Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Outrage Game

So this week, the Republicans and the Right (along with some idiot Democratic mayor who can't read) were all condemning Democratic Senator Dick Durbin for saying the obvious: Torture is not American.
If I read [the FBi description] to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.

Oh, the outrage! Durbin should apologize! Durbin is a traitor! Why? For daring to mention what the rest of the world is thinking? For speaking with dissatisfaction about the way the Bush administration is handling Iraq and their war on terror? Which, by the way, happens to be the opinion of the majority of Americans.

Nope. If you're Republican, it's just fine to insult the Democrats. It's even better to insult Liberals. So that's why when Durbin is questioning whether our treatment of "enemy combatants' is in keeping with American values, Karl Rove, Bush's chief advisor, is feeling free to question the patriotism of Liberals:
Rove, in a speech Wednesday evening to the New York state Conservative Party just a few miles north of Ground Zero, said, “Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.” Conservatives, he said, “saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war.”

That's right Karl. Conservatives, like your boss, prepared for war with the wrong country after 9-11. By the way Karl, where's Osama again? Is he in Iraq yet?

But this is only one of several comments of late that pass as perfectly acceptable to these people. Earlier this week, on the floor of the Senate, we learned from the Republicans that Democrats are waging a war on Christianity:
Washington, DC: During a debate today surrounding an amendment by Rep. David Obey (D-WI) to fully examine allegations of proselytizing and religious intolerance at the United States Air Force Academy, six-term Republican Rep. John Hostettler (IN) rose to assert that "Democrats can't help denigrating and demonizing Christians." [Rush transcript.] Rep. Obey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, interrupted Hostettler's deeply disturbing remarks and demanded that they be formally retracted; Hostettler ultimately agreed to retract one sentence from his diatribe.

Earlier in his remarks, Hostettler discussed the drive by Democrats to erase every "vestige" of Christianity from America; he also prefaced his remarks by noting that "The long war on Christianity today continues on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Now there's a statement based on facts. I wonder if any pundits will ask whether he should apologize. Oops. Forgot. He's a Republican, so never mind. Then there's the guerrilla war by Democrats against our troops:
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), who joined Pryce at the press conference, told Cybercast News Service that it "is just inconceivable and truly incorrigible that in the midst of the war, that the Democratic leaders would be conducting guerrilla warfare on American troops.

Do these guys actually listen to themselves? Do they have any idea how idiotic they sound? Why not just start telling everyone that Democrats eat babies and kill kittens. Or would that be too close to home for Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist?

Even Vice President Cheney can't be civil or act like a grown up. Last year he told Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont to "Fuck off" on the floor of the Senate. Now just last week he's childishly insulting Howard Dean:
"I've never been able to understand his appeal. Maybe his mother loved him, but I've never met anybody who does. He's never won anything, as best I can tell," Cheney said in an interview to be aired Monday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes."

Not only does this sound like a 3rd grade insult more suited to the school yard than the Vice President of the USA, but it's not even close to factually accurate. Last time I checked, Dean was elected Governor a few times in a row, and president of the American Governor's Association. But that's OK. Dick is a Republican so it doesn't matter.

So what do the people most affected by 9-11 have to think about Rove's liberal comments? From the Families of September 11th:
As families whose relatives were victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, we believe it is an outrage that any Democrat, any Republican, any conservative, or any liberal stakes a "high ground" position based upon the September 11th death and destruction. Doing so assumes that all those who died and their loved ones would agree. In truth, some would and some would not. By definition the conduct is divisive and, because it is intended to be self-serving and politicizes 9/11, it is offensive. We are calling on Karl Rove to resist his temptations and stop trying to reap political gain in the tragic misfortune of others. His comments are not welcome.

People like Rove are not patriotic. They are not interested in the troops, the war on terror, or Osama. All they care about is power and they'll use anyone and anything - even the attacks on 9-11 - to secure their power.