Saturday, October 02, 2004

Dissent == Treason, Part the XXIV 

At first, it was a lone representative from Oklahoma.

If George Bush loses the election, Osama bin Laden wins the election.

This time, it's according to the GOP leadership.

Here's Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

[terrorists] are going to throw everything they can between now and the election to try and elect Kerry.

And here he is on Fox News:

[Democrats are] consistently saying things that I think undermine our young men and women who are serving over there

According to John Thune, who's running to replace Tom Daschle...

His [Daschle's] words embolden the enemy.

Ladies and gentlemen, the man who's #2 in line to run our government:

On Saturday, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (Ill.) said at a GOP fundraiser: "I don't have data or intelligence to tell me one thing or another, [but] I would think they would be more apt to go [for] somebody who would file a lawsuit with the World Court or something rather than respond with troops." Asked whether he believed al Qaeda would be more successful under a Kerry presidency, Hastert said: "That's my opinion, yes."

It's not just Congress, either. From Bush's own inner circle:

The previous day in Warsaw, Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage said terrorists in Iraq "are trying to influence the election against President Bush."

(source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A45672-2004Sep23?language=printer)

Remember when every Democrat had to denounce the MoveOn ad submission comparing Bush to Hitler (this despite the ad not even getting enough votes to make it to the final competition)? This isn't one person making a ridiculous statement. This is the Republican leadership speaking on the record, and saying that to oppose Bush makes you a traitor.

If we had a liberal media, every Republican on television in the next two weeks (minimum) would be forced to say that this is out of line and wrong. But we don't, so they won't.

Here's my analogy to illustrate how mind-bogglingly stupid this is. We all agree that breathing is essential. The GOP insists that the only way to do this is through the mouth. Democrats counter that the nose might actually be more effective, and in fact has the side benefit of filtering inhaled toxins and germs. The GOP's response? "The Democrats are against breathing."

It continues to amaze me that these people are taken seriously by anyone.

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