Re: "Bush: MoveOn.org ad on Petraeus 'disgusting',"
Fri Sep 21, 2007 17:18
 

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, an amazing thing happened. After the Senate's shameful vote,
and after President Bush called MoveOn "disgusting,"^1 our email started
to fill up with messages like this one:

I'm currently in Iraq. I do not agree with this war, and if I did
support this war, it would not matter. You have the RIGHT to speak the
truth. We KNOW that you support us. Thank you for speaking out for being
our voice. We do not have a voice. We are overshooted by those who say
that we soldiers do not support organizations like MoveOn. WE DO.

YOU ARE OUR voice.

And then came the donations. By midnight, over 12,000 people had donated
$500,000--more than we've raised any day this year--for our new ad
calling out the Republicans who blocked adequate rest for troops headed
back to Iraq.

The message from MoveOn members was loud and clear: Don't back down.
Take the fight back to the issues that matter.

So today we're shooting for a very ambitious goal: Reach $1 million so
we can dramatically expand the campaign we launched yesterday going
after politicians who support this awful war. Can you chip in $25 toward
our goal?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/mcconnell.html?id=11275-1963581-5ZzJ7j&t=2
https://pol.moveon.org/donate/mcconnell.html?id=11275-1963581-5ZzJ7j&t=2 >

All day, messages from vets and military family members kept pouring
into our email, many of them aimed at the Senate:

I have given a son to this country. My brother, my father, my uncle have
all served honorably and bravely. I am a loyal American. I am outraged
and sick to death of the tactics this administration uses to try to
silence dissent to a war that is unjust, built and maintained on lies,
political power, and greed. I was content to let others fight more
loudly, but no more.
-Sharyn W., NC

I am a prior soldier who served in Iraq for 13 months, and am now an
expecting mom with a husband who is deployed in Baghdad. I don't think I
can ever forgive the Bush administration for the lies that tricked
America into this war and hurt my family so badly. I am ashamed of those
American politicians who would condemn an organization for practicing
the Freedom of Speech that so many soldiers have died for.
-Danielle B., OH

As a US Navy veteran and an Iraq war veteran of over a year I want to
ask, What has happened to us? What has happened to our voice? Where is
this country going with stopping free speech and free press? ... Every
time I think of the long nights I had in Anbar remembering what I was
fighting for, well here it is....
-Ahmad H., LA

These folks have made sacrifices many of us can't imagine. Their charge
to us was clear: keep speaking the truth about how President Bush and
the Republicans have betrayed our trust.

So we're going to expand our ad campaign--keep it on the air longer and
run it against other politicians who helped block adequate rest time for
our troops. Can you chip in $25 to do it?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/mcconnell.html?id=11275-1963581-5ZzJ7j&t=3
https://pol.moveon.org/donate/mcconnell.html?id=11275-1963581-5ZzJ7j&t=3 >

And still the messages kept coming ...

I've had three nephews serve since 2002, one of whom was killed in Anbar
Province. I have a fourth nephew at Quantico training. I want this war
over before he is deployed and before any more of our soldiers are
sacrificed.
-Michele R., NE

Three members of my family are military. Two Marines have served in Iraq
and an Army Lt. is deploying in November. If we had all spoken out when
the administration used General Powell perhaps we would not be in this
mess.
-Carol B., PA

As a Marine I served for many reasons but one of them was to allow
people the freedom of speech, whether I agreed with it or not. Wearing a
uniform does not mean someone isn't a shill, is spewing propaganda, and
downright lies. MoveOn has every right to buy an ad and say what they
want about a public figure. This administration has lied to us, deceived
us, misled us and when posed with a challenge this is how they respond?
-Keith G., VA

The Senate won't pass a policy to end the war or even to make sure our
troops in the field have enough rest time between deployments, but they
hold votes to crack down on millions of Americans who are upset about
the war?

Well--it isn't going to work. We put together a hard-hitting ad that
highlights how Republicans failed our troops and if we can raise enough
money today, we'll air it across the country. Please help if you can:

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/mcconnell.html?id=11275-1963581-5ZzJ7j&t=4
https://pol.moveon.org/donate/mcconnell.html?id=11275-1963581-5ZzJ7j&t=4 >

For all of us on the MoveOn staff, this week was a bit of a
rollercoaster--MoveOn was attacked by nearly the entire Republican
party, while too many Democrats ran for the hills. But what kept us
going were messages like these--and the incredible privilege we feel to
serve all 3.2 million Americans in MoveOn.org.

When the story is written of how the Iraq war ended, you will be the
heroes. Thank you.

-Eli, Adam G., Adam R., Anna, Carrie, Daniel, Erik, Ilyse, Jennifer,
Joan, Justin, Karin, Laura, Marika, Matt, Natalie, Nita, Noah, Tanya,
Tom & Wes
MoveOn.org Political Action
Friday, September 21st, 2007

Sources

1. "Bush: MoveOn.org ad on Petraeus 'disgusting'," CNN, September 20, 2007.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=2990&id=11275-1963581-5ZzJ7j&t=5
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=2990&id=11275-1963581-5ZzJ7j&t=5

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