It's official: The Dems are losing
By Doug Patton
Despite my ongoing grumbling about GOP inaction on certain key issues important to the future of the Republic, a recent article from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reminded me once again why I remain a Republican.
I couldn't help but smile as I read about the latest official report from something called "The Democracy Corps." According to the Post-Dispatch, the report warns Democratic candidates that their party has "made little progress presenting themselves in a way that would capture rural voters or make inroads into other Republican turf."
Tapping into a brain trust consisting of such Democrat hotshots as Stan Greenberg, Bob Shrum and James Carville, this organization has managed to do what Democrats always do so well: spend lots of money to produce a study that states the obvious, only to create flawed strategies drawn from inaccurate conclusions. Their brilliant hypothesis this time: Democrats are losing elections. The reason: red state voters are failing to understand the moral values of the Democrat Party.
It is hard to imagine why their agenda is not resonating with the American people. After all, Democrats stand for so many things Americans hold dear, things like: purging all references to God from the public square; coddling violent criminals while banning the ownership of handguns by law-abiding citizens; the redistribution of wealth from those who have earned it to those who have not; capitulation to our terrorist enemies abroad; the surrender of American sovereignty to a corrupt world body (the U.N.); homosexual marriage; abortion on demand right up to the moment of birth; and the seizing of private property for commercial use if it produces more tax revenue for their precious government coffers.
What civic-minded American wouldn't support a sensible agenda like that?
Don't believe me? I offer as Exhibit "A" the national platform of the Democratic Party. It is one of the most socialist documents since Karl Marx wrote, "I have an idea for a manifesto" to his friend Frederick Engels. In fact, the Democrats' platform was written by radicals from organizations like MoveOn.org and the nation's teachers unions, who want nothing to do with traditional American values. These are the people who comprise the "grassroots" of the Democrat Party.
Exhibit "B" is its national chairman, Howard Dean, one of the shrillest liberals in the country. The only two more out-of-the-mainstream people the Dems could have chosen to lead their party are Michael Moore and George Soros. (Unofficially, at least, these two seem to be running the party, anyway.)
Then there is the Democrats' anointed 2008 presidential candidate, Hillary ("Where did I leave those Rose law firm billing records") Clinton. This is a woman with such contempt for the free enterprise system she tried to affect a government takeover of one seventh of the American economy in 1994. You will recall that her draconian health care proposal was so extreme her husband couldn't even get it through a Democrat Congress.
Finally, there is the United States Supreme Court. Democrats will tell you it is a "conservative, Republican court." Uh-huh. And John Kerry was a supply-sider. The left-wing decisions coming from our federal courts are so far away from the thinking of both the Founders of yesterday and the American people of today that the only question remaining is whether the Republic can be saved from judicial revue.
Democrat strategists like Carville, Shrum, Greenberg, et al, are in the business of winning elections. However, they will continue to lose as long as they think their party's "values" are the values of the American people. Their only hope lies in masquerading as something they are not. Voters didn't fall for that one in 2004. Let us hope they don't in 2006 or 2008.
Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor for federal, state and local candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly column can be read in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including www.TheConservativeVoice.com and www.GOPUSA.com, where he also serves as the Nebraska editor. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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