- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The liberal rascals

Congratulations to all my liberal friends who are celebrating the drubbing they administered to President Bush and his Republican colleagues in Congress — a well-deserved drubbing, I might add, albeit not for the reasons my friends imagine (“A verdict on Republicans,” Editorial, Thursday).

Now let us anticipate the fruits of that victory that our country will enjoy: Nancy Pelosi and her crew will first and foremost attempt to raise our taxes, making all of us a little poorer and perhaps dampening the celebration. Then, in collusion with our misguided president, they will open wide the floodgates to illegal immigration and a path to amnesty, thereby weakening traditional American culture and throwing more cold water on the celebration.

Next, they will resuscitate President Clinton’s program of evisceration of our defense and intelligence capabilities, opening all of us to more egregious attacks by the minions of al Qaeda and its Islamofascist cohorts, making us wonder what the celebration was truly all about.

They will not stop there. They will block the nomination of outstanding jurists in the mold of John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito Jr. and promote the appointment of ultra-leftists like Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and other activist judges who will change the laws and customs of our land in ways that liberals desire but cannot achieve via legislation.

They will raise the minimum wage, which, aside from making them feel good about themselves, will throw out of work many low-skilled workers who need their jobs more than Mrs. Pelosi needs to feel good about herself. They will bash, belittle and besiege American businesses at every opportunity, secure in their belief that it is the government, not individual and corporate entrepreneurs, that creates wealth in our country.

They will expand the size and scope of government (more legislation, more regulation, more intrusion on the liberties of our citizens) to serve their conviction that they know what’s best for us. Finally, they will try to remake American society more in the image of Western Europe, not dissuaded by the fact that our brethren across the sea are committing cultural and demographic suicide.

I think the celebration will be short-lived. When Americans awaken to what the vote this week has wrought, they will throw the liberal rascals out as they did in 1994. My hope is that the Republicans who eventually replace them will be true conservatives in the mold of Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich, not faux conservatives like Mr. Bush and Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert, whose desertion of conservative principles engineered this celebration.

RON LIPSMAN

Rockville

Focus, GOP, on 2008

Republicans have every right to — and should — treat the opposition party the way Democrats have treated Republicans over the past six years: with suspicion and contempt. Republicans must have courage and foresight in standing up to the global war on terrorism for the sake of our future. It is clear the Democrats will not (“Democrats to propose Iraq pullout,” Page 1, yesterday).

Terrorism is a central, irreconcilable threat, and Democrats are appeasers. As Winston Churchill once said, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.” It is fair to say the Republicans had their chance and failed to deliver on all the possibilities when they held the political cards. The friction among government departments and agencies and the bureaucratic mess inherited from the Clinton administration created a toxic environment that stymied opportunities for success. Democrats love the exercise of power.

Now is not the time for Republican submissiveness. It is time for all Republicans to stand together, concentrate on our core values and focus on the 2008 elections. We should not avoid or be chagrined at the inevitable tensions that will surface between parties and their respective leaders in January. For Republicans, our new orientation should focus on the collective convictions that national security, good governance, fairness and a robust economy are the cornerstones of our freedoms. When I am asked if I am ready to embrace the Democratic agenda, my response is: No way.

MAJ. GEN. KENNETH R.

ISRAEL

Air Force (Retired)

Springfield

Keep the faith

Before the elections last week, I told people that a vote for any Democrat was a vote for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House (“Pelosi draws fire for backing Murtha,” Page 1, yesterday). Many people did not see this part of the big picture. What most people saw was big government, do-nothing Republicanism and decided it was time to clean house.

The Republicans in Congress were elected on their conservative principles: smaller government, national security, lower taxes and less intrusion into our private lives. What have they done on these issues the past four years? They finally passed a border fence act, but that was too little, too late. In fact, in some ways, they did the opposite of conservatism.

The federal government has made no recent attempt to rein in spending, which would have resulted in a surplus and another excuse to cut taxes, which would help everybody. Instead, it used the extra revenue from the tax cuts (see Reaganomics 101) to spend even more of our hard-earned money.

It’s no wonder that many in the 109th Congress were fired. They were overrated and overvalued, similar to the current housing market. In the long run, conservative ideals, like real estate, have good investment value, and the politicians who wield them will have good re-election (resale) value. This election was not an indictment of conservatism but rather a political market correction.

Republicans may have lost in the election, but mainstream conservative ideals did not. Most of the newly elected Democratic members of Congress ran as moderates and even conservatives, not unlike the Republicans who were in office.

Now we have Democrats controlling Congress and a Republican holding the White House. Most likely, nothing will be done for the next two years. How is that any different from the past two years?

Sometimes the best things happen when the executive and legislative branches are held by different parties. Take Newt Gingrich vs. Bill Clinton. Spending had never been cut like it was that year, ending in a surplus that eventually was returned partially to us by President Bush.

Of great humor is that Mrs. Pelosi, Harry Reid and other radical leftists in Congress believe this is a mandate for a liberal Democratic agenda. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The victors already are putting the most liberal leftists in control of committees. This will backfire. People don’t want liberals running the nation. Otherwise, President Carter would have been re-elected.

Make no mistake about it: Conservatism is not dead. Michigan voted no on affirmative action. Arizona voted that English was the official language and said no to child care money for illegal aliens. Seven states, including Virginia, said yes to a marriage amendment.

Does this sound like liberalism has taken over? Some people believe that Senator-elect Jim Webb is more conservative than George Allen, who narrowly lost his Senate seat. The Democratic Party thinks it has taken back America. Correction: Americans have taken back America from the hands of idle politicians.

A market correction every now and again is a good thing. It keeps us from overvaluing politicians who aren’t doing what they were elected to do but are content to maintain their majority. Never underestimate the power of the voting American people.

Conservatism always wins and always will. The liberal media could not prevent their archenemy Ronald Reagan from winning two landslide presidential elections, and they will not prevent the elections of real conservatives in the future. Keep the faith, brokenhearted.

DOUG COOKE

Arlington


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