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Brent Budowsky

Brent Budowsky

Posted: November 11, 2006 10:54 AM

George Bush Should Fire Karl Rove, And Democrats Can Build A New Majority For A Generation


Prediction: Karl Rove will soon leave the White House.

Fact: the American people overwhelmingly rejected the core politics that Karl Rove sold to the Republican Party, which inevitably led to the disaster of Iraq and the corruption that has run rampant in one party Republican Washington.

What Rove stands for, is a strategy that aimed at mobilizing the extreme narrow base of right wing Republicanism, demonizing everyone else in America, disrespecting anyone with alternate views, and ultimately alienating the heartland of America.

The blunders and disasters of Iraq policy were inevitable from a politics that began with a rabid ideology, a war that was abused for partisan political purposes, an attitude that branded opponents of the policy as unpatriotic, language that included words such as treason and traitor.

The collapse of integrity, ethics and honor in Republican Washington was the inevitable result of an attitude that would do anything to win, that tolerated and covered up corruption to protect political power, even when coverups included abuse of young congressonal pages.

What the Karl Rove wedge politics did, was begin with the view that only Republicans mattered, then the view that only Republican base voters mattered, and finally the view that only the most extreme Republican base voters mattered.

The Rovian politics were reduced to the sick situation that even scandalous and immoral behavior was tolerated, even scandalous and immoral behavior by extreme base religious advocates was excused, and even contempt for American military commanders became part of the plan, because the commanders reject the ideology and policies of the extreme wing of the right wing base.

I would respectfully urge those who belong to what is called the Christian Right to begin prayerful reflection on what it means when certain millionaire leaders of religious groups turn their religion into extreme partisan politics, and for partisan reasons, some of those same alleged religious leaders cannot unequivocally condemn what the rest of us know, are grossly unethical and sinful behaviors.

My hope is, that the new Democratic Congress will be principled and aggressive on those issues such as torture, which must be ended, and constitutional rights on matters such as eavesdropping, which must be restored. On these matters, and others, Democrats have the high moral ground and the winning political ground.

The issues of torture and illegal eavesdropping are sterling examples of how Rovian politics corrupted and polluted our policies and our political dialogue.

My expectation is, that Rove like Mehlman will soon be gone, because the damage they have done to our country, and the Republican party, and our moral stature in the world, is clear.

In many respects Karl Rove's attitudes of creating domestic enemies, playing on hate and resentment towards whole classes of Americans, were fundamentally anti-democratic and un-American. Rove was attacking the very core of the American idea, the very notion of democracy involving shared patriotism and mutual respect in a diverse America.

That which they have sowed, now they shall reap.

The President should fire Karl Rove.

The Democrats have one of those golden moments of a generation, to build a new realignment and majority of the American people, based on the idea that America must always be America, and that those who trust and respect the American people will ultimately prevail over those who demonize and divide us.