The Democrats' Pledge (to Lie) to America
A fortnight ago, the House Republicans published their Pledge to America. It got mixed reviews, sparked a bizarre Daily Caller attack on National Review, and also prompted our own Ed Driscoll to wonder if the Democrats had any intention of publishing their own agenda for the country. Ed rang up the DNC, and political inanity ensued:
I asked spokesman Ryan Rudominer whether, since we now have the GOP agenda, there is a similar document laying out what Democrats will do if voters return them to power in the House. There was a moment of silence on the other end of the call.
“I’m sorry, you mean, like, a current one?” Rudominer asked.
Yes, I said.
“I don’t think we have, like, you know, a 21-page sort of infomercial-type package like this,” Rudominer said.
Well, any sort of agenda would be fine, I said.
“Look, you know, each race is going to have their own individualized message,” Rudominer answered. “So look, we’re not putting together a gimmicky package like this six weeks before the election. We’re talking about making each of these elections a choice.”
In other words, the Democrats have no interest in nationalizing the midterms. It's not hard to see why: Their dear leader is sinking and what was supposed to be their crowning glory, ObamaCare, is a trillion-dollar albatross around their necks. Their agenda can be boiled down to one word: survive.
But quietly, the DNC actually did publish a set of national party priorities. They just didn't brand it as such, so no one noticed. Most were too busy bashing the Republicans.
A week before the Republicans rolled out the Pledge to America, the Democrats rolled out their new web site. It looked terrible. It hit complete with an awful new logo and a slogan so devoid of meaning it could have come from Seinfeld: Change That Matters. "What kind of change? We're not sure, but it matters, baby!"
Since taking over Congress in 2007 and the White House in 2009, the Democrats really have brought change that has mattered: Unemployment near double digits, a housing crisis that could have been avoided but for intervention from the likes of Barney Frank, a trillion-dollar stimulus that made unions richer while leaving the rest of us poorer, corporate takeovers that shut down hundreds of auto dealerships that just happened to have been owned by Republican donors, and a health care takeover passed over the objections of a majority of Americans that has politicized our relationships with our doctors to an unprecedented degree. They're letting clowns give fake testimony in Congress while real national security goes unaddressed. The latest “change that matters” involved Democratic Sen. Harry Reid inserting something the majority of Americans oppose, using their tax dollars to pay for the children of illegal aliens to attend college at in-state tuition rates, into the defense spending bill in the middle of a war so that it had a chance of passing. The Democrats may call that “change that matters”; I call it a crime against democracy. But it is change, and it has mattered.
As for the Democrats’ new logo, it has inspired riffs and parodies that will go on until the party quietly scuttles it. Is it a target? A sign of Depression? A call to arms to fight bedbugs? A toilet? The ACORN logo sliced and rolled on its side? Who knows? It is bad design that betrays a lack of life and ideas, and that’s enough.
The DNC's new web site also houses the party's agenda items. Among those is a page on “Fair Elections.” It’s in the “What We Stand For” section (not listed there: weak foreign policy, higher taxes, government running everything in the country, and empowering unions at the expense of common sense). Intrigued, I wondered if the “Fair Elections” page would discuss ballot integrity, perhaps acknowledge past sins like Lyndon Baines Johnson’s infamous Box 13 or the infamous “White Primary,” and maybe address issues like ACORN’s runs at massive voter registration fraud on a national scale. Or they might address the Department of Justice's curious approach to voter intimidation. Maybe there would be something on why LULAC is suing the Texas Democratic Party.