Monday, November 28, 2005

 

Dissent Is Not Patriotic...

...when its purley partisan.

This logic is lost on the Democrats and their allies as their line of attack continues despite its obvious harm to the war effort:
Democrats fumed last week at Vice President Cheney's suggestion that criticism of the administration's war policies was itself becoming a hindrance to the war effort. But a new poll indicates most Americans are sympathetic to Cheney's point.

Seventy percent of people surveyed said that criticism of the war by Democratic senators hurts troop morale -- with 44 percent saying morale is hurt 'a lot,' according to a poll taken by RT Strategies. Even self-identified Democrats agree: 55 percent believe criticism hurts morale, while 21 percent say it helps morale.

The results surely will rankle many Democrats, who argue that it is patriotic and supportive of the troops to call attention to what they believe are deep flaws in President Bush's Iraq strategy. But the survey itself cannot be dismissed as a partisan attack. The RTs in RT Strategies are Thomas Riehle, a Democrat, and Lance Tarrance, a veteran GOP pollster.
Bryan Preston notes:
Just because a former Democrat Attorney General is defending Saddam Hussein in his trial on charges of committing crimes against humanity, that's no reason to question anyone's patriotism.

Just because former President Jimmy Carter, who by the way is a Democrat, is lying to the country about the war in Iraq, and most Democrats agree with him and hold him up as a leader, that's no reason to question anyone's patriotism.

Just because Al Gore and Howard Dean and Joe Biden and Ted Kennedy and Jack Murtha and dozens of other Democrats are currently fibbing about the war--and it's so easy to prove that they are--that's no reason to question anyone's patriotism.

Just because you can click on the button below and find dozens of quotes from dozens of Democrats talking about how unacceptable it would be to allow Saddam Hussein to develop weapons of mass destruction, yet they've all spent the past two years saying that there never was a threat and that Bush lied about it to take us to war for oil or Halliburton or whatever canard suits them today, that's no reason to question anyone's patriotism.
Compare the behavior of the Democrats to this:
Thomas Dewey and Wendell Willkie were two of the best men to never win the Presidency. Thrice, in 1940, 1944 and 1948, the fellow New Yorkers went down to defeat against Democratic Presidents immeasurably bolstered by the perils and successes of war.

Despite this, neither man made an issue of the war. Certainly there was much to critique: Franklin Roosevelt’s strategic vision was profoundly flawed; the Pearl Harbor disaster was ripe for critique; and Harry Truman’s handling of postwar affairs was hardly sterling. And yet, neither Dewey nor Willkie chose to make partisan or campaign issues of any of these things. Indeed, on the signal event of the era, they remained virtually silent. Why?
Read the whole thing.

As I've noted before, American national security is not the top priority of Democrats. Sad but true.

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