Democrats

George McGovern

George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic candidate for president, has been admitted to hospice care. Senator McGovern is 90, and approaching his final days.

While I wish him peace and comfort in his final days, it brought back some memories of a fundamental change in the two parties’ nature.

During the 1972 election, I was still living in Louisiana, and there was zero chance of McGovern taking our state.

I remember that the talk among old timers was that “our Democrats sure have strayed off the reservation.” Recall that 40 years ago, the Democrats in the South were still the party of “segregation forever, integration never!” And, in 1968, just four years earlier, George Wallace beat Nixon soundly. The Democrat, Humphrey, being a Yankee, might as well have been Abraham Lincoln, and came in a far-distant third.

Fast forward to today, and McGovern should take the blame for leading the destruction of the Democratic Party.

All that said, I never thought of McGovern as a bad man. Just very, very out of touch with America. Sadly, he has taken the Democrats with him over the edge.

Give ‘em Hell, Barry!

Sounds almost like the great rallying cry during the 1948 presidential election: Give ‘em Hell, Harry! Harry Truman was a feisty, unapologetic New Deal Democrat. Unlike today’s Democrats, he also was a great friend of Israel (hey, Harry was a Baptist; it’s what we do), and over-rode his State Department’s Arabists by recognizing Israel the moment they declared their independence.

Fast forward to the Democrat convention this week in Charlotte, and we see how Barry, a/k/a Barack Hussein Obama, is rather unlike Harry, in many, many ways. One of those ways came to a head yesterday over the party’s platform.

Now, very few of us, partisan supporters or otherwise, read these dreary documents. Yet they can be instructive. The Democrat platform dropped two fairly significant things, before some of us in the loyal opposition happened to notice and call their attention to them: God and Jerusalem.

Again, as a Baptist, I can see a rather direct connection between those two things. God promised what is now Israel (and, to be complete, all of today’s Jordan) to the Jews. And, roughly 3,000 years ago, David established Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jews.

Jerusalem remains, for Jews and Christians, central to the Jewish state, their capital. More to the point, it is where the sovereign modern state of Israel has its capital. But not to the Democrats today, it would seem.

Hence, reflecting the wishes of our left-leaning president, the Democrats drop the silly, 3,000 year old notion that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Oh, and while we’re at it, why don’t we simply get rid of any reference to God? It detracts from our messiah Barry’s claim to be The One.

Well, while few ever read party platforms, this subtraction gathered quick and negative coverage. So, like roaches when the lights are turned on, the Democrats scurried about, and added back language on God and Jerusalem being Israel’s capital.

Except, as we now know, it didn’t happen quietly or, as the party elders might have hoped, offstage. Nope, there it was, in full view of the cameras, as the bulk of the delegates voiced displeasure with the addition of God and Jerusalem.

The takeaway? Two things. First, today’s Democrats, at least the bigwigs at the convention, are not very pro-Israel or pro-God. This very much includes Obama. Or does anyone out there actually believe that high-visibility things like dropping God and Jerusalem aren’t approved by The One?

The second thing? The Democrats will do and say anything that helps win elections, even to the point of denying that there was ever any change.

I don’t think that Harry Truman would be comfortable as the nominee with this spineless bunch.

Belonging

Hillary Clinton was right, at least in part: it does take a village, or at least the village idiot, to imagine that this line from a DNC video would resonate with American voters.

The line: “The Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To.” This bit of honesty was perhaps unintended. Perhaps. The mindset? Pure Joe Stalin.

We actual Americans don’t “belong” to the government. It is supposed to belong to us, to serve us. Not the Democrat way, of us being mere cogs in the Leviathan state, in which we serve the government.

This is beyond creepy. It is brutal honesty.

Message to Democrats who support this kind of totalitarian thinking: I do not belong to any government. I am a free man. And will vote accordingly.

Keep the Sage…

…please, please, please, keep Joe Biden on the ticket. The Sage of Wilmington, Uncle Joe Biden, perhaps the stupidest man to be elected to the Senate since Foghorn Leghorn. Oh, right. Foghorn never made it to the Senate, but he likely would’ve been a smarter senator.

Uncle Joe is, as they say, gaffe-prone. Usually the mistakes can be laughed off, with a wink and a reference to “our lovable Uncle Joe.” Joe The Sage, however, really stepped in it last week when he talked to a heavily black audience in Danville, North Carolina Virginia.

What Joe did what classic Democrat lowest-common-denominator trash. As the editors of National Review put it,

Biden’s condescending “y’all” and phony mush-mouthed g-dropping suggest a great deal about what he really thinks of the southern blacks he is attempting to buffalo with this embarrassing nonsense. He should be ashamed of himself, and those who associate with him should be ashamed of themselves.

Well, perhaps it’s asking too much for Biden to be ashamed of himself. He is a Democrat politician for life, continually demonstrating how easily fooled the voters in Delaware must have been to keep on electing him. Unless, of course, the First Staters did not actually realize what a dunce Joe is, but that kind of reflects poorly on the state, doesn’t it?

As for the politics of Biden’s outrageous remarks, the NR editors lay the principal blame on the Democrats for tolerating this kind of nonsense:

To suggest as Biden did that Romney’s program has something — anything — in common with slave-trading is vile even by the standards of Democratic campaign rhetoric. That no Democrat of note has spoken up against it is a testament to the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the party and the political movement it represents.

This is not the party of FDR, Harry Truman, and JFK. This is the party of the radical left, the party that will do anything to gain and hold power.

Yes, Joe Biden is an idiot. Those in the Democrat ranks who can still think for themselves are either fooling themselves or are evil to let this kind of nonsense from the Vice President of the United States go unanswered.

Alien scourge

We’ve been invaded by aliens. Their leader is Barack Obama, and they are legion. They go by other names, the most polite of which is “Democrats.” They are intent on remaking the United States into something that more closely resembles modern-day Greece, or the much-beloved Communist China.

Obamacare is their current “achievement.” With its Orwellian formal title of “Affordable Care” it is locking its regulatory and taxing tendrils around our economy. That the Supreme Court ducked the issue is now moot. It does little good to look into every nuance of what Chief Justice John Roberts ate for breakfast, and how he’s playing the “long game.”

What truly matters is that Obamacare stays on the books, the only major entitlement program to garner not one single vote in either chamber from the Republicans. Not a one. Making Obamacare totally unlike Social Security, Medicare, and a myriad of other social welfare laws.

From Aliens, Lt. Ripley’s quote says what must be done to Obamacare: “Nuke the entire site from orbit–it’s the only way to be sure.”

Getting past the millions of words analyzing John Roberts’ decision, there’s only one thing that will actually work to reverse the hijacking of our liberty by Democrats: repeal the damned thing.

To do this, we Republicans need to do two things: elect Mitt Romney, and take back the U.S. Senate this November.

Nothing less will suffice, and the longer we allow Obama and his minions to remain in office, the greater the peril to our essential national character as a free people.

Ka-boom!

That explosion you may have heard yesterday was Newark Mayor Cory Booker blowing up the Democrat’s Bain is Evil strategy. Booker, new best friends with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, appeared on Meet the Press and had this to say (via the New York Times):

To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America, especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses. And this to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.

Oops. Doesn’t Mayor Booker know that he’s a liberal Democrat? And that Mitt Romney is Darth Vader, the man who eats puppies for breakfast (oh, that’s Barack, isn’t it?).

The reality is that some companies went bankrupt; others were founded and funded. The net result is many more jobs were created than lost. And the hard fact is that those companies that went bust did so because they could not compete in the marketplace. One must sympathize with those who lost their jobs. But don’t blame Mitt Romney or Bain. It would have happened sooner or later.

And, if you pay federal income taxes, at least know that when those companies brokered by Bain went under, it wasn’t us taxpayers who had to take the hit. Unlike Government Motors and the still-crappy Chrysler (new motto: “Now our bad cars are on your dime, America!”), who left taxpayers holding a $20 or so billion loss.

Thanks, Cory. Expect to hear his soundbite a lot, if the Dems continue to beat the drum against venture capitalists (except those who donate to Obama, of course).

You two, shut up

Eugene Volokh writes of the attempt by left-wingers to trash the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The proximate cause for this nonsense is the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which recognized incorporated entities as having full freedom of political expression. As being persons under the law. Sort of like unions, except the left isn’t particularly bothered by huge political contributions to Democrats and other liberals.

The left is, as always, hypocritical in who they attack. And none too fastidious about what essentials might be taken down in the fray. In this instance, nothing less than the right of two or more people to associate and exercise their freedom of speech.

This trashing of the First Amendment will likely go nowhere. Besides the Looney Left of Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Jim Moran, and a few other wingnuts, Democrats may be crazy but they’re not insane. While many otherwise normal-appearing Dems would love nothing better than to silence Fox News and National Review, they would run screeching from the thought that a Republican-run government could declare the Democrat House Organ, a/k/a The New York Times, no longer could publish. They’re not “persons,” after all.

Just to hammer home the point for those on the Left who think that the First Amendment applies only to those they agree with, it has always been the case in the United States that “person” is more than just a single human being. From 1 USC § 1 (yes, among the very first things mentioned in the compendium of our federal laws):

the words “person” and “whoever” include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals;

But what’s long-established law and our Constitution got to do with the Left’s desires to shut out those they disagree with?

As for the Citizens United decision, all I can relate is what I learned in law class a long time ago: corporations, under English and American law, are legal persons. Always have been. And since a “corporation” includes churches, newspapers, magazines, labor unions, and any two people who decide to incorporate, they always would and should be.

Nancy, you shut up and sit down. You’re getting overheated.