With the elections coming up in November, it’s important for the American people to take a hard look at how both political parties intend to handle the war on terrorism. Republicans believe in winning the war in Iraq, aggressively pursuing terrorists far from our shores, and using our intelligence assets to prevent another attack.
On the other hand, the Democrats have no strategy at all. Of course, they would deny that, but undercutting every effort to fight terrorism and then planning to blame any terrorist attacks that happen as a result on George Bush isn’t a strategy.
Sadly, you have to go all the way back to their vote for the war in Afghanistan, way back in 2001, to find the Democratic Party making themselves of use in the War on Terror…well, wait, that’s not exactly true. The Democratic Party has, in an act of unparalleled moral courage akin to coming out against child molestation, endorsed capturing Osama Bin Laden. Clap. Clap. Clap. Great job, guys.
Aside from those two meager contributions to the War on Terror, the majority of Democrats in Washington have been nothing but a hindrance to Republicans who want to stop another 9/11 from occurring on American soil.
What’s that, you say? Democrats want to stop terrorism from occurring, too? That’s fantastic, but what have they actually done about it? From where most Americans are sitting, Democrats seem to oppose terrorism about the same way that they oppose abortion. They may say that they want abortion to be safe, rare and legal, but in practice, they oppose any and every policy that might actually cut into the number of abortions. When it comes to terrorism, they say that they’re serious about fighting it, but they oppose almost every policy that might actually make it easier for us to kill the terrorists or prevent them from murdering Americans.
They want to close Gitmo, kill the Patriot Act, oppose putting a wall at the border, don’t want to use data mining to track the terrorists, protest tapping calls to international terrorists, want to give classified information to terrorists on trial, think we shouldn’t use mild techniques like sleep deprivation while interrogating Al-Qaeda members, and they want to cut and run in Iraq.
In fact, they’ve become so hostile to fighting the war on terrorism that they actually knocked off Joe Lieberman, the only credible Democrat in the Senate on national security issues, in the Connecticut primary. They might as well just change their mascot from a donkey to a neutered French Poodle that’s rolled over on his back exposing his throat.
It’s almost impossible to overstate how bad the Democratic Party is on national security issues. In fact, if the entire Democratic Party in Congress were on al Qaeda’s payroll, the only way you could tell the difference would be that the terrorist-controlled senators would vote in favor of national security issues more often than Dems like Ted Kennedy so that people wouldn’t figure out that they were ringers.
Now typically, the Democrats bitterly complain that people are calling them unpatriotic when it’s pointed out that they’re supporting policies that help America’s enemies and make it more likely that Americans are going to die. But, their problem isn’t patriotism, it’s priorities. As a general rule, they hate Bush more than they hate the terrorists, they put politics above national security, and they’re more concerned about "world opinion" than they are about protecting America.
Quite frankly, that is an unforgivable flaw in a political party. Paraphrasing something that Denis Healey once said, if "our security is imperiled, we have no houses, we have no hospitals, we have no schools. We have a heap of cinders." So, saying that the Democrats are a fine party except that they’re weak on national defense is like saying that you have a great car, but it explodes in a cataclysmic fireball if it goes over 55 MPH.
It’s tragic to see that the party of Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Scoop Jackson has turned into the party of John Murtha, Cindy Sheehan, and Howard Dean, but it’s the dangerous reality that Americans have to live with. A vote for the Democratic Party is a vote for going back to the failed pre-9/11 policies of Bill Clinton that left America wide open to terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, what the Democratic Party seems unable or unwilling to comprehend is that just because they’re tired of the war on terrorism, doesn’t mean that they can just call the whole thing off. Either we can have a party in office that believes in fighting against terrorism or we can have a party of ostriches, who want to bury their heads in the sand. But, either way, the terrorists are going to keep relentlessly trying to rack up a huge American bodycount. Since that’s the case and we’re still in danger, we’re better off saying, "Thank God the Republicans are in charge," instead of, "Oh my God, the Democrats are in charge."