Lieberman Loss Proves Dems Are Crazy
Ned Lamont's defeat of the very liberal Joe Lieberman in Connecticut's Democratic primary this week just proves what former Democrats have been saying for the past several years: The party has fallen under the control of its most radical elements so that it no longer represents mainstream American values or attitudes. The new Dems represent only Hollywood, trial lawyers, and unreformed socialists. They push for radical social upheavals while working ever more assiduosly to punish law-abiding citizens and limit our civil liberties.
Joe Lieberman is a perfect example of the old-style liberals who once populated the party. He was a true champion of civil rights for 40 years. He was socially and economically liberal, supporting abortion rights, expansive welfare programs, environmental regulation, and just about every other program or issue put forth by those well intentioned people who called themselves "progressives." While some former Democrats (me, for example) came to view many of these liberal ideas as completely wrong and misguided, old-style liberals like Joe Lieberman continued to command our respect and goodwill because it was never in doubt that his efforts and ideas were rooted in his own deep convictions about moral and public right. In other words, we could disagree without demonizing Lieberman or having him demonize us. He is civil. He is honest. He is exactly the kind of politician BOTH parties could very much use many more of. Not because he's a moderate. He's not. He's a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. But he's reasonable. He's rational. He's everything Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and others now running the Dem Party are not.
Time was when liberals actually had spines and were willing to stand up to threats. It's hard to imagine a liberal Dem of today standing up to Hitler or Stalin. They refuse even to stand up to the terrorists who now work to exterminate us. What a shame that liberals do not have any will to fight for their survival, but have plenty of energy to work at defeating a good man like Joe Lieberman. All in all, I'd say things are looking very good for the GOP's November prospects, but very bad for the country. It's not a good thing to have only one party represent mainstream America. We'd be better off if the Dems could come back to their senses and give voters a real choice.