22 May, 2008

Fantastic Article By Joe Lieberman

There's a fantastic article by Joe Lieberman (I-CN) in today's WSJ on the changes to the Democratic party in recent years. It goes along with something I've said myself many times. If John F. Kennedy were alive today, he'd be a Republican.

A couple quotes to whet your appetite:

And this was the Democratic Party of John F. Kennedy, who promised in his inaugural address that the United States would "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of freedom."


Of course that leftward lurch by the Democrats did not go unchallenged. Democratic Cold Warriors like Scoop Jackson fought against the tide. But despite their principled efforts, the Democratic Party through the 1970s and 1980s became prisoner to a foreign policy philosophy that was, in most respects, the antithesis of what Democrats had stood for under Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy.

and the zinger:

A great Democratic secretary of state, Dean Acheson, once warned "no people in history have ever survived, who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies." This is a lesson that today's Democratic Party leaders need to relearn.

As they say, read the whole thing.

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