Stockholm Syndrome

What is it with liberals who leave the country and immediately start to encourage anti-American sentiment abroad? This time it’s Al Gore, who talked to reporters in Sweden. The news headlines are about Gore vowing that he isn’t running for President, but here’s the rest of what he said:

When asked how the United States would have been different if he had become president, though, he had harsh criticism for Bush’s policies.
“We would not have invaded a country that didn’t attack us,” he said, referring to Iraq. “We would not have taken money from the working families and given it to the most wealthy families.”
“We would not be trying to control and intimidate the news media. We would not be routinely torturing people,” Gore said. “We would be a different country.

“Routinely torturing people”–is that enemy propaganda, or the official position of the Democratic Party? Is there still a difference? If we’re routinely torturing people, then why do those who get caught go to jail? And don’t Gore and other liberals who travel abroad realize how much they are damaging the United States by recycling this nonsense?
For the rest, it’s the usual parallel universe of the Democratic Party. The administration is trying to “control and intimidate the news media.” Sure, we’ve all seen how intimidated the media are. That’s why they never say anything critical of the administration. It would be more accurate to say that the media have tried to control and intimidate the Bush administration.
And I like the one about “taking money from working families and giving it to the most wealthy families.” Sure, I remember the surtax Congress imposed to support the rich. Just once, I’d like to see a reporter ask Gore or some other liberal what in the world he’s talking about when he makes that kind of statement. (You’d think the press would do it, too, since they’re so intimidated by President Bush.)
Actually, though, Al Gore is one of the few rich Americans who really is supported by taxes paid by working families, since he receives a federal pension for his service in the Senate and as Vice-President. If he really means what he says, all he has to do is refund his pension to the federal treasury. What do you think the chances are he’s doing that?


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