The Democratic Party
of American Inferiorism
Politics/Raymond S. Kraft
December 10, 2005 - What we have seen among prominent Democrats in the daily news this week is a "desperation reaction formation," I think, desperate because their endless and pious predictions of failure in Iraq are proving wrong, and they are desperately trying not to admit it, even to themselves, especially not to themselves, even in the face of increasingly overwhelming, insurmountable evidence.
Faced with growing evidence of the errors of their visions and ways, some, such as DNC Chairman Howard Dean, react by declaring that "we cannot win in Iraq" and demanding, in essence, that since we cannot win, we should surrender the world to Al Qaeda as soon as possible. John Kerry again calls American soldiers "terrorists." What leadership!
The Dems have hung their hats on the mantra that "Bush is evil," Bush is wrong, Bush is dumb, it was the wrong war, the wrong place, the wrong time, we can't win, we're gonna lose anyway so we might as well surrender the world to Al Qaeda right now. It was a mistake. No WMDs. No justification. An illegal war. A rush to war (yes, an 18-month rush to a war for which all but two of them voted).
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, rushed America to war one day after Pearl Harbor. President George W. Bush, a Republican, rushed America to war after 18 months of debate in Congress.
They haven't quite called for the restoration of Saddam to power with hundreds of billions of dollars of reparations but somebody will soon. Ramsay Clark is almost there.
This can be called "painting yourself into a corner," and when you do that can't get out of the corner without making a mess . . .getting your feet all covered with paint, leaving footprints in wet paint all over the floor, and then everybody knows that you painted yourself into a corner because you're covered with paint and the footprints are hard to miss. You can, of course, stand in the corner until the paint dries, but in this instance that could take years.
Now, as the Renaissance of Iraq begins, the Dems have a quandary and a conundrum:
They have been denouncing Bush's war since the 2002 mid-term election cycle, calling it wrong, predicting failure. But it isn't failing! Bush's allegedly certain failure is in the process of succeeding, despite everything they've tried to do to make it fail. This proves, unpleasantly, that Democrats are not in control of geopolitical realities. And "not in control" has to be an unpleasant feeling for any politician thinking about re-election.
So now they have three options: (1) they can admit they were wrong, which takes political courage and intellectual honesty, and a modicum of humility, apparently fairly rare commodities among Dems these days; (2) they can insist they were right all along, which moves them a little farther away from reality every day; (3) they can become truly Orwellian and try to convince somebody that "losing is winning, and winning is losing" - some among their base will probably believe that if Nancy Pelosi says it often enough; or (4) they can demand that the US surrender to Al Qaeda in order to prove that the war really was a mistake - which is what some of them are trying to do.
Howard Dean has, in essence, announced that since we "can't win," we ought to surrender as soon as possible and get it over with. How inspiring! Howard Dean, the architect of Pre-Emptive Surrender! What a great strategy for national defense! We can't win any wars, so let's just surrender to everybody now!
This is the flailing of a party that knows deep in its gut it is wrong, that it has been deliberately, obtusely, adamantly, obstinately and flagrantly wrong, that it has none but itself to blame but isn't intellectually honest enough or courageous enough to admit it. I think we all know people like this.
They also know that if they admit they were wrong, they might begin to restore their credibility, but their base and cash flow will desert them, even with nowhere else to go.
And that means - and this is the quandary - that the economic survival of the Democrat party, at least in the near term, depends on the party's continuing embrace of the fiction that the Iraq war is failing, that it was a mistake, that George Bush is wrong, dumb, and bad. To keep the base and donors it relies on now, the Democrat party must also embrace American failure, American defeat, American inferiorism.
And that probably means low Democratic voter turnouts in the 2006 elections and more GOP gains. Who wants to vote for the party of retreat and defeat and surrender? Some will, but not enough, and maybe they won't even be able to stage a filibuster after January 2007 .
I mean, who's going to vote for a party that's so far down it even admits it was wrong? Not just wrong, but terribly wrong? After all, it was right before it admitted it was wrong!
And as the details of the monumental human suffering inflicted by the Saddam Hussein regime on the Iraqi people begin to emerge in trial, only the most ignorant or delusional or dissembling will be able to maintain with anything resembling a straight face that it was not a good thing to remove Saddam Hussein from power and from the ability to inflict evil on the people of Iraq.
In order to sustain the fiction that the Iraq War of Liberation was wrong, the Liberals and Democrats have to sustain the fiction that Saddam Hussein was not an evil, malignant sociopath, and that will become an increasingly harder fiction for even them to sustain.
Why, I sometimes wonder, does a party that purports to have "zero tolerance" for guns in America, or any hint of real or suspected unequal treatment of women and men, that demands "social justice" and was apoplectic for two years over the humiliation of 20 prisoners of war at Abu Ghraib and the alleged discomfort of 200 more at Gitmo, have almost nothing to say about the gang rape, torture (real torture) and murder of an estimated 1.3 million people during the Saddam Hussein regime, and the almost daily slaughter of more Iraqis, Israelis, Russians, Aussies, Brits, French, Spaniards, Saudis, Egyptians, Jordanians, and Americans by the Jihadis with whom we are at war?
Shouldn't the Liberals and Democrats with their human rights mantras also insist on "zero tolerance" for terrorism?
They don't. I have never heard any Liberal, or any Democrat politician, demand that we should have "zero tolerance for terrorism." Never. Not yet. Why not?
I think we are watching the beginning of the "end stage disease" of the Democrat party imploding and collapsing into internal political and intellectual chaos. Before next November it will not be plausible, even among the liberal left, to say that "we cannot win in Iraq" because there is a little more progress every day.
By November 2008 the success of the Iraq war will be so undeniable that I doubt whether any Democrat who has been opposing the war up to now can be a viable national candidate then. There will be way too many sound and video clips lying around, and that's obviously the quandary for Hillary, who understands this perfectly and is teetering on top of the fence, trying to support the war because she knows she has to if she wants to live in the White House again, and also trying to placate her delusionary anti-war primary and fundraising base.
She also has to know (she may be wrong a lot, or foolish at times, but she is not dumb) that the Democrats' false allegations about the Iraq war have offended and alienated most members of the American military and their families and friends, millions of whom vote.
These people (Libs and Dems) may be incompetent and uncomprehending on national defense, but I think they are beginning to divine the political consequences of making themselves "the party of defeat, retreat, and surrender," and to Al Qaeda of all things, the party of American inferiority. And they're not liking what they're beginning to see at the end of the tunnel.
Yes, Howie, it's an Election Train, and the next elections may turn out to be clear-cut contests between the Republican Party of American Exceptionalism and the Democratic Party of American Defeatism that has been spreading the Liberal Gospel of American Inferiorism.
I believe that God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom.
George W. Bush
DESTROY THE QURAN OR BE DESTROYED BY IT