Sunday, November 27, 2005

Theme day: a sour taste for the Democratic Party

It must be "theme day" here at the world headquarters of Doug Ross @ Journal, because we've found a recurring theme in several missives penned by prominent pundits:

The Pew Political Center's research is digested by Maggie Gallagher; some odd statistics come to the fore (commentary courtesy of EIB):

68% of Pro-Government Conservatives say they 'often can't make ends meet.' Yet 76% of them agree that 'most people can get ahead with hard work,' compared to 14% of Disadvantaged Democrats," who don't believe that. Does that not sum it up? Fourteen percent of disadvantaged Democrats -- only 14% of them -- believe that you can get ahead with hard work. That means what? That 86% of disadvantaged Democrats think work is worthless, that hard work is pointless.

The Washington Post, obviously not a mouthpiece for the right, reports bi-partisan polling finds that Democratic criticism of the war is hurting morale (smart-aleck remarks beginning with the word 'duh' omitted):

Seventy percent of people surveyed said that criticism of the war by Democratic senators hurts troop morale -- with 44 percent saying morale is hurt "a lot," according to a poll taken by RT Strategies. Even self-identified Democrats agree: 55 percent believe criticism hurts morale, while 21 percent say it helps morale.

The American Spectator features Ben Stein's latest, which hopes for a day when the Democrats' Neville Chamberlain brigade will be in the distinct minority. It's a nice thought, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

I see a frightening pattern here: the Democrats wanted us out of Vietnam, and never mind the genocide that followed. The Democrats want us out of Iraq and never mind that the Baathists will fill the vacuum and all Iraq will be screaming in pain except the murderers, who will exult — especially Osama bin Laden. Can it be that the Democrats really want to surrender to the same man who killed 3,000 civilians on 9/11 and laughed about it? Are we so weak that in only four years, after a war smaller in casualties than many unknown battles of the Civil War, we are already eager to surrender to the man who murdered women and children and made terrified couples hold hands and leap to their deaths from the World Trade Center? If so, there really is little hope for us as a people. My prayer is that careful reflection will convince the Democrats that while we are all unhappy about the war, war is hell, and surrender is far worse. Maybe the Copperheads in the Democrat party, like those who wanted appeasement of the slave owners one hundred and forty years ago, will be a minority, and those who want to keep up the fight for human decency will prevail even as the Neville Chamberlains speak of peace at any price.

Her fifteen minutes may be up.

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