Thursday, June 23, 2005

Karl Rove

Steve Gilliard, over on The News Blog, asked people to send a letter via email to their Republican Senator or Representative concerning the speech Karl Rove gave earlier today. Here is the letter I sent to Rep. Adam Putnam, who represents my district:

"According to the New York Times, presidential advisor Karl Rove recently said that liberals in this country want our troops to die.
As a Republican, I find this deeply offensive. I don't feel this is the sort of rhetoric our country needs during wartime, and I resent the idea that anyone wants any of our troops to come to harm. In making such statements Mr. Rove is not only impugning their politics, he is degrading their basic humanity.
As a constituent of yours, I would like to know, sir, if you agree with Mr. Rove's statements. Does he speak for you?"

I just received a reply from his office. Although it's sign by him, I have no way of knowing if he actually read it or not, but here goes:

"Dear Mr. Reimer:
I have received a form letter from you that stated: "According to the New York Times, presidential advisor Karl Rove recently said that liberals in this country want our troops to die."
He said no such thing. I have attached the article you referenced from the New York Times, which clearly shows that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove did not utter the remarks you attribute to him, nor did he say anything remotely similar.
One of the most distressing elements in our society today is the harshness of the rhetoric that comes from the extremes on both sides of the aisle. Recently, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin compared the actions of the U.S. Marines guarding terrorists at Guantanamo with Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Pol Pot, who were responsible for the torture and murder of tens of millions of innocent civilian. To prove his analogy, he cited the facts, among others, that prisoners were forced to live in non-airconditioned cells and listen to rap music. He reluctantly returned to the Senate Floor to apologize for his ridiculous and offensive remarks only after the Democratic Governor of his home state openly criticized them.
As a member of the Florida Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives, I have adhered to the belief that reasonable people may differ, and that they may discuss their views without being disagreeable. Our nation will be better served if everyone took a deep breath and paused before engaging in hurtful political invective -- or passing along the prepared form letters of special interest advocacy groups without first checking the facts.
Sincerely,Adam Putnam
Member of Congress"

Apparently someone on his staff reads The News Blog.


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