Friday, June 24, 2005

 

Karl Rove Speaks The Truth

Karl Rove explains the differences between Conservatives and Liberals:
Conservatives believe in lower taxes; liberals believe in higher taxes. We want few regulations; they want more. Conservatives measure the effectiveness of government programs by results; liberals measure the effectiveness of government programs by inputs. We believe in curbing the size of government; they believe in expanding the size of government. Conservatives believe in making America a less litigious society; liberals believe in making America a more litigious society. We believe in accountability and parental choice in education; they don't. Conservatives believe in advancing what Pope John Paul II called a "culture of life"; liberals believe there is an absolute unlimited right to abortion.

But perhaps the most important difference between conservatives and liberals can be found in the area of national security. Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. In the wake of 9/11, conservatives believed it was time to unleash the might and power of the United States military against the Taliban; in the wake of 9/11, liberals believed it was time to… submit a petition. I am not joking. Submitting a petition is precisely what Moveon.org did. It was a petition imploring the powers that be" to "use moderation and restraint in responding to the… terrorist attacks against the United States."

...MoveOn.Org, Michael Moore and Howard Dean may not have agreed with this, but the American people did. Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said: we will defeat our enemies. Liberals saw what happened to us and said: we must understand our enemies. Conservatives see the United States as a great nation engaged in a noble cause; liberals see the United States and they see … Nazi concentration camps, Soviet gulags, and the killing fields of Cambodia.

Has there been a more revealing moment this year than when Democratic Senator Richard Durbin, speaking on the Senate floor, compared what Americans had done to prisoners in our control at Guantanamo Bay with what was done by Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot - three of the most brutal and malevolent figures in the 20th century?

Let me put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts to the region the words of Senator Durbin, certainly putting America's men and women in uniform in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.
Other than the remark about therapy, he's absolutely right. GOP.com has the proof.

It seems obvious that Rove's intent was to highlight the fact that liberals in general and Democrats in particular refuse to (cannot?) disavow or in any way distance themselves from the loony Left and seem to relish providing al Qaeda with propaganda material.

Predictably, Democrats are furious.

In a great post, Brian at Blue State Conservatives gets it right:
Surely Democrats like Durbin, Kerry, and Kennedy know this (turning America against the war by constantly disparaging it) will happen. They lived through it 30 years ago. They saw the outcome of their charges. Why would they expect a different response this time around? Either they are insane (Doing the same thing and expecting different results) and care nothing for our troops well being or they want the war in Iraq and Afghanistan to fail. Maybe both. What other reasons can their be? I'm all ears.

...Roves' decision to add Durbin into the liberal looney bin is completely fair. Why would someone who loves the military and our troops liken them to Nazis? It makes no sense. Durbin knows he's under a microscope, yet he and many of his colleagues continue with ad hominem attacks against the President, against Gitmo, and against our troops.

So what was Karl speaking about when he said, "No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals"? I believe he meant the motives of liberals are their own. Whatever their motives are, they take presidence over America's image abroad, and our troops safety.
UPDATE: Michael Barone comments:
One reason that the Democrats are squawking so much about Rove's attack on "liberals" is that he has put the focus on a fundamental split in the Democratic Party -- a split among its politicians and its voters.

On the one hand, there are those who believe that this is a fundamentally good country and want to see success in Iraq. On the other hand, there are those who believe this is a fundamentally bad country and want more than anything else to see George W. Bush fail.

Those who do not think this split is real should consult the responses to pollster Scott Rasmussen's question last year. About two-thirds of Americans agreed that the United States is a fair and decent country. Virtually all Bush voters agreed. Kerry voters were split down the middle.

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