Just in case you were trying to keep track of the rules in Big Con Conservative politics I sympathize. Reviewing conservative hypocrisies is a head spinner, they happen almost everyday, sometimes more, and quickly recede into the sunset of our national memory so fast that one would have to quite your full time job and know shorthand or stenography to keep track. There are a few consistent themes however, one is that when conservatives do it, it is OK, whatever it is doesn’t matter, Images of war
Republicans, trying again to rally their conservative base, are
But the latest flap shows Democrats trying to turn the tables on a Republican technique that has worked against them in the past – manipulating the images of Sept. 11 and the war in Iraq.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee web ad titled “New Directions” opens with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco greeting a young girl on Capitol Hill.
It quickly moves to the war images, including an impromptu battlefield memorial from one U.S. soldier to his fallen buddy, then to images representing soaring gas prices and Hurricane Katrina while mixing in photos of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former top House leader Tom DeLay and Bush political aide Karl Rove.
Republicans, and the right-wing bloggers, are furious at, in the words of Majority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, the “attempts to exploit U.S. military casualties in the global war on terror.”
“It’s disgraceful that … the Democrats would use images of caskets of dead American soldiers to raise money. I think they should pull the advertisement immediately and sincerely apologize to our men and women in uniform and their families and the American people,” Boehner added today.
Boehner, who thinks that integrity is a kind of salad dressing and the usual cast of batty conservative bloggers have taken one too many cups of brazen hypocrisy, Bush used flag drapped coffins of 9-11 victims in his 2004 re-election campaign
The Bush reelection campaign yesterday unveiled its first three campaign commercials showcasing Ground Zero images, angering some 9/11 families who accused President Bush of exploiting the tragedy for political advantage.
“It’s a slap in the face of the murders of 3,000 people,” said Monica Gabrielle, whose husband died in the twin tower attacks. “It is unconscionable.”
As of this date there have been no apologies from Bush or his supporters for the exploitation of September 11. Another rule from the conservative handbook, never apologize when you are wrong.
Vice President Sued by Plame And Husband, and the reason that this is important as a way to crack the wall around Bush as infallible ruler is this,
Plame and Wilson might be entitled to demand documents from Cheney and others, as well as to require them to sit for sworn depositions, much as President Bill Clinton had to answer questions under oath in Paula Jones’s sexual harassment lawsuit.
While as the story pints out, Cheney may be immune or can simply claim the right to babble under the first amendment. Still the entire nation will be treated to the spectacle of a hard right-wing conservative vice-president avoiding legal jeopardy by the use of legal wrangling rather then actual innocence. Then there’s Maude or in this case civil service flunky Karl Rove, Bush Directed Cheney To Counter War Critic. While we have to take Bush’s word at this point that he only directed that the VP to somehow discredit Wilson, the question remains of how Valerie Plame’s name and the revelation of her employment became part of Cheney, Libby’s, and Rove’s statements to Novak and other members of the press. We do know that only the portions of the National Intelligence Estimate that were manipulated to support Bush’s claims was initially released. If Cheney, Rove and Libby had just wanted to make Wilson look bad all they had to do was stick to their version of the NIE, dragging Wilson’s wife into the whole matter wasn’t relevant and seems to have been an act of petty political vindictiveness. Despite the shrill denials of the right, the CIA sent Wilson to Niger, not M’s Plame. There was no legitimate reason for her name to even be discussed.
Bush’s Middle-East Big Bang Theory In Ruins
By late November of this year, the United States will have been at war in Iraq for as long as we were involved in World War II. Under those circumstances, the burden of proof should not be on those who argue for changing what we’re doing. It should be on those who set a failed policy in motion and keep promising, despite the evidence, that it will somehow pay off if only we “stay the course.”
To conservatives this is still a raging success, war porn that has just become more hardcore, just the way they like it. Success is, for these counterfeit patriots measured in buckets of blood. It is the Victor David Hansen school of historical quackery, more deadly force will eventually engulf the middle-east in some kind of cleansing fire. So even if we were lied into a war and democracy at the point of a gun fails they still succeeded. Difficult for a normal person to follow, just remember in the conservative handbook it says that failure is winning.
“‘The O’Connors,’ says he, ‘are a warlike race. There is me father’s
sword; and here is the map. A life of inaction is not for me. The
O’Connors were born to rule. ‘Tis a ruler of men I must be.’
“‘Barney,’ I says to him, ‘why don’t you get on the force and settle
down to a quiet life of carnage and corruption instead of roaming off to
foreign parts? In what better way can you indulge your desire to subdue
and maltreat the oppressed?’
“‘Look again at the map,’ says he, ‘at the country I have the point of
me knife on. ‘Tis that one I have selected to aid and overthrow with me
“‘I see,’ says I. ‘It’s the green one; and that does credit to your
patriotism, and it’s the smallest one; and that does credit to your
“‘Do ye accuse me of cowardice?’ says Barney, turning pink.
from the story A RULER OF MEN by O. Henry