After six years of George W. Bush as President of the United States, the senior leadership of the Democratic Party is still carrying the baggage of the “Two That Got Away.” Day after day we hear those “Democratic Leaders” and their constant barrage of insults and in some cases outright misrepresentations concerning the current administration. Rarely do we hear those “Senior Leaders” offer reasonable alternative courses to the path we are now on as a nation. Never has this been more evident than during last night’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. This fact was not lost on the President as evidenced by this portion of his speech last night.
“In a system of two parties, two chambers, and two elected branches, there will always be differences and debate. But even tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone, and our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger. To confront the great issues before us, we must act in a spirit of goodwill and respect for one another -- and I will do my part. Tonight the state of our Union is strong -- and together we will make it stronger.” (Applause.)
Later in the night, the Democratic leadership once again showed its hatred and disrespect for the administration when the President made these comments on Social Security reform.
“The retirement of the baby boom generation will put unprecedented strains on the federal government. By 2030, spending for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid alone will be almost 60 percent of the entire federal budget. And that will present future Congresses with impossible choices -- staggering tax increases, immense deficits, or deep cuts in every category of spending. Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security -- (applause) -- yet the rising cost of entitlements is a problem that is not going away. (Applause.) And every year we fail to act, the situation gets worse”.
After the President’s speech concluded came the “Official Democratic Response” from Governor Tim Kaine (D) of Virgina. Imagine my surprise (and the disgust of Senior Democrats) at the unusually positive tone of Governor Kaine’s official response. Here's an excerpt:
“As Americans, we do great things when we work together. Some of our leaders in Washington seem to have forgotten that. I want to offer some good news tonight — there is a better way.”
The Governor of Washington, Democrat Gary Locke, also gave a similarly positive response to the President’s address. While both were critical of President Bush on certain issues, both presented ideas and thoughts on how to try to make life in America better. Both are to be commended for breaking away from the negativity. Even if I don’t agree with their “thoughts and ideas,” I personally found it refreshing to hear voices from the other side offer alternatives rather than the typical hate and rancor we normally hear from opposition leaders.
Unfortunately, that positive display didn’t last long though. This morning, party leadership was back at it again…spewing their hate and venom ad nauseum. When party leadership consists of people like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, and Howard Dean…one would have no right to expect anything less.If the Democrat Party ever hopes to win back the respect and support of mainstream and moderate Americans, the party is going to have to come up with leaders who can toss that baggage from the Gore and Kerry losses aside and move forward. Move forward by getting rid of those who hate so passionately, by offering legitimate alternatives, and by working to solve the problems of the country instead of doing everything they can to make them worse.
(originally posted 2-2-06 on Yahoo 360)