President Obama is inclined to cut him some slack because he is new in these parts, but he needs watch himself more carefully in the future. What a great show of compassion from the “wise and trusted” emperor who has said many times before that words have meaning.
“You don’t accuse the chairman of the Federal Reserve of being a traitor to his country, of being guilty of treason,” former George W. Bush senior adviser Karl Rove told Fox News Tuesday. “And, suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in Texas. You know, that is not, again a presidential statement.”
Before we go further, let’s look at Rick Perry’s statement:
“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous… err.. treasonous in my opinion.”
Now, let’s look at Merriam-Webster’s definition of the word treason:
1: the betrayal of a trust : treachery
2: the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family
The emphasis in that definition is mine. This is the particular part of the definition that we should focus ourselves on, when analyzing Gov. Perry’s statement. Knowing this beforehand can certainly help a student with his/her vocabulary words for the week and knowing this as free-thinking adults trying to make sense of a political system gone mad, can help too.
In a time when this nation was very recently at the brink of default and continues to borrow more money than it takes in, Gov. Perry made a statement that is consistent with the way many people feel about printing more money at this time in history. They may not have worded it the same way, but we know that by the definition provided, it is not a false statement.
From where I sit, the “treating a man pretty ugly” part is not the wording I would have used. But somehow I cannot help but think that only an idiot would take a literal meaning from that verbiage.
Perry waltzed onto the scene Saturday and now leads the GOP generic polling by double digits. That has to be worrisome for many who have other horses in the race and it does include the GOP establishment that Rove has been a part of, for years now. Rove didn’t have a big problem with the Texas justice image when he was working for George Bush and did little to play it down. But now suddenly, he deems it wrong to use it as hyperbole and seeks to demonize it as if there were some real deep meaning to it.
The deep meaning of the statement gets lost with the criticism, and that is, printing more money for political purposes is not what we need in such a time of economic crisis. It would be treacherous/treasonous to do this to keep the economy from tanking before the election, so that Obama can be re-elected. Why is Obama’s re-election being put above the good of the nation? Nothing good comes from putting a man above the entity that has allowed him an opportunity. Nothing good comes from postponing pain and suffering. In fact, the longer we allow the nation to take pain pills without doing the necessary surgery to excise the root of the problem, the harder the recovery will be.
Once again, Perry scares people because he is a threat to the status quo. He is a threat to everyone who is seeking the job next year, and they know he is.
Ron Paul likes to play the martyr over this, but he is a flake on foreign policy and has no chance to beat Obama. His followers are every bit as dangerous as the sycophants that cover Obama’s ineptitude and treacherous acts. Perry is a viable alternative and the Paul camp knows it.
Mitt Romney knows he has spent ht last two years building an organization to win the nomination and Perry comes in like a white knight and takes his lead instantaneously. This is probably who Rove wants to win the nomination and why Rove jumped at the opportunity to pile on, like a leftist would. He has to feel threatened with Perry’s entry.
Bachmann won a straw poll, but can’t get history right in her stump speeches. In the larger scheme of things, it isn’t important to know when Elvis was born or died. But when she swapped the dates the other day, she looked like an idiot who has to rely on metaphors and emotional ploys to rally a crowd. She has been rallying crowds in the state of her birth, but has yet to impress anyone else outside Iowa. She is feeling the heat now, too.
So as I said last week, Perry is overshadowing the entire field right now….which makes him the one everyone is gunning it for. He is the front runner until some other poll says differently. He can beat Obama but only if the GOP hacks like Rove do not do to him, what he did to Christine O’Donnell. Because of hacks like him, we may be forced to endure another Obama term. Beat a viable candidate up in the primary long enough, and it makes the Democrats’ jobs so much easier in the fall campaign.
So if anyone needs to watch what he says, it’s Karl Rove. At very least, he could look up the word “treason” and turn in a report by Friday.