Justin's column went up today and I need to note that Dale e-mailed me on Thursday stating that Justin Raimondo told the truth about the non-withdrawal.
That was in reply to my "One person told you the truth" from Wednesday.
Justin's not a Democrat. C.I. is.
I don't want to minimize Justin's truth telling or any of the attacks on him -- I'm sure there were verbal attacks on him for telling the truth.
But C.I. is a Democrat.
When no Democrats would criticize Barack, she did. When closet Communists like Leslie Cagan (whom Justin calls out in his column today -- and he's called her out before) wouldn't tell the truth, C.I. did.
Telling the truth wasn't easy. She was attacked repeatedly.
She's strong and she didn't whine. If the veteran who was pro-war hadn't been booed earlier this year, you wouldn't even know that C.I. had ever been booed while speaking out against the illegal war after Barack was elected president. When that happened, she wrote about getting booed. There were some elements on the right (and Thomas E. Ricks who is just a damn prick) who were trying to stir that up. She pointed out that if you put yourself out there you may get applause, you may get boos. She wrote about how you could be booed and shake it off by realizing it wasn't about you because you were speaking about an issue. She really did feel badly for that veteran and wanted to offer something for anyone who's been booed. For that reason, and only that reason, did she write about it.
But she took offline attacks starting in 2008, during the Democratic Party primary. There were people who thought they could bully her into supporting Barack (I'm not referring to online support, I'm referring to her, in her offline life, signing on to the Barack campaign as one of the celebrity endorsers and donating money to it). These people don't know her. She cannot be bullied and, if you try, she'll not only prove she can't be bullied, she'll prove just how little you mean to her.
There are friendships she lost.
She stood strong.
Now you need to know that when the Iraq War was gearing up, she stood strong then too. There were a lot of lame people in her circles who wanted to go along with that illegal war.
Yes, she's an 'untouchable' in many ways. She's got more money than she could ever spend. (As do I.) But that doesn't mean some of the crap that went down didn't hurt. She never complained to me, she never even mentioned it. She didn't have to. I know her and have known her for years and years.
She showed tremendous courage and if you think some de-links online (which did take place) hurt her, you don't know what she was dealing with personally.
I'll give Justin credit but he criticized from outside. C.I. was in the power circle (and still is -- that's what her purchase of the DC home was about). She criticized from within. That always takes more courage.
(For any wondering, I wasn't effected at all. I cut off some dead weight friendships that had gone on too long and did so without giving a damn. A brother-of-a-Weather Underground screamed and yelled at me at an airport -- until Mike roughed him up, then brother-of cried like a little baby. Excuse me, cried like the little baby he is. That's the most I endured. Also true, Carl Davidson didn't attack me in e-mails the way he did C.I. That's because I don't go out of my way to get close to people. I have my circle of friends and it's a small one. Intentionally.)
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):