Saturday, September 09, 2006

Dems Deserve to Lose

Growing up in the south, I knew that the majority of people were Democrats. I had no clue what that meant, just that it was so. As I grew up, I'd listen to the "grownups" talking, and even though I didn't understand most of what they were talking about, I did grasp a few things. Reading this column brought back a few good memories of Saturday night poker parties, and BBQ's. It also reminded me why my dad became a Republican in 1964, after LBJ succeeded John Kennedy, after his assasination. Why the Democrats Deserve to Lose
Democrats have few policies beyond attacking President Bush and have long lost any legitimate right to claim they are a responsible opposition party. The “Scoop Jackson” Democrats of the 1970s who understood the need for a strong national defense are long gone, with few exceptions, like Senator Joseph Lieberman, whose responsible statements on the war have led to his ostracism by the party elites. The 1970s Catholic, Southern, and blue-collar Democrats who stuck by their traditional moral values are now mostly “Reagan Republicans.” (...) The party’s decline took firm root in the late 1960s and 1970s, but has accelerated dramatically over the last decade. Today’s Democratic Party—the party of Al Gore, John Kerry, Howard Dean, Harry Reid, Joseph Biden, Edward Kennedy, and Hillary Rodham Clinton—is the party that sacrificed all moral principle to defend Bill Clinton in the 1990s no matter what the scandal. It is the party that adopted the Clinton mode of conducting politics as an art of personal assassination—while accusing the other side of doing it. (...) It is the party whose ex-presidents routinely violate the longstanding tradition against criticizing their successors—and even do so on foreign soil. It is the party that falsely claims President Bush is trampling on the Constitution—while making no secret of its own willingness to subordinate the Constitution to its own political ends, most notably through using the judicial branch to “legislate” policy it cannot achieve through democratic means. (...) It is the party of elites who look down their noses at red-state America. It is the party that snubs Christians and “values voters” yet claims to be their authentic representatives. It is the party that can’t decide whether its electoral difficulties stem from its failure to effectively articulate its message or from the wholesale stupidity of an electorate that’s too Christian, too much in favor of traditional family values, and too patriotic.
I've yet to meet a Democrat who represents my values, so odds are, I won't be voting for one any time soon.