Ed Driscoll

For A Party Of Pacifists...

Democrats can fight long, hard, and dirty when they want to. If they actually chose to defend America itself against its enemies with as much force as they deploy during election-time, they would never have to rely on such tactics in the first place.

For example, Power Line looks at the sad case of Steve Gardner:

Gardner served on a Vietnam swift boat crew with John Kerry. He was the only member of the 12 man crew who spoke against Kerry, thus becoming a key figure in the most fascinating and, I believe, significant story of this year’s election.

Unfortunately, as the Chicago Sun-Times reports, Gardner seems to have paid a heavy price for contradicting the official line on Kerry’s Vietnam service. According to Gardner, shortly after he told his story to local radio stations and a local paper, he received a call from John Hurley, the veterans organizer for Kerry’s campaign (and probably the least effective person ever to advocate a position on cable news). Gardner says that Hurley threatened him, stating “you better watch your step; we can look into your finances.” Next Gardner heard from Douglas Brinkley author of Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War (arguably the most counter-productive campaign biography ever published). According to Gardner, Brinkley claimed he was “fact-checking” his book, which already was in print. In fact, Brinkley used the call to create an article critical of Gardner. Gardner says that Brinkley called him again, warning him to expect some calls.

Twenty-four hours later, Gardner’s employer, Millennium Information Services, informed him via email that his posiiton with the company was being eliminated and that his services were no longer required. Gardner says that he has since seen the company advertising for his old position.

Gardner, the father of three, now is broke and unemployed. Nonetheless, he says he’d speak against Kerry all over again because “I couldn’t ever see [Kerry] as commander in chief — not after what I saw in Vietnam, not after the lies I heard him tell about what he says he did and what he says others did.”

In a follow-up post, they have contact info, if you’d like to send Gardner a contribution to tide him over.

Add this to the Kerry Camp’s intimidation of Sinclair Broadcast Group, when they stated they would air Stolen Honor, the anti-Kerry documentary. Or the many reports of vandalism, break-ins and even shots fired into Republican offices.

And RathGate. And the leaked, phony exit polls.

I understand that politics ain’t beanbag, as the saying goes. But the left has taken intimidation and skirting the law to new heights. (New lows, actually.)