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Where Is the Democrats’ Tea Party?

The Democratic Party has become synonymous with deficits, defeatism, and the decay of the American dream. Where are the rank-and-file Dems who will rescue their party from its hard left leadership?

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Chris Salcedo

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November 24, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Over the last 22 months, liberals have cautioned the GOP about the dangers of the Tea Party movement. They warned that Tea Party candidates and the rank and file were too “extreme.” As it turns out, the GOP would have been destroyed had it not been for Tea Party support. I recall an MSNBC poll late last year that said the Tea Party was held in higher favor than either of the two political parties. A Rasmussen poll conducted mid-year showed that the Tea Party was more popular than President Obama.  Admittedly, with his tanking numbers that’s not hard to do. The progressives and the liberal media have been focused on and hoping for negatives for the GOP spawning from the Tea Party movement. In so doing, they’ve ignored the catastrophe that has resulted from the huge swing to the left in the Democrat Party.

There was a time when the nation could be assured that no matter which party was in control of the White House or the Congress, the nation would always be defended from our enemies. After 9/11, that all changed for Democrats in every level of government.  In 2006, Gerardo Sandoval, a San Francisco city councilman, said on Hannity and Colmes: “I don’t think we should have a military. … What good has it done us in the last five years?” Such liberals would stand, as an invading army comes ashore, with a copy of the U.S. Constitution telling the invaders they have no right to invade. And if the enemy soldiers insisted on their attack, these liberal would agree, but insist that all of their rights be enforced because the document says so. Don’t these liberals recognize that our fighting men and women secure our liberties under that Constitution? Those liberties allow people like Gerardo Sandoval to have their opinions, no matter how inane they are.

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said this of of Osama bin Laden: “One could say that Osama bin Laden and these non-nation-state fighters with religious purpose are very similar to those kind of atypical revolutionaries that helped to cast off the British crown.” Yes, one could say that if one is a terrorist apologist who blames her own country first in all things. Most sane people would not say that. Democrats have always had reputations for being soft on national security. But in the last decade or so the word “Democrat” has become synonymous with “surrender.” Dems also have a proclivity for bashing, bastardizing, or dishonoring the country’s founding document, the Constitution. Here’s some audio/video evidence on that. You really have to see and hear it to believe it.

What it boils down to is liberals in leadership of the Democratic Party no longer believe that American ideals are worth fighting for.

Nancy Pelosi is a treasure, isn’t she? The San Francisco liberal, who wouldn’t know a traditional American value even if she read about one in a recent issue of New You, has been instrumental in making the Democrats a one-dimensional party. And they just re-elected her to serve as minority leader. I guess Dems didn’t really “get it” when it comes to the message from the historic 2010 elections. Democrats like Joe Lieberman, Zell Miller, or the late John Kennedy could hardly be at home in the Democratic Party she has helped to create. As speaker, Ms. Pelosi has managed to pile $5 trillion of debt onto America. Now, every child is born $42,000 in the hole. And consider this: it took Pelosi four years to spend that $5 trillion. President Obama’s debt commission has suggested a 10-year plan, of pain and taxing, to trim $4 trillion from our debt. And after 10 years, we’ll still not have recovered from Pelosi’s disastrous reign as speaker. Before her rule, Democrats had managed to earn the American people’s trust in financial matters. After years of help from their pals in the media, Democrats had managed to finally beat that “tax and spend” label. Pelosi destroyed decades of Democratic propaganda and revealed the pig behind the lipstick. For Pelosi, the taxpayer is an unlimited source of funding for social experimentation, federal expansion, and of course the funding of liberals’ re-election campaigns. Is it any wonder why so-called “Blue Dog” Dems ran so many ads distancing themselves from Pelosi in their futile attempt to save their jobs in the 2010 midterms? It has become clear that unless you believe in excessive taxes, bigger government, less individual freedom, and massive government spending, you’re no longer welcome in the Democratic Party.  The Democratic tent has certainly shrunk under Pelosi. But there may be another high-profile liberal that has done even more damage to the Democratic brand than “Madame Marxist.”

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