In a striking display of cheekiness—or abject chutzpah—Harry Reid has decided to take credit for Rush Limbaugh’s auctioning off the now-infamous Reid letter. The false-premise letter—which exceeded $2MM on eBay—was written by Reid, signed by 40 Democrat senators and sent to Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays in an attempt to silence conservative Limbaugh; something Democrat leaders have been attempting for decades.
Reid and his colleagues falsely claimed that Limbaugh had refereed to soldiers who disagree with the Iraq war as “phony soldiers”. Not so. In fact, Limbaugh referred to soldiers who were and are phony soldiers and have been prosecuted for their pretense. Senate Majority leader Reid (D-NV) thought that he could switch the outrage over MoveOn.org’s attempt to portray General Petraeus as a traitor over to Limbaugh. It didn’t work. Instead, Limbaugh took the 4-page letter and offered it up as an historical document and testimony to Democrats using Stalinistic and smear tactics in their attempt to silence one of their most listened to and vocal critics. On Friday, the original letter sold for $2,100,100.00 US—a figure that Limbaugh will match—for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. Note: Reid has not said he will give anything to the foundation but, he is now attempting to claim some credit for the auction idea.
On the Senate floor Friday, Reid claimed that he and Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays had decided the letter ‘would probably not bring a great deal of money’. Throughout the rest of his diatribe and attempts to restore himself from his blatant use of governmental power in the effort to intimidate a private citizen, he continued to use the term “we”—as if he and Mays had the auction in mind all of the time. He also appears to be hoping against hope that the American people will buy it. As Rep. Forney “Pete” Stark (D-CA) smears the troops, Reid smears private citizens. And the Democrat leadership says nothing. Are these the faces of the new Democrat Party? I wish that I could honestly say “No,” but, they appear to be. Sen. Reid has effected a patent abuse of power and then, after observing how popular the targeted cause was, decided to see if he could place his own spin on it and join in on the festivities. If left unchecked, it will bring about further degradations of our First Amendment’s freedom of speech with tyranny as the ultimate outcome. No one in a US governmental power position has either the right or legal authority to commit these types of abuse— irrespective of the fact that he or she may eventually run from the original decision to do so. Despite political party affiliation, these people must be driven from office—and quickly if our Republic is to survive. Besides, they’re embarrassments to us all.
Sher Zieve is a long-time syndicated columnist who generally writes columns of a politically Conservative and Constitutional nature. She also interviews notable people with an interesting and/or newsworthy story to tell. These include politicians, writers, activists and others in the news. Her work has been and continues to be carried by both national and international publications. Sher appears regularly on national talk shows.