It's Worse Than We Thought

Earlier this year, I wrote that congressional Democrats would disappoint their liberal base because “holding power means compromise.” I was wrong. Democrats are doing their level best to please their radical leftist constituencies, and it’s worse than we thought. In their first 100 days in control of Congress, they have introduced legislation that would cripple small business, surrender in Iraq, socialize our medical care and extend the redundant hypocrisy of “hate crimes” to gays.

The Dems recently passed the “Employee Free Choice Act” through the House. This Communist-inspired legislation (no kidding…the Communist Party USA has proudly endorsed it) removes a worker’s right to a secret ballot when deciding whether or not to join a union. Unions could invade workplaces with a “card-check” system that lets them organize if a majority of workers sign up.

Imagine a burly Teamster showing up at your home on a Saturday morning, pressuring you to vote in favor of the union. A small business owner with three employees could be forcibly unionized if two of those employees sign the card. Employees who don’t want to work in a union environment would lose their right to vote on this issue.

If you think having unions infest America’s 22 million small businesses, demanding absurd wages and outrageous pensions, is a good idea, ask General Motors. After being systematically eviscerated by the United Auto Workers for the last 50 years, GM has now fallen behind Toyota as the world’s number one maker of automobiles.

From there we move on to the condescending protection of “minorities” in the form of superfluous hate crimes legislation. The latest attempt has been named the Matthew Shepard Act, in honor of a Wyoming meth addict killed in a drug deal gone bad. The fact that he happened to be gay apparently entitled him to more protection than your average straight meth addict.

Do we really believe that a murderer is going to pause in the commission of his crime and say, “Wait, you’re not gay, are you?” What if the killer himself comes out of the closet while on trial? Is it no longer a hate crime? And what are the ramifications for a preacher who dares to tell his congregation what the Bible says about homosexuality? Suppose the next day a homosexual is beaten up in that community? Is that preacher’s sermon now “hate speech?”

Then there is the issue the Dems think is their ticket back to the Oval Office: THE WAR. The “This Is Hard So Let’s Give Up” bill is set to cross the president’s desk this week with a date certain for U.S. surrender to the terrorists in Iraq. Predictably, it will be vetoed. This legislation was passed so that Dems can go back to their districts next year and say, “We tried to bring the boys home, but Bush wanted them to stay and get killed.” One of the few Democrats I know of who has consistently hoped for our troops to fail is Dennis Kucinich. The fact that Dennis Kucinich is now a Democratic trendsetter may just be the saddest thing ever.

And, of course, there is the constant Democrat drumbeat to return to the tired old concept of “universal health care.” This idea will not die, despite the utter failure of such programs in Europe, Canada and elsewhere.

Several other pieces of legislation are in the works. One is an elaboration of the original 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which would cost businesses millions and give even more paid leave to new parents. How on earth did we, as Americans, ever manage to have both kids and jobs before 1993? The average family today has fewer children and more disposable income than any previous generation, and yet we need even more time off than they did?

Democrats are singing the same socialist tune they have since FDR declared himself Nanny-in-Chief. It goes something like this (especially since the sixties): “You cannot take care of yourself. You deserve more than others. Rich people owe you. Armed conflict is never the answer, especially when it takes longer than a month. You deserve free medical coverage. If you are gay, non-white, female, ‘transgendered’ or whatever, you need even more protection.”

Here’s the reality: we are Americans. Let’s start acting more like adults and less like Democrats.