Silky Pony plans to politicize Memorial Day

posted at 10:05 pm on May 13, 2007 by Bryan

John Edwards observes no taboos. Under the heading “10 Things You Can Do Over Memorial Weekend to Support the Troops and End the War”:

Get vocal. 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. 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. (emphasis added)

Memorial Day used to be about remembering the sacrifices of wars past. Now it’s about politicizing parades.

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Shameless! Turning every possible event into an opportunity to either bash the president or score some kind of political points.

Gottafang on May 13, 2007 at 10:15 PM

Oh breck Girl, you are such a card

JG2K6 on May 13, 2007 at 10:16 PM

When you’re a distant third in a three man race (Hillary insult intended), you do what you have to do, in this case you dance with the girl what brung you — the MoveOn Leftards.

Jaibones on May 13, 2007 at 10:25 PM

These lefties are so deluded they think hating George Bush is patriotic.

infidel4life on May 13, 2007 at 10:28 PM

Number 11.

Send Silky Pony a Get Well Card.

This sucker is sick, sick, sick…

News2Use on May 13, 2007 at 10:29 PM

At least that website used the correct color, YELLOW.

He must be sucking up to Soros…

Zorro on May 13, 2007 at 10:29 PM

Take a picture…for our Democracy Photo album.

Because, really, those silly Memorial Day parades should be all about you, and you speaking truth to power, and all that.


Because we all need to teach our children that the bad men will stop shooting us just as soon as we “end the war.” We do get to say when it’s over, don’t we?

TexasDan on May 13, 2007 at 10:30 PM

Thanks for posting this Bryan.

I am so p*ssed off right now. Edwards is a waste of human flesh.

BobK on May 13, 2007 at 10:31 PM

That’s so incredibly inappropriate.

CP on May 13, 2007 at 10:38 PM

What better way to remember the sacrifices of our troops than to incessantly condescend towards them? :P

ZK on May 13, 2007 at 10:40 PM

That the trouble with Silky Ponies.
Ya hafta’ deal with all the Silky Pony droppings.

CyberCipher on May 13, 2007 at 10:51 PM

As a veteran I love Memorial Day parades. However, if one of these leftards approaches me with one of their signs at our local parade that person is going to receive a response that they will not like.

dawgyear on May 13, 2007 at 10:53 PM

As always I feel it’s my duty to point out what a douche Edwards is, after spending his 04 primary run being the pro-war Democrat:

MATTHEWS:Let me ask but the war, because I know these are all students and a lot of guys the age of these students are fighting over there and cleaning up over there, and they’re doing the occupation.

Were we right to go to this war alone, basically without the Europeans behind us? Was that something we had to do?

EDWARDS: I think that we were right to go. I think we were right to go to the United Nations. I think we couldn’t let those who could veto in the Security Council hold us hostage.

And I think Saddam Hussein, being gone is good. Good for the American people, good for the security of that region of the world, and good for the Iraqi people.

MATTHEWS: If you think the decision, which was made by the president, when basically he saw the French weren’t with us and the Germans and the Russians weren’t with us, was he right to say, “We’re going anyway”?

EDWARDS: I stand behind my support of that, yes.

MATTHEWS: You believe in that?


MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about-Since you did support the resolution and you did support that ultimate solution to go into combat and to take over that government and occupy that country. Do you think that you, as a United States Senator, got the straight story from the Bush administration on this war? On the need for the war? Did you get the straight story?

EDWARDS: Well, the first thing I should say is I take responsibility for my vote. Period. And I did what I did based upon a belief, Chris, that Saddam Hussein’s potential for getting nuclear capability was what created the threat. That was always the focus of my concern. Still is the focus of my concern.

So did I get misled? No. I didn’t get misled.

MATTHEWS: Did you get an honest reading on the intelligence?

EDWRADS: But now we’re getting to the second part of your question.

I think we have to get to the bottom of this. I think there’s clear inconsistency between what’s been found in Iraq and what we were told.

And as you know, I serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee. So it wasn’t just the Bush administration. I sat in meeting after meeting after meeting where we were told about the presence of weapons of mass destruction. There is clearly a disconnect between what we were told and what, in fact, we found there.

MATTHEWS: If you knew last October when you had to cast an aye or nay vote for this war, that we would be unable to find weapons of mass destruction after all these months there, would you still have supported the war?

EDWARDS: It wouldn’t change my views. I said before, I think that the threat here was a unique threat. It was Saddam Hussein, the potential for Saddam getting nuclear weapons, given his history and the fact that he started the war before.

MATTHEWS: Do you feel now that you have evidence in your hands that he was on the verge of getting nuclear weapons?

EDWARDS: No, I wouldn’t go that far.

MATTHES: What would you say?

EDWARDS: What I would say is there’s a decade long pattern of an effort to get nuclear capability, from the former Soviet Union, trying to get access to scientists…

MATTHEWS: What about Africa?

EDWARDS: … trying to get-No. I don’t think so. At least not from the evidence.

MATTHEWS: Were you misled by the president in the State of the Union address on the argument that Saddam Hussein was trying get uranium from Niger?

EDWARDS: I guess the answer to that is no.

I did not put a lot of stock in that.

MATTHEWS: But you didn’t believe-But you weren’t misled?

EDWARDS: No, I was not misled because I didn’t put a lot of stock in to it begin with.

As I said before, I think what happened here is, for over a decade, there is strong, powerful evidence, which I still believe is true, that Saddam Hussein had been trying to get nuclear capability. Either from North Korea, from the former Soviet Union, getting access to scientists, trying to get access to raw fissile material. I don’t-that I don’t have any question about.

MATTHEWS: The United States has had a long history of nonintervention, of basically taking the “don’t tread on me and if you don’t we’ll leave you alone.” We broke with that tradition for Iraq. What is your standard for breaking with tradition of nonintervention?

EDWARDS: When somebody like Saddam Hussein presents a direct threat to the security of the American people and, in this case, the security of a region of the world that I think is critical.


There’s no way to “flip flop” on what he said even though he’s tried. Those comments don’t even give an option for “changing his mind”. He was very clear even when many Dems (who used to talk like that too) had turned on Bush.

If you support Edwards, you’re either an idiot, lazy, or a liar. An idiot if you can’t see that he’s just pandering to the far left because he sees that as his best chance for the nomination, lazy if you simply don’t realize who this guy was a couple years ago, or a liar if you sing his praises as being the big anti-war guy he campaigns as now.

RightWinged on May 13, 2007 at 10:54 PM

Heaven help the leftist traitor-f*cker who waves such a sign in my face. Harsh words WILL be spoken, expectorant may be deposited on their faces, and it is possible that they may receive broken bones. So I advise any leftist retard thinking of this in my community to THINK AGAIN!

georgej on May 13, 2007 at 11:01 PM

Silky Pony, Nonfactor, and JaHerer22,

Tactless, classless, a$$holes.

csdeven on May 13, 2007 at 11:27 PM

And this stuff plays in Iowa…which is why this fur ball is leading there? Say it ain’t so.

SouthernGent on May 13, 2007 at 11:41 PM

But would you tongue kiss him?

RightWinged on May 13, 2007 at 11:43 PM

You are not supporting the troops by calling for the end of the war. The troops engage in the mission You are seeking to make their sacrifices in vain, which is to say you are against the troops.

Phil Byler on May 13, 2007 at 11:46 PM

RightWinged on May 13, 2007 at 10:54 PM

Now why would any media talk about boring facts like the ones you present, when they can talk about more important things like $400 haircuts. Now that’s News!

abinitioadinfinitum on May 14, 2007 at 12:14 AM


Drtuddle on May 14, 2007 at 12:25 AM

Victory Caucus and some other blogs were mentioning this last night. Many have already sent Edwards our thoughts on this disrespect of Memorial Day. His contact through his campaign is

I sent him the following,

Mr. Edwards

I write this to you as an outraged Viet Nam Veteran, member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.

It is appalling that you have decided to cheapen Memorial Day, a day set aside solely to honor the Brave sacrifice of those who gave their lives for America’s freedom, with such a cheap political stunt. Memorial Day isn’t about politics; it is about honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to maintain the freest nation the world has ever seen.

Have you no shame? Having never worn the uniform yourself maybe you don’t fully understand the sanctity of the day. Being an Attorney my guess is that you do, and don’t care.

If you really care to Support the Troops and stop your politicizing of such a sacred day, I invite you to visit and fully support the Troops begging for Congressional Support, the most shameful thing I have ever seen the Military have to do, at

Do the right thing and call off this shameful prostitution of Memorial Day.

Lew Waters

LewWaters on May 14, 2007 at 12:27 AM

Don’t know why the link didn’t show up, but it is,

LewWaters on May 14, 2007 at 12:28 AM

I no longer wonder why he gets all the Truthers at his rallies.

Kini on May 14, 2007 at 12:33 AM

Lew Waters, what a great letter you wrote. I just sent the link to a well-connected group of people, many former/current military, to propagate this and to also write letters to this insufferable prima donna.

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself

–John Stuart Mill

Entelechy on May 14, 2007 at 12:52 AM

I hope this keeps spreading, especially to Veterans Groups. We need to let him know that such a sacred day isn’t for his cheap political stunts.

LewWaters on May 14, 2007 at 1:08 AM

Every time you think these sleazebags can’t sink any lower, they start digging. Right, exploit Memorial Day for cheap political points with the nutroots and piss on every sacrifice our servicemembers ever made. Well, that is consistent with the way liberals “support” the troops, but it’s just one more example of why Edwards is manifestly unfit to hold the office of Commander-in-Chief.

ReubenJCogburn on May 14, 2007 at 1:45 AM

Next thing you know, they’ll be showing up to protest at funerals. oh wait.

maggie katzen on May 14, 2007 at 1:51 AM

Take a picture…for our Democracy Photo album.

You know, that’s perfect for Memorial Day. If he gets his way, the photo album can become a memorial to the Democracy he let die in Iraq.

MayBee on May 14, 2007 at 2:04 AM

I’ve figured it out now–apparently there are two Americas, one where Memorial Day is “a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service,” and one where it’s just an excuse to pander to demented left-wing America-haters.

ReubenJCogburn on May 14, 2007 at 2:26 AM

Then take a digital photo of yourself and your family or friends holding up the poster and tell us about it.

Great idea Pony! My sign will say “God Bless the Troops” though. Hope you don’t mind.

BacaDog on May 14, 2007 at 6:58 AM

Sorry Lew, I’m not giving that SOB Edwards my email addy. I’ll call later.

csdeven on May 14, 2007 at 7:14 AM

Disgusting. I will never understand the idiot phrase, “support the troops. end the war” It’s an oxymoron. It’s like saying to Edwards and his kind, ‘support the lawyers. Stop litigation.

4shoes on May 14, 2007 at 9:44 AM

Are the Republicans tallying all of this up? Someone needs to form a 527 that points all of this out!

Disgusting. I will never understand the idiot phrase, “support the troops. end the war” It’s an oxymoron. It’s like saying to Edwards and his kind, ’support the lawyers. Stop litigation.

4shoes on May 14, 2007 at 9:44 AM

Of course you would never understand that – and neither would I. We know people who gladly serve their country and would give their life for it. They don’t. That’s why they don’t get it.

foxforce91 on May 14, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Silky Pony, Nonfactor, and JaHerer22,

Tactless, classless, a$$holes.

csdeven on May 13, 2007 at 11:27 PM

I don’t remember defending Edwards or encouraging anti-war protests on Memorial Day. In fact, I have said repeatedly I’m not an Edwards fan and don’t plan on voting for him.

I have no problem with you attacking me or calling me an asshole, that’s to be expected; I would just prefer you do it in reference to things I have actually said or have voiced my support for instead of just including me in your delusional blanket-liberal criticism.

JaHerer22 on May 14, 2007 at 10:08 AM

Bring It On!
I will put aside the bail money now.

LakeRuins on May 14, 2007 at 10:12 AM

It’s just sad that we conservatives have jobs and families to tend to so we can’t give these a-holes the smack-down at their own protests. I’m sick of their public tantrum throwing. They need to be spanked like the children they are. But I guess someone needs to work to support their lazy asses. After all, “work” is a 4-letter word to them – along with “shower”.

foxforce91 on May 14, 2007 at 10:48 AM

Where’s Ann Coulter when you need her? I need her to say what’s on my mind, so I won’t get banned.

Gregor on May 14, 2007 at 11:26 AM

Lew, great letter and thank you for all you’ve had to endure. I sent a note myself but nothing quite as eloquent as yours. I gave my email that I never use. It should signal to them of my feelings about their support:antiwarprotestorssuckbigtime@ .com. I expect not to hear from them.

Catie96706 on May 14, 2007 at 12:25 PM

JaHerer22 on May 14, 2007 at 10:08 AM

Irrespective of this topic, you are a classless, tactless a$$hole and belong in the same group with nonfactor and other classless, tactless a$$holes like Silky Pony.

csdeven on May 14, 2007 at 1:18 PM

I sent them an email to the link Lew provided.

Also,just for fun, I registered with them so I could put my own “little grassroots” event on the website (it has to do with my plans to verbally abuse any idiots who show up with signs at the event at the national cemetery in my neighborhood). We’ll see how long it takes for it to be removed from the site.

juliesa on May 14, 2007 at 2:22 PM

I think Liberal Larry Chomstein should have events any time these jokers do – just to see how many of them would take him seriously. I’ve suggested this to him, in fact, via email.

foxforce91 on May 14, 2007 at 4:01 PM

And this stuff plays in Iowa…which is why this fur ball is leading there? Say it ain’t so.

No, it does NOT play in Iowa, at least not on this side of the state.

Memorial Day is the day to honor our dead.

Politicizing this day is like protesting a funeral and makes Mr Edwards and those who follow his directive this Memorial Day, no better than Phelps and his offspring.

I’m beyond disgusted, and when the Edwards bus tour stops in our town, this WILL be a topic.

Tink on May 14, 2007 at 7:48 PM