Friday, June 24, 2005

Only Liberals are complaining

Lots of howls from Liberals this week regarding Presidential Advisor Karl Rove’s comments this week in a prepared speech.

Note, I said ‘howls from Liberals’, because Liberals were the target of Mr. Rove’s comments. Not Democrats, not Moderates, not Libertarians, but Liberals.

I was a bit surprised to learn how many people are demanding an apology, having read around the Net today, but apparently in some people’s mind there are no differences in Liberals and Democrats. I can see the difference clearly, can you? Case in point: former Senator Zell Miller is a Democrat. Senator Edward Kennedy is also a Democrat, but he is a Liberal Democrat. Certainly, neither man would favor a positive comparison to the other.

Liberal isn’t exclusively a Democratic term. I believe Republican Senator Olympia Snowe is a Liberal Republican… she certainly isn’t Conservative!

So when Karl Rove was speaking about Liberals, he wasn’t indicting the Democratic Party, just certain members of it.


Washington Post; 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 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.

Karl Rove could have also referred to Not In Our Name, a decidedly left-of-center group that protested the Bush Administration actions against the Taliban in Afghanistan (see; if that is not a petition, someone please tell me where I am wrong. Please also review the signers, and tell me which of them are not Liberal (or the other name: Progressive).

Now let’s contrast those statements, directed clearly to Liberals, with the comments made by former Vermont Governor, Dr. Howard Dean:

  • "I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for, but I admire their discipline and their organization."— Association of Democratic State Chairs meeting in New York City on Jan. 29
  • "You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here."— Feb. 11 meeting with Congressional Black Caucus
  • Republicans "are mean. They are not nice people."— Air America Minnesota, April 4
  • "Well, Republicans, I guess, can do that because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives," – Jun 1 "Take Back America" Conference
    Source: USA TODAY research

Clearly, Dr. Dean was referring to all Republicans in these criticisms, not some select ones.

Even more clearly, it is apparent that those Senators who have expressed outrage at Karl Rove’s comments either identify themselves as Liberals, or are incapable of comprehending the words Mr. Rove used.

Since I won’t assume their intelligence is faulty, the only conclusion I can reach is that they are admitting they are Liberal. That’s fine with me, mind you! Anyone is free to be any affiliation they wish.

Just keep this in mind in a few years, when a certain junior Senator from New York tries to paint herself as a

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