I have to hand it to the Democrats—so far this year they have run a pretty good campaign. They have done well fundraising, they have taken advantage of the political climate, and they have even recruited moderate, so-what pro-life candidates to make them competitive in some crucial races. I’ve been surprised by some of the values-themed ads Democrats have been running this year, with scripts that could work for the most conservative Republicans in the heart of the Bible Belt!
The Washington Post informed us recently that Democrat candidates this year are even better looking! And, despite Karl Rove’s vaunted turnout models, according to one news report in New York, Democrats are leading among the dead. That’s right, deceased voters have been casting ballots for the Democrats by a 4-to-1 ratio.
But, at the end of the day, there are real differences between the two parties and a vote for a Democrat congressional candidate is a vote to empower the radical left by making Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco speaker of the House and Harry Reid majority leader in the Senate. By the way, has anyone seen Reid and Pelosi lately? Does part of the Democrat strategy involve hiding its leaders until after the election?
While they have tried hard to hide their true colors, on occasion they let their guard down and tell folks exactly what they think. Rep. Charlie Rangel did that a few weeks ago when he said he couldn’t think of a single Bush tax cut that he would renew as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and suggested he would try to cut off funding for the war in Iraq.
Recently, we witnessed another of those candid moments, when Sen. John Kerry (D.-Mass.) told a group of college students: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” Translation: Only stupid kids join the military.
As the saying goes, old habits die hard. Last year, Kerry accused our troops of “terrorizing Iraqi women and children in the dead of the night.” Thirty years ago, Kerry endeared himself to the left by slandering his fellow servicemen in Vietnam, accusing them of committing atrocities and war crimes “reminiscent of Genghis Khan.” Unfortunately, the left just cannot contain its loathing for America and the institutions that support traditional values—be they churches, the family, or the military.
Speaking in Georgia this week, President Bush fired back at Kerry, saying, “The senator’s suggestion that the men and women of our military are somehow uneducated is insulting and shameful. Our troops did not enlist because they did not study hard in school or do their homework. The men and women who serve in our all-volunteer Armed Forces … are serving because they are patriots—and Senator Kerry owes them an apology.”
Sen. John McCain, in a tersely worded statement, also demanded an apology from his Senate colleague: “The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn’t live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.”
Thousands of our fellow citizens died on Sept. 11, 2001. Now we’re fighting the jihadists overseas, trying to bring freedom to the Middle East. But how is our nation going to survive when we have politicians ridiculing patriotism and suggesting that military service and sacrifice is something for stupid kids?
While I vehemently disagree with Kerry’s statement, I am thankful he spoke up when he did. Despite the media’s prognostications, this election is not over yet, and neither is the war against Islamofascism. America can survive so long as the views expressed by Kerry remain in the minority in the public square and in Congress.