March 15, 2001

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, March 15, 2002

March 15, 2001

The actor Alec Baldwin once promised to leave the country along with some of his friends if George W. Bush won the last election. We’re still waiting.

Baldwin made a speech recently in Florida - at a university, naturally. He said the President and his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, are hoping that a ‘wartime moratorium on criticizing the government’ will help Republicans in the fall election. In other words, the war against terrorism is being continued for political gain.

Baldwin said he knows that is a harsh thing to say, but added he believes what happened in Florida in the election did as much damage to the pillars of democracy as terrorists did to the pillars of commerce in New York City. Pillars of commerce? Nearly three thousand people lost their lives on September 11. It is Alex Baldwin who is making a political issue out of this tragedy.

It’s because so many sacrificed so much for free speech that intellectually-challenged people like Alex Baldwin get to make fools of themselves. I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.