Letters on "The US elections: Lieberman's holy war on the Bill of Rights"

The following is a selection of letters about the September 1 WSWS article, “The US elections: Lieberman's Holy War against the Bill of Rights,” by Barry Grey


I just finished reading Barry Grey's article on Lieberman's attack on the Bill of Rights. I thought it was cogently written, well argued and documented. I've already emailed a copy of it to my brother (not a socialist, but a freethinker) and several of my friends.

Has Grey written anything else? If so, I'd love to read them!


4 September 2000

What is the morality of Joseph Lieberman that we have heard so much about recently? There are three aspects of this morality that we will look at here: sexuality, exclusionism and brutality. Lieberman considers some sexual activity of President Clinton to be “not just inappropriate but immoral.” Why Lieberman would concern himself with the inconsequential sexual activity of others suggests some mental aberration but can be best answered by psychiatrists. The morality of exclusion is much more troubling. Lieberman has identified a group, people who have no religion, and separated them from the population and placed them in opposition to his group, religious people. He then went further to vilify the nonreligious group as being immoral. This is the very essence of bigotry. This is defaming, this is hatred, this is violence and this is the morality of Lieberman.

The most frightful aspect of the morality of Lieberman is his brutality and callousness. On April 25, 1999 Lieberman stated on television: “I hope the air campaign, even if it does not convince Milosevic to order his troops out of Kosovo, will so devastate his economy, which it's doing now, so ruin the lives of his people, that they will rise up and throw him out.”

He is not just approving of the bombing, death and destruction of innocent, noncombatants in Yugoslavia, he is promoting it. He is promoting the deliberate massacre of hundreds of civilians who were not involved in the war. In many civilized countries, this is considered to be war crimes. This is the morality of Lieberman.

2 September 2000

Thanks for your message.

Beth Corbin
National Grassroots Organizer
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Washington, DC
1 September 2000