The use of hyperbole in any discourse tends to discredit the user. It is with that in mind that most people who wish to be taken seriously avoid the use of hyperbole (for an example of how the repeated use of hyperbole discredits the user, think of any morning show on the three big networks). In previous posts, including yesterday's "A Tragedy Turning Into A Travesty", it has been stated that the Democratic Party was becoming dangerous in it's rhetoric. Those remarks were measured, intentionally.
That was posted before Senator Ted Kennedy (D) gave a recorded speech on the floor of the Senate. Here is an excerpt:
On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked, Who would prefer that Saddams torture chambers still be open? said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. Shamefully, we now learn that Saddams torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management.
In an official and recorded speech given on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy declared that Saddam Hussein's torture chambers had been re-opened under U.S. management. Senator Kennedy is one of the most famous U.S. politicians, he is the brother of an even more famous politician, he is one of the highest ranking leaders in the Democratic Party, and he is the leading supporter and tactician for John Kerry, the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. It can be assumed that within hours his words, making a direct comparison between the regime of Saddam Hussein and the United States force in Iraq, had made it around the world. It is now reasonable to use the words "aide and comfort of the enemy" without hyperbole. His words may be the most damaging ever uttered on the floor of the Senate by a sitting Senator. They will have a direct effect on the war on terror, and were in fact stated with that consequence in mind. His words will undoubtedly inspire thousands, maybe more, fanatical young Muslims to join in jihad against the United States. They will inspire the insurgents in Iraq to fight on against the "torturers" in the American Army, as they are no better than the regime of Saddam Hussein. His words will almost undoubtedly be found, some days or weeks or months from now, on an al-queda recruiting video confiscated from the lair of a terrorist in some city hours before their scheduled attack. His words give hope to those terrorist organizations that are hoping to ride out the storm until a day when the U.S. will withdraw, (be it from failure in leadership or loss of will or both) thus allowing them to claim "victory" and recruit even more people into their death cult. Ted Kennedy's words will give the jihadis the propaganda that they need to whip masses into a frenzy to feed their "armies". His words give them hope, his words give them "aide and comfort".
Ted Kennedy gave words to the soul of the current Democratic Party. He is its speaker. The same attitude that allowed Ted Kennedy to speak those words on the Senate floor is present in the words of Carl Levin, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Dick Durbin, Theresa Heinz Kerry and all of the others in that party that have used the actions of a few service men in Iraq to indict the entire war on terror as illegitimate, and blame the abuse on systemic failures in the military. It is present in the signature petition currently being passed around by the Kerry campaign trying to force the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld. The words used by the Democratic Party are spoken with the full knowledge of their potential impact, in the hopes of taking down a war time president. The desire to retake power has now fully consumed the Democratic Party, and this obsession is damaging the war and will lead to the deaths of soldiers and civilians.
We cannot expect an apology, nor can we expect condemnation of Ted Kennedy's words by his fellow Democrats (with the possible exception of Joe Lieberman)as this is as much their belief as it is his. They do not believe this is a war, and they do not believe that the United States has the moral authority to fight such a war. We are the same as Hussein's torturer's. This is the party that wants to lead this nation during one of the most precarious times in our history. Yesterday it was stated in the post, "A Tragedy Turning Into A Travesty" that the outcome of the election in November would determine the role of the United states in the world, but it is no longer hyperbole to say that this election will indeed determine whether the United States will win the war or submit to living under the fear of terror.
"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope for man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness."
-Ronald Reagan, A Time For Choosing
Read an article including excerpts of Kennedy's speech here.
For the words of a true statesman, read Reagan's "A Time For Choosing" (for which this blog in named) here.
This speech is as relevent today as it was the day it was delivered 40 years ago. The last 6-8 paragraphs are particularly pertinent and could (should?) be used today to remind Americans of the importance of the war on terror.