25 June 2005

Ich bin ein patriot...

"What we've seen from Democrat leaders is a growing pattern of jumping at any chance to point the finger at our own troops, bending over backwards to promote the interests of terror-camp detainees while dragging our military's honored reputation through the mud." -- Rep. Deborah Pryce, (R-OH)

"(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." -- Rep. Joe Wilson, (R-SC)

"Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year? Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals." -- Karl Rove, Chief political advisor to George W. Bush

"Naturally, the common people don't want war...That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." -- Hermann Goering, at Nuremberg in 1946.
Ours included.

Lest I leave myself open to Durbin-ing, let us be clear that I don't think Deborah Price is a Nazi. Neither is Joe Wilson. Even Karl Rove, despite being an insufferable, unscrupulous, power-mad shitheel, is not a Nazi. It still doesn't make the efforts they are clearly putting forth any less despicable or deserving of condemnation.

The message is clear: dissent is not only unamerican, but those who express it are actively aiding our enemies. Certain individuals have felt this way as long as there have been conflicts and people who disagree with them. However, though nothing new, these sentiments are being met with something else: official sanction and approval.
"Rove," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan, "was talking about the different philosophies and our different approaches when it comes to winning the war on terrorism."

Andy Card, White House chief of staff: "Karl Rove's speech was a speech that I think reflected some of the rhetoric that a lot of people feel."

"Republican Party Chairman Ken Mehlman, speaking in Puerto Rico, said there was no need to apologize because 'what Karl Rove said is true.'"
We 're not dealing with Nazis, but it's something that the American people should find very nearly as frightening.

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