Sunday, March 14, 2010
Karl Rove has no Courage and most Americans are paying the consequence.
For professionals in the field of political science, meeting people who believe that Karl Rove is a political genius is perhaps one of the easiest ways to recognize how the media breeds ignorance in America. The latest book published by Karl Rove, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight, is the latest literary piece of fiction that further lowers the national IQ level of most Americans and is another attempt by an uneducated individual to rewrite history and influence public opinion. Just as any sane person wouldn’t go to a doctor who hadn’t finished medical school or trust someone with their life savings who didn’t have a financial degree, the people listening to and relying on their information from people like Glenn Beck or thinking that Karl Rove is a political genius, is perhaps one of the most obvious reasons as to why America is a great power in decline.
Of all the selective questions that Rove answers in his latest book that should be placed in the fiction section of the local bookstore, the failure of not answering his lack of an education is perhaps the most vivid example of the substance his new book is lacking.
Even though he sat in the West Wing of the White House and advised the President on such issues that dealt with international relations and the political economy, Karl Rove not possessing any kind of formal degree in the issues he was advising the president is evident in the current state of the economy and how the wars are going in Iraq and Afghanistan. For people who may argue that having a degree is not a requirement, one only has to use Mr. Rove as exhibit one in their defense.
People who believe they know something about American politics or American foreign policy when they read books published by Karl Rove or listen to Glenn Beck are like the people who read the National Inquirer’s stories about space abductions and believe they know something about astrophysics. With not a college degree between the two of them, Rove and Beck are like the 18th century snake oil salesman selling their bogus products to naïve and gullible people. Unfortunately, instead of only a few individuals the snake-oil salesman might have swindled out of some money, working class conservative voters since the age of Reagan and Bush Sr. and then later Bush Jr. have been swindled out of billions of dollars and seen their standard of living decrease while the rich in America become wealthier and politically more powerful.
Not learning from the mistake they made in allowing uneducated individuals from injecting political partisan goals into national security policy, such as George W. Bush did in listening to the uneducated Karl Rove advise the President to launch the country into a perpetual war in Iraq and central Asia, the American people are continuing to watch American “news programs” and read books published by uneducated opportunists and men of poor moral character. One has to ask the question; If Karl Rove is identified as Bush’s brain and George W. Bush is considered by nearly everyone as having only one oar in the water, doesn’t that expose Karl Rove to be just as intellectually challenged as the man he is advising? As political scientists of today and future historians will undoubtedly confirm in the future, the combination of Karl Rove and George Bush and the combination of Tommy Franks and Donald Rumsfeld, will be identified as why the war in Iraq strengthened America’s enemies and perpetuated the continual demise of United States as a global power.
Substantiating this claim is the total failure of Karl Rove’s political strategy to use the Iraq War as part of a broader political strategy that uses the Republican’s presumed political advantage on national security to keep the GOP in power for a generation. Under Rove’s supposed political masterful control, the Republican Party lost control of the House and Senate just six years into this new era, followed in 2008 by losing the executive branch to an anti-war Presidential candidate.
For judicious political scientists, the claim of Rove’s supposed political genies is almost laughable when considering his track record of getting candidates elected to office. As Paul Begala recently pointed out in an article on the Daily Beast, Karl Rove got his ass handed to him in a race in Pennsylvania in 1992, when Rove’s client, Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, lost to Begala’s client Harris Wofford in a 1992 Pennsylvania Senate race. Even though taking control of a campaign that had a 47-point lead in the polls, the political genius and his client lost by 10 percentage points when the election was over.
While there is no doubt Karl Rove would make up for this embarrassing loss in Pennsylvania by helping to get George Bush elected Governor of Texas and then President of the United States, to most political scientists who are knowledgably of how he got Bush elected in the state of Florida, Rove does not merit to be labeled a political genius.
Just like a disgraced athlete who cheats to win a race, the purging of voter registration rolls in Florida along with the Republican Secretary of State in Florida Katherine Harris enabling the deceit, the 2000 election in American history is the only election where the winner was appointed by a branch of the government and not put in power by the American people.
The 2000 shenanigans in Florida repeat a typical pattern for Karl Rove and his use of dirty tricks in the electoral process. Some examples include:
• In 1970, College Republican Rove stole letterhead from the Illinois Democratic campaign of Alan Dixon, and used it to invite hundreds of people to Dixon's new headquarters opening, promising "free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing," disrupting the event.
• In 1973, Rove ran for chairman of the College Republicans. He challenged the front-runner's delegates, throwing the national convention into disarray, after which both he and his opponent, Robert Edgeworth, claimed victory. The dispute was resolved when Rove was selected through the direct order of the chairman of the Republican National Committee, who at the time was none other than George H.W. Bush.
• In 1986, while working for Texas Republican gubernatorial hopeful William Clements, Rove claimed that his personal office had been bugged, most likely by the campaign of incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark White. Nothing was proved, but the negative press, weeks before the election, helped Rove's man win a narrow victory. FBI agent Greg Rampton removed the bug, disrupting any attempt to properly investigate who planted it.
• When Rove advised on George W. Bush's 1994 race for governor of Texas against Democratic incumbent Ann Richards, a persistent whisper campaign in conservative East Texas wrongly suggested that Richards was a lesbian. According to Texas journalist Lou Dubose: "No one ever traced the character assassination to Rove. Yet no one doubts that Rove was behind it. It's a process on which he holds a patent. Identify your opponent's strength, and attack it so relentlessly that it becomes a liability. Richards was admired because she promised and delivered a 'government that looked more like the people of the state.' That included the appointment of blacks, Hispanics and gays and lesbians. Rove made that asset a liability."
• After John McCain thumped George W. Bush in the 2000 New Hampshire primary, with 48 percent of the vote to Bush's 30 percent, a massive smear campaign was launched in South Carolina, a key battleground. TV attack ads from third groups and anonymous fliers circulated, variously suggesting that McCain's experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam left him mentally scarred with an uncontrollable temper, that his wife, Cindy, abused drugs and that he had an African-American "love child." In fact, the McCains adopted their daughter Bridget from a Bangladesh orphanage run by Mother Teresa.
• According to the investigation of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, Rove played a central role in the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame to columnist Robert Novak and former Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson's accusation that the Bush administration falsely claimed that Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Niger.
• Rove has ignored subpoenas to testify before Congress regarding the Justice Department scandal of the firing of nine U.S. attorneys. He skipped a hearing on improper use of RNC e-mail accounts by White House staff, which allowed them to skirt the Presidential Records Act. Rove claims he enjoys executive privilege, which travels with him as he leaves the White House.
Understanding the dirty tricks Rove has used in the past, as time marches on into infinity and the secrets of the US government are exposed to future generations, the deceit and trickery used by Karl Rove and the GOP in the 2000 election will expose him to be the crude and uneducated man he is and the lack of moral character that was common among political leaders of the 21st century in America.
Instead of reading the work of fiction by Karl Rove, which fails to address any of the issues of deceit he used in previous elections or address the issue of him never earning a college degree, the American people should read books written by members of the academic community such as Andrew Bacevich, Chalmers Johnson, and Kevin Phillips.
The lopsided representation and influence of the rich in America has been one of the least known facts in American politics and something that you will never hear Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, or any other media personality talk about in their “news” programs and books.
Political analysts and intellectuals shielded from the ignorant and misleading statements of these media personalities, clearly see how the mass media in America breeds ignorance among the polity.