Friday, June 24, 2005

Just another day at the office....

Should Karl Rove Apologize? Should Durbin?



Everyone wants an apology when they get their feathers ruffled, but really, what good does it do? The Republicans want Durbin to apologize, the Democrats want Rove to apologize, but where does it end? The fact of the matter is that all of this bickering in the press accomplishes nothing. I think Democrats hurt themselves by reinforcing the notion that they are touchy-feely when they complain about such things, or when they liken conservatives to Nazis. Conservatives reinforce notions that they are arrogant, short-sighted, and indifferent when they call liberals or people who do not have their viewpoints "Anti-American." The bottom line is that we need the polar struggle in American politics to keep some semblance of stability. I don't think that Rove or Durbin should apologize, but they should make pointed comments, not blanket comments.

In the case of Durbin, he needs to realize that there are Conservatives in Iraq right now that are trying to reinforce the infrastructure of Iraq. In the case of Rove, he should realize that wimpy liberals have engaged in, been wounded in, and in sometimes been killed in firefights and IED attacks in OIF and OEF. The bottom line is, no matter how much partisan politics comes into play, we are Americans and we are the only resource that we have....one another. I am not planning to hum a few bars of Kum-By-Yah, but all of this political banter frustrates me and confuses me.

I have been BOG (Boots On Ground) in Iraq, Saudi, and Kuwait, and I will more than likely spend this upcoming Christmas in Afghanistan, so I do get a little resentful when someone paints me with a wide brush and calls me wimpy for the side of the aisle I vote on. I may disagree, but I play ball for the team. In one way or another we all do.

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