"Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Rove said Wednesday night. "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war."
Rove said the Democratic Party made the mistake of calling for "moderation and restraint" after the terrorist attacks.
"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."
Oh boy, where to begin? Let's look at the word choices:
"Indictments": Yeah. Call us crazy, but we're awful proud of Due Process and all that American legal system stuff. You know, the kind of stuff that makes America great. But we all know how Republicans, especially those in the South, are so fond of a good old fashioned lynching party.
"Therapy": I don't know where Rove got this concept. Oh wait, I do know: He pulled it right out of his ass, that's where. Another effort to paint Liberals as soft and Conservatives as...well...killing anything that moves. Democrats did not want therapy for the bombers if, for no other reason, that they were already dead. Rather, we wanted those others involved that were still alive to be prosecuted under the full extent of the law and thrown in prison for life. That includes Osama. Remember him?
"Moderation" and "Restraint": Yeah, again, we're not all about the "blind rage" philosophy that apparently guides the Republican party. That's the sort of thinking that gets a lot of innocents hurt. And as far as I remember, such terminology as this could only be used for Democrats in response to Iraq, not the 9/11 bombers. Moderation and Restraint should be used with a country that had no role in attacking us, after all.
"Understanding" and "Understand": This root word is used twice for a reason. Again, it's the painting of Liberals as soft. Republicans view that any reaction to the attacks short of homicidal mania is something akin to weakness. Sun Tzu, that great old man of War and Philosophy, said "Know yourself and understand your enemy". Rove paints "understand" and "defeat" as mutually exclusive concepts when they are anything but.
Last night when I got home from work, Mrs. Mosley was watching that popular "Super Nanny" show. I sat down with her and watched the rest of it (I'm a sucker for British accents). At some point during the show, my wife criticized the parents who did not inquire with the child why they were doing something wrong and instead just punished them straight away. I mean, how else do you get the child to stop if you don't know what is motivating them to do it in the first place. Thus we have via my wife incontrovertible proof that Republicans make sucky parents as well as sucky political leaders.
Rove is considered one of the most brilliant men in the White House. Personally, I think I'll stick with Bush's nickname for him.
Well, half of it, anyway.