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Sunday, June 18. 2006
It's tough to be a Dem these days, because Bush has squeezed us/them out of the center.
As they drift, or are squeezed, Leftward, they alienate voters both on the "social" issues and on defense. (Don't ask me what I mean by "leftward," since much of it isn't really "Left:" there is nothing intrinsically Left about Jihad-denial, for example.)
Or is there? Our bred-in-the-bone Repub Mrs. Chairman feels that it is always a tactical imperative of the Left to disparage the US, because they have an agenda of social change. Thus anything that smells of nationalism, patriotism, pride, or which focuses on external rather than internal evils, delays the movement towards their quasi-socialist agenda, which can only be based on the "What's wrong with America?" question. For the country that everyone in the world wants to come to, and to be like, it is a bit odd. When we Dems begin standing up for America, and abandon socialism, we can begin winning national elections again.
Most honest people who take risks to come here, and do so legally, want economic and political and personal freedom, not hand-outs, and not an easy lfe. Indeed, it is remarkable to what extent the Dems no longer tout the US as the bastion of individual freedom, opportunity, and good values, the way JFK always did. (Mrs. Chairman is smarter than me, but she will not blog.)
We need two lively parties to make a good game of "Capture the Flag." In the end, the struggle is always for the non-ideological "center," (which has always been fairly conservative outside of the MSM, academia, union loyalists, California, and New England/New York, and the ridiculously wealthy for whom redistributional taxes are no concern), but which has slowly drifted "rightward" - I think mainly in reaction to the alarming "Leftward" drift of the Dems since JFK - and the high visibility of their irrational and often wackily colorful fringe elements and "lens lice," as Curtis Sliwa terms them.
That "Leftward" drift is a major political error, especially in a time when the rest of the decadent and spoiled Western World is so visibly and desperately trying to undo their socialist errors of the past. I call it "trying to take candy from babies." You get a lot of "boo hoo hoo" from the dependency voters - but they are not the centrist voters the Dems need. Nor are the Mexican illegals. Shameful. We (yes) Dems should be a proud patriotic party - not sycophants and ass-kissers and vote-buyers for whoever wants a free ride on somebody else's nickel and effort.
And we should be the party of JFK and Truman - not limp surrenderists but tough against threat, and tough administrators at home. Not socialist - but helping to spread opportunity. Not negative - cheerful. Not hateful - appreciative and respectful - normal. I have little respect for JFK as a person, but as a politican, the guy was damn good for an amateur rich kid. In Vietnam, we all failed his vision of freedom. I was there, opposing desperate totalitarian Marxist loonies. But we were undercut by our surrenderist Marxist "hate America" loonies at home, and it has taken Vietnam many years, many deaths, much sorrow - to finally come around.
I should remind our readers that I worked for JFK's campaign, and made my mother come with me to drive an hour to the Bridgeport, CT train station to hear him on a campaign stop. I remember how red his hair was, in the sun, and how my Mom, and the other ladies, all said "He's so young and handsome." He was elected by women (if he was, in fact, elected: Daly had quite a powerful dead-voter Chicago scam going then, and I remember how he proudly "guaranteed" Illinois - "whatever it takes." I confess, at the time, I thought that was pretty cool. Not now, not funny.).
If anyone recalls, JFK "won" that election by appearing stronger on defense and anti-Soviet, and just as conservative and Federal tax-cutting, as Nixon - who won the guy vote. Yes, I remain a Dem - Bird Dog calls me a limo liberal - but I am not a liberal. I just want my party to give me candidates that I can vote for. Why still a Dem? Don't ask: it is personal.
Well, want I want to do is to direct you to an excellent and thoughtful piece by Shulman at American Future on the struggles going on in the Dem party. It deserves to be an op-ed in the NYT, along with another must-read which Shulman links - Beinart's piece A Fighting Faith in the always-interesting New Republic.
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"token dem?" There are republicans around here? Where? I want names.
Happy Father's Day to all. If you're not one, you've got one.
As regular readers may know, The Chairman is the Chair and CEO of a fortune 500 company and a "moderate - aka "rational" Dem.
He lost many pals on 9-11, and is a Vietnam vet.
A CT resident, he is a staunch Lieberman supporter against the upstart surrenderist, but who happens to also be a very good fellow, but temporarily confused.
Excellent Post! The Dems need to look back to the way FDR put his coalition together [Conrad Black's book, "Champion of Freedom] and how the Truman Doctrine extended that legacy of high, but common, ideals. The left dogma deeply embedded in the party's platform is the cause of the CT pain Lieberman must endure. The identity politics of the pro-choice, pro-stem cell research and pro raise in minimum wage dogma will ensure the Dems are shut out of Power. In the Iowa Dem primary, these 3 issues were a mantra for the front runner and eventual winners. Leaving so much room in the middle for Karl Rove to dig in deep ensure's a continued march in the wilderness.
As yet another ex-Dem, I understand how you feel. The Dems havelost their cojones, and they do not appear to love their country. That is their problem. I do not hate them, but I wonder where they are "coming from."
What are they willing to fight for? It seems like - nothing at all - except freebie vote-buying. They have to be better than that.
Whoa! Nice post, Chairman. But it is time for you to cross over the line.
Nobody cares what happens in CT - they are hopeless, like MA.
But there is an entire nation, with common sense, out there. Think about it. Old Yankee-land has lost its values, and will never recover them. It's a damn shame, too.
If this were world war 2, you Dems would be surrending. Get a grip!
You always do good posts, Chairman.
I appreciate your loyalty.
But you are way out of date. The liberals are jihad-surrenderists, for sure. Surrenderists to anything, because they hate the US. They hate their own nation, which is still the free-est in the world, with the most chances for everyone to pursue their own dreams. Our current liberals would easily justify surrendering to Hitler, and Hirohito.
SDA linked you. Your post is not a rant, although you may think it is - I think you (or the wife) understands the battle for the common-sense middle.
If we do not have some faith in that, we should forget about democracy as a concept.
Oswald did not only great damage, historically, to the US - he damaged Canada too, indirectly, because there is lots of osmosis (mostly from you to us).
Anyway, thanks for the post, and we will read you, now that we have found Maggie's Farm.
I hate to be crude, but only a bigger scumbag than the Holy Lieberman would go up against this guy.
It's the issue of the lesser evil.
Lieberman, at least, has balls. Maybe there are lots of angry women out there, who hate guys with balls.
Sorry - I am pissed about the CT senatorial mess.
Hey - I am in Waterbury, CT, and I follow politics a bit and this Lamont kid is a weenie brat who probably plays paddle tennis and not racketball and has no Marine Corps experience and could not handle an M16 if the Jihad was busting in his front door in Greenwich.
Let's get rid of this wimp, fellow Dems!
You are exactly the kind of person the party doesnt need. You represent the ancient past of a party that needs to stand for peace and equality. Get out of our party! Go join the neanderthal capitalist uneducated war-monger Repub thugs, moron, along with the rest of your moronic cobloggers on your hoitytoity blog that refuses to see the crisis the world is in and America is in.
The ancient part of the party? Crisis in America? Like in the Depression? The Cold War? The Korean War? The Vietnam quagmire?
It seems ancient Democrats have weathered a few tough times by building bridges across cultural, economic, religious and economic divides. This was accomplished by constructing the real "big tent" of politics. There are some on the left with respect for no one, stemming from a lack of self-respect of course. Intellectual honesty in the MSM or at the Daily Kos? I don't think so. Ad-hoc adhominem, like you, is more like it.
As a former Dem with a heavy Socialist background I can appreciate where you're coming from, and rejecting the philosophical me-only attachments that CK seems adhered-to is what made me recognize that my history had been stolen by such as that - so I moved-on to no-surrender. Give War a Chance.
CK is a Troll. Discussion is great, and debate, but some prefer name-calling and that does nothing good for the country.
Your all mad.... As a canadian I can only look with disbelief at american politics. The whole world hates you. You are involved in an unwinnable war started due to lies or incompetence. Your nation has a huge deficit. Forty million of your people have no health coverage at all. You have the highest infant mortality rate in the developed world. You seem to care a great deal about fetuses but niothing about actual babies. Yet instead of concentrating on solving these crises you are worried about gay marriage and flag burning. In Canada we have universal health care, that is much cheaper then your system and results in us have a much longer life expectancy and a much lower infant mortality rate. We have a much lower crime rate and a budget surplus for the past 7 years. We have decided to allow gay marriage and guess what? The world did not come to an end. Our social fabric did not collapse. The person who posted this is not a real democrat. Democrats believe that we live in a society from which all benefit and to which we all must contribute.
To sum up. Youa re all mad, greedy and short sighted.