The most despicable of political tactics

A lot of people have said that the Democrats of today have very little in common with the Democrats of yesteryear. They point to such notable Democrats of the past as Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Scoop Jackson, and the like, and wonder where their modern-day heirs are.

One of the things I admired about Harry Truman was the origin of his “Give ’em Hell, Harry” nickname. He was told to do so by one of his supporters. Truman replied, “I just told the truth and they thought it was Hell.”

It’s a good thing the haberdasher from Hannibal isn’t around to see what’s become of his party.

Last week, the Republican National Committee released an ad on the internet. In it, they didn’t toss around any accusations, they just played clips of the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and a leading Democratic senator.

This brought howls of protest from the Democrats, who promptly went digging for honored veterans to hide behind. Senator Inouye of Hawaii, who won the Medal of Honor and lost an arm in service to our nation while his family was interned for being of Japanese origin, led the charge, denouncing the ad and calling for it to be taken down.

Two things immediately spring to mind:

1) I wonder where the Democrats’ newfound respect for veterans came from. It was nowhere in evidence in 1992 or 1996, when a draft-dodger who had publicly expressed his “loathing” for the military ran against two men with distinguished war records.

2) It speaks volumes that the Democrats think that it is “shameful and disgusting” to simply repeat the words of their own leadership, and to give those views more publicity.

Perhaps the Democrats ought to tell us when they are speaking publicly whether they are actually speaking for the record, and when we should simply ignore what they say. It’d make it a lot easier for those of us trying to follow their positions…

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