Today's GOP Would Have Impeached Gore After 9/11

Detroit response shows partisanship trumps patriotism
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2009 9:17 AM CST
Workers stand at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center attacks, October 29, 2001.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The aftermath of the Detroit terror attempt has exposed some ugly truths about American politics, writes Chris Bowers. He lists several in Open Left.

  • The GOP would have impeached Al Gore over 9/11. The "aggressive, partisan response" this failed terror attempt met shows they certainly wouldn't have been saying "United We Stand" if Gore had been president in 2001, Bowers argues.

  • Single individuals can easily change American policy through a threat of violence, Bowers writes, pointing to hastily updated TSA regulations.
  • Some Republicans—especially Sen. Jim DeMint, who has been blocking the confirmation of a TSA chief over labor issues—believe unions are a greater threat to America than terrorists.
  • Prominent conservatives, including Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin, would be happy to do away with due process for accused criminals.
  • They'd also like to establish an anti-Muslim apartheid state in America.
  • Some Democrats would be happy to go along with just about any of these if they thought it would win votes.

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