screwed up a joke about Bush and was tarred as 'bashing the troops.' Yet Lou Dobbs can flog the lies about Pelosi's airplane for a week without anyone calling bullshit on him, FOX can claim Obama went to a Madrassa, and Young can call for the EXECUTION of opposition Representatives and it doesn't even get picked up by the AP. I just get frustrated by the double standard, and again I apologize for being unclear.

Your so-called "liberal media" at work.


  1. I can't find the quote or context.

    Can you?

  2. Misquote, of course.

    More left wing snark.


  3. Interesting "Quote of the Day" which, from the links, isn't even what he said. When I went through grade school quotes were used to set off actual statements made by a person. From reading the link (and thanks for making me read Atrios) there's no such quote.



  4. the funny thing about this mis-quote (and the many like it) is that 20 months from now, it looks like chances are we're gonna have a party switch in the white house. it'll be funny to see all these republicans who are now equating criticism of the president with treason to suddenly find it really convenient to savage the president for his handling of iraq (where we will, without a doubt, still be involved).

    and it'll be even funnier to watch them vigorously defend their right to criticize the president because it is what americans are supposed to do, and it is their DUTY.

    only in america.

  5. What is Obama's middle name?
    A madrassa is a religious school for Moslems , not necessarily an Al Qaeda training camp!
    His middle name is Hussein and he went to a religious school (madrassa). My name is John and I went to a religious school (Greek Orthodox) - it does not mean that I am Zorba , but I dont feel the need to deny it , like Obama does!


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