Rove on Liberals
A full quotation.
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."
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.
Read the whole thing.
An important thing missed by those who freaked out, is that LEFT or LIBERAL does not equal DEMOCRAT. Similarly, CONSERVATIVE does not equal REPUBLICAN.
There are overlaps, but it is not a snug fit.
Karl Rove's genius shines through again.
When John Kerry avoided (or tried to avoid) the term liberal during a debate, he was hiding from it. Very similar to the perferred self-identification "progressive" instead of liberal. Or, as in David Horowitz's Radical Son, "progressive" instead of communist.
When John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid come out against Rove's commentary what can someone think but they are defending themselves as liberals?
Posted by AlexC at June 24, 2005 5:00 PM