I think this is supposed to go into my personal diary, but I am not familiar with the software, so I apologize if it doesn’t.
Today, slate.com published an article comparing Democratic leadership with the three stooges. This is what I think their response should be.
“The Democratic leadership is honored at being compared to a group of theatrical performers whose genius has given so much pleasure to generations of Americans; after all, there is no higher achievement for a progressive leadership than a happy America. We appreciate the three stooges as a uniquely American cultural phenomena.”
However, what I want to write about is the other message in the article, that somehow, not attacking the war in Iraq, (or the American President) is somehow a failure in leadership.
This is what I think the response to that should be.
“The Democratic party is for (and of) America. Whatever its differences with the Republicans, we will never forget that both parties share a common goal, that of a more perfect union. If would be against the basic principles of the Democratic party to attack any policy simply because it was endorsed by Republicans. Republicans represent a significant portion of America, and the Democratic party respects their views and welcomes their input.
The Democratic leadership rejects any notion that party affiliation has any basis for a decision on America’s future, if we support an end to the war in Iraq, it will be because that is the proper decision given the circumstances.
That being said, the Democratic party does have a different vision for America than the Republicans, and thats what our leaders are espousing.
It is not a platform of opposition and hate, but of reuniting America; for far too long now, an America divided has paid far too little attention to the important challenges facing us all.
America is losing it’s place as the leader in the worlds economy, as the leader of the worlds morals, and we are hard put to even hold on to our vital national assets, or rescue our citizens when disaster strikes, let alone hold onto the jobs that form the basis for the public welfare.
These issues are what we need to pay attention to.
Even though President Bush is a Republican, he is still America’s leader, and the Democratic party would have preferred that he had succeeded in leading America. It is our country too, and we want nothing but the best for it, regardless of who gets credit.
Unfortunately, a leader whose policies can get only a third of his followers to follow him isn’t succeeding at his most basic responsibility.
More importantly, after many years, Republican policies aren’t producing the results that everyone had hoped for. It seems like it is time to try a different approach.
The Democratic party would like a chance to take America in a new direction, one that will restore America to its proper place as the leader of the Free world, and as one country… indivisible.
All of America, not just those we agree with. The Democratic leadership is not one of Pavlov’s puppies, to react on demand when a progressive bell is rung.
The Democratic leadership prefers to leave the option of such knee jerk responses to those who feel more comfortable having a canine in their ancestry.
The Democratic platform will not have simplistic answers to complex questions, we have more respect for Americans than that. Issues that affect us all deserve a thorough airing in a public forum, one where everyone can make their views heard.
The democratic platform will reflect that view, a return to a single America, an America that commands respect, not for our armies, powerful as they may be, but for our character as a people and our accomplishments as a nation.”