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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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President Obama told us his thoughts of national defense in a 2008 campaign ad: “I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems. And I will institute an independent defense review board to endure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.” He followed through on his promise about the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).

By law, every four years the U.S. Department of Defense must present to Congress a comprehensive review of the security threats and challenges to America.  It was widely reported that Islamic radicalism did not receive one mention.  And the threat posed by a nuclear Iran received a brief mention: one sentence. Contrast that with the in-depth eight-page evaluation on how global warming threatens our nation.

Here are some memorable quotes from Barack Obama on his worldwide apology tour at the beginning of his presidency:

– In France, he said that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe.

– In Prague, he said America has “a moral responsibility to act” to control weapons production because only the U.S. had “used a nuclear weapon.”

– When asked about American exceptionalism he said, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

– And on his failed Indonesian trip, the president was asked what he thought about jihad.  I won’t subject you to the very long, fumbled, disjointed, and just plain odd response the president gave. Suffice it to say, Mr. Obama just couldn’t bring himself to say that the jihad movement that has taken root in Islamic fundamentalist circles is a blight on humanity.

Let’s face it: Americans aren’t used to our president heading overseas and trashing our values, distorting our history, weakening our defensive posture, and taking the stance that America is  “just another country.” Don’t get me wrong. I fully realize that Democratic presidents have done one or two of these anti-American acts in the past. But with Mr. Obama, you get the complete leftist package. He is an overachiever, we’re told. It has been fascinating to watch as Obama’s policies both at home and abroad have galvanized, resurrected, and created brand new groups of opposition to left-wing thought. And he’s done it with such style.  It was widely reported that during the negotiations for the stimulus bill Obama said, “I won.” The message of unabashed arrogance was directed at Republicans to make sure they knew how “negotiations” would go.

I find it difficult to think of another figure who so crystallizes leftist thought than President Barack Obama. He’s even inspired other nations to turn from their former socialist paths. We’ve seen evidence of this recently as both Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain rejected Mr. Obama’s plea for their countries to partake in more deficit spending. Instead, the two leaders decided that cutting spending was the way to go. Germany’s economy is growing at a much faster pace than ours, especially in the realm of job creation. Europe and other countries, both friend and foe, realize that they must now grow up. America, under Obama’s leadership, has been so weakened that it can no longer drive the world’s economy. A recent report says that China’s economy will eclipse ours in two years. Many nations also realize that under liberal rule, America is no longer inclined to provide protection for our traditional allies. President Obama is truly socialist liberalism incarnate. And the name “Democrat” is quickly becoming a pejorative as a result.

My message to Democrats is simple: Take back your party. Your leadership has lead you astray. Today, the label “Democrat” means you sympathize with elements that want to destroy your country.  It means that you’ll sacrifice the financial future of your children and grandchildren for the temporary convenience of today. The Dem label means that you reject capitalism and all the tenets that built the most advanced, prosperous, and free nation in human history. The Tea Party has set out to rescue the Republican Party. That movement has demanded that the GOP adhere to the planks of that party’s platform. What group of disenchanted Dems will do the same for the Democratic Party? When will the Democratic Party once again be considered a pro-American party, a party dedicated to the precepts outlined in our Constitution? And where are the rank-and-file Democrats who will right the ship and demand that Democratic Party bosses change course? Where is the Democrats’ Tea Party?

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Chris Salcedo is a former anchor, news reporter and current talk show host.
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