January 11, 2006
Time to Start Acting Like an American
hero and Congressman John Murtha has officially become the Democratic
Party’s most demoralizing voice to our men and women in uniform. He has
already knowledgeably put America and the entire world in danger by
advocating an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. But most
recently, he has gone a step further to not only dishearten Iraqis by
promoting a policy that is sure to result in a victory for terror, but
he has directly insulted U.S. forces by insisting that he would not join
the military today.
there you have it: Democrats are no longer satisfied with just
emboldening terrorists by seeking to set timetables and urging immediate
withdrawal, instead they are now on a mission to simultaneously dispirit
our men and women in Iraq as well as prospective recruits at home.
Perhaps Murtha’s comments would not be as significant if he didn’t serve
as a ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee responsible for defense
spending and as one of his party’s leading spokespersons on military
Unfortunately, when Democrats such as Senator Joe Lieberman suffer
scathing attacks for continuing to support the struggle in Iraq, it
becomes obvious that Murtha is only a reflection of a party that is
decreasingly in touch with the American people. A top member of
Moveon.org, one of the Democratic Party’s favorite fundraising
organizations, was recently quoted by The New York Times
as calling Lieberman’s stance on the Iraq War a “betrayal.” Given that
there is complete consistency between support for the Iraq War and being
an American patriot, Lieberman could only be betraying election
prospects for Democrats in 2006 by pushing for success in Iraq.
light of Lieberman’s support for the war, a top Congressional Democratic
aide said to The Washington Post, “Senator Lieberman is past the
point of being taken seriously in the caucus because everything he does
is seen as advancing his own self-interest, instead of the Democratic
interest.” This sentiment is unfortunately widespread among Democrats,
who see an inconsistency in advancing their own interest concurrently
with that of America’s. More interestingly, the same Post article
refers to Senate Minority leader Harry Reid’s assertion that Lieberman
“is at a different place on Iraq than the majority of the American
people.” Wait, wouldn’t that then hurt his self-interest?
Lieberman is a rarity in a party that has relinquished principles for
politics. Even the Times labels him a “maverick” for being the
first leading Democrat to criticize President Bill Clinton’s
extra-marital sexual escapades. You know there is a severe problem with
your party when condemning Clinton’s nauseating behavior makes you a
maverick in that party. Elements of the far Left have unfortunately
taken over much of the Democratic structure. As can be seen with John
Murtha and Joe Lieberman, Democratic hawks are now only respected if
they act like ones solely when it is politically convenient.
be noted, however, that the Democrats’ position on the war, as well as
the respective praise and criticism for Murtha and Lieberman, has been
largely based on the assumption that the Iraq War was going to be
increasingly unpopular with the American public. Unexpectedly for them,
recent polls are showing that President Bush’s approval rating has risen
to a solid 47%, up from 39% in November, and that two-thirds of the
American people believe that there is significant progress in building a
democracy in Iraq. As proud as they are of their anti-war efforts,
surprised Democrats are coming to the realization that they must slow
down, and maybe even go in reverse, on the Iraq issue.
Acknowledging that it is no longer clear that Iraq is headed toward
mayhem, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that the Democrats
will not have a unified position on the war going into the midterm
elections, leaving it up to the individual conscience of Democratic
candidates (Otherwise known as “depending on the electoral district”).
It is understandable that political parties might leave secondary issues
such as the environment or tort reform to individual candidates, since
having different stances on these issues might help in different
districts. But the fact that the Democrats refuse to take an official
stance on a war that America is engaged in and acutely threatened by
only goes to demonstrate the weight they give to national security
relative to victory at the polls.
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