Said Rep. Murtha today: "Keith Ellison has a solid record of standing up for what he believes in and working tirelessly for his constituents. He is a bright, courageous public servant who is going to make Minnesota very proud in Congress."Study those words because I want you to view them through the lens of what Keith Ellison has said in the recent past:
In 2000 he spoke at a fundraiser for longtime fugitive Kathleen Soliah, aka Sara Jane Olson. The text of his speech was posted on a website, www.soliah.com, by Minneapolis resident Greg Lang.Mr. Murtha says that "Keith Ellison has a solid record of standing up for what he believes in and working tirelessly for his constituents" adding that "he is a bright, courageous public servant who is going to make Minnesota very proud in Congress."
Ellison praised Soliah for "fighting for freedom." At the time, she faced charges of planting pipe bombs under two Los Angeles police cars as a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, a paramilitary organization whose slogan was "Death to the fascist insect that preys on the life of the people." Soliah pleaded guilty in 2001. In 2002 she also pleaded guilty to the murder of Myrna Opsahl, a bank customer shot by another SLA member during a holdup. She’s now serving a long prison sentence. But Ellison’s call to the crowd was broader than a plea to aid Soliah. "We need to come together and free…all the Saras," he proclaimed.
Praising a convicted copkiller as someone "fighting for freedom" isn't my idea of a "bright, courageous public servant" who will "make Minnesota very proud in Congress." I suspect that PA-12 voters won't agree with Mr. Murtha's statement either. Here's another Ellison statement that PA-12 voters should know about:
As a criminal defense attorney, Ellison told the crowd, he saw "startling similarities" between Soliah and the gang members he represents: Bloods, Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples. He portrayed gang members as misunderstood victims, ordinary folks whose parents "scrimp, save…maybe sell plates of BBQ chicken so Junior can get an attorney." Gangs are "stigmatized" and "vilified," he explained, just as Soliah’s Symbionese Liberation Army was. "Nobody ever knows what it means to BE a Blood,” he maintained, "because they’ve already said this is ‘just evil.’"Ellison strays into the truth when comparing gangbangers and Kathleen Soliah. He says that he saw "startling similarities" between Soliah and the gang members he represents." So do I. They're criminals. He says that parents of detained gangbangers "scrimp, save…maybe sell plates of BBQ chicken so Junior can get an attorney." Might they not be better off teaching "Junior" not to get involved in gang violence so that they don't have to "scrimp, save…maybe sell plates of BBQ chicken so Junior can get an attorney"?
In fact, in Ellison’s view, young black men in prison seemed almost to morph into civil rights advocates. "The people who govern this society," he suggested, are "incarcerating all these young black men" in some kind of retribution for the victories of ’60s civil rights activists, and those who campaigned to “free Nelson Mandela." For the powerful, he said, the "very idea of…black people having civil rights has got to be obliterated with [obviously] the criminal justice system and incarceration."
Remember what Mr. Murtha said: "Keith Ellison has a solid record of standing up for what he believes in and working tirelessly for his constituents." Unfortunately, Mr. Ellion's 'constituents' appear to be criminals. Working tirelessly to get criminals off isn't my idea of someone with a "solid record" on anything. I suspect that PA-12 voters would have difficulty seeing anything redeeming about such advocacy on Ellison's behalf or Mr. Murtha's endorsing him.
Then again, Mr. Ellison is Murtha's second choice in this race. Mr. Murtha endorsed former Minnesota DFL State Chairman Mike Erlandson in the runup to the primary. When Ellison won, I suspect that Mr. Murtha decided that endorsing second best was better than not endorsing anyone.
Of course it's possible that Mssrs. Ellison and Murtha are similar. One of Mr. Ellison's biggest supporters is CAIR, a terrorist supporting organization. Code Pink, the anti-war organization that protests outside Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 'honored' Mr. Murtha as their Man of the Year. Doesn't that sound like a 'hand-in-glove' fit?
PA-12 voters, this isn't even scratching the tip of the proverbial iceberg with Ellison or CAIR. I'd strongly recommend reading Joe Kaufman's writings on CAIR and like-minded organizations. I'd also recommend that you google Code Pink and find out the specifics about their agenda. I'll guarantee that the more you know about Code Pink, the less you'll like John Murtha.
Technorati: Election 2006, Murtha, Code Pink, Keith Ellison, CAIR
Cross-posted at LetFreedomRingBlog