Thursday, June 23, 2005

Karl Rove and the politics of ugly

Karl Rove, George Bush's chief political adviser, in a speech to the Conservative Party of New York said Wednesday...

"liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers." Conservatives, he told the New York state Conservative Party just a few miles north of Ground Zero, "saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war."

In a fashion now typical of the modern day Republican Party leadership this modern day Rovism, or McCarthyism, seeks to brand anyone that doesn't agree with their view of the world as traitors or cowards. It is not allowed in their view that dissenting voices or other points of view be allowed in this country any longer.

Who can respect people like that?

I do not agree with the administration. I strongly do not agree with this current administration. I generally disagree with conservatives. I generally disagree with Republicans. My disagreements with Republican and Conservative viewpoints is generally one of different priorities and approaches to common problems.

This administration, and the modern day Republican Party leadership in general, are neither conservative nor anything even remotely resembling the traditional Republican view of the world. Karl Rove, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Tom DeLay and their ilk are all about power... gathering power, retaining power, and eliminating all opposition from power. It is clear from their tactics and rhetoric that they do not truly believe in democracy and do not truly believe in the power of their ideas. They are filled with greed, lust, and hubris.

They are an unhealthy lot.

Karl Rove ought to apologize for his callous, ugly, and divisive comments. President Bush, as the President of all the people, ought to repudiate Rove's comments. Our Republican Senators and Representatives ought to reject and repudiate his comments and call for his censure.

Playing the game of politics is all well and good but public servants ought to place the health and well being of the nation and the people of the nation above politics, above their party, and above their personal ambitions.

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