Thursday, June 23, 2005

Time to Weigh In On a Few Recent Political Issues

Karl Rove - "Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers." (Video at C&L)

Way to go Karl, when you have nothing to offer in the way of intelligent thought you resort to throwing mud and name-calling. But then again it is the basic tactic of the whole Neo-Con GOP campaign.

In response to Rove's statements, Sen. Harry Reid replied , “Karl Rove should immediately and fully apologize for his remarks or he should resign."

Sen. John Kerry also went after Rove for his comments and the use of 9-11 to again drive a political wedge between the two parties.

This all followed the Republican outrage over remarks made by Sen. Dick Durbin in which he referred to the treatment of prisoners on par with that of the Nazi's, Pol Pot, or in the Gulags. Durbin finally issued an apology, which was a mistake, only to give the Republicans more ammo to attack the Democrats with.

The response by Republicans to Durbin's remarks was along the lines of -how dare they compare are actions to the actions of those that resulted in the deaths and mistreatment of hundreds of thousands of people and amounted to crimes against humanity.

Well, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, then it must be a duck. I fail to see where the argument that -we've only killed and tortured a few thousand prisoners, it's not like we've done it to a 1000,000+ (yet), is a valid one. Instead of apologizing for what he said, Durbin should have explained the context and of what he said to those who failed to comprehend it and instead used a twisted sense of logic to mount an attack against him.

I guess Durbin isn't the only one that felt that way towards the current administration and their policies. As an interesting follow-up to Durbin's remarks, I came across the following story.

RawStory: Rachel Lea Hunter - "Candidate for North Carolina Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court has announced on her campaign's blog that she is leaving the Republican Party and denounced the Bush administration's policy on troop withdrawal from Iraq. Rachel Lea Hunter, a Republican and a candidate for Chief Justice, likens Bush’s administration to the “Nazis” and says that all who disagree with the administration are being branded as 'traitors'."