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When a lifelong liberal thinks the Democratic party has moved too far to the left, maybe it's time for the Dems to do some self-reevaluation. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn), former Democratic vice presidential nominee only 8 short years ago, described the Dems hard left turn during an interview with George Stephanopolous. See the video here.
Lieberman describes the Dems as isolationist, protectionist, and anti-free trade. He left out that they are also anti-capitalist, liberty killing, statist appeasers mired in a blinding fog of misguided moral equivalence.
Lieberman says the man who most closely resembles Lieberman's role model, JFK, is John S. McCain. Liebs will get no argument from me there, since I think the current group of socialist hyper-partisans who lead the Democrats have little in common with Jack Kennedy. Kennedy was a military man (warmonger !), a tax cutter who understood free markets (capitalist pig !), and stood up to communism (imperialist !). Moveon.org, DailyKos, and Code Pink would NOT approve. Neither would Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, or any of the other leftist class warriors populating the congressional halls these days. I presume JFK would not be welcome in Berkeley, California either.
Joe Lieberman was excommunicated from the progressive church for one mortal sin. He wouldn't support the party's cut and run strategy in Iraq. That amounted to a tacit endorsement of a George W. Bush policy (so I guess that's really two mortal sins in one. I believe Dems are currently forbidden by liberal sharia law to agree with Bush on anything, ever). Lieberman, unlike Pelosi and pals, realizes that foreign policy is slightly more complicated than strict adherence to the 1960's slogan "war hurts children and other living things."
So does John McCain. Here's an excerpt from McCain's recent foreign policy speech:
"In Vietnam, where I formed the closest friendships of my life, some of those friends never came home to the country they loved so well. I detest war. It might not be the worst thing to befall human beings, but it is wretched beyond all description. When nations seek to resolve their differences by force of arms, a million tragedies ensue. The lives of a nation's finest patriots are sacrificed. Innocent people suffer and die. Commerce is disrupted; economies are damaged; strategic interests shielded by years of patient statecraft are endangered as the exigencies of war and diplomacy conflict. Not the valor with which it is fought nor the nobility of the cause it serves, can glorify war. Whatever gains are secured, it is loss the veteran remembers most keenly. Only a fool or a fraud sentimentalizes the merciless reality of war...But I am, from hard experience and the judgment it informs, a realistic idealist. I know we must work very hard and very creatively to build new foundations for a stable and enduring peace. We cannot wish the world to be a better place than it is. We have enemies for whom no attack is too cruel, and no innocent life safe, and who would, if they could, strike us with the world's most terrible weapons. There are states that support them, and which might help them acquire those weapons because they share with terrorists the same animating hatred for the West, and will not be placated by fresh appeals to the better angels of their nature. This is the central threat of our time, and we must understand the implications of our decisions on all manner of regional and global challenges could have for our success in defeating it".
There isn't anyone running on the Democrat side who can even sniff McCain from the standpoint of experience, and it's experience that informs judgement. Obama's racist pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wrong, says "Hillary has never been called a (bleep)", but he leaves out that Obama has never spent any time in the Hanoi Hilton either, which is a whole helluva lot worse than being called a name (assuming Obama has even ever been called that name).
Barack Obama calls McCain's talk "the politics of the past", and boils McCain's lifetime of experiences and judgement down to calling McCain "a Bush 3rd termer". That is denigrating and disrespectful of a man who has given as much for his country as John McCain has.
If McCain is a "realistic idealist", Obama is merely an "idealist". Reality is excluded from the equation. Obama acts as if the power of his rhetoric alone can sway the world. Obama seems to believe, unlike McCain, that he CAN "wish the world to be a better place than it is". That has little to do with the politics of the past or the future, or the politics of hope and change, but it does have a lot to do with the politics of naivete. As the old saying goes, 'wishing won't make it so'.
If we must consider McCain to be a quasi-Democrat, okay, so be it. But if we must elect one of those three remaining Democrats to be the president of the United States, and we do, I'll take the one who most closely resembles JFK, not the ones who most closely resemble Hugo Chavez.
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