WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE LIEBERMAN DEBACLE?
By Christopher G. Adamo
Lamont not only toes the Democratic Party line on every precept of ultra-Liberal social orthodoxy, he also embraces the “cut and run,” defeatist philosophy of Representative John Murtha (Democrat - Pennsylvania) and the Howard Dean Leftists now in firm control of the Democratic Party.
Lieberman, on the other hand, was intellectually honest enough to admit the futility of attempting to contend with Islamic terrorism on a purely defensive basis. And intellectual honesty is utter poison to the Left. So, Lieberman must go.
Conservative commentators and pundits have generally been enjoying the situation, believing that they would reap political advantage from either a victory or defeat of Lieberman. In truth they are only partially correct.
A Lieberman win could have been interpreted as a rejection by the Democratic Party grassroots of the hardcore Leftist ideology promoted by the likes of Howard Dean and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Democrat - California). Such an event would have left the Democrats scrambling to reinvent their agenda, only ninety days before the general election.
On the other hand, Lieberman’s defeat moves the radicalism of Lamont, Dean, Pelosi, and their kind to “front and center” in the media and among Democratic Party political hacks. Yet, despite the vehemence of individuals like George Soros and his comrades of the Leftist fringe, their message does not resonate. Outside of a few blue state Democratic Party strongholds, most of the nation soundly rejects their countercultural and anti-American beliefs.
So, the potential does indeed exist by which the Lamont victory could spell trouble for the Democrats in the general election. However, the Conservative analysts who have expressed such hopes may be forgetting another political reality, a political reality regarding the Republicans, one that cannot be omitted from the mix. And, if recent history is any harbinger, despite the phenomenal opportunity this situation affords them, the Republicans will fumble this one as well.
Just as Israel can reap great benefits from a decisive rout of Hezbollah in Lebanon, but only if it stays the course until the job is complete, so does the GOP stand to expose these Democratic Party troubles as an internal confrontation between forces of the Left and the “hard Left.”
But this will be the case only if the GOP asserts itself as a strongly contrasting Conservative and patriotic alternative. Unfortunately, it has done little to lay such groundwork in recent months.
On the issue of the War on Terror alone, Republicans have remained relatively steadfast, consistently refusing to play along with the “cut and run” strategy (if cowardice and retreat can be called a “strategy”) being incessantly promoted by the Democrats. But, in other major areas of concern to the nation, the Republicans have an abysmal record of capitulation to their opposition.
All too often, impending fallout that Democrats should reap as a result of their extremism is softened or even completely dissipated by Republican willingness to meet them halfway.
Worse yet, the willingness of Republicans, to some degree, to play along with their political adversaries’ opposition suggests the inherent rightness of the Democrats' Liberal philosophy, with the differences between the two major political parties being thereafter perceived as only a matter of degree. A few key issues of recent years prove the point.
Despite being a powerhouse of Conservative ideas during his tenure as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich once sought to placate his opposition by embracing the “Earned Income Tax Credit” (a euphemistically termed welfare check to low-income individuals who paid no taxes). Thus, a plan to allow productive Americans to keep more of their earnings was degraded to the status of just another government giveaway.
During President George W. Bush’s first term, the enormously expensive Medicare prescription drug program eventually enjoyed the endorsement of then U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay. Delay contended that the new entitlement, soon to cost taxpayers in the neighborhood of a trillion dollars, made a good statement in favor of eventual “privatization” of Medicare.
Recently, debate over the massive invasion of illegal aliens from south of the border presented true Conservatives in the Congress with an opportunity to clearly distinguish themselves from those on the other side of the aisle. Sadly, the combination of White House and media pressure has ensured that no effective measures will be passed, unless accompanied by a “guest worker” caveat that thoroughly nullifies any true border enforcement.
Ultimately, the Lieberman spectacle could signal a Democratic Party implosion in which the Party maneuvers itself into an untenable position that will please neither those on the Left nor its more moderate members. Nevertheless, a Democratic Party whose members realize that they must remain committed to their agenda (Liberal though it may be) is more likely to prevail than a Republican Party that rallies around and preserves the political career of such turncoats as Arlen Specter.
It is becoming clear that, as a result, Republican “moderates,” seeking to beat the Democrats to the punch, may have, in fact, maneuvered themselves into a political posture that is quite possibly even more unpalatable to their own voting base.
Time is running out for the Republican Party to regain the high ground in this election cycle.
The American Political System:
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Liberalism Versus Conservatism in American Politics
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Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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