The Descent of a Party
For a hundred years, between the Civil War of the 1860's and the VietNam War of
the 1960's, no significant segment of the American population or major political party
challenged either the basic values or the legitimacy of the United States. But that's
all changed now!
Harry Truman, the Democrat who succeeded to the Presidency upon the death of
Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945, was the only American President who saw combat
in World War I. Truman's forceful actions in the Pacific sped World War II to its end
and his early recognition of the danger the Soviet Union and the International Communist
movement it led presented to the West caused him to take actions (Marshall Plan, NATO,
The Truman Doctrine) that contained the peril until Ronald Reagan arrived to "bring down
The next Democrat to serve as President was John Kennedy, who assumed office
in 1961, the beginning of the transformative decade. John Kennedy joined the Navy during
World War II in spite of physical defects that should have kept him out of the military.
Unlike some of his Democrat Party successors to the Presidency, he pulled strings not
to keep himself out of the military but to get him in. And what's more he saw combat as a
PT boat commander and sustained injuries when his vessel was sunk. After recovering
from his wounds, he returned to combat, again unlike some future Democrat Party leaders.
We have had occasion to frequently criticize Kennedy's performance as President.
But his loyalty to his country and his patriotism were never in question!
In Kennedy's Inaugural Address in 1961 he asserted "the belief that the rights of man
come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God". This not only denies
the modern statist's belief that all rights stem from the benevolence of government but
posits a belief in God, contrary to the modern "left's" core, and dares to assert it at a
government function, defying their demand for a separation of religion and the State.
"Let every nation know ... that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any
hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the
success of liberty." Does this sound more like George Bush II or Obama?
"For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt
that they will never be employed." Try reconciling these words with the modern Democrat
Party's attacks on the military, its support for unilateral disarmament, curtailment of
military budgets and anti-ballistic missile technology, and anything else designed to
keep our nation safe.
"And so my fellow Americans ask not what your country can do for you --ask what
you can do for your country." It is hard to imagine a more powerful appeal for patriotism
rather than the demand for entitlements one has come to expect from Democrats.
It is inconceivable that any major Democrat Party leader could give such a speech
today. The speech resounds with a recognition of limited government, a call for overseas
intervention on behalf of liberty with support for allies and opposition to foes, unabashed
patriotism and a demand for a strong military and only disdain for unilateral disarmament.
The modern Democrat Party regards John Kennedy as an icon, but manifests only
contempt for his most cherished beliefs.
In the late 1960's the War that the Democrat Party Presidents had got us into without
the will to win began tearing the nation apart. The "drug addled" youthful rebels of that
decade had crystallized their exuberance around opposition to the VietNam War. When
Lyndon Johnson, who had both escalated that War and engaged in a strategic war
policy straight out of "Alice In Wonderland," became discouraged and decided not to run
for re-election, the 1968 Democrat Party Convention provided just the opportunity for
mischief the radical leftist groups needed.
Groups such as the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Yuppies
headed for the Chicago Convention site determined to create havoc--and they did.
Tom Hayden, a leader of the SDS, saw to it that the riot the rebels started spread
through a wider area of Chicago, impinged on the Convention site itself, and created
maximum national publicity. In spite of all this, the Convention selected the more
moderate candidate, Hubert Humphrey, over the more radical George McGovern.
And public opinion polls indicated overwhelming opposition to the rioters and their
opinions, as well as support for the police.
Following the riots, the leaders of the demonstrators were tried and convicted of
crossing state lines to incite a riot, but their convictions were overturned due to judicial
bias (the defendants had incessantly mocked the presiding judge). They thus went
unpunished. One of the defendants, Tom Hayden, went on to marry the twentieth
century's leading American traitor, Jane Fonda, and become a California Democrat
Bill Ayers, a leader of the even more radical terrorist off-shoot of the SDS, the
Weathermen, was pursued in the late 1960's for terrorist activities including multiple
bombings, but, in spite admitting most of his crimes, was never tried because of
alleged police misconduct. He went on to become a prominent "educator" and mentor
to a future Democrat President.
After the 1968 Democrat Party Convention, the Party created a Commission on
Party Structure and Delegate Selection chaired by Senator George McGovern. This
Commission created guidelines that mandated that a certain percentage of delegates
to any future convention be women and minorities. Thus did "affirmative action" enter
the arena of Presidential nominee selection with all too predictable results.
Henry (Scoop) Jackson was a long time Democrat Senator from Washington State
in the mold of Harry Truman. Jackson, a domestic liberal, was a strong supporter of
increased funding for national defense, including Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and
nuclear weapon production. He sponsored the Jackson-Vanik Amendment denying
normal trade relations to any nation that restricted freedom of emigration (i.e., the
Soviet Union to Jews) and personally lobbied to allow the Soviet dissident Natan
Sharansky to emigrate to Israel. Appropriately enough, Jackson died of an aortic
aneurysm immediately after giving a press conference condemning the Soviets for
shooting down a civilian Korean airliner.
To this day, the few Democrats who support a strong defense as well as a strong
international presence by the United State on behalf of liberty are known as "Scoop
Jackson lost his Party's Presidential nomination in 1972 to George McGovern and
the Democrat Party was never the same again. Though McGovern lost the General
Election by a landslide to Richard Nixon, all the central issues apparently decided in
that campaign were reversed by the Democrats after Nixon and Agnew were driven from office.
Amnesty was granted to draft dodgers, support that had been promised to our South Vietnamese
Allies was withdrawn, and our military and intelligence capabilities were downgraded. The
Soviet Communist Empire reached its zenith just as the American economy seemed to
be unravelling under Democrat President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970's.
Then along came Republican Ronald Reagan ... and the Soviet Empire was destroyed.
Every step of the way Congressional Democrats and their media allies stood in Reagan's
way. They mocked all his efforts to end the international Communist threat as inept
"cowboy" posturing. Ted Kennedy contacted the leaders of the Soviet Union offering
to impede Reagan's efforts. Democrat Congressmen met with Communist leaders in
Nicaragua and the Democrat Congress passed the Boland Amendment seeking to
prevent United States support for anti-Communist forces in Central America. And yet
Reagan and the United States prevailed in spite of the best efforts of the Democrats.
After the Soviet Empire imploded the United States tried to take a holiday from history.
It elected the "blank slate" Democrat Bill Clinton to the Presidency in the 1990's. This
draft dodger defeated two genuine American military heroes, George Bush I (the youngest
Naval aviator of the time, shot down in combat in the Pacific, but going on to fly 58 combat
missions) and Bob Dole (grievously wounded in combat in Italy during World War II). When
"history" returned with the Islamic threat to Western Civilization, Clinton was both unable
and unwilling to meet the challenge, and so slept on.
George Bush II did meet the challenge that 9/11 made impossible to ignore with
complete success against terrorism at home, but only partial success overseas. During
the brief period after 9/11 when initial efforts to counter radical Islam were impossible to
oppose, Democrats "waved the flag". But they soon returned to the obstructionist tactics
they honed in the 1980's when they impeded Reagan's efforts to defeat International
Communism. And we now have Obama!
Obama travels the world apologizing for American sins, real or imagined, disregarding
our achievements, domestic or international, and attacking friends and befriending foes.
It remains unclear whether this first anti- American President is the incompetent and
unintelligent product of racial preference, a "Manchurian candidate" put in place by
sinister forces, or the unfortunate consequence of a confluence of the radical community
organizing of Saul Alinsky, the anti-Semitic Black Liberation Theology of the Reverend
Jeremiah Wright, and the terrorism of Bill Ayers. But whatever Obama turns out to be,
he and his Democrat Party accomplices in Congress represent a threat to the survival
of American, indeed Western, ideals. The descent of the Democrat Party may presage
the descent of the nation itself.