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2006: A Spin Odyssey
The stories that Democrats hope to gain a majority in the Congress in the 2006 elections are starting to multiply. First, they were fueled by the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. Then that fizzled as the Federal government stepped in to do what the state and city should have done in New Orleans. Then they pinned their hopes on the frivolous kangaroo-court indictments of Tom DeLay, one of which was thrown out of court (it is a HUGE deal to have an indictment tossed as legally insufficient). Ohhh, there is scandal, the Democrats will come in and sweep those corrupt Republicans out of power! As Mr. DeLay’s case looks to be a loser for Ronnie Earle (a lack of facts will do that every time), the Democrats turned their hopes to the NSA monitoring program. But the people like the idea that the NSA is trying to get the terrorists before they blow up another part of America. Now, they pin their hopes on another scandal: Lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s pleading out to corruption charges.
However, Abramoff’s paylist seems to include more Democrats than Republicans, notwithstanding the media spin that he lavished far more money on GOP congresspersons and senators. The other fact that is not being reported is that the GOP-controlled Justice Department is leading, and aggressively pursuing, this investigation. If the GOP were nearly as corrupt as the Democrats appear to vainly hope, they would not allow Justice to aggressively prosecute a case where their own people were to be tanked. After all, isn’t that what sank Nixon in Watergate? The attempt to cover up wrongdoing?
The Democrats are trying hard to spin Abramoff as the big scandal that will sink the GOP in 2006. However, some of the names that pop up in Abramoff’s slush party are: Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Byron Dorgan, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Tom Harkin, Dick Durbin, John Kerry (over $98,000!), Patty Murray, Chuck Schumer, Daniel Inouye, Ted Kennedy and more. All Democrats. If the moonbat "Paul Wellstone was assasinated" types are correct, and all GOP are corrupt, the Abramoff investigation may be designed to sink Democrats!
"The Democrats cannot think of any way to attempt to gain a majority in the Congress except a GOP scandal. They have no ideas except to obstruct our agenda."
But this is not the problem. The Democrats cannot think of any way to attempt to gain a majority in the Congress except a GOP scandal. They have no ideas except to obstruct our agenda. Their idea for Social Security? Raise taxes on the most productive. Their idea for Homeland security? Get out of Iraq, try to kiss up to Al-Qaeda and raise taxes on the most productive. Their idea for balancing the budget? Raise taxes on the most productive. Ask Walter Mondale how running on tax hikes plays out. The Democrats’ so-called ideas have fallen victim to the monster they created. By offering the people a government that gives you "all you need," (Thomas Jefferson) they have created a government that needs to "take all you have" (Id.) in order to pay for it. The people, when it comes right down to it, are still the freedom-loving Americans that rebelled against high tea taxes in Boston in 1773. They don’t want the government to be the source of all that they need. So the Democrats’ philosophy, which is, when you boil away the rhetoric and get to what their actions actually stand for, "you cannot handle life on your own, you need the government, and Democrats running it, to tell you how to live," is repugnant to the vast majority of Americans.
The Democrats are trying to relive Watergate. The last time that they won a majority vote in a Presidential election was 1976, in response to a scandal that took down a President. The GOP grew past that scandal, and was born again conservative. By embracing conservatism, the GOP launched a winning streak that has gone on essentially uninterrupted since 1980. True, Bill Clinton did win a plurality (not a majority) of popular votes in 1992 and 1996. And he and his wife erroneously took their 1992 "squeaker" victory, a likely G.W. Bush victory that was spoiled by Ross Perot’s third-party hiccup, as a mandate. They tried to impose a draconian liberal power grab on the nation with their socialized medicine plan. That plan would have made a crime to hire one’s own doctor to get treatment instead of waiting for the government to get around to fixing you up.
"[T]he Democrats don’t even know what they stand for anymore. And because of that, they have no cohesive set of ideas of what to do if they regain power."
The end result of that power grab was the GOP congress. The people have good memories, and hopefully, GOP campaign ads will remind them that the GOP rescued them from totalitarianism in 1994. Even though we remain in power, we’ve not gotten slothful. We have ideas, real ideas. Social Security reform, as proposed by our beloved President, is a wonderful idea! However, the Democrats don’t like it. I won’t ascribe any sort of nefarious motive, like a desire to hold the senior vote hostage to continued Social Security benefits, to them. I just wish that they would come up with a comprehensive plan that addresses the injustices in the system. But the Democrats don’t even know what they stand for anymore. And because of that, they have no cohesive set of ideas of what to do if they regain power.
They pin their hopes on scandal instead of good ideas. The trouble is that none of their so-called scandals appear to actually be scandalous! The media tries to spin everything into Watergate II, and in so doing, has permanently injured its credibility. This can happen when one runs a major story, using forged documents, on the eve of a Presidential election. This will happen when a major leftist newspaper runs a story on the NSA, using illegally-leaked classified information, apparently to promote a book that is highly critical of our intelligence community. This will happen when the major media runs a completely wrong story about West Virginian coal miners surviving an explosion when they did not, and then blames the President for the coal mine explosion!
"2006 will bring us a spin odyssey the likes of which America has not seen since the days of William Randolph Hearst."
2006 will bring us a spin odyssey the likes of which America has not seen since the days of William Randolph Hearst. And it will all be anti-GOP scandal spin, ala the New York Times / Risen spying debacle. In the end, I think that this stuff will have an effect on the 2006 midterms. My gut says that the GOP will increase its representation in both houses of the Congress. And the confused Democrats will do the same things they did in 2000, 2002 and 2004: Try to figure out why they did not get the power they think they’re entitled to. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to protect true liberty and in the process, will make America even more magnificent.