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    STATE OF THE DeMOCRATIC PARTY

    State of the Democratic Party
    By Tony Blankley

    During an election campaign, political operatives are fond of seeking to induce in their opponent a negative "defining moment." That is to say a highly publicized moment when their opponent portrays everything that is wrong with him. In 2004, John Kerry provided that moment when he said he voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it.

    Surely, at the State of the Union address the Democratic Party provided such a moment when, as has already been well commented on by others, they wildly applauded President Bush's statement that Congress failed to pass Social Security reform last year.

    As the party of reactionary inertia -- as the party that not only doesn't have any solutions to today's dangers and problems but denies that such problems exist -- the Democrats on the floor of the House Tuesday night demonstrated a flawless, intuitive sense of its new, disfunctional self.

    The Democrats' wild applause on behalf of doing nothing was more than a merely tactical political blunder. It displayed a deeper truth about them.

    If one recalls, last year, the official position of the Democratic Party was not only that they opposed President Bush's Social Security reform, they argued there was no crisis -- no major problem that required rectification.

    (In fact, Social Security has $4 trillion of unfunded liability, and if major changes are not made quickly, we will only be able to pay the retired baby boomers about 70 cents for each dollar of promised benefits.)

    Social Security is the single most iconic Democratic Party issue of the past hundred years -- the Democrats created Social Security in 1935, and have won countless elections since then by beating up Republicans for allegedly not supporting it. It was the Democratic Party's sacred virgin. They would lie for it, die for it, steal for it, demagogue for it -- but never cheer its demise or harm, even sarcastically.

    Their collective decision to cheer the failure of the body politic to provide for sufficient revenues to pay the benefits was an act of historic shame for the Democratic Party.

    Worse than that for the Democrats, it shows how severely degraded their political instincts have become. Tip O'Neil's Democratic Party of 20 years ago would never have cheered the failure of Social Security -- even to try to make a small political point. To be sure, they would demagogue the issue ruthlessly, but never be seen to be walking away from the sacred program.

    Until George Bush became president, the Democrats, for better and for worse, were a liberal party. Deformed by hatred of the current president, the Democrats have become a nihilist party.

    It is one thing to oppose one's opponent's policies. After all, Benjamin Disraeli, the founder of the modern British Tory Party, once famously observed that the job of an opposition party is to oppose. But he also said they should oppose but not obstruct. And while in the minority he carefully proposed policies he would implement when his party came into power.

    But today's Democrats largely refuse to even admit that the problems President Bush is trying to solve even exist. They offer nothing. And this mentality was also on display Tuesday night in Congress. On most of the president's major pronouncements regarding our war against radical Islam, the Democrats sat on their hands.

    Or, in the case of Hillary Clinton when a non-response was politically impossible, she would, with an icy look that could freeze a furnace, applaud in a slow, robotic, menacing manner. Woe betide the object of that frigid esteem. On Iraq, on Iran, on intercepting terrorist communications, they have no positive proposals for success.

    President Bush caught the essence of today's Democratic Party in a rather elegant double epigram: "Hindsight alone is not wisdom, And second-guessing is not a strategy."

    I wouldn't be surprised to see that thought become the strategic negative communication theme for the Republican Party this campaign season. That is the trouble with being a rotten tomato-throwing member of the bleacher crowd. One may develop a small following amongst one's fellow complainers, but no large group of people are going to ask you to come out and lead the team.

    But not satisfied to be a head in the sand, reflexively negative opposition party, an increasing number of Democrats and their supporters in the leftish fever swamps have started calling for President Bush's impeachment.

    While I haven't seen any polls yet on the subject, I would guess that something less than 10 percent of the American voting public would look forward to seeing the last two years of the Bush presidency consumed with a Democratic Party-controlled Congress trying to impeach the president during a time of war.

    Somehow the Democratic Party -- for 180 years the most electorally successful political party on the planet -- has now almost completely mutated into a party too loathsome to be seen in public, and too nihilistic to be trusted with control of even a single branch of government.

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    More ultra right opinionated drivel.:Short on facts long on rabid mindless blather.
    Tony Blankley, works for the Washington Times for Sun Yung Moon. I wonder if he’s permitted to kiss his ring???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phinnly Slash Buster
    More ultra right opinionated drivel.:Short on facts long on rabid mindless blather.
    Tony Blankley, works for the Washington Times for Sun Yung Moon. I wonder if he’s permitted to kiss his ring???
    Excerpted from:
    George W. Bush and The Moonies

    By Tom Kuncl

    "President" George W. Bush has a strong personal and financial connection with the cult-like Moonie church, say sources. Critics say the Moonie church opposes Christianity and the American way.

    In fact, the Bush family may have received as much as $10 million from the Moonies in recent years. Rev. Sun Myung Moon considers himself a personal friend of the "president" according to newspaper reports.

    George W Bush's own father - former President George H. Bush - has been courted by the Rev. Moon's Unification Church since he became vice president in the Reagan administration, says a report by investigative journalist and Newsweek correspondent Robert Parry.

    Rev. Moon, now 84, was even a VIP guest at the Reagan-Bush inauguration.

    The mega-wealthy South Korea-based church remained an unwavering supporter of both Bush presidencies, especially in the Moonie-owned Washington Times.

    "The 20-year-old Washington Times doesn't rank among the Top 100 U.S. dailies in terms of circulation," writes columnist Norman Solomon.

    "Yet, financied by the Unification Church's deep pockets, it wields enormous influence in the nation's capital. Elevating innuendo to 'news', the paper excels at smearing liberals and centrists."

    "Sources close to the elder Bush say the ex-president has worked hard to pull well-to-do conservatives and their money behind G.W Bush and Moon is one of the deepest pockets in right-wing circles, having financed important conservative activists from both the religious right, such as Jerry Falwell, and Inside-the-Beltway right-wing professionals."

    When the elder Bush was defeated after one term, says Solomon, the Unification Church in essence handed the ex-president a so-called "golden parachute" - business slang for chief executives' usually hefty severance packages.

    Solomon quoted a spokesman for the elder Bush as saying: "President Bush has no relationship with Rev. Moon or the Unification Church." But, Solomon wrote: "The facts tell a very different story."

    Parry confirms that the elder Bush could have become a wealthy man merely from the checks for speaking at many high-profile Moonie events on three continents, including the launch of a church-owned newspaper in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    "Estimates of Bush's fee for the Buenos Aires appearance alone ran between $100,000 and $500,000," wrote Parry. "Sources close to the Unification Church have put the total Bush-Moon package in the millions, with one source [estimating] that Bush stood to make as much as $10 million." Bush has consistently refused to answer if or how much he has been paid by Moon.

    Shockingly, if the Bush family is accepting all this cash, it's coming from a man who has given speeches calling America "the kingdom of Satan" and vowing "the liquidation of American individualism."

    John Stacey, a former Moonie, says: "It's very anti-Jesus. Moon says: 'Jesus failed miserably. He died a lonely death. Rev. Moon is the hero that comes and saves Jesus.' That's why I left."

    The elder Bush has a "public persona as the happy World War II veteran who is letting the American people see him jumping out of airplanes and being a good family man," says historian Douglas Brinkley of the University of Louisiana. "And the covert persona is going around giving talks with people like Rev. Moon."

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    Moon also is proud of his association past and present with the KCIA, South Korean Intel. Org like the C.I.A. The KCIA is nothing but a pack of drug running lying thieves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phinnly Slash Buster
    Moon also is proud of his association past and present with the KCIA, South Korean Intel. Org like the C.I.A. The KCIA is nothing but a pack of drug running lying thieves.

    LOL...That's pretty much the job description for any career at BushCo.

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    YEEEEAHHH......So I guess you thought applauding their own obstructionism is sound political strategy...got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    YEEEEAHHH......So I guess you thought applauding their own obstructionism is sound political strategy...got it.
    LOL You don't "GOT" anything. It went right over your head.

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    Really...between the Alito hearings and the antics at the Address, do you really think that democrats GAINED ground with voters last week? C'mon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone

    President Bush caught the essence of today's Democratic Party in a rather elegant double epigram: "Hindsight alone is not wisdom, And second-guessing is not a strategy."
    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask

    http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=9357

    Feb. 2, 2006 | The most significant and memorable statements in President Bush's lackluster State of the Union address, the phrases that most clearly and succinctly captured the state of his presidency after five years, were his heartfelt and hostile admonishments: "Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second-guessing is not a strategy."

    Bush did not claim to have learned any lessons from the past. Nor did he propose any new strategies. By assailing "hindsight" and "second-guessing," he attempted to deny legitimacy to critics and criticism. He banished analysis of his previous actions from consideration in formulating current or future policy. He denounced "isolationism" but asserted his own isolation. Anyone who does not adhere to the party line must be a dangerous and subversive revisionist. George Santayana ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it") is uninvited.

    By denigrating "hindsight," Bush made his mark alongside the line in the sand drawn the week before by his chief political advisor, Karl Rove. "At the core," said Rove, "we are dealing with two parties that have fundamentally different views on national security. Republicans have a post-9/11 worldview, and many Democrats have a pre-9/11 worldview." With these comments, Rove and Bush signaled the Republican midterm elections strategy, also a repetition of past plans. Democratic candidates should expect television commercials morphing their faces into Osama bin Laden's, like the spot used in 2002 to defeat then Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, the decorated triple-amputee Vietnam War veteran.

    The latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, taken on the eve of Bush's speech, indicates unusually intense interest in the midte.rms, and such intensity at this early point suggests a large Democratic turnout. Bush's appeal that "our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger" was an effort to soften his polarizing image. Meanwhile, evoking Sept. 11, as always, he demarcated who was and was not truly patriotic and entitled to speak up. At the low ebb of his presidency in public approval, he carefully orchestrated his biggest speech of the year to impose homogeneity, conformity and the stifling of "second-guessing."

    Bush's intent to stigmatize opposition was exemplified by the absurd removal from the visitors gallery of the harmless and undisruptive antiwar Gold Star Families for Peace founder, Cindy Sheehan, who had been given a ticket to the speech by a Democratic member of Congress. Her offense was wearing a T-shirt embossed with the number of U.S. military killed in Iraq: "2245 Dead. How many more?" She is not quite Santayana (or Brent Scowcroft), but any questioning of the price and burden of war is sufficient to merit ejection from the president's sight line.

    Bush has entered his Brezhnev era of stagnation. Everything -- from the latest five-year plan to the grandiose promise of world transformation -- was repetitive and abstracted from grinding realities. His attempt to use the first year of his second te.rm for permanent revolution at home, following Rove's script, has failed. Social Security privatization is now whittled down to a commission, the sort of gambit employed when a leader lacks support. But diminished prospects did not dim his extravagant rhetoric.

    "We seek the end of tyranny in our world," Bush proclaimed. (In his 2005 State of the Union address, he pledged "the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.") It would have demanded complicating "hindsight" to acknowledge that Hamas has attained power in Palestine; Hezbollah has greatly increased its influence in Lebanon; the Muslim Brotherhood has made unprecedented gains in Egypt; a Shiite extremist, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has become president of Iran; and theocratic Islamist Shiite factions aligned with Iran will govern Iraq, all through elections that no one has challenged as unfair (with the exception of those in Egypt). Just two days before Bush's speech, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted, "I don't know anyone who wasn't caught off guard by Hamas' strong showing." Of course, there had been many warnings issued by many serious people that fundamentalism is on the rise in the Middle East. Rice's confession of deafness and blindness, however, did not prevent Bush from having his recurrent vision: Happy days are here again.

    For every changed situation, he hoists tattered slogans. In Iraq, he said, "we are winning." Just before his speech, the University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes released a study of Iraqis, reporting that 47 percent overall and 88 percent of Sunnis approve of "attacks on U.S.-led forces," and 80 percent want a timetable for U.S. withdrawal. In his speech, Bush did not define "winning." He simply asserted the word as though the certitude with which he uttered it would bring about whatever it is he means by it.

    On the Palestinian elections, in his press conference on Jan. 26, Bush's first response to Hamas' victory was to praise the election process: "I like the competition of ideas." (The first idea articulated in Hamas' charter: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.") But by ceasing the peace process in the face of the second intifada for more than a year after becoming president, humiliating Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by refusing to meet with him on his first trip to Washington, and neglecting to give him any tangible progress to show to his people, Bush's policies contributed to the overthrow of Palestinian moderates. In his State of the Union address, Bush urged Hamas to become something other than Hamas. If it fails to do so, he has no policy, the clueless approach already expressed by Rice.

    On Iran, designated a member of the "axis of evil" in his 2002 State of the Union address, and currently developing its nuclear programs in defiance of the world community, Bush gropes for certainty. When he came into office he rejected diplomatic outreach to then President Mohammad Khatami and the so-called reform elements, and then rejected feelers from the Iranian mullahs for assistance in dealing with the Taliban and al-Qaida and for an overall settlement of U.S.-Iranian differences. He utterly miscalculated the increased influence of Iran as a consequence of the Iraq war. On the eve of the Iranian election last year, Bush denounced extremist candidate Ahmadinejad, predictably inciting support for him. Until 2005, Bush was reluctant to join the Europeans in containing Iran's nuclear programs. Now, he has no practical military or economic options. Unilateral action is too implausible even to pretend as a possibility. Bush is reduced to describing the Iranian people who elected Ahmadinejad as being "held hostage" and to calling upon them to overthrow the regime. He has a scenario, but not yet a policy.

    By his repeated denunciations of "radical Islam" in his speech, Bush cast his "war on terror" as a religious crusade, fitting exactly the perspective of al-Qaida and al-Qaida-like sects and providing the basic motivation for suicide terrorism as documented by University of Chicago scholar Robert Pape in his landmark study, "Dying to Win." Bush appears more determined to enhance his stature in his own mind as a world historical hero battling barbarian hordes than to adopt careful language and strategy that might reduce and isolate radical Islamists.

    With every phrase, Bush achieves the polar opposite of what he claims to intend. His orotund rhetoric about "freedom on the march," "democracy," "tyranny," and "evil" undermines itself. What happens when "democracy" does not advance democracy and "freedom" is used to oppress? Bush's refusal to accept paradox, that his good motives may have unintended consequences, leads him to reject "hindsight." "Far from being a hopeless dream, the advance of freedom is the great story of our time," Bush said in his speech. Rather than reassess his own actions that have made his goals ever more distant -- "second-guessing" -- he clings to his self-image as a warrior-savior. But Bush may have become such a universally tainted figure that almost anything he says, especially in the language of idealism, is now discredited.

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    Bush should learn from his past mistakes. You should too.

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    It is 1000-1 that you cannot say it...this is exactly why you can't win. If you won't acknowledge the political missteps that are made by your own party, how do you expect to change it? Oh, wait...that's right. You support ANY political position espoused by ANY democrat or liberal...LOL Don't ever change!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    If you won't acknowledge the political missteps that are made by your own party, how do you expect to change it?
    Why don't you ask Yourself that question? You might just figure out the answer. But the rest of us won't hold our breath while you try to muddle it out in your little mind.


    LOL

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    The differences my party has had with our leadership are many, and are well documented. Please cite ANY example of dems publicly disagreeing with ANY OTHER POSITION in their own party. Just one...Lieberman does not count. You cannot do it, and I(we) rejoice(sort of) because it spells the end of your party as an important political force. You may win an election here or there, might even get back into the White House, but until you carve the fringe from out of the middle, there is no extended future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    The differences my party has had with our leadership are many, and are well documented. Please cite ANY example of dems publicly disagreeing with ANY OTHER POSITION in their own party. Just one...Lieberman does not count.
    Apparently your memory doesn't go back all the way to Clinton on this topic.

    You cannot do it, and I(we) rejoice(sort of) because it spells the end of your party as an important political force. You may win an election here or there, might even get back into the White House, but until you carve the fringe from out of the middle, there is no extended future.
    I don't know how you figure that. "Your" party is coming apart at the seams.
    Right now, the LAST THING ANY party wants is to be divided on the issues. And until the democrats (who pretty much seem to stand as one on the issues) started disagreeing vehemetly with "Your" commander in chief's behavior, "YOUR" party was very happy to break the laws and cheat the people.

    The worst thing that happened to "your" party was to get caught talking out of both sides of their collective mouths. And the biggest hypocrite of you all is your ignorant president.


    IT's ALL well documented as you say.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    Really...between the Alito hearings and the antics at the Address, do you really think that democrats GAINED ground with voters last week? C'mon!
    actually......i see your point!i have to agree the dems of current(old lot) just dont get it!!(most of them)hehe!!they keep rakin over the same ol crap that is way past current!!hehe!!and they think that the reactionarys to this administration are on their side!?hehe!!i think they are idiots behind the times!!like mr. hairless piggyman rove pointed out!!hehe!!but whatya gonna do..they are so used ta cruisin on an illusion that they feel comfortable and stuck in their ways!?cant teach an ol politician new ways unless you "jerk" their bank account!?what are the odds on that happenin to the ol' faithful!?hehe!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    Really...between the Alito hearings and the antics at the Address, do you really think that democrats GAINED ground with voters last week? C'mon!
    Well, as of Feb 1st, Bush is still crapping out on all the poll ratings.

    http://www.pollingreport.com/BushJob.htm

    So between the Alito hearings and his little State of the Union speech he didn't gain any more ground either. He's still way in the red. I'll bet he stays there too.

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