Remember back in the 90's, during the whole Monica Lewinsky fiasco when Congressman Dan Burton called Bill Clinton a "scumbag"?
The Left and the media went absolutely insane, calling for punishments that would be considered barbarous torture if he were in Gitmo.
Remember when Trent Lott made an innocent comment to make an old man feel good on his 100th birthday and the Left and the media twisted Lott's comments all out of proportion and did everything that they could to ruin his life?
And now the Democrats in Congress, and everyone on the Left, daily call President Bush a war criminal and compare him to the worst mass-murderers in history with no sense of hypocrisy whatsoever.
And, though the MSM is covering this story (as little as possible, I may add), they aren't calling for any punishment or sanctions at all. In fact they're defending him more often than not. In fact, they keep saying that Dick Durbin has apologized when he's done nothing but offer the typical Clinton "non-apology apology":
On Friday, Durbin tried to clarify the issue. "My statement in the Senate was critical of the policies of this administration, which add to the risk our soldiers face," he said in a statement. "I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings: Our soldiers around the world and their families at home deserve our respect, admiration and total support."
Yes, his statement certainly was critical of the policies of this administration, but it seems to me that a United States Senator, by making it easy for the terrorists to justify their behavior by comparing this administration to the mass murderer hall-of-fame, will cause more risk to our soliders than turning off the air-conditioning in a prisoner's cell.
Notice that he says "can be misused and misunderstood". In other words, he doesn't believe that he misused historical parallels. He's also making the implication that Republicans are blowing this all out of proportion by saying that we "misunderstood" his words. We didn't misunderstand. We do understand that he's saying exactly what he wants people to believe. We understand his true feelings perfectly well: he's willing to say anything to score points on this administration.
Respect for our soldiers? Who exactly does he think are carrying out these supposed acts of torture and brutality if not the soldiers who are fighting these people day to day and also dealing with the prisoners at Gitmo? Nobody else is doing that except for the troops, whom he embraces with a dagger up his sleeve.
What he's really doing is putting out the implied talking points for the Dems: Imply that it's the administration and the hated CIA who are perpetrating these brutal acts and not the soldier, because that would be a dead give away to our true feelings and the American people would politically lynch us.
It's not what he believes, but that's no surprise when dealing with a Democrat. They all hate the military, including the troops. They think that the troops are a bunch of dumb, murdering clods, but they can't very well say that about the sons (and daughters) of the voting public, can they? Not if they ever care to be re-elected.
You know, I used to at least try to make a distinction between the extreme Left and the Democrats in Washington, but now I can't see any reason to bother. Dick Turban...err...Durbin is the #2 Democrat in the Senate and I have yet to hear any of his colleagues condemn his words. Not even from the "Conscience of the Senate" (Pthhht!), Joe Lieberman, have we heard a discouraging word!
All of the Democrats in Congress have bought into the hysteria. All of them. They have accepted the mark of the Left for no other reason than they believe that they can't win without the hysterics in their party. They're probably right. They've been playing the demographics of one small part of America against another for so long that they've finally painted themselves into a corner.
They have a painful choice to make: choose to alienate the part of the Democrat party that revels in these charges of "Republican Naziism", thereby condemning themselves to years and years of rebuilding their base of centrists, or face the death of their party while watching the center abandon them.
To you and me, the choice would be obvious. While painful, rebuilding would be preferable to death. But they have no sense of the future just as my daughter doesn't. She has no idea what death means, either.
They want power now! But they're certainly not willing to do anything painful to make that happen in the long run. Remember, these are the same people who want us out of Iraq now! They have all of the patience of a five-year-old, and I'm sure that that's what the terrorists are banking on.
I'd bet that if you added the number of Democrats who voted for John (the Frog) Kerry and the number of "independents" who voted for him, you'd come up with almost exactly the same number of people who want us out of Iraq.
The Democrats are who they are, but the "independents" who voted for him are the people who couldn't be bothered to look any deeper than the nightly news soundbites before making up their minds on who to vote for. They have the attention span of a two-year-old.
Some of the people whom we are fighting have been at war for decades, but these people lose interest in the war after a year or two.
Osama thought that America was "soft", and he was right about almost half of us. He probably watched "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "Will & Grace" and the self-hating network news and decided that we wouldn't fight back. The Clinton administration certainly gave him no reason to think otherwise.
And now we have United States Senators who, if not self-hating, are self-aggrandizing and willing to sell this country down the river for their own power. That, too, has to encourage Osama.
To paraphrase the old Turtles song, "Sha-la-la-la-la live for (your power) today/ and don't worry 'bout tomorrow, hey, hey".
That pretty much sums up the hippie/Democrat attitude, doesn't it?