Mark Potok, the SPLC, and the ACLU – I’ll Find the Bad Apple
August 19th, 2009 by David K. Rehbein
Looking for that one... As I’ve travelled this year, it has been my privilege to meet so many heroes. Heroes like Glenn Kiepe, who served his country in the Air Force and then lost his son, who was shot down in a Navy jet during Operation Desert Storm. Mary Jane, Glenn’s wife, went on to become president of the Gold Star Mothers of America. Heroes like the World War II paratrooper that I stood beside at La Fiere Bridge as we watched today’s troops jump into that same area 65 years later. He also jumped for Operation Market Garden and earned a silver star later at Bastogne. Heroes like the six wounded warriors that we traveled with to Iraq – heroes who each gave part of their body in that fight. Heroes like the troopers we met on the DMZ in Korea, still guarding that line 55 years after their fathers and grandfathers came home. Heroes like the young men and women on the firing line at basic training in Fort Jackson, preparing themselves to join their comrades on the front line somewhere. But we still have those who keep looking among these heroes for the one or two bad apples that they are convinced exist among them. To find that one bad apple, they are willing to throw away all the good ones and drag all the heroes through the mud, in hopes of being able to say, “I found one.” Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok’s words categorize all our troops as racist in his desperate search for that one bad apple, thus proving that right-wing hate is linked to the military. Meanwhile, the ACLU and some of their supporters in leadership positions in Congress continue their mindless push to publish all the pictures related to the detainees. They completely ignore the consequences of that act, somehow believing that printing pictures of alleged abuse doesn’t brand everyone in uniform and appearing to believe that showing the supposed bad acts of one or two somehow make everyone better. That is logic I simply can’t follow. Who is it really about here? The heroes that so many of us work so hard to honor and protect, or those few with their own self-centered point of view who are willing to destroy the reputation of all those heroes just so they can say, “I found one”.
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