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Ed Koch: Advice for Democrats

Ed Koch is a former mayor of New York City. Democrat mayor, pretty liberal guy. Yet he endorsed Bush this year, and said that Kerry and the national Democratic party was on the wrong side of defense and the war on terror.

Koch is no Zell Miller. Miller is a conservative Democrat, some would say a DINO (Democrat In Name Only). Koch disagrees with Bush on tax cuts, Social Security, welfare, etc. But Koch very much loves his country and believes that all other issues are trumped by national security and the war on terror, and he believes that his party has failed miserably in that regard.

Anyway, his commentary is here. He offers some advice to the national Democrats on how to move their party to a different direction…in his words, “center left” instead of the current makeup of “radical left.” Here’s a tidbit from it:

Since the elections, Democrats have declined to take any action to start moving the party in a different direction. It may happen, but I doubt it. If changes don’t take place, I have no doubt that the reverses the party suffered this year — a four-seat loss in the House, a five-seat loss in the Senate and, of course, an unsuccessful presidential bid — will continue.

In order for the Democratic Party to reverse these losses there has to be a major realignment. The Democratic Party should be center left. It is or appears to be radical left.

While I disagree with his take on a number of issues he mentions, I agree with some others (such as his take on partial-birth abortion). I also respect the fact that he articulates his points well and is not the least bit unreasonable…which means the national Democrats will ignore his advice. We should hope they do!

December 2, 2004 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Two down, one to go…

Brokaw’s gone from NBC. Wednesday was his last night.

Rather is retiring in the spring from CBS.

Now of the original “Big Three” nightly news anchors, all that’s left (no pun intended) is Peter Jennings. How long until the Canadian hangs it up? Couldn’t be soon enough.

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Bush to international community: Put up or shut up!

Hat tip to Neal Boortz for this:

In his first major foreign policy speech since he was reelected, President Bush took the world to school over the whole issue of pre-emptive action in the war on terror. No longer held back by political considerations, Bush explained American policy in terms even the Axis of Weasels will understand. Or they should.

Said the president: “The success of multilateralism is measured not merely by following a process, but by achieving results. The objective of the U.N. and other institutions must be collective security, not endless debate.”

Have you seen that television commercial where this guy is choking and his friends sit around the table talking about the Heimlich Maneuver? Finally someone from another table walks over and actually performs the maneuver instead of just sitting around talking about it. The announcer says “less talk, more action.” That’s George Bush. The friends sitting around the table with the choker probably aren’t all that pleased with the character from the other table. Who the hell does he think he is to show them up like that? Obviously the choker’s friends are French.

Bush wasn’t through: “Defense alone is not a sufficient strategy. There is only one way to deal with enemies who plot in secret and set out to murder the innocent and the unsuspecting: We must take the fight to them.” Translation: we have to kill Islamic terrorists before they kill us. He also talked about the idea of advancing freedom and liberty in the Middle East: “By taking the side of reformers and democrats in the Middle East, we will gain allies in the war on terror and isolate the ideology of murder and help to defeat the despair and hopelessness that feeds terror. The world will become a much safer place as democracy advances.”

The message is the same now as it was 3 years ago: you are either with us, or you are with the terrorists. Good show!

Boortz is absolutely right. I seem to recall after 9/11 that Bush told the world that anyone (person or foreign state) who harbors or abets terrorists will be treated as a terrorist as well…no differentiation. This is one thing about Bush that has always pissed off the left: He says what he means, means what he says, and backs it up with action instead of hollow rhetoric.

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