The Democrat Party has control of the Senate(Harry Reid), control of the House(Nancy Pelosi) and more presidential candidates than Rosie has chins. From these vast resources, one would think that a leader would emerge--any leader.
Yet, nothing save the same tired rhetoric stumbles from these strongholds. Whether it is nurturing and preserving capital in the world's bastion of Capitalism or fighting the War on Terror, responsible Americans tune out the Dems.
New ideas? Forget it, the Democrats (and liberals in general) have had only one interesting idea in the last 40 years: using tax credits as an innovative method of financing Social Security reform. However, as this is an issue that Dems refuse to even discuss, it's almost an 0-for.
The Democrats leadership was on display this week at the Petraeus hearings: pandering to "new center of the Democratic Party", the DailyKOS kooks, Democrat after Democrat exhibited the usual eternal thirst for trying to score political points. There was no interest in leading Americans anywhere, except perhaps into one of the myriad interest groups which make up the modern Dem party.
A vigorous nation has to have two viable political parties in order to thrive. Ideas need to be debated seriously. When one side effects the attitude of 17-year-old Valley Girls--I'm bored, it's too hard to be serious--the national conversation on vital issues suffers. When you have no new ideas, the only strategy is to smear anyone who disagrees the Dem viewpoint.
The Democrats spend millions on political consultants. Is there not one who will honestly say, "Americans have only given us a majority of votes in a presidential election 3 times in the last 58 years. Something is wrong"?
History will be fair to G.W. Bush for undertaking and persevering in a war that has become unpopular. Harry Truman's historical stock is far higher now than it was during the Korean War. History will largely assign today's Democrats to the dungheap, along side their ancestors in the Copperhead wing of the Democratic Party during the Civil War.
Leadership means getting out in front, explaining unpopular issues to the electorate and expending political capital for the 'good fight'. The Dems of today are the rigid, reactionary government Establishment: carping, criticizing, destructive. If they wish to be more than the sad collection of pandering hacks they've become, they'll have to take time out from their focus groups; stop their political hair-splitting; stop putting their collective fingers in the wind.
Propose some constructive alternatives and drop the Valley Girl whine.
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