Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, December 14, 2007

Even McDermott's Stupidity is Bush's Fault

Yep! That's why Baghdad Jim McDermott voted against recognizing Christmas after voting to honor Ramadan.

The veteran Seattle Democrat voted against a House resolution recognizing the importance of Christmas, but called it a protest against President Bush's veto of a children's health care bill.

"While the Republicans are passing a resolution celebrating Christmas, the president was vetoing health care for children. There's a little bit of irony going on around here," McDermott said today.

Earlier this year, McDermott voted in favor of resolutions honoring Ramadan and Diwali. Ramadan is an Islamic holiday, while Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and others.


Alex Williams said...

The hypocrisy just never stops. Pretty soon the Holy Bible will be banned in America and the required readings on college campuses will be the Qur'an and collection of Michael Moore readings.

Steve Beren said...

Statement by Steve Beren, 12/22/07

John Iwasaki of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported yesterday (Wednesday 12/12): “Rep. Jim McDermott supported House resolutions this fall to recognize the Islamic holiday of Ramadan and the festival of Diwali, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. But the Washington Democrat drew the line at Christmas. McDermott voted Tuesday against a resolution to recognize the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith. The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, passed 372-9. Democrats cast all the nay votes.” Source: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/343335_mcdermott13.html?source=rss

It is time for a new exit strategy, one that removes Jim McDermott from office. The time has come for McDermott to go. Of course, this is the same McDermott who opposes our troops and opposes a victory strategy in the war against Islamic terrorism. And this is the same unethical McDermott who puts himself above the law and sees nothing wrong with wiretapping political opponents. So when McDermott opposes this resolution on Christmas, it's hardly surprising.

One of the most important issues facing the American people is the overall question of a positive vision for our future – this includes improving the moral climate in our country, protecting religious freedom, curtailing judicial activism, keeping government out of the health care system, strengthening families and education, promoting ethical behavior and civility in public life, protecting our constitutional liberties of free speech and self-defense and the right to life, and – indeed, through all these providing our children with a better future. Like many liberals, McDermott struggles with the question of “moral values” and “faith voters,” but he really has no clue.

In McDermott’s failed legal efforts to defend his unethical behavior, one of the largest contributors to McDermott’s legal defense fund is Majdi Daher, who contributed $3,000 in July. Daher is an activist with the Arab American Community Coalition, which believes “malicious harassment [is] the least of the Arab community's worries – the United States government [is] a bigger thorn in the Arab and Muslim communities' sides.” Source: http://www.theaacc.org/index.php

With regard to McDermott’s wiretapping of political opponents, Daher told the Seattle P-I he believes "Congressman McDermott is an extremely great patriot." Daher added: "He stood up for what he believed. If I were in his shoes, I would have done the same thing." Source: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/342925_mcdermott10.html

In a recent email message to his supporters regarding his ethics violations and his $800,000+ in fines and legal fees, McDermott said: "I have raised a significant amount of money to pay for legal expenses. However, the amount that has been set aside will not cover all costs and fees." In the same message, McDermott also stated: "With right-wing Republicans devoting so much effort to punishing me, I must be doing something right!"

No need for Republicans to do "negative campaigning" in Seattle - McDermott provides his own "negative attacks" against himself.