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Oct 16th 2003

“they oppose using our armed forces…”

today i decided to go back and read the democratic national convention’s 2000 party platform, to be more informed, i suppose. little did i know i would be entering fairy-tale land, full of fanciful scenarios and absurd promises. i also found some disheartening hypocrisy (the most outrageously false and/or hypocritical statements have been bolded by me):

The Democratic Party believes that America’s peace and security depend on our unflagging leadership and engagement in global affairs-and that Forward Engagement is the strategy that must guide us. We must maintain America’s economic and military strength.

At a time when new conditions require new thinking, the Republican Party offers little more than outdated positions and a narrow worldview that lets international problems fester.

Some Republicans believe America should turn away from the world. They oppose using our armed forces as part of international solutions, even when regional conflicts threaten our interests and our values.

Al Gore and the Democratic Party recognize the possibility of change in Iran, but we remain focused on the realities. Even as elements in Iran press for reform, the country still supports international terrorism, strives to acquire weapons of mass destruction, and represses its citizens, as evidenced by the immoral trial of 13 Jews in Shiraz. Ultimately, we must judge Iran by its actions. Al Gore will make an all-out effort to halt Iran’s acquisition of weapons of mass destruction and delivery systems.

In Iraq, we are committed to working with our international partners to keep Saddam Hussein boxed in, and we will work to see him out of power. Bill Clinton and Al Gore have stood up to Saddam Hussein time and time again (??????). As President, Al Gore will not hesitate to use America’s military might against Iraq when and where it is necessary.

As President, Al Gore will tolerate no attack against American interests at home or abroad: terrorists must know that if they attack America, we will never forget. We will scour the world to hunt them down and bring them to justice.

this may sound made up to you, but it is not. go there and read it all yourself. sadly, the democratic party has completely switched it’s stance on iran, iraq, terror, war, peace, chicken ‘n’ dumplins–you name it–since the 2000 campaign. 180 friggin’ degrees, baby! for whatever reason, when president bush sought to follow these policies he was heavily criticized. senator tom daschle, for example, was “saddened, saddened.” for more fun with al gore and the 2000 election, i recommend algorerules.com.

the truth is, the democratic party has been scrambling desperately to criticize everything about america and it’s leadership lately. they hope that by creating an atmosphere of pessimism they can get people so worried, they’ll throw bush out and we can “ring in” the left’s make-believe new era of mystical peace and happiness.

in defense of two democratic presidential candidates, bushblog has pointed out that gephardt and lieberman have supported the iraq war and the $87 billion aid package.

Gephardt said he’s often asked whether his Iraq position will backfire in the relatively liberal primaries. “I don’t care,” he said. “I did what I thought was right.”

could we get some more of that? and less of you calling someone a “miserable failure” repeatedly when he does what your party said it would do in similar circumstances?

2 Responses to ““they oppose using our armed forces…””

  1. Amy

    Once again, I have had so much fun reading your blog that I just realized I have to be to work in 7 hours. Why do I do this? Anyway, I really liked this particular piece—we have had a great discussion on this right when the War on Iraq broke out—but it has been awhile so I don’t know if you remember or not. Maybe I’ll post something tomorrow after I get a few meager hours of sleep. This blog is like caffeine—it keeps you up all night. I love it though. 🙂

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