Edwards Backs Off Call For Memorial Day War Protests
By David Postman
Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards has been urging supporters to demonstrate against the war at Memorial Day parades. The Hill reported a week ago that Edward's anti-war Web site, supporthetroopsendthewar.com, suggested that people make signs that say:
"SUPPORT THE TROOPS -- END THE WAR." The paper quoted the Edwards site as saying:
Bring them to your local Memorial Day parade. Then take a digital photo of yourself and your family or friends holding up the poster and tell us about it. We'll include it in a 'Democracy Photo Album' on our site."
But the Web site is a little different now. After much criticism of the call for Memorial Day protests, Edwards' site now says Monday should be off limits for such demonstrations:
Buy a bunch of poster-board and markers. At a picnic or with family and friends, make signs that say "SUPPORT THE TROOPS - END THE WAR." Bring them to your local Memorial Day parade. Many parades are held on Saturday or Sunday. If your parade is on Monday, however, we ask that you choose another action to honor the fallen. Then take a digital photo of yourself and your family or friends holding up the poster and tell us about it. We'll include it in a "Democracy Photo Album" on our site.
I am assuming that The Hill did not just edit out the lines about the Monday parades. (The same thing was quoted elsewhere as well.) I've asked the Edwards campaign about the change and I'm waiting for an answer.
This disingenuous sonuvabitch was for it before he was against it... Talking about situational ethics! Just poll badly enough and you have an automatic reason to 'feel' differently about anything!
Edwards didn't mind dissing our troops when he thought he could get aways with it. No... However, the minute the glare of media spotlight shone on him unfavorably, he scootched his opinion around to show that he really was for the idea of protesting the troops on Memorial Day, just not quite exactly really on Memorial Day--the day or two before would suffice just as well!
Sorry, Bugs, if it's a bad idea on the 28th of May, it's a bad idea on the 27th and 26th. Whatsamatter? You think we're too stupid to notice? You think our attention spans have only a 24 hr. cycle? Think again. You've been found out, not only for being disrespectful to our troops, but also for changing your position solely for political gain--and by dangerously underestimating your fellow Americans.
You can't slink out of this one--no matter how Kerryesque you try to be.