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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Dissent and The Opposition Party Today

Skip March posts the following:

Prior to the 2000 Presidential election Ted Kennedy accurately observed that Democrats were losing at the ballot box at the State and Federal government levels. His answer to the voice of the people was to block and overturn that voice through the courts. He cleverly and deceptively disguised this opposition tactic as a preservation of our constitutional rights. This position incorrectly postulates that the courts know better then the people as to what our constitutional rights are.

Recently on "Meet The Press" Howard Dean clearly indicated that the Democratic Party does not have a plan, whether it be regarding domestic policy or foreign policy. In fact, according to Dean the opposition Democratic Party doesn't have to have a plan, it just has to block any policy President Bush and Republicans support. In other words, the Democratic Party's position is to simply block the will of the people, not provide substantive alternatives. Dissent from other Democratic Party leaders tells us that they support the Kennedy/Dean position of blocking, overturning the will of the people and offering nothing of substance.

Some months ago I was having a conversation with someone who was wearing a button that stated, "Dissent is Patriotic". My immediate thought was no, dissent is dissent. It can be patriotic or unpatriotic, but dissent is dissent. I was going to bring this observation up, but decided not to since previous statements from this individual were long on anti-Bush bombast and short on specifics.....never mind.

At the core of Democratic Party dissent regarding Iraq is the premise that President Bush lied, misled, manipulated, distorted (pick one) intelligence to get us into the war. This is in direct contradiction to their own conclusions on Iraq intelligence pre and post 9/11. It is also in direct contradiction to any conclusions made by investigative committees co-chaired and in part populated by Democrats themselves (i.e 9/11 Commission, Charles Robb's WMD investigative committee, etc.). This is not to mention conclusions made by every other major intelligence agency in the world.

This dissent, which is a lie in itself, not only denigrates a sitting President but also the Presidency, not to mention the United States and its political institutions. Fortunately, the majority of Americans recognize this dissent as a political ploy. They also recognize that it is injurious to our troops, despite hollow claims of support for our troops. When the core of specific dissent is a lie, then it brings into serious question not only the messengers of that dissent, but also the dissent itself. Frankly it's a shame, no its shameful. Certainly this particular dissent is irresponsible and, by the way, unpatriotic.

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