"There are some legit points in that Washington Post article amongst the avalanche spin and back tracking. People might as well face facts-Liberals are just as scandolous as the Conservatives. Just depends on which practice you feel less disturbed about."No.
Let me make this perfectly plain.
The man who runs the White House, the man who's run every one of the president's campaigns, the man who controls every public and private move of this administration just said -- no, demonstrably, factcheckingly LIED about liberals not wanting to go to war after 9/11 and then implicated that liberals' "motives" are aid and comfort to the enemy. To wit, the colloquial understanding of treason.
Not some internet fundraising group.
Not some unelected film-maker.
Not some fucking BLOGGER.
The guy. Who runs. The White House.
And he didn't just say there were "different approaches" to dealing with terrorism. He lied about liberals' response to 9/11, and then he accused them of treason.
I am sick of this "a plague on both your houses" bullshit. I am sick of, every time I bring up what Bush has demonstrably, verifiably failed to do to armor our troops, plan for the invasion, secure our homeland and care for our soldiers when they return, and somebody says "Yeah, but Dick Durbin said" or "Yeah, but Howard Dean said ..."
Why yes, sure, sometimes there are shades of grey, sometimes both sides can be excessive -- and sometimes there's no moral relativism at all, and a man reveals himself to be the amoral, desperate black spot on the pancreatic x-ray of humanity that he is.
Dick Durbin was quoting an FBI report. Howard Dean doesn't like the heads of the Republican party -- he didn't accuse them of FUCKING TREASON from extension phone to the Oval Office. That's not spin. That's McCarthyism, pure and goddam simple. Once you drop the T-bomb, you take yourself right out of politics as usual and drop yourself right into the "dangerous pig-eyed fuck who thinks there's too much free-speech" category.
Did you know that the definition of treason is quite specifically defined in the Consititution? Did you know it's the only crime actually spelled out in the Constitution? DO. YOU. KNOW. WHY?
No. Of course you don't. Nobody ever bothers to read the goddam thing.
Because the Founding Fathers had seen the charge of treason used too many times against the political opponents of the British Government. They knew, when the government gets nervous and breaks out the Big Evil Golf Bag of Shutting Up Questions, the first club out is the Treason Charge. They knew the first guy to yell treason was the bastard.
And none of this matters. You say both sides use harsh rhetoric -- fine, throw out the rhetoric. Let's just go by actions. Who voted down increases for the VA to take care of soldiers THREE TIMES in the last year? Who voted against exempting soldier's families from the new bankruptcy laws, so they're just as likely -- no MORE likely because of the extended length of Reservists' stay - to lose their homes? Who sent our troops improperly armored into a war? Who went into a war in one of the most politically volatile regions on the planet without a proper postwar plan ? Who got rid of any general or staffer who suggested Iraq would be anything other than a cakewalk? Who took troops away from the pursuit of the guy who actually toppled the towers so they could prep the Iraq War? Who spent weeks jerking off over Terry Schiavo while the 9/11 Commission BEGGED them, ANYONE to put into practice even a fraction of the recommendations they made to secure this nation's innocent civilians?
You know who. ONE of those two sides. Those two sides you say are equivalent. I call bullshit.
And for the architect of those policies to come out and accuse anyone who thinks that maybe, just maybe, the guy who's the current occupant of the people's house should be accountable to the citizens paying his salary, that those people are TRAITORS -- that the people who have the temerity to ask a question or two are somehow the problem ...
So you know what? Go ahead. Call me a traitor. Call me a traitor, for never taking "just because" as an answer, for never trusting any government, even my own (just like Jefferson warned us). Call me a traitor for actually being idiotic enough to think that the life of some other family's son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother is worth asking questions of men in comfortable suits in air conditioned offices. Call me a traitor while I point out the man who blew up the towers is not only alive, the CIA says we know exactly where he is. Call me a traitor while I ask whether it's true we were lied to in the run-up to the war. Call me a traitor for politely mentioning that hey, we never found any WMD's, the inspectors were doing their jobs, it turns out Saddam had no Al-Queda ties at all, Afghanistan actually wasn't finished and could we maybe clear a few things up? Call me a traitor when I suggest that missile defense is idiotic while our ports and borders lay open right now. Call me a traitor while I ask why the richest nation in the world, with ample prep time, sent soldiers into the field ill-equipped, and now fails to take care of them properly when wounded. Call me a traitor for asking "Hey, why do you keep saying you did PLENTY of pre-war planning, when that would seem to imply that the current clusterfuck is Plan A, which would actually make you more inept."
Go ahead and call me traitor, because somehow in your head the world's just too damn scary a place to consider that the guy in charge just might not be the guy you need him to be to feel safe.
Go ahead, and be too weak to ask questions. Be too weak to use the greatest gift God in his infinite wisdom gave us -- doubt.
Just be strong enough to hate.
Keep calling me a traitor.
Because I smell it, Rove.
You never, EVER come out from behind the curtain. There's something out there ... maybe it's the Downing Street Memo, maybe it's the falling polls, maybe it's the sick corruption around Tom DeLay, maybe it's something we haven't even found yet, but you know it's out there ...
So that's the last I'll speak of this. Because this is what you want. A firestorm, partisanship. Liberals vs. Conservatives, so those conservatives who've started voicing doubts come back onto the reservation. You Washington Republicans know the real Republicans --the reasonable fiscal responsibility small government Republicans -- are starting to realize that you are not representing what the party's supposed to be about. You want people focusing on how nasty the rhetoric is, so nobody sees the real struggle. It's not Liberals vs. Conservatives. It's never really Liberals vs. Conservatives:
The real struggle is always Facts vs. Lies.
Sometimes I'm a liberal (to my father's dismay). Sometimes I'm a conservative (to my friends' and wife's dismay). But you know what I always am?
I'm a guy who believes in facts. And right now, I know whose side they're sitting on.