Fat Steve's Blatherings

Sunday, June 26, 2005

THAT Speech


      The Democratic Party's reaction to the Rove speech illustrates what's wrong with them, and why they lose elections: the Dems want to be known as the tough, patriotic Party, while following policies of Blame America First and Run Away!

At Length:

      At first, I didn't think Rove's speech was worth paying attention to.  Just another 'encourage the troops, pick up the checks' affair.
  I was wrong.

      Looking at the full text, what's immediately interesting is how short the portion is that made the news.  Maybe an eighth of the speech is devoted to liberals and national security, and maybe half of that section was quoted in the news stories.  Obviously, this is a very sore spot for the Democrats.  Since I've seen mostly excerpts, I'll quote the section in full:
      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."

      I don't know about you, but moderation and restraint is not what I felt as I watched the Twin Towers crumble to the earth; a side of the Pentagon destroyed; and almost 3,000 of our fellow citizens perish in flames and rubble.

      Moderation and restraint is not what I felt - and moderation and restraint is not what was called for.  It was a moment to summon our national will - and to brandish steel.

      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.

      The second thing worth noting is that almost all of the section so objected to says 'Conservatives did this, Liberals did that.'  The only time Rove mentioned the Democrats was when he contrasted Republican and Democratic electoral success, and when he mentioned Sen. Durbin.Y  But the great howling didn't come from New York state's Liberal Party, it came from the Democrats.

      Now, for some time, Democrats have been running from the label 'liberal.'  Dukakis, Clinton, and Kerry have all distanced themselves from liberalism in speeches.  And that's just the problem.

      MoveOn, Michael Moore, George Soros and other such people and groups -- they all contributed heavily to Democrats, and worked to elect them.  Michael Moore was invited to sit in the Democratic Convention with ex-President Peanut.  Somewhere, I saw Moore urge support for Kerry because Kerry was the most liberal member of the Senate.  CommonDreams.Org notes the Democratic Party wanted to buy MoveOn's mailing list.  MoveOn famously said they'd bought the Democratic Party.

      But the Dems don't want to be publicly identified with the defeatist Left, for obvious reasons.  Too many USAmericans won't have anything to do with them.  The Donkey Party could say 'Get lost, scum, we want nothing to do with you.  Give your money and votes to Nader or the Socialist Workers, but stay away from us.'  But if they do that, they lose huge amounts of funding, and a big group of hard-working activists.

      So instead, the Dems are trying the strategy of dishonesty.  'We're super-patriotic, we're tough, we're mean, we'll fight the war on terror, . . . ', but at the same time, they'll quietly let the loony left know that they're really on their side.  That's why the screams of rage over Rove.  Today's Democratic Party can't afford to stand up and be honest about what it wants.  The country is trending sort of 'conservative -- middle', and the Donks are out of step.

      For us in the GOP, the job is clear: make sure they can't escape the light.  Keep identifying what they want, and the way so many who vote Democratic hate the U.S.  The truth will hurt them, and that's a good thing.




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