of the Democratic Platform
It is quite
fascinating to trace the evolution of Democratic talking points during
this election cycle. From highlighting former Congressman Foley’s sexual
curiosities, to complaining about congressional Republicans’ excessive
tendency to adopt the liberal view of government spending, to claiming
that GOP senators find great joy in stuffing deer head into black
families’ mailboxes, the Democrats seem to have run out of arguments a
month too early.
Democrats began the cycle by planning to associate the Republican Party
with a culture of corruption. Once they realized that some of their own
had been participating in that culture, they thought, “Hey, at least we
still have the CIA leak scandal.” But then Richard Armitage finally came
out with the truth exonerating President Bush, thus ruining that plan.
became clear that the corruption card could not be played, the Democrats
thought they would take a rare action and tackle the issues. They would
not, of course, publicly discuss their plan to increase taxes, their
intention to appoint Supreme Court Justices who believe that the
Founding Fathers send weekly updates for the Constitution from their
graves, or their strategy to continue pretending that Social Security
will not collapse in the coming decades.
Democrats would instead talk about things that appear to be bad, such
as, say, gas prices. Frustratingly, however, just as that initiative
began to take hold and promised to be fruitful, gas prices started to
tumble, and rapidly so. Granted, as liberals would have us believe, it
was an ingenious conspiracy and a grand showing of manipulative
influence by the Republicans, but it happened nonetheless.
least we could complain about the economy, right?” wondered many young,
starry-eyed Democrats as they daydreamed about congressional majority.
Though undoubtedly utilized by some Democrats still today, the
bad-economy claim was found to be difficult by many more. If the Dow
Jones is now breaking records on a daily basis, and unemployment is at
its lowest point in five years, what can be attacked?
failed to find a legitimate economic indicator that would convince
Americans that the economy is, in fact, in the shape that Democrats wish
it was in, it was time to move on to Plan C: Attack the Republicans for
doing things the Democrats would proudly do themselves. Yes, it makes
virtually no sense, but somehow it is true.
example is government spending. It has been quite incredible to watch
Democrats attacking the GOP for doing something that is essentially in
the Democratic platform. President Bush and the Republican Congress have
massively increased spending, enlarged the federal government and failed
to curtail rampant pork. And now the Democrats are protesting it, even
though that is the exact thing on which they are basing their campaigns.
Truly an intriguing phenomenon.
such attack on the Republicans from the right side of the political
spectrum appears in immigration. That’s right. Democrats are now so
concerned about illegal immigration that they have repeatedly attacked
Republican candidates for not standing up to it. This stance is, of
course, completely consistent with the Democrats’ continuous struggle
against illegal immigration in Congress, right? Sure.
is still always pleasant to see Democrats attacking Republicans for not
being conservative enough, the recent authorization to build a wall on
the southern border, in addition to an impressive reduction in the
budget deficit thanks to increased tax revenues from a strong economy,
have forced the Democrats to find another point of attack.
is, they have run out of ways to appeal to the American people. The
Foley scandal was a Godsend, as easy as it is to dig up similar
Democratic scandals that went unpunished by the party. But it certainly
says something when the Democrats’ best argument for making a historical
change in the leadership of the world’s only superpower is that one
Republican congressman was interested in a young man of his own sex.
fact that Democrats are up in the polls says just as much about how
pathetic, fiscally irresponsible and weak on immigration Republicans
must have been in the last few years. The American people would probably
vote them out of office even if they were the only ones running. Which,
in turn, shows how even more out of touch the Democrats must be to not
win this election in a landslide.
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