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Liberalism in General
and the Socialist Platform of the Democratic Party

This page is intended to be a summary of the lies and misinformation peddled by the Democratic Party. This original compilation is provided as a public service, for the gentle re-education of average Americans who may have been misled by the Democrats and their accomplices in the news media.

When you vote for a Democrat, you endorse the Democratic Party platform. In order to vote for any liberal Democrat, you would have to approve of abortion at any stage of pregnancy, special rights and privileges for homosexuals, same-sex marriages, same-sex adoptions, the elimination of all private ownership of firearms, affirmative action, women in combat, feminism, the multi-billion dollar welfare state, the removal of the Ten Commandments from all public property, the elimination of the Pledge of Allegiance, radical environmentalism, including the opposition to oil drilling in Alaska, thousands of intrusive regulations ranging from the endangered species act to law that dictates the use of 1.6-gallon toilets. When you vote for a liberal Democrat, you vote for high taxes, invasive micro-managing government, and a godless, politically correct, morally bankrupt society.
The mainstream media spread liberal propaganda, disguised as reporting and editorializing, that promotes America's creeping socialism, our loss of Constitutional rights, moral relativism, and gun control.

On the use and abuse of labels: When it comes to the issue of race, liberals have a field day. Many of them believe that conservatives, by definition, are racists. Some believe that Republican candidates speak in code to appeal to the presumed racism of red state rednecks. For their part, liberals sometimes don't even bother with code. They just come out and say that a vote for a Republican is a vote for another black church to burn.

Avoiding the Liberal Label: Does it matter that [Melody] Townsel is a liberal Democrat and founder of the Dallas chapter of Mothers Opposing Bush? Maybe not. … But it matters a lot that most news outlets withheld her partisan connections in reporting the story. … Many liberal groups often go unlabeled in the media, as if they were somehow unbiased and uncommitted.

A Party Without Ideas: What has happened to the Democrats over the past few decades is best captured by the phrase "reactionary liberalism." Spent of new ideas, their only remaining idea is to hang on to the status quo at all costs.

Liberals — wrong, wrong and wrong again. Thirty-five percent of Americans, according to a 2004 Pew Research survey, call themselves conservative, while only 22 percent call themselves liberal (43 percent call themselves moderate) — a 3 percent increase in conservatives since 1992. There is a reason for this — liberals keep getting it wrong.

Good Economy, Bad Polls, What Gives? President Bush's political opponents are always available and willing to poor-mouth the economy. When he first entered Washington, all the talk was of recession. That ended quickly, but Democrats clutched on to the budget deficit, caused of course by President Bush's tax cuts "for the rich." Then it was unemployment; the worst economy since Hoover, they told us. But the jobs situation improved during the 2004 campaign, so the "disappearing middle class" became the freak-out du jour.

The Left doesn't support the troops and should admit it. Liberals, Democrats and others on the Left frequently state that they "support the troops." For most of them, whether they realize it or not, this is not true. They feel they must say this because the majority of Americans would find any other position unacceptable.

Money can't buy you safety. These are difficult times to be a liberal. On issue after issue, they're outflanked by conservative ideas and hampered by their own lack of ideas. With Social Security, liberals oppose personal accounts and progressive indexing. The only liberal idea introduced this year is Rep. Robert Wexler's plan to increase taxes.

Why Democrats will smear any conservative court nominee: We don't know who President George W. Bush will nominate to succeed Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. But this is certain: Democrats will smear the nominee. It will not matter how personally honorable, how intellectually honest, how legally profound this nominee is. Indeed, the greater the individual, the greater the personal attacks will be.

Schumer Confesses to Not Understanding the Constitution. United States Senator "Chuck" Schumer broke his own stupidity record the other day following President Bush's announcement of John Roberts nomination to the Supreme Court. In a tag-team appearance with Senator Pat Leahy (D. Vt.), ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee, Schumer confessed to the Nation that neither he, Leahy, nor the Democrat party for whom he spoke, understands a fundamental principle of American constitutionalism: separation of powers.

The Left's Tactics on Judicial Warfare: The Left has a history of distortion — of both words and a nominee's record — so you can't assume that they mean what you mean or what they say is the truth.

Hate speech from the left - 2005 edition. [2004 was] another year in which liberals engaged in, and mostly got away with, grotesque slanders and slurs about conservatives — the kind of poisonous rhetoric that should be unheard-of in a decent society. Once again, too many on the left — not crackpots from the fringe, but mainstream players and pundits — chose to demonize conservatives as monsters rather than debate their ideas on the merits.

A bankruptcy of values and ideas. Democrats tell us the American people share their vision, yet many of their leaders won't be honest about who they are and what they believe.

New phenomenon is just the same old double talk. Democrats have couched their ideas in favorable language for decades. President Bill Clinton, for example, was a master at getting folks to see the world as he wanted them to see it. Of course, Clinton's communications skills set a high bar. But that doesn't mean other Democrats haven't tried to frame the public debate. Does anyone believe Al Gore's "risky scheme" and John Kerry's "Stronger at home, respected abroad" were anything other than market-tested slogans?

Goodbye, All That: How Left Idiocies Drove Me to Flee. A leftie has had enough with all the anti-war, anti-Bush rhetoric coming from the wacko left and is distancing himself from them. It is interesting to hear a critique from a liberal on the wacko pacifists.

The Secret to the Suicidal Liberal Mind. The self-loathing of the white American liberal is as well-established and documented as Einstein's Special Relativity theorems. A typical example is writer Susan Sontag's denouncement of the white race as "the cancer of human history." A racist hatred of one's own race — auto-racism — has become a defining characteristic of the liberal mind. Yet the source of such suicidal guilt remains a mystery.

What, me apologize? The United States Senate has passed a resolution … apologizing as an institution for preventing the passage of anti-lynching legislation. We are still waiting for the Democratic Party to apologize for its role, which is far greater than that of the whole Senate, inasmuch as all the senators who prevented action to abolish lynching for all those decades, were Democrats.

The fraudulent filibuster: While historically the filibuster has a long history, the Democrats are abusing the filibuster in their current maneuvering in the Senate — a small handful of minority party Senators are blocking the will of the majority; they are using their personal ideology to grind democracy to a halt.

Soros Assails Critics for "Endangering Our Country". Billionaire political activist George Soros, at the center of a controversy involving the alleged use of American taxpayer dollars to support needle exchange programs, Thursday [5/12/2005] accused his critics of "bigotry" and said they were "endangering the country."

Supping at the children's table. We must look at the Republicans as the Adult Party and the Democrats as naughty children sent to sup at the children's table. Republicans lead, Democrats rebel. George W. nominates serious judges and the Democrats throw tantrums. Conservatives, dominant in the Adult Party, who try to conserve traditional ideals are, ironically, in the vanguard.

Guest-worker plan is un-American. Sen. Ted Kennedy may do a lot of talking about his love for the little guy, but if two major proposals he has made in this Congress were to become law, it would be a disaster for the poorest American workers and a blow to American freedom.

On a serious note, Gitmo tactics are far from torture. Some readers are angry that I made light of the politics surrounding the treatment of suspected terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay. They're upset that I didn't take it seriously. OK. I'll take it seriously, particularly statements by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who compared Guantanamo to Hitler's camps, Stalin's gulags and the Cambodian killing fields of the Khmer Rouge.

The Democrats sign up with the anti-Semites. It is important that support for Israel in the US Congress is bipartisan. … Regrettably, this bipartisan support appears to be slipping away. A year ago, I wrote an article titled Why the left hates Israel, pointing out how the biggest threat to the Jewish state today comes from the political left. But I noted then, that at least in Congress, where support for Israel might be a bit stronger among the GOP than among Democratic members, the fever swamps of anti-Israel hate had not yet reached into the Democratic side of the aisle, with the exception of a very few members such as Cynthia McKinney, Jim Moran, and Fritz Hollings.

Latter-day Senate majorities: Not since Herbert Hoover was president has the Democratic Party held fewer seats in the Senate than it controls today. And back then (1929-30), there were only 48 states and 96 senators. The current Senate includes 55 Republicans, 44 Democrats and one independent. Based on both historical and contemporary electoral trends, the prospects appear to be dim for Democrats to regain majority status in the Senate in the near future.

Liberals and class: Part II. Having imagined a world in which each individual has the same probability of success as anyone else, intellectuals have been shocked and outraged that the real world is nowhere close to that ideal.

Liberals and class: part III. Sometimes it seems as if liberals have a genius for producing an unending stream of ideas that are counterproductive for the poor, whom they claim to be helping. Few of these notions are more counterproductive than the idea of "menial work" or "dead-end jobs."

The Democrats' "Partnership for America's Future": What big idea, what sui generis concept, what revelation has been delivered to them that puts the "new" in the Demos' "New Partnership" with you and me? The answer is — drum roll, please — more government.

Blue America: The land of the easily offended. For one thing, conservatives are so used to being labeled as stupid, bigoted, ignorant, racist, homophobic, sexist, insensitive and intolerant that it is almost impossible to offend them. Moreover, the culture does not allow them to feel offended, since they are not an officially designated minority. For another, liberal positions are far more emotion-based than reason-based.

Ending a losing streak: The left is on another losing streak today, and so their intellectual leaders in the liberal media have gone back to the old playbook for an easy win that will get their team out of its slump. This time, it is the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, which has been working for them since the days of Karl Marx.

The Senate's "Dirty Harry": Even to threaten to obstruct the operation of the Senate during a war is something that boggles the mind, whether or not the threat is actually carried out. It also boggles the mind to see liberals defending filibusters, whose best known use in the past has been to block civil rights legislation. What they are really defending is the right of those who lost an election to prevent those who won from governing.

The Twenty Most Annoying Liberals In The United States: The 2004 Edition.

The Ten Worst Quotes From The Democratic Underground For 2004. (Rated PG-13)

The Democrats' Byrd strategy: To those Americans who follow politics, [Senator Robert] Byrd's pork-barreling feats are legend. The veteran charlatan has pilfered taxpayers nationwide of billions to place his name on dozens of highways, government programs and public buildings in West Virginia. While taxpayers despise Byrd, his pork-barreling actually earns him kudos from much of the mainstream press.

The undemocratic party. Many of the American left's chief policy aims over the past 40 years — including legalized abortion on demand, race-based admissions for state-run colleges, and driving God and prayer out of American public life — were advanced not at the ballot box or in legislatures, but by unelected federal judges who enacted the liberal agenda by fiat from the bench. There was a simple reason for this: The American people had too much good sense to give the liberal agenda majority nationwide support.

Some final notes on the Terri Schiavo case: While conservative opinion was severely splintered, liberal opinion seemed monolithic: Let her die. Liberals usually rally to the side of vulnerable people, but not in this case. Democrats talked abstractly about procedures and rules, a reversal of familiar roles. I do not understand why liberal friends defined the issue almost solely in terms of government intruding into family matters. Liberals are famously willing to enter family affairs to defend individual rights, opposing parental-consent laws, for example. Why not here?

Liberal attitudes. Liberals may think of themselves as people who believe in certain principles but, if you observe their actual behavior, you are likely to discover that most liberals have a certain set of attitudes, rather than principles. Liberals may denounce "greed," for example, but in practice it all depends on whose greed. Nothing the government does is ever likely to be called "greed" by liberals.

The War on Wal-Mart:

The latest liberal crusade is against the Wal-Mart stores. According to the New York Times, there is a book "by a group of scholars" due to be published this fall, arguing that Wal-Mart has an "obligation" to "treat its employees better." This can hardly be called news. Nothing is easier than to find a group of academics — "scholars" if you agree with them — to advocate virtually anything on any subject.

The silly war against Wal-Mart: In response to Wal-Mart's broader plan to build 40 new supercenters in California, opponents are mobilizing a coalition that includes the Nation of Islam and the once-grand civil-rights group the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. How everyday low prices violate civil rights is a mystery.

Liberals can't stand it when capitalism succeeds.
Democrats Introduce Bill Targeting Wal-Mart. Liberal Democrats are taking aim at "large, profitable companies" accused of shifting their health care costs onto taxpayers. Their bill is part of a union-inspired anti-Wal-Mart campaign.

The war on Wal-Mart: We know "the customer" isn't some paragon of wisdom and good judgment. He's not even one thing — he's everybody. You let "him" choose what suits him best. Ah! But only (according to the union) if he shops where the union has a foothold. It might well mean higher prices, but, if so, tough.

Wal-Mart Under Siege in the Culture Wars. If a capitalist corporation gets to be a big success, it inevitably finds itself in the cross-hairs of leftist political activists who don't much like capitalism, and especially don't like large corporations.

Hating Bush: We have reached the point where much political debate consists of insults and name-calling, every attack is likely to be called a "lynching," and tired expressions such as "institutional terrorism," "institutional racism," and "intellectual McCarthyism" are supposed to be taken as real arguments.

No Leniency For Leftist Hatemongers. As the event approached, many leftists complained of the timing because it was scheduled on a day to "celebrate" Cesar Chavez. A city commissioner, faculty members, and others all expressed their outrage that the conservatives would dare schedule a counter program to their events. This is a typical tactic of campus leftists. They always create an excuse in an attempt to cancel an event or silence ideas they dislike. They purport our events' promotional materials to be "offensive" or that the event is held on the wrong date. These complaints only underscore the Left's insecurities.

Social Security reform threatened by elitist liberals. According to public record, one of every three members of the Senate and one out of every four members of the House are millionaires. Despite popular stereotypes of Republicans as the party of the rich and Democrats as the party of the working class, the wealthiest member of the Senate (John Kerry of Massachusetts) and the wealthiest member of the House (Jane Harman of California) are both Democrats. Of the top six wealthiest senators, five are Democrats.

Pathology of the Left: Liberals speak of unity, but they appeal to the worst in human nature by dividing Americans into dependent constituencies. Just who are these liberal constituencies? They support freedom of thought, unless your thoughts don't comport with theirs. They feign tolerance while practicing intolerance. They resist open discussion and debate of their views, yet seek to silence dissenters. They insist that they care more about protecting habitat than those who hunt and fish. They protest for nature conservation while advocating homosexuality. They denounce capital punishment for the most heinous of criminals, while ardently supporting the killing of the most innocent among us — children prior to birth. They hate private-gun ownership, but they wink and nod when it comes to WMD in the hands of tyrants. They advocate for big government but want to restrain free enterprise.

Cynicism exposed: Mona Charen's incisive new book, "Do-Gooders," is about the enormous damage done by liberal social policies from the 1960s on, but it is also about the shameless demagoguery unleashed against those who have dared to oppose the liberal agenda or reveal its failures. Examples range from cynical lies about judicial nominees to the biggest big lie of our time, the claim that black voters were "disenfranchised" by Republicans in Florida during the 2000 elections.

The Republicans Passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. the chief opponents were Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, of later Watergate fame, Albert Gore Sr., and Robert Byrd. Senator Byrd, a former Klansman whom Democrats still call "the conscience of the Senate", filibustered against the civil rights bill for fourteen straight hours before the final vote. The House of Representatives passed the bill by 289 to 126, a vote in which 79% of Republicans and 63% of Democrats voted yes.

Liberals Are Always Wrong. Liberals don't know what makes capitalism work. It isn't income redistribution or higher taxes on "the rich." It isn't rewarding people for their stupidity or laziness. It isn't more regulation or more government. There isn't a fixed size pie of wealth that must be carved up and distributed. What makes capitalism flourish is less government and lower taxes.

What's next for liberalism? The cultural liberalism that emerged from the convulsions of the 1960s drove the liberal faith out of the mainstream. Its fundamental value is that society should have no fundamental values, except for a pervasive relativism that sees all values as equal. Part of the package was a militant secularism, pitched against religion, the chief source of fundamental values.

Easy money in California: Much of this exclusionary agenda is pushed by people who inherited great wealth and are using it to buy a sense of importance as deep thinkers and moral leaders protecting the environment. The foundations and movements they spearhead are driving working people out of areas dominated by limousine liberals, who are constantly proclaiming their concern for the poor, the children and minorities.

Do words break bones? It's a pretty sad day in America when one cannot criticize the judiciary and even individual judges without being accused of advocating violence against judges. This strained connection is but another example of liberals trying to chill conservative speech.

The new space race: Every time the United States moves to develop a new strategic weapons system that would improve national security, the Left starts whining and moaning.

Exterminator. In addition to the alleged ethical infractions that have dogged him in the press recently, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has one overriding, unspoken sin — he's déclassé. In this, he has some of the same broad characteristics as George W. Bush: Texas, conservatism, Christianity, lack of — ahem — verbal subtlety. But on top of all these, DeLay adds the crème de la crème of unfashionability, for which many of his critics can't disguise their sneering contempt: He once owned an exterminating business.

Rock the Victim mentality: On the heels of the AARP, NOW, NAACP and other left-leaning groups' hysteria over Social Security reform and personal retirement accounts, the Rock the Vote campaign is latching on to the issue and misinforming a whole new generation.

Felon plan seen as political. Gov. Tom Vilsack insists politics played no part in his plan to restore voting rights to all Iowa felons, a move nonetheless loaded with political ramifications. By automatically restoring the vote to people who have served their time in prison and on parole or probation, Vilsack could subtly shift the political balance in a narrowly divided battleground state in favor of Democrats, the governor's party.

The felon vote: In the wake of their election defeat, Democrats have promised to mend their ways by emphasizing moral values. So, in their first major legislative initiative of the year, what are the party's two top senators offering? A bill to guarantee that millions of convicted murderers, rapists and armed robbers can vote.

[Ask yourself this question: Why do people assume that felons would vote for Democrats?]

Are Liberals Destroying the Democratic Party? I don't remember anyone arguing that Bill Clinton should cancel his 1996 inauguration because of the violent conflict in the Balkans or the terrible genocide in Rwanda, in which 800,000 were murdered while the UN and the US did nothing. … President Bush is not under attack because he's having an inauguration during a war. He's being attacked solely because Liberals hate the man personally, along with everything he stands for.

Framing blogs: Last year the very smart political scientists Louis Bolce and Gerald De Maio completely unwrapped the orthodox newsroom view of religion and politics. … [They] believe newsrooms have been partisan in the debate for many years, partly because so many reporters are Democrats who do not go to church and do not fully understand that secularism is basically an aggressive quasi religion now central to the core constituency of the Democratic Party.

"Bush Rage" Driver Charged in Florida. A man apparently enraged by a Bush-Cheney sticker on a woman's sport utility vehicle chased her for miles and tried to run her off the road while holding up an anti-Bush sign, police said.

Sounds like a hate crime to me!

The left is worth nothing. Since I was an adolescent, I have been preoccupied with evil: specifically, why people engage in it and why other people refuse to acknowledge its existence. As I have gotten older, I often find the latter group more infuriating.

The Howard Dean Subsection:

The Howard Dean blackout: If Howard Dean thought it would be a great idea to heighten his profile by becoming chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he was making a big mistake. Since he was elected to the top party spot on Feb. 12, Democrats have been hiding him like the Clinton staff hid mistresses. They've had big help from a national media blackout.

It depends what the meaning of "misspeak" is. It's rather amusing, frankly, to see certain Democrats trying to distance themselves from Howard Dean's latest round of vitriol against the Republican Party, when you consider the systematic slandering most of them have heaped upon President Bush for more than four years.

Democratic Party Hypocrisy and Revisionism. Recently, at one of his many anger-fests … Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean took the opportunity to once again lash out at Republicans and conservatives while painting a picture of the Democratic Party that would confuse Picasso.

Dr. Dean, the shrink is in. Howard Dean says he "hates Republicans," although his dad was one. He believes the option of allowing workers to invest their money in stocks is irresponsible, even though his dad made a successful living as a stockbroker.

Democrats are losing it … and losing voters. A while back, Howard Dean said Republicans were "mean," and "not very nice" and that a "lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives." Having thus cleared his throat, he more recently said "all behave the same." They "all look the same," he told an audience. You see, he continued, "it's pretty much a white Christian party."

Is there something wrong with that?

Howard Dean gallops on. [Howard Dean has] described Republicans as "pretty much a white, Christian party," which isn't the savviest thing for a Democratic national chairman to say in a country full of white Christians. Is this just the usual Christophobia coming out in our elite, or can Dr. Dean not have noticed that the opposition's big tent is getting ever bigger? It's not just the WASPs' party anymore.

Democrats are out of gas. Democrats are facing the fact that general arguments for a larger welfare state just doesn't seem attractive to most voters.

Black Conservative Says Dean Shows Many Democrats' True Colors. Prominent black conservative Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, believes the DNC chairman is likelier to help the Republican cause than he is to win Democratic support from among the GOP ranks. "Howard Dean is a racist," Peterson says. "Howard Dean is good for the Republican Party and, in a way, bad for the Democrats, because he exposes what they are about."

Gambling with Dean: A prominent financier who has been a stalwart of Democratic fund-raising the past half-century told me last week his patience has been exhausted. He has remained a loyal Democrat while lamenting his party's periodic lurches to the left, but says he will neither contribute nor solicit a dime for the party so long as Howard Dean is chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Howard Dean unmuzzled: After Howard Dean last weekend declared Tom DeLay ought to be in jail, a longtime Democratic operative told me the party's national chairman had momentarily ripped off his muzzle but that it soon would be restored. My source erred, however, in believing that Dean ever had been muzzled. It's just that nobody has paid much attention to his rants.

Howard the Horrible: Howard Dean must be the product of a Karl Rove plot. How else to explain the Democratic National Committee chairman who so often acts as an unpaid agent of the Republican party?

Déjà Vu All Over Again. Howard Dean was rebuked for saying he wanted to compete for the votes of guys with Confederate flags on their pickup trucks. From the reaction you'd think he'd proposed to put child molesters on the Democratic National Committee. Instead we have arrived at the point where it is not just acceptable but de rigueur for the party that champions diversity and tolerance to deride evangelical Christians and Southerners. Tolerance apparently has its limits, even for liberals.

Dean Chairmanship of DNC Would Be Big Statement. For all their talk of bipartisanship, the Democrats, as usual, have a bizarre way of showing theirs. No one is more divisive, no one is more anti-Bush, no one is more anti-war, and few are more off-the-wall than Howard Dean. And this is who these people are picking to be their screaming leader?

Right screams delight as Democrats turn to Dean. Howard Dean, whose promising bid to become the Democrats' presidential candidate imploded with his "Iowa scream" last year, is set to become the party's leader. The post of Democratic Party chairman will, to the delight of Republicans, make him the party's public face and the main opposition spokesman to President Bush.

Howard Dean: Extreme Views in Favor of Abortion. According to Mary Hahn Beerworth, director of Vermont Right to Life, "Howard Dean is pro-abortion, has always been a pro-abortion activist and he takes the extreme position that there is not an unborn child, at any stage of pregnancy, that merits legal protection."

The rise of the bike path left: About the war on terror Dean was dismissively blasé. About bike paths he was a pit bull.

Howard Dean's Hostile Takeover. It may be a political first that the Democrats are nominating a well-known national figure with high polling negatives to lead their partisan parade. The latest CNN poll showed Dean held a 31 percent favorable view among Americans in both parties, but 38 percent held an unfavorable view. Does that sound like a good starting place for the DNC's grip on the political pulse?

Dean of the Demo Demise. The risk, a considerable one say Democrat analysts, is that Dean will lead the party's posture and worldview so far left as to negate any progress in its organization. Howard Dean is, first and foremost, condescendingly elitist and relentlessly secularist.

If Howard Dean were God: Howard Dean told political supporters in Kansas: "This is a battle between good and evil. And we're the good." He wasn't talking about the U.S. vs terrorists, but Democrats vs. Republicans.

Come back, liberals! Howard Dean — chairman of the party that supports murder, adultery, lying about adultery, coveting other people's money, stealing other people's money, mass-producing human embryos for spare parts like an automotive chop shop and banning God — has called the Republican Party "evil." One Democrat in the audience, a preschool teacher no less, complained that Dean was soft-pedaling his message.

Class-warfare death wish: It would appear that in their quest for left-wing ideological purity, the Democratic party is determined to fall off the proverbial election cliff. So be it. While George W. Bush is bringing the country into the 21st century, the Democrats are stuck somewhere between the 1930s and the 1970s. It's a political death wish. But they don't seem to realize it.

Calling the kettle gay: It's been a tough year for Democrats. They lost the presidential election, their favorite news outlets have been abjectly humiliated, they had to sit through a smashingly successful election in Iraq, and most painfully, they had to endure unwarranted attacks on a cartoon sponge. So I understand liberals are upset.

Oh, Canada. If you want to see what an advanced state of moral relativism looks like, if you want to know where knee-jerk political correctness leads, if you want to get an idea of how the mental illness known as "progressive thought" can spread through an entire country, if you want to know where we're headed, look north.

Seeking a ceasefire? This is the same Democratic Party that deep-sixed the candidacy of former Indiana congressman Tim Roemer for the chairmanship precisely because he's pro-life; the same party that for almost two decades hasn't allowed a pro-lifer to speak prime-time at their convention; the same party that is so beholden to Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the country, and NARAL, formerly known as the National Abortion Rights Action League, that presidential candidates troop past both groups every election season to be vetted for their opposition to any measure, such as parental notification or waiting periods, that might limit abortion.

Fighting dirty for the black vote. Donna Brazile is uneasy. She has noticed something highly threatening to her party, and she's sounding the alarm. In a column for Roll Call newspaper, Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager, warns her fellow Democrats that Republicans are seeking to make inroads into the African-American vote. "Once they (black voters) start listening to Republicans, some may even like what they hear."

The credibility of black conservatism. Liberals, particularly black liberals, will claim this incident simply confirms what they have known all along. … In their view, liberalism is coded into black DNA. It is a genetic impossibility for a black to actually believe that government should be limited and that every person, regardless of circumstance, must take personal responsibility for his or her own life.

The Attacks on Condoleezza Rice: The attacks on Condoleezza Rice by some of the Democrats is something to behold. It's been nearly half a century since a white person, any white person, dared criticize a black person. And the criticism here is not polite. It is about as harsh as it gets in the public arena — repeatedly calling a person in a high level government position a bald-faced liar goes way beyond a difference of opinion. It is even more unusual not to hear a loud chorus of black people and black organizations, supported by the national media, coming to her defense. Most of the time, there is a black organization or black person on every corner poised to scream racism whenever a white person criticizes a black person. Where is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, and others?

The All American skin game: How'd we get here? Well, that's a long story. But let's start with Bush's victory in 2000, which presented a real dilemma for Democrats who'd spent the 1990s playing the race card like it was an expiring coupon. … Having been shellacked by this approach to politics for so long, many Republicans have bought into it. … If the standard created by Democrats is that ideological diversity is meaningless, and only skin color and gender count, your best shot at putting conservatives on the court is to find blacks, Hispanics and women who agree with your philosophy.

Hillary: Can a liberal change her spots? The pro-choice position has hardened over the years to the point where any deviation from orthodoxy is considered heresy. Abortion advocates have fervently resisted every single legislative limit on abortion. They've stoutly opposed waiting periods, parental notification laws and bans on late-term abortions and partial birth abortions. They've even opposed a law that would permit a baby who by accident survives a late-term abortion to be welcomed into life.

Naysayers are tight-lipped since success of Iraq vote. Skeptics of President Bush's attempt to bring democracy to Iraq have been largely silent since Iraqis enthusiastically turned out for Sunday's elections. Billionaire Bush-basher George Soros and left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore were among critics of the administration's Iraq policy who had no comment after millions of Iraqis went to the polls in their nation's first free elections in decades.

Control of the Future Through Control of the Schools. Humanists know that the future of our country rests with our children. Therefore, in order to control the future of our country, they must control the minds of our children. And the easiest way to control our children is to control the schools. Radical left-wing writers … incessantly rail against parental "interference" in schools, because, as they openly acknowledge, "The Left can't survive politically without a public school system to spread leftist attitudes."

The Truth About Wages: Under Republican administrations, liberal critics would have laid the blame for any decline in wages directly on the doorstep of the president. However, [Bill Clinton's] Labor Secretary Robert Reich attempted to deflect blame by pointing the finger at Big Business. "The owners of capital are registering huge gains while ordinary working Americans are seeing their incomes fall," he said.

The Desperate Mainstream Media Go Racist. Imagine that when far-left California Rep. Maxine Walters was running for office, a number of Republicans didn't like her platform and so they called her "Aunt Jemima" or depicted her as a slave girl who took her marching orders from her "massa," Terry McAuliffe. This is exactly what happened — in articles and political cartoons — during the confirmation hearings of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state. And how did the Mainstream Media cover this rank racism? Not by calling it by its name and not by condemning Sen. Robert Byrd, the former Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan, who led the Democratic pack in delaying Rice's ascendance to this august position. Instead, they were uniformly mute about the racist assaults and slavishly echoed Rice's critics.

Self-indulgence: The enraged speeches and street disorders across the country that accompanied the inauguration of President Bush may tell us more than we want to know about what is happening to this country. Elections are supposed to be an alternative to other ways of settling political differences, including riots, military coups and dictatorships. But riots have been re-christened "demonstrations" by the mealy-mouth media.

Kennedy to Run Unopposed As Massachusetts Loses Voters. Massachusetts is currently the only state in the Union that is losing population and, therefore, voters. … The job market in Boston is stagnant and people who arrive in the city aren't staying.

Crazy thinking: In my ceaseless efforts to discover how liberals think, I have a great advantage: I live in Manhattan, where everybody is liberal, so opportunities for fieldwork are boundless.

Bush vs. Clark's kooks. Turning reality upside down is easy when you live in the world of people like actress Janeane Garofalo, who proclaimed on MSNBC just hours after the inauguration festivities: "George W. Bush is unelectable, in my opinion." This isn't dissent. It's beyond denial. Welcome to liberal dementia.

Translation of the Democratic Response to President's State of the Union Speech. One integral theme emerged from the Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address: the party's underestimation of the American people to solve their own problems and to see through liberal rhetoric. Let's just look at what they were really saying on the various issues once you strip away the generalities and euphemisms.

Moyers and the party of gloom. Speaking at Harvard recently, Bill Moyers, a preacher in the Church of Unreconstructed Liberalism, painstakingly constructed a straw man and then bashed it to pieces.

Richard Nixon's Revenge: On Nov. 13, 1969, [Vice President] Agnew tore into media liberal bias and demanded to know why a tiny handful of men, elected by no one, were deciding the news for the American people. Broadcast on all three networks, the speech was a sensation. Tens of thousands of telegrams poured into the networks and their affiliates, applauding what Agnew said.

The First Amendment fights for its life. The First Amendment's guarantee of free speech is a reactionary blight inimical to all true progressives [or liberals, as they are often called] and certain to be formally eliminated from the Constitution as soon as progressives again gain ascendancy.

The Tyranny of Liberalism: The development of liberalism has reversed its original principles. Rather than let society control the state, a more ambitious liberalism now makes the state control society. In spite of claims of neutrality, liberalism establishes an enforceable official morality that supports a definite way of life. The rational way beyond liberalism is to discuss the questions it avoids and cannot answer. Intellectually, liberalism cannot survive their free discussion.

Democrats need to come up with some ideas. One would think that a decisive loss in the presidential election, along with losses in the House and Senate, would have caused the creative juices to flow in the Democratic Party. Yet, the opposite is happening. Rather than opening up the faucet of ideas, they've completely turned it off.

The Destruction of Jeff Gannon: The campaign against Jeff Gannon demonstrates the paranoid mentality and mean-spirited nature of the political left.

Don't let Democrats get away with race-baiting. There they go again: The Democrats are race-baiting — attempting to suggest that the Republicans purposely excluded or miscounted the votes of African-Americans in the 2004 election. And why not? It worked so well last time around. The myth that African American votes went uncounted in Florida has achieved the status of conventional wisdom — never mind the little detail that it is completely false.

Senator Kennedy speaking "clearly": On the economy, Kerry complained about the deficits, but his domestic agenda would have added billions upon billions of spending increases. Likewise, Kennedy, on domestic issues, offers the same fantasy panacea across the board. Read his speech. From health care, to poverty, to education, we are not spending enough federal money.

The Left Launches an Offensive Against School Abstinence Programs. Rep. Henry Waxman, one of the U.S. House of Representative's most liberal members, has taken aim at federally-funded abstinence education programs, accusing many of them of promoting misleading information regarding abortion and sexually-transmitted diseases. … It is important that Americans understand that Rep. Waxman is a leading proponent of condom-distribution programs. He is not simply an unbiased observer in this situation.

Senator Reid only betrays his ignorance. I was around during [Supreme Court Justice Clarence] Thomas' 1991 confirmation hearings. I remember that black Americans overwhelmingly supported his nomination. I was told about the focus group meetings where the Democrats discovered that they could discredit Thomas by focusing on his marriage to a white woman, and by labeling him unqualified. After that, every time a Democrat appeared on TV, references to Thomas' white wife and charges that he was unqualified poured out of their mouths. The Democrats tapped into a latent river of racism. It worked.

Speaking of Liberal Disrespect for Blacks: Even if you don't want to characterize some of these infernal liberal cartoons lampooning and demeaning Condoleezza Rice as racist, could we at least agree that white liberals treat blacks disrespectfully when they engage in such expressions? Don't they just assume they will get a pass when they refer to Dr. Rice as "Aunt Jemima" and Secretary Powell as an Uncle Tom? What makes them think they can say such garbage with impunity?

Dean and the Democrats are frozen in a time warp. Surely [Democratic National Committee] Chairman [Howard] Dean knows that our secretary of state is an African-American woman from Alabama. Or that there are now three black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. I wonder if he appreciates that the percentage of black households earning over $75,000 a year has more than quadrupled over the last 40 years. Or that there are now over 1 million blacks in this country with advanced degrees. Perhaps Dean didn't take notice that 1.5 million blacks voted for George W. Bush in 2004 — double the black vote that he got in 2000.

The new status quo: The evolution of liberalism from a forward-looking to a backward-looking creed is partly the result of success — and partly a result of a failure to see where liberal ideas would lead. History does not always move in one direction, and if it seemed headed left a half-century ago, it seems headed the other way now.

If every vote counts, why does the Democratic party ignore pro-life Democrats?
A Pro-Choice Party No More. Pro-life Democrats are not surprised by the outcome of this year's election. In fact, pro-life Democrats have been pleading with their party to be respectfully included. Unfortunately, the "big-tent" Democratic party has allowed itself to be controlled by pro-choice forces and suffered as a result. For the past 25 years, pro-life Democrats have been leaving the party over the issue of abortion.

Can Democrats be pro-life? Candidates such as presidential nominee John Kerry don't share the views of the majority of Americans on cultural and social issues. Worse, many liberal elites demonstrate ostentatious contempt for those opinions. As with the issue of abortion. Being pro-life has been political death for any Democrat with national aspirations. Many on the left are unable to even contemplate a legitimate argument against legal abortion.

Issue Assessment: The Democratic National Convention. Some specific points from an analysis of the speeches at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. [PDF]

Taliban west? Secularits are in a state of panic about the role of evangelical Christians in the reelection of George Bush. They actually believe that American democracy is in danger, that we are on the verge of becoming a theocracy. "Putting God in the public square runs the risk of turning our democracy into a theocracy," frets DeWayne Wickham in USA Today. Leonard Pitts of The Miami Herald warns darkly of "the soldiers of the new American theocracy who want to force 'creation science' on the schools."

Editor's Note: Liberals thrive on widespread fear and uncertainty. To convince gullible people to vote for liberal candidates and support their liberal agenda, they spread fear [and distrust and jealousy] wherever they can. Things like truth and facts and honest debate don't matter to liberals. Most liberals don't actually believe we're headed toward a Christian theocracy, but it is to their advantage to spread such a story. Of course there are a few people whose lifestyles really would suffer under a Christian theocracy, and they're probably genuinely afraid.

More nuance and flipflops. The Democratic Party keeps agonizing over why it lost the election and how to recover. Let me suggest this: Quit undermining the electoral process in the name of protecting it. And quit exploiting African-American voters by stirring fear in their hearts over fraudulent claims that Republicans want to disenfranchise them.

Are Americans stupid? How can 59,054,087 people be so dumb?" That was the headline in the British tabloid Daily Mirror announcing the reelection of President Bush. American liberals are asking the same question, concluding that the 51 percent of the public that voted against their man is just not smart enough to appreciate the liberal agenda.

Editor's Note: No doubt you have seen news footage of large crowds of people surging through the doors of department stores when they opened on the morning after Thanksgiving. Some stores opened on Thanksgiving Day and were crowded all day. My family and I visited the Galleria in north Dallas on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and the place was packed! Four parking garages were full, and there must have been at least 50,000 people inside. But during the 2004 presidential campaign, John Kerry and the Democratic Party told us that we were in the worst economy since the great depression. Obviously, the Democratic Party was lying to the American people in an attempt to win the election by any means necessary.

(Flashback to 1992. Then-candidate Bill Clinton repeatedly referred to the economy as the worst since the Great Depression. It worked.)*

Market Myth: Worst Economy Since The Great Depression? To hear John Kerry tell it, America is mired today in the worst economy since the Great Depression. How dumb does he think voters are? We just set a record for yearly production: a GDP of nearly $12 trillion, or $120,000 per family. As for what really counts, personal well-being: A record 69 percent of Americans own their own homes, and the account balance in the average 401(k) plan is $77,000, up 22 percent in three years.

Making a Dent in Liberal Disinformation: Worst Economy and Jobs. While some Democrats still rail about the economy and the more loose-lipped critics still refer to it as a disaster, the steady economic growth has muted most of the harsh criticisms of the president's impact on the economy. First it was "Bush's recession," then when that bottomed quickly and the recovery began, spurred by tax cuts, the critique morphed into, "Yeah, but it's a jobless recovery." When the jobs started coming back, the complaint evolved again into, "Well, manufacturing still is losing jobs." Then, when manufacturing gained jobs, it was "Sure, but these new jobs are all flipping burgers."

Making a Dent in Liberal Disinformation: RatherGate. By now you should know the story — the blockbuster memos CBS "unearthed" for 60 Minutes II last Wednesday were immediately spotted as being suspiciously like something created on Word. CBS denied, saying they had been authenticated by one of the purported author's fellow officers, who subsequently said he never saw them, and after seeing them felt they were fraudulent.
Liberal positions don't stand up to the simplest factual tests.
Don't Confuse Me With the Facts. Liberals constantly call for more money for education when every statistic shows that money is not the answer (just look to Washington, D.C.'s schools and the $13,000 per child spent to achieve some of the nation's lowest test scores). Libs talk down the economy when indices like home ownership, real income, and unemployment are better than the average in any of the past three decades. They claim that we are no safer today, ignoring the fact that we have not had the expected major terrorist attacks since 9/11/01 and the government has thwarted dozens of plots.

Making a Dent in Liberal Disinformation: Voter Disenfranchisement. Democrats have never been known to cast fraudulent ballots, eh, Mayor Daley? We won't go into the NAACP allegedly paying Chad Staton in crack cocaine to register such stalwart Dems as Dick Tracy, Mary Poppins, and Janet Jackson in Ohio. Or the 8,000 fraudulent Democratic voter registrations discovered in Lansing, Michigan. That's "Get out the Vote."

Lying About the Draft. The first question about the draft is ... why? We have an active military of about 1.4 million men and women today. This is down from the peak of 2.1 million in the mid-1980s. Did we have a draft then? No. Did Reagan need a draft to ramp up from the lower levels from the Carter years? No. Would we need a draft to get back up to that force level, assuming that we had to? No.

Conservatives don't always wear black hats. Most commentators don't understand what it means to be a conservative. When you listen to newscasters or read newspaper accounts of such matters, it seems that "conservatives" are simply the people who want bad things and the liberals are the ones who want good things.

Blind Anger. Anger, the most toxic of emotions, has poisoned the American left and much of the Democratic Party. ... Anger has become the fashionable political mood in America's faculty lounges, big city newsrooms, and Democratic political events. Anger is a terrific motivator. Angry people contribute money, go to events, wear buttons, t-shirts, and funny hats, and readily slap bumper stickers on their Volvos, Beetles, mini-vans, and Lexuses.

The Ignorant and the Idiotic? On the web, embittered liberals and Democratic activists are peddling spurious stories, urban legends really, about how IQ is inversely correlated with voting Republican. In reality, no correlation exists.

Liberal chattering class unhinged. Democrats have acted like victims of robbery the last four years, but now they're acting like women scorned, rejected by a dueling banjo-wielding electorate. I guess I suspected they'd take their losses badly, but I didn't realize they'd unshackle all gentlemanly restraints on their septic bitterness.

Morals hypocrisy: Isn't it ironic that liberals seem to resent conservatives for promoting moral issues and being judgmental when every ounce of their leftist fiber bristles with an air of moral superiority? It's a turf thing, a matter of entitlement. Liberals are truly annoyed that large segments of the population vote Republican primarily because of social issues, when for decades the "progressives" have claimed to have a monopoly on morality and compassion.

On the use and abuse of labels. Liberals don't usually call conservatives merely "conservatives." That's because the term, standing alone, is not a pejorative. Instead, we are "extremists," "bigots," "homophobes," "racists" and "intolerant." And these labels, unlike the conservatives' general invocation of "liberal," are usually gross distortions.

Evangelicals: America's Taliban. If you think that comparing Evangelical Christians to the Taliban sounds extreme, you might just be a normal American. But if you think that the comparison is valid, you might just be a supporter of North Carolina Senator Julia Boseman. In fact, Boseman's supporters have just launched a new website making that very comparison.

The Democratic party: Modern day slave master. The Democratic Party, the liberal "mainstream" media and the rest of the cultural elites are having a very hard time handling Dr. Rice's rise to power. They've waged a disgraceful, racist and cowardly back-door assault against her. Why? Little Ms. Condoleezza has wandered away from the plantation. She refuses to slave in the cotton fields of "progressive" ideology.

Why Democrats are tagged as the party without values: To most Americans, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are race-baiting demagogues. Yet they are heroes to the Democratic Party. Most Americans do not see their country as the bigoted and racist nation regularly depicted by both black and white Democratic leaders. To most Americans, a man who wears women's clothing to work is a pathetic person in need of psychotherapy. To the Democratic Party, he is a man whose cross-dressing is merely another expression of multiculturalism.

The oldest fraud: Election frauds are nothing new and neither are political frauds in general. The oldest fraud is the belief that the political left is the party of the poor and the downtrodden. The election results in California are only the latest evidence to give the lie to that belief. The most affluent counties were where Kerry had his strongest support.
The major media are the chief propagandists for the leftists in America.
Cultural issues confuse the liberals. Democrats seem to be leaning toward the idea that Bush's victory is based primarily on turning out religious nuts to vote for him. These people are viewed in certain Democratic quarters as the American Taliban. It is thought that if they gain political power, not only will abortion and gay marriage be banned, but so will dancing, rock and roll, and any movie with an "R" rating. This is nothing but nonsense, but is commonly believed in places like Hollywood and New York's upper west side.
Celebrities undermine America with their leftist and hate-American public statements.
Amoral media, lowlife fans, spoiled athletes and beer. Let's finally stop repeating the false notion that big business has conservative values. Big business has no values. ... Liberals perpetuate the falsehood of big business as conservative for three reasons: They have a materialist view of the world (just about everything is explainable by economic status and motives; it aids in getting people to vote Democrat); many people resent the amorality of big companies; and it seems to counter the argument that the major news media are liberal — "How could the news media possibly be liberal when they are all owned by large corporations!"
Celebrities share responsibility for the decline of morals in America.
I'm just an orthodox Jewish hillbilly from Los Angeles. The left sure knows how to recover from an electoral defeat: slander the electorate. For some strange reason, liberal activists believe that after 60 million Americans pulled the lever for George W. Bush, the best strategy to win back power is to call those voters stupid.

When liberals play the race card: Look at the treatment of prominent black Republicans like National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Liberal critics pull no punches in using race to criticize them. Political cartoonists Pat Oliphant and Jeff Danziger drew political cartoons accentuating Dr. Rice's black features and depict her speaking in rural Southern dialect. Garry Trudeau referred to her as "Brown Sugar" in his comic strip, "Doonesbury."

A taxing experience: When liberals in the media or in politics start being alarmed about the national debt, it means just one thing: They want higher taxes. The thought of reducing spending would never cross their minds.

"Save Our Boy Scouts" Bill Fails In Senate. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) issued a press release on November 20, [2004], discussing the failure of passage of the "Save Our Scouts" bill. All Republicans supported passing it; while the Democrats opposed it. The "Save Our Scouts" bill would have permitted federal support for the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts of America. The legislation was designed to send a message to the ACLU that it should stop persecuting the Boy Scouts for its policies on atheists and homosexuals.

Tennessee Democrat Distributes Flyer Belittling Special Olympics Kids. "Tennessee State Representative Craig Fitzhugh should be ashamed of himself for allowing his campaign office to distribute a flyer belittling Special Olympics children," said Traditional Values Coalition Chairman Louis P. Sheldon. "This disgusting flyer is an insensitive attack against children with disabilities."

Democrats are out of step with American voters. Plainly, gay marriage is not an issue that Americans support. Despite the rhetoric that you hear from the homosexual Cosa Nostra, the lack of support for the gay marriage amendment has nothing to do with prejudice. ... It is about recognizing that marriage between man and woman is the bedrock of our society. It is about the citizens of this country saying, en masse, that they are unwilling to deconstruct certain basic and essential norms in our culture and society.

Michelle Malkin Axed for Views. My experience, both as a columnist and an observer of life, is that liberals consider any bold assertion of conservative political thought "mean-spirited." Indeed, the liberals' favorite charge against conservatives is hat they are intrinsically mean, uncompassionate people.

We all have faith in something. The Democratic gospel preaches an all-encompassing faith that politics and government will solve our personal problems. Not earning enough money? Don't have a high-school diploma? Not happy with your insurance policy or retirement plan? Is your daughter pregnant? Feel in general that your life is out of control? Turn to President, Senator or Congressman Democrat and get it solved.

Robert Reich: God is worse than terrorism. Clinton's labor secretary has problem with those who believe in higher authority. Robert Reich, the former U.S. labor secretary under President Bill Clinton, believes people who follow God pose a more significant threat to the modern world than terrorists do.

Conservatives, liberals and blacks: If there is one general characteristic of white liberals, it's their condescending and demeaning attitude toward blacks.

Is the Democratic Party racist? The Democrats have successfully maintained their power base on the backs of black people. Without them, the Democrats would go the way of the Whigs.

Dems fire minorities without a conscience: The Democratic Party is taking blacks for granted. Again. The Associated Press is reporting that the Democratic National Committee laid off 10 black staffers this week.

Which party supports your values? Compare the basic principles and values of the two major political parties and decide for yourself.

On WMD's — what did the Democrats say? Did Saddam Hussein and his interest in weapons of mass destruction pose a threat to the United States? Just ask the Democrats.

United Socialist States of America: What has happened in America that has turned off the majority of the electorate to Democrats? Is it President Bush's leadership? Is it the leadership of Republicans? Partly. But there is another aspect trimming support for Democrats. It is because the mainstream of the party is too liberal and too socialist for a free people to tolerate.

The Left's Lies That Never Die: I'm sick of hearing the myths spun endlessly by the left repeated over and over again, often by people who ought to know better. So here, once again, is another attempt to set the record straight.

Coulter Stirs Up a Storm: For about two decades, name-calling has been the principal policy position of liberals. If [Republicans] oppose the National Endowment for the Arts, we're said to hate art. If we oppose the Department of Education, we hate teachers. If we oppose the Environmental Protection Agency, we hate the environment.

Socialist Myths, Capitalist Truths: Capitalism is profoundly egalitarian. Its existence relies on institutions that protect the equal rights of consumers and producers, eschews privilege and authority, and distributes wealth based on each participants' contribution to satisfying the needs of others. So we should immediately be suspicious of claims that capitalism causes inequality.

Disastrous utopia: Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous. Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export.

Collectives, Communities, and The Individual: During the nineteenth century socialism was but a theory to be debated; during the twentieth century, however, socialism became a reality to be observed. The bare bones of theory took on flesh, countless variants of the socialist state being established. The result was unambiguous. Without exception, the attempt to coordinate the productive activities of men and women by the edicts of central planners proved disastrous. Dreams of increased abundance were shattered against the reality of experienced destitution. Today socialist theorists have begun openly to suggest that failure in practice is indicative of a drastic error in theory.

Where will the dems go? [Senator Paul Wellstone's] Minnesota memorial [showed] us the religious Left: They don't believe in God; they believe in politics. The Democratic Party is their church, Wellstone their latest martyr, and the campaign a crusade.

Nancy Pelosi: A San Francisco Liberal. So long as Nancy Pelosi remains in the congressional minority, the rest of the country may escape the effects of San Francisco liberalism. But if such people are ever in the majority, look out!

"Black History Month" Renamed To Promote Anti-War Agenda: Liberal Democrats in New York City have renamed Black History Month to reflect the anti-war sentiments expressed by protest groups and political leaders such as presidential candidate Al Sharpton.

New Lies of the Old Left: In the 1960s, the "New Left" came to prominence on America's university campuses. Today, those New Left radicals are America's tenured university professors. They populate the newsrooms of the television networks and our once-great newspapers. More disturbing still, the New Left now comprises the mainstream of the Democratic Party.

Excellent! Will more bureaucracy mean more security? When America had an energy crisis, our leaders responded by creating the Department of Energy. When we perceived serious failures by our schools, the Department of Education was formed. Likewise, the terrorist threat that became apparent last Sept. 11 prompted the Bush administration to propose a Department of Homeland Security. But our experience with those other national emergencies raises a question: Why bother?

The Welfare Debate We're Not Having: It turns out — apparently to the surprise of many on the left — that working for a living is better than subsisting as a parasite on government handouts.

Just Say Merry Christmas. Perhaps nothing exposes the gap between secular liberals and conservative Christians as much as Christmas. It may also help explain why the Democrat Party, which has been taken over by a small, but powerful cadre of secular liberals, is slipping into political oblivion. Even though practically the whole country is adorned with Christmas decorations, all across America secular liberals are doing all that they can to suppress the public acknowledgment of Christmas.

What transition costs? The Democratic Party establishment is appalled at the thought of private Social Security accounts turning ordinary Americans into owners of stocks and bonds and, therefore, potential Republicans. The argument by Democrats that private accounts are too risky fails the test of history. Nobody can find a 20-year period in America when investments have not gained.

Asleep at the wheel. In spite of what you hear from your government school teacher, your leftist college professor, or that smiling talking head on television, we are not a democracy. Never were. Weren't supposed to be. You won't find the word "democracy" in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States or in any constitution of any of the 50 States. There's a reason for that. Our founding fathers hated the idea of democracy. They knew that a government of majority rule would dissolve into a tyranny of plunder and chaos.

Democrats: Party of Angry White Men? Where are all the good ole' boys? They sure aren't over at the White House, where Ann Veneman, Gale Norton, Elaine Chao, Rod Paige, Colin Powell, Norm Mineta, Mel Martinez and Christy Todd Whitman make up almost half the president's cabinet, along with inner-circle advisors Karen Hughes and Condoleeza Rice. And they aren't at the Supreme Court, where Republicans appointed the first woman and second black man. And they certainly weren't at GOPAC, where JC Watts and a cabinet of women now hold the GOP future, running the entire Republican farm system. Contrast this to the blatant tokenism of the Clinton cabinet which boasted such luminaries as Janet Reno, Hazel O'Leary and Jocelyn Elders. Apparently, the battle to see which party makes the real commitment to a color blind meritorious nation is over. And Republicans won.

God and Politics: Partisan media stalwart Helen Thomas is just the latest in a long line of commentators to argue that religion and politics don't mix. Like the others, she is woefully misguided.

It's time for American Jews to open their eyes. It was Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, who claimed that a Jewish cabal stood behind the Iraq war. It was former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat from Georgia, who took money from anti-American and anti-Israeli terrorist supporters during her candidacy for Congress. It was Vermont's Howard Dean, a Democrat, who labeled Hamas members "soldiers." It was Sen. Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, who was once Grand Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan. It was Sen. Ernest Hollings, a Democrat from South Carolina, who blamed the Iraq war on pro-Israeli interests.

Texas League of Women Voters: Unbiased Do-Gooders or Liberal Activists? A recent visit to the Texas League of Women Voters website suggests that [their] non-ideological reputation belies a distinct liberal bias. The League of Women Voters advocates left-wing positions on issues such as abortion, property rights, and crime. The League even encourages its members to lobby on some of these issues and features prominent links on their website to far left organizations without any similar plugs for moderate or conservative groups.

State charitable program turned into ideological slush fund: The [Texas] legislature, in 1993, envisioned checkoffs flowing to charities that help the poor and afflicted. It turns out that these monies flow also to groups fighting for abortion rights and against nuclear power. Such donations don't even necessarily meet another of the legislature's stipulations that the organization not "conduct litigation." Many, if not most, of the activist groups tout litigation as one of their main purposes.

It's the culture, stupid. While there were many important issues in Tuesday's historic election, the single most important one for the largest bloc of voters was not the economy, the Iraq War or the Terror War. It was the cultural war. ... [The] message was loud and clear: We don't want a Massachusetts liberal running our country.

A narrow escape. Can you imagine what it would be like to have a Massachusetts liberal filling the federal courts across the country, including the Supreme Court, with liberal judges who would be turning more criminals loose for decades to come, as well as repeatedly over-ruling the voting public's right to govern themselves on such things as gay marriage?

Party stereotype update. Democrats: the party of the little guy. Republicans: the party of the wealthy. Those images of America's two major political wings have been frozen for decades. The stereotypes were always incomplete, but for a long time they reflected rough truths. Over the last generation, however, that has dramatically changed.

Old campaign tactics, new weapons. You can always count on the Democratic Left to unfurl their favorite three strategies: class warfare, generational warfare and race-baiting. An "Election Day Manual" put out by the Kerry campaign reveals the strategy: "If no signs of intimidation techniques (at the polls) have emerged, launch a pre-emptive strike" alleging voter suppression by the Republicans.

Virtuous victory. Democrats should realize the McGovern-Mondale-Dukakis-Kerry wing of the Democrat Party cannot win. Will they finally wake up, or will they give into temptation and nominate Hillary Clinton in 2008?

Political demagoguery: Our unemployment rate, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics put at 5.4 percent in September, is one of the lowest in the world and in our history. France's unemployment rate is 9.4 percent, Germany's 9.9 percent and Italy's 8.6 percent. Our Canadian neighbor's is 6.6 percent. The only reason for today's hysteria over jobs is because it is an election year, and one of the ways politicians gain power is to create fear among the electorate. The next time you hear a politician whining about our "awful" job climate, ask him which European country we should look to for guidance in job creation.

Excellent: 19 Reasons NOT to vote for a Democrat: The Democratic Party has officially weighed in with a new party platform that delivers a healthy dose of pro-abortion, pro-homosexual propaganda. The party that so often preaches tolerance apparently has no tolerance for the more than seventy percent of Americans who believe marriage ought to remain the union of one man and one woman, and neither do they have any tolerance for people who believe that abortion kills an innocent human life. Key elements of the Democratic platform include endorsing radical anti-AIDS initiatives and other programs that encourage promiscuity, calling for the passage of "thought crimes" legislation, dropping the "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" policy in favor of full inclusion for open homosexuals in the military, and defeating the marriage protection amendment. It appears that more and more the Democratic Party is running to the Left while Americans are leaning to the Right.

Is America lost or just liberals? Many liberals are beside themselves. Things were bearable when they could delude themselves into blaming their loss of power on a "stolen" election. But with this decisive defeat, they're thinking, "It's not our America anymore."

Is it safe? President Bush tried to get rid of lazy, burned out, incompetent, uncaring or corrupt federal employees when he set about to establish a Homeland Security Department, but he met solid resistance from leftist union-loving Democrats who claim that if Bush can hire, fire or promote federal employees on merit alone, we'll be "headed back to the bad old days." Most of us are realistic enough to realize that these are the bad old days.

Is California crazy? The time is long overdue to get rid of the outdated notion that liberal Democrats represent ordinary people. They represent such special interests as trial lawyers who keep our courts clogged with frivolous lawsuits, busybody environmentalists who think the government should force other people to live the way the greens want them to live, and of course the teachers' unions who think schools exist to provide their members with jobs.

Stop and think: Part III. No special interest group within the Democratic party has as much influence — domination might be a better word — as the teachers' unions. The top priority of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers is their members' jobs. ... Parents may think that public schools exist to educate their children but, to the teachers' unions, these schools exist to provide their members with jobs, with iron-class tenure, and with pay increases based on seniority, not performance. If maintaining that status quo means sacrificing the education of a whole generation of young blacks, the teachers' unions will do it.
Education bureaucrats promote indoctrination rather than education.
The NEA's Lobbying Agenda: The NEA's lobbying goals for public schools include federal funding for public school child care, early childhood programs that are school-based, before- and after-school programs, big spending for school counselors, school-based health care for children, and of course increased federal spending for education. The NEA's non-education-related lobbying goals include funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, a national universal health care system, reparations to African Americans, statehood for the District of Columbia, taxpayer funding of federal elections, and a national holiday for Cesar Chavez.

Aha! Where Do Public School Teachers Send Their Kids to School? Public school teachers in urban areas are far more likely than city residents in general to send their children to private schools, according to a new analysis of 2000 Census data by researchers led by Denis P. Doyle, who previously analyzed 1980 and 1990 Census data. While just 12.2 percent of U.S. families send their children to private schools, that figure rises to 17.5 percent among urban families in general and to 21.5 percent among urban public school teachers, almost twice the national average.

Much more about the teachers' unions can be found here.

The following material was published during the 2004 election cycle, and is still quite relevant.

Masquerading Liberal John Edwards. It's easy enough to find votes showing how the media's Edwards the "Southern moderate" sales pitch is total hooey. Sen. Edwards voted against his Senate partner Jesse Helms when he suggested schools should be denied federal funds if they kicked the Boy Scouts of America out of meeting at a school since they wouldn't allow gay scoutmasters. The gay lobby has a powerful hold on this Southerner. Sen. Edwards voted in favor of federal funds for needle-exchange programs. On abortion, try to find where Sen. Edwards feels there should be any limit to the abortion lobby's demands. He's rated 100 percent by the NARAL crowd.

Why I cannot vote for John Kerry. [Reason #5:] A vote for John Kerry is a vote for Michael Moore, the ACLU, Ted Kennedy, trial lawyers, George Soros, the leftist academics who morally confuse generations of young Americans, and for Dan Rather, CBS News, and nearly the entire news complex that daily presents a proctologist's view of America. A vote for John Kerry is a vote for Jesse Jackson, whom Kerry has named a top adviser; and for Al Sharpton, with whom Kerry campaigns; for Sean Penn and his Hollywood world; and for the passionately pro-Kerry MTV, the greatest destroyer of young people's minds and souls in American history.
Celebrities become destructive role models for our youth when they openly live together and have babies without benefit of marriage, publicly revel in their homosexuality, take drugs, or break the law.
John Kerry, Useful Idiot. While Kerry's handlers might try to cast their candidate as a man of the people, he is anything but. Remember, this is a man who has twice married multimillionaire heiresses; a man who has multiple mansions on multiple continents; a man who windsurfs (poorly) off tony Nantucket; a man who rides a bicycle that costs more than some new cars; a man who spends, oh, maybe $15,000 to jet his hairdresser cross country for a trim. Yes, John Kerry is the latest in a line of "inheritance-welfare liberals" — those who were raised dependent on inheritance rather than self-reliance. Is it any wonder, then, that the character and values of these inheritance-welfare liberals are all but indistinguishable from the character and values of those who depend on state welfare?

Kerry's scarlet letter: It seems like a lifetime since July 1991 when Sen. Kerry declared: "I'm a liberal, and proud of it." Thirteen years later, the L-word is forbidden language for Kerry. He is attempting what only Bill Clinton among recent Democratic candidates has accomplished: covering left-of-center policies with a facade of moderation. Kerry, less skilled than Clinton as a political dancer, is burdened with a 30-year record of nearly unbroken liberal votes.
Radical environmentalists, animal liberationists, one-world-government fanatics, gun controllers, and other leftist groups share responsibility for destroying America as we knew it.
Kerry's Class Warfare: "Working Families" vs. "The Privileged". In his victory speech at the Iowa caucus, John Kerry uttered a line that exquisitely captured a staple of his Leftist politics — class warfare. "Count the cost that working families are paying while the privileged ride high and reap the rewards," he said.

It's The L Word, Stupid. Kerry is the most liberal Senator, against tough competition, the proof of which is that he has a 92% lifetime rating by the Americans for Democratic Action. Remember, these are the liberals who give the ratings; they think it's a good thing. They've been rating all members of Congress for more than half a century. Which leads to the second measure of Kerry's extreme liberalism: he's the most liberal candidate the Democrats have ever run, with a higher lifetime ADA rating than Al Gore, Walter Mondale or George McGovern (Since Carter, Dukakis and Clinton never served in Congress, they don't have ratings.)

Cash-and-Kerry: Senator John F. Kerry has a long political career, distinguished by his willingness to go farther Left in politics and lower for money than most other American politicians would dream of going.

Party Platforms Tell Voters How Republicans, Democrats Differ. The Democratic platform, adopted in July, "repudiate[s] President Bush's divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a 'Federal Marriage Amendment.'" "We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families," the Democratic platform states.

[Hmmm... One of us doesn't know what the word "family" means.]

The Big Daddy candidate. You undecided voters need to get a grip and decide whether you want a president or a daddy. Perhaps you haven't noticed, but our "Big Brother" government has been replaced by "Big Daddy." In this election, John Kerry clearly is the Big Daddy candidate. He's promising to take care of you.

"Things you have to believe to vote Republican": A response. One of the more popular anti-Republican documents making the rounds on the Internet is titled "Things You Have to Believe to Vote Republican Today." Its popularity is exceeded only by its shallowness, which renders the document much more reflective of the liberals who admire it than of the Republicans it attacks.

I survived the Democratic National Convention. For four days, the Democratic Party put on its quadrennial scare-old-people-and-minorities party. Democrats, of course, rely on the 90-plus percent monolithic black vote. Thus, a black "non-liberal" poses a direct threat to the party's national prospects.

The vision thing: Kerry and Edwards are both liberal … in a political sense, which today manifests itself in reactionary policies, such as wealth redistribution, anti-entrepreneur laws and regulations, protectionism and refusing to fundamentally reform Social Security for the 21st century, which is imperative.

Where Do the Candidates Stand on Abortion? President George W. Bush promoted and signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act into law. Senator John Kerry voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act every chance he got — six times. Dick Cheney has taken a strong pro-life position. During his 10 years in Congress, he compiled a 100% pro-life voting record. He opposes partial-birth abortion and he voted against tax funding of abortion. John Edwards, in his six years in the Senate, has compiled a 0% pro-life voting record. He voted to keep partial-birth abortions legal and he supports tax funding of abortion.

Questions Raised on Kerry Health Plan. The President of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste says, "Sen. Kerry will talk about his plan like it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. But it's really the most expensive and complex system since Hillary Clinton's 1994 proposal. Government-run health care is stirring in its coffin but with a new name and it is the Kerry healthcare plan."

An Enigmatic Kerry-Edwards Energy Plan. The eight-page Kerry-Edwards energy plan reads more like a new age feel good tome than a policy program. Its specific proposals are either self-contradictory or depend on passing unusual legislation that would repeal the laws of economics, chemistry and thermodynamics.

A Vote For John Kerry Is Like A Vote For Ted Kennedy. One of the first names that comes to mind, perhaps the first name that comes to mind, when you talk about liberals in the United State Senate, is Teddy Kennedy. And largely because of that liberalism — although leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to die certainly doesn't help — Ted Kennedy would be defeated as badly as Michael Dukakis and Walter Mondale if he were running for President this year.

The Kerry-Edwards Postal Plan Won't Deliver. In an effort to win the support of America's Postal workers, John Edwards recently announced that if elected, he would "never privatize the U.S. Postal Service." He further declared that he and John Kerry would defend the current "no-layoff status" of America's Postal employees. Although the Kerry-Edwards stance may score points with the Postal Service's entrenched unions, it completely ignores the reality of USPS ledgers. Any serious assessment of the organization's finances shows that it is in desperate need of an overhaul.

Vote your gun. Gun owners and hunters, don't let Kerry fool you with his “I'm a gun owner and hunter and I respect the Second Amendment” bovine scatology. Kerry is about as pro-gun and pro-hunting as I am pro-Dixie Chicks, Michael Jackson, Cat Stevens and Hans Blix. Have you seen any video or stills of Kerry handling a gun? He looks about as knowledgeable, natural and comfortable with a firearm as Al Gore does trying to French kiss Tipper.

Kerry Wrong for Catholics. He's wrong on the marriage penalty, the sanctity of marriage, the child tax credit, adoption tax credit, abortion, partial-birth abortion, taxpayer-funded abortions, parental consent, homeland security, international "family planning", litmus test for judicial nominees, human cloning, euthanasia, and school choice.

What a typical Kerry supporter might believe: A non-exhaustive list.

The myth of the stolen election: The Democrats seem determined to keep the 2000 election issue alive, even though it failed miserably as a rallying cry against Jeb Bush, who won a resounding 56% to 43% re-election victory in the 2002 Florida Governor's race. It is worth examining the mythology and the real, not-so-ancient history of the "stolen election".

The Platform Democrats Don't Want You to See. There's a reason the Kerry Democrats are the political equivalent of a general anesthetic. They can't risk leveling with us. If they told the electorate what they really want, voters would run screaming into the night.

DNC Delegates Out of Step with the Average Person. Who are the people calling themselves delegates to the Democratic National Convention? What are their beliefs? A recent New York Times-CNN poll showed that most are far more liberal than most other Democrats — and way to the left of most Americans.

Conservatives, liberals and blacks: According to a Washington Times story (July 14, 2004), Democratic hopeful Sen. John Kerry, in a speech about education to a predominantly black audience, said that there are more blacks in prison than in college. "That's unacceptable, but it's not their fault," he said. Do you think Kerry would also say that white inmates are faultless? Aside from Kerry being factually wrong about the black prison population vs. the black college population, his vision differs little from one that holds that blacks are a rudderless, victimized people who cannot control their destiny and whose best hope depends upon the benevolence of white people.

More class warfare. A key element of the John Kerry-John Edwards campaign is an us-versus-them theme, where “us” are the poor and middle class and “them” are the greedy rich. Edwards famously characterized this dichotomy as “Two Americas” during his run for the Democratic nomination. The clear implication of the Democrats' message is that the rest of us would somehow be better off if the rich were worse off.

Kerry, candidate of the left. [At the Democratic convention, Senator Hillary Clinton] made clear what she and John Kerry are about by defining the solution to our problems in education as putting more money into the government public school monopoly and opposing vouchers and other attempts to give parents options in finding the best education alternatives for their children. One has to wonder if Senator Clinton has ever taken note that the inexorable rise in postal rates inevitably means that we simply pay more and more for the same mediocre product. Monopolies exist to defend the status quo, not to find ways to improve.

Kerry's liberalism prospers in his positions, his votes and the company he keeps. Ever since he rose to the top of the pile of Democratic contenders for his party's presidential nomination, John Kerry has sought to "introduce" himself to the American electorate — to flesh out his political profile, to present as a dedicated, balanced, evenhanded centrist floating along in the political mainstream. Evidently it didn't work.

Kerry Health Plan: Almost $1 Trillion Over the Next Ten Years. John Kerry has been touting his health care plan for America in TV commercials airing in battleground states across the nation. In these ads, Kerry promises to give every single American health insurance. But he doesn't mention the price tag. One Clinton administration official, now an economist at Emory University says that "KerryCare" will cost the American taxpayers an astounding $895 billion over the next decade.

"Kerry/Kennedy Care" — Prescription for Disaster. Campaign rhetoric to the contrary, Kerry began the campaign with a voting record well to the left of mainstream. According to the voting record summarized by Congressional Quarterly, Sen. Kerry voted in lockstep with Sen. Kennedy, the Senate's most liberal member, in each of 10 years between 1985 and 2001. Over the course of his political career, Kerry has sided with Kennedy 94 percent of the time when key votes were taken on Kennedy's favorite cause: a government-run national health care plan.

Kerry on Abortion: In 1984, Kerry said he would vote against "any restrictions on age, consent, funding restrictions, or any law to limit access to abortion." (John Kerry as quoted in "Mass. Senate candidates quizzed on women's issues," Sojourner: The Women's Forum, 6/30/84) Kerry received a 0% ranking from the National Right to Life Committee for the 108th, 107th and 106th Congresses. Kerry has voted at least six times against banning partial-birth abortion.

Where Do the Candidates Stand on Abortion? Senator John Kerry voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act every chance he got — six times. The partial-birth abortion procedure — used from the fifth month on involves pulling a living baby feet-first out of the womb, except for the head, puncturing the skull and suctioning out the brain. The great majority of partial-birth abortions are performed on healthy babies of healthy mothers. John Edwards, in his six years in the Senate, has compiled a 0% pro-life voting record. He voted to keep partial-birth abortions legal and he supports tax funding of abortion.

Jobs and snow jobs: Senator John Kerry says that he would create 10 million jobs if he were President. But Presidents don't create jobs.

Dead Catsup Bounce. Omitted from mention in the platform itself were Democratic staples such as partial-birth abortion, gay marriage, capital punishment and the Kyoto Treaty. Such is the desperation to beat Bush that even hardcore lefties coalesced around this vision of the one (or is it two?) Americas so embraced by their ticket. This may explain the confusion that seems to be reflected in the poor poll numbers so far. Voters don't seem to recognize this new flag-waving version of the party and the time to re-re-introduce their candidate is running out.

John Kerry's Treaty: Outsourcing sovereignty. John Kerry wants a world in which the United Nations calls the shots and U.S. freedom of action, in the absence of the U.N.'s permission, is sharply circumscribed. Most Americans recognize that this would be a formula for disaster — a world in which the lowest-common-multilateral-denominator would routinely trump, and often jeopardize, our security interests.

The Dems' "First Responder" fakeout: The Bush administration has moved beyond reactively serving terrorists with their legal papers to proactively busting sleeper cells, detaining enemy combatants before they set off their bombs, setting up military tribunals, and deporting Arab and Muslim illegal alien suspects. What is John Kerry's plan? Buying more walkie-talkies and playing "People's Court" with Islamic mass murderers.

Kerry's Backward Bounce: For very good reason, the rule of thumb is that a presidential candidate gains ground following his party's convention: It almost always happens. But it didn't happen for John Kerry.

Senator Kerry: You can't have it both ways. I have a few more questions about John Kerry's foreign policy and national security "vision," as laid out (or not) in his convention speech and elsewhere.

Bounceless. No bounce for Kerry. The Democrats and their pollsters will tell you this is because the electorate has already made up its mind. But if that is the case, why are they campaigning? Why have a convention in the first place? In reality, at least 10 percent of the population is undecided, and Kerry's convention appears to have gotten none of them.

Kerry's "Non-Bounce" and the Avoidance of Values-Related Issues: A conservative leader and former GOP presidential candidate says he is not surprised the Kerry-Edwards ticket received no noticeable "bounce" in the polls following the Democratic National Convention. And he thinks George W. Bush should go on the offensive and take advantage of the fact that the Democratic ticket doesn't want to deal with important family-values issues.

The childishness of the left. The historian Victor Davis Hanson has some more penetrating things to say about the left's reaction to terrorism and the Iraq War.
I would never have imagined that journalists, academics, actors, artists, and the intelligentsia in general would have so opposed the end of dictatorship and promotion of democracy abroad. And who would have thought that Vietnam would become the source for Democratic nostalgia, rather than the usual recrimination? Did anyone think the appointment of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, promises of $15 billion in grants to combat AIDS in Africa, and lectures to the politically powerful Arab world to cease the genocide of black Sudanese would earn George Bush slurs evoking the Taliban, the old Confederacy, and fascism? Have we become children who live in a world of bedtime stories, afraid to face the cruel truth around us?

The strange disappearance of the "L" word: When did Democrats stop calling themselves "liberal"? Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., when asked whether he considered himself a liberal, treated the questioner as if she belonged to the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy years.

Liberals believe that the availability of guns causes violent crime.
Conservatives believe that violent crime reflects a lack of values.

Liberals believe that society is responsible for protecting people.
Conservatives believe that a man is responsible for protecting his own family.

Liberals believe that government should be more powerful than the citizens.
Conservatives believe that the citizens should be more powerful than the government.*

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