Friday, August 3, 2007

There they go again

The Democrats’ sickening ability to sink to ever lower levels never ceases to amaze me. Their cynical and grubby exploitation of Paul Wellstone’s death shocked and appalled just about everyone, except for the hapless and (by his own admission) still unrepentant Rick Kahn. I incorrectly and naively believed that the Democrats had learned a lesson about the limits to which the public would allow them to manipulate and exploit genuine human tragedy for political purposes.

Recent events prove me wrong. It took less than 24 hours for Democrats to turn the I-35W bridge collapse into a partisan talking point. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid kicked things off by suggesting that the nation’s infrastructure has suffered because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying, “Since 9/11 we have taken our eye off the ball.” It is preposterous beyond description that our nation’s senate leader is suggesting that the I-35W bridge would still be standing had we not spent money fighting the War on Terror.

Playing into Reid’s theme last night, CNN’s Jack Cafferty exploited the collapse tragedy to criticize the war in Iraq by suggesting that the money “pouring into Iraq” would have been better spent “at home.” He topped this off by featuring a viewer’s e-mail that complained that infrastructure spending is a “drop in the bucket compared to $450 billion wasted in Iraq.”

Liberal Star Tribune columnist Nick Coleman helped Reid keep things going by writing today:

For half a dozen years, the motto of state government and particularly that of Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been No New Taxes. It’s been popular with a lot of voters and it has mostly prevailed. So much so that Pawlenty vetoed a 5-cent gas tax increase - the first in 20 years - last spring and millions were lost that might have gone to road repair.

I’m not just pointing fingers at Pawlenty. The outrage here is not partisan. It is general.

Not just pointing fingers at Pawlenty?! Such linkage is a prima facie attack on Pawlenty – especially when, as usual, Coleman appears incapable of criticizing his fellow Democrats. Certainly a case could be made that their plowing billions of dollars into wasteful government social programs could have been better spent on infrastructure. I, however, will not even begin to suggest that such a course would have prevented the I-35W bridge collapse.

On Minnesota Democrats Exposed Michael Brodkorb linked to this disgusting and inexcusable post from Democratic Underground. No more need be said.

Rather, such comments by the liberals reveal nothing more than their own sick and appalling thought processes. To them, everything is political fodder. To them, good Minnesotans dying is no tragedy if they can effectively abuse the tragedy to bludgeon their opponents.

Must everything – even the worst tragedies we suffer – be politicized by the Left? Is nothing too precious, sacred, or off limits not to be subjected to the bile and slime of the Democrat political ambition?

Sadly, more – and much, much worse – is coming. That the earthly remains of the bridge collapse victims wait to be recovered has not stayed or hindered Democrat attempts to exploit the tragedy. They have learned nothing about the boundaries of civil discourse.

After working the 2002 election cycle, such Democrat tactics fail to concern me. Voters will respond to such inexcusable and cynical behavior as they have in the past. In the face of this week’s tragedy, however, even that is no comfort.


graham said...

Hello there Mr. Fascist!

The state can protect the people by means other than blowing other people up.

This includes providing funds for our highways an byways.

It's entirely appropriate won wonder how such a catastrophe could have been averted? Certainly, Pawlenty's vetoing of the 5 cent gas tax didn't cause the bridges collapse (I believe in my heart that GRAVITY was the actual culprit), but it is entirely proper and just to suggest that maybe a pledge of "no new taxes" is a bit shortsighted when the needs of society for better connective tissue becomes apparent.

I know y'all are never going to abandon your wonderfully little rightwing perch on the issues of the day, So I'll just leave this little comment and hope against hope it doesn't get deleted.

graham said...

My goodness, excuse the typos please. When you're enraged by idiocy and feigned outrage, it's difficult to spellcheck accurately!!

Roger Kiemele said...

you RINO's just don't get it do ya. Everything will be just fine when King Geo. hits the tarmac on Saturday. The Republicans are corrupt and Dems are spineless. But 1-20-09 is coming.

Anonymous said...

Roger, you chide others (although I have no idea who those RINOs are to whom you refer) for believing all will be well when Bush comes to town on Saturday while betraying your own amazing faith in the apparent rapturous appearance of a new political savior on 1-20-09.

Yep, getting a new president will solve all the nation's problems.

Anonymous said...

Graham - you didn't get the memo from DFL Central: It was Tim Pawlenty who pulled down that bridge. It's Minnesota Democrats' version of Kanye West's "George Bush hates black people."