- The Washington Times - Friday, October 27, 2006

The real question for voters in November is whether Democrats will be able to do to the entire legislative branch what they’ve done to their party. The agenda-less party is infected with a paralyzing negativity born of its singular hatred for President Bush. Will that mindset be permitted to seize control of our legislative branch? Will disgruntled conservatives collude to make this happen?

How many times have you heard Democrats decrying the Bush administration for having no plan to win the peace in Iraq? We might have executed the initial phase of the war masterfully by removing Saddam Hussein, they now grudgingly concede, but we didn’t anticipate and plan for the problems that would arise after his removal.

Putting aside a debate over that assertion, let’s apply the same standard to their agenda for America today. Shouldn’t we ask: “Democrats have a potentially masterful plan for removing Republicans from majority control, but what is their plan for action if they win?”

Let’s just look at the most important issues: the war on terror, including Iraq, the economy, social issues and immigration. In each category, they either have no plan or are unwilling to publicize it for fear Rovian Republicans will pick it apart and expose its flaws.

On immigration, no matter how poorly Republicans have performed, the Democrats’ approach would be significantly worse. They would open the borders wider, discourage assimilation further and promote amnesty harder.

On the economy, they would increase domestic spending even more. And in their compulsion to punish the “rich,” they would raise their taxes at the inevitable expense of choking the life out of our robust growth and increasing the deficit and national debt. Though the middle class and poor would be hurt, the rich would feel it, too — and that would be almost as gratifying as hating President Bush.

On social issues, Democrats and the mainstream media are engaged in an elaborate scam. I’ve long said they have undisguised contempt for traditional values voters. They prove it daily in their concerted drive to suppress the values voter turnout.

Their inconsistent pretense to represent this very block of voters was revealed as the fraud it is by recent comments of Newsweek’s liberal Jonathan Alter, who said, “I hope this election is going to mark the demise of values voters… that they don’t determine the election the way they were seen to have the last time around.”

It is inconceivable that Christian conservatives are blind to the left’s contempt for them or self-destructive enough to contribute to the ascension of the party that boos the Boy Scouts and filibusters Constitution-honoring judges.

On national security generally, Democrats would ratchet up even further their opposition to almost every tool we use to prosecute the war.

On Iraq, if you concede that conditions there are discouraging, you still — as a responsible voter —must ask yourself what Democrats would do differently, unless you are just too angry to care. Democrats are irreversibly committed to the myth that Iraq is not part of the war on terror — never mind that all global jihadists themselves radically disagree.

This commitment requires Democrats to deny the necessary consequences of our precipitous withdrawal from the war on terror — and thus on America’s security. The April 2006 National Intelligence Estimate concluded our withdrawal from Iraq would embolden terrorists and make us more vulnerable at home. Other experts Democrats are fond of citing, like former Secretary of State James Baker, also warn it would create worse civil and ethnic strife and cause Iraq to become more of a hotbed for terrorist mischief. But, hey, reversing President Bush’s policy and discrediting him must take priority over the national interest.

Not only would the Democrats’ Bush-hating and policy-bankruptcy be demonstrated in their approach to the issues once they take control; it would also play out in their endless investigations against the president and possible efforts to impeach him.

Don’t discount the possibility that all this hype about conservatives staying home is a carefully orchestrated ruse to suppress their turnout. Even if it isn’t, the liberals’ arrogance and premature boasting will surely motivate to the polls all but those rare, implacable conservatives, because even disgruntled conservatives know we can’t afford to teach big-spending Republicans a lesson in the middle of a war.

Consider also that Republicans are better organized and funded and more intense, that many polls have oversampled Democrats and that as the election approaches, voters will more seriously compare the parties’ respective fitness to protect America. Democrats better not bet their farms just yet.

David Limbaugh is a nationally syndicated columnist.


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