Wednesday, August 15, 2007
In Defense of Rove
As much as I enjoy satire, I'm sorry to say, I really am defending Rove.
The Bush-Rove marriage began with the 1994 Texas gubernatorial race against Ann Richards. The race was heated and hateful, but what eventually helped secure the Bush victory was a whisper campaign courtesy of Mr. Rove.
Basically, Bush staffers called up voters and said something like, "Would you be more or less likely to vote for Ann Richards if you knew her office was staffed with lesbians?"
Okay, let's even forget the fact that the voters in Texas are stupid enough to base their vote for a governor on whether or not she employs lesbians-- let's just not even go there.
What I want to focus on is the fact that, time and time again, Rove has been able to engineer bald-faced lies without even lying!
That's how stupid our population has become. You don't even have to lie to us to convince us of something that isn't true.
When the Iraq war first began I argued with so many people, trying to convince them that Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. I even pointed out that Bush himself never said that Iraq had anything to do with 9-11. Sure, he used the words "Iraq" and "Saddam" in the same sentences with "9-11" and "Al Qaeda" over and over and over; but he never actually said that Iraq had anything to do with 9-11.
And what was Bush's defense when he finally had to come clean and say point-blank that Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11? Was our country's justification for preemptively attacking a sovereign nation a figment of our collective imagination? Did Bush finally have to come forward and own up to his malicious lie?
Well, that's just it.
Rove figured out a long time ago that you don't have to actually lie to people, and lying through implying has been the Bush strategy since that first race for governor.
So I'm not saying that Rove is a good person, or that anything he's done has been right; I'm just saying, how can you blame him? How can you possibly blame Rove for using people's own stupidity and prejudice and fears to his own advantage?
When we become a nation of courageous and competent citizens, we will deserve, no, we will demand leaders who respect us.
As long as we are a nation of spineless, cowering sheep crying out for our leaders to protect us from the lesbians, we will deserve, and we will get, leadership like the Bush administration.
Thank you Mr. Rove.
Thank you for giving us exactly what we deserve.