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Rep. Brad Sherman Makes Further Non-Retraction of Report on Threats of Martial Law
I received this from Sherman's press person:
Thank you for your email. During the debate on the Bailout Bill Members on both sides of the aisle used exaggerated rhetoric on the consequences of the bill passing or not passing. Congressman Sherman’s statement on Martial Law describes one example of such rhetoric. As Congressman Sherman says in the statement I sent you “It should be clear from the context of my speech that I did not believe that martial law would be declared under any circumstances and I did not think that such absurd and outlandish comments should cause members to vote for the bill.” Sherman’s floor statement also said that proponents of the bill were going around saying the “sky was going to fall.” No one believes the sky is going to fall. The martial law comment was of the same quality. It was deliberate hyperbole meant to drive home the idea that incredibly bad things would happen if the bill was not passed. As no one believes the sky is going to fall, no one believed there would be martial law.
I'm sure Congressman Sherman didn't believe there would be martial law. And I'm sure he believes he can safely guess that his colleagues who were threatened with it didn't either, and even guess that whoever threatened them didn't believe their own threats. We could all do that and most of us did. I don't see how that significantly alters the gravity of the story you decline to retract, which is that members of the administration threatened Congress Members with martial law. I applaud the Congressman both for having revealed that and for attempting to clarify it, and I would applaud him much more if he helped to make public who exactly made the threats.