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EtherZone ^ | 11/11/02 | Daniel Sargis

Posted on 11/12/2002 8:53:58 PM PST by Dr.Syn


By: Daniel Sargis

There is an old fable about a scorpion and a frog . The scorpion is looking to cross a river and the frog seems like a convenient ferry. Mr. Frog, however, is leery about the scorpion’s pledge not to hurt him in return for the ride. But Mr. Scorpion, with glib perseverance, convinces Mr. Frog that such a service by Mr. Frog would earn undying appreciation. Mr. Frog relents and graciously embarks upon the river crossing with Mr. Scorpion on his back. Midway in the journey, Mr. Scorpion stings Mr. Frog. As they are both about to die, one from venom and the other by drowning, Mr. Frog asks, "Why would you do such a dastardly thing when you promised you wouldn’t?" With the nonchalance of a bureaucrat, Mr. Scorpion explains, "I could not help myself. It is my nature." And so goes the Democratic Party.

The whining about the Democratic Party’s lack of a message is rapidly becoming tedious. This whimper has become the regurgitated mantra for politicians and pundits from the entire political spectrum. In a very perceptive Washington Post editorial, Charles Krauthammer held forth, "The conventional wisdom is that the Democrats were defeated because they had no message. This is true…The reason Democrats have no message is that they have no ideas." To this it should be added that it’s not the message, but the messenger.

During an unusual moment of forthright baring, David Lightman of the Washington Post disclosed that, "John Samples, a political analyst at Washington's Cato Institute, agreed (that)…the party needs to adjust to the way the world is now, not the way it was in the 1970s…the party has lapsed back into the image problem it had in that era, that it is led by, and too beholden to, liberal interests and special interests, notably organized labor." If the Democrats have "lapsed" back into an image as the party "turning tricks" for special interests, it must have been B.C. (before Christ) when they were last pure. Or…at least September 10th, 2001!

The Dem’s dimmed luminary, Terry "Get-Rich-Quick" McAuliffe maintains that, ""We were very aggressive in putting out an economic message. Dick Gephardt and Tom Daschle did many press conferences with an economic agenda…The problem, he said, was not the message, but ‘it was hard to break through,’ because of all the news about the war on terrorism and non-political headline grabbers like the sniper in Washington." (Lightman article) Ahhh…you should have known, it wasn’t the Dem’s fault…it was everybody else’s. A classic case of "He-Did-It".

And what was the real message of the Democratic Party? The answers get muddled. The fantasy according to Tom Daschle is that, "Democrats talked about the need to extend unemployment benefits and a minimum wage [increase], and tax cuts for small business, and corporate governance, and a recognition that we’ve got to do something to ensure that pensions are stronger...But for whatever reason, I don’t think that was as clearly articulated and, more importantly, I don’t think it was as understood by the American people as I wish it would have been." Yet, there seems to be a different reality.

The often-unbalanced New York Times seems certain that the Democratic message was shrouded by the Bush "smart strategy" , "…the Republicans succeeded because of Mr. Bush’s personal popularity and his smart strategy. The president’s party denied Senate Democrats the chance to pass popular bills on prescription drugs for the elderly and the establishment of a Department of Homeland Security by adding political poison pills the Democrats couldn’t swallow." And…right they are.

In a world so full of bullshit, facts become a breath of fresh air. The Democrats did have a message and it was eloquently enunciated in their vision for the Department of Homeland Security. To paraphrase a real estate paradigm, Special Interests, Special Interests & Special Interests. Before national security, before the containment of terrorism and before a concern for your very being, the Democrats over-riding agenda was to keep their pants down for organized labor.

"Sock puppets of the fat cat bosses of organized labor, Democrats are insisting that those employed under this bill (Homeland Security) be unionized, forced to pay union dues (a big slice of which will be kicked back to the Democratic Party), and contrary to all similar employees in the past be virtually exempt from firing by the President on national security grounds."

But why would this be?

A quick trip to the Common Cause website simultaneously illuminates and depresses. Who was the number one donor of "soft money" to the Democratic election coffers? And, with a donation of $3,471,000.00, the winner is… the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Shockingly, the labor movement "donated" $13,932,462.00 to the Democrats and only $187,900.00 to the Republicans. When the reporting is completed for this election cycle, the amounts will increase substantially. You really should take a peek at this list . And…remember, this does not include the millions that are personally appropriated from pensioners À la schemes like Terry "Get-Rich-Quick" McAuliffe’s.

Let’s get this straight. Democratic politicians have an altruistic desire to unionize the Homeland Security employees and then, as their bosses, squeeze them for political contributions and expropriate pension funds for risky personal schemes. If the Republican Party is the party of big business, then the Democrats must be the party of the concerned grifters. But why would this hypocrisy surprise anybody?

Again, from the Ponte article, "Many other commentators, from Andrew Sullivan to Bill Bennett to Charles Krauthammer, analyzed Mr. Gore’s political pettiness, dishonesty, and opportunism - verging on war profiteering - by putting his own political ambition above the security needs of the nation…." Kevin Willman extends this Gore syndrome to the Democratic leadership, "...the Democrats did not give people a reason to vote for them. Instead, they waged the usually predictable scare tactics about race, social security, guns, and abortion…the Dems were arrogant, petty, and self-obsessed, as they were more concerned about the reacquisition of power instead of doing what is best for America."

Not only does this bastardization of national policy to please the fetishes of special interests pong to high heaven, it is criminally dangerous. Consider the morals of the self-righteous political hypocrites who: (1) impede the creation of the Department of Homeland Security for monetary gain, (2) have intentionally bankrupted the Social Security Trust to "balance" a budget, (3) practice racism and all "isms" to divide a population for electoral gain, (4) risk the quality of children’s’ education in a quest for N.E.A. PAC dollars and (5) tell you with practiced deceit that "the other guy did it". That is the nature of the Democratic Party leadership and that is the nature of the scorpion.

Worse are the intellectually devoid enablers from candor barren rags like the New York Times. In separate articles published November 6 & 7 respectively, the NYT at once accuses President Bush of, denying " Senate Democrats the chance to pass …the establishment of a Department of Homeland Security" and, of a strategy whereby "Mr. Bush's plan for a Department of Homeland Security…enabled Mr. Bush to build a campaign on the theme of national defense." Yet, the NYT never once articulated the truth concerning the huge payola that (un)motivated the Democrats. Perhaps the NYT was most honest when Paul "The Dissembler" Krugman bemoaned that, "Talk radio and Fox News let the hard right get its message out to its supporters…. " Shame, shame Krugman; that Freudian slip "LET" is an offence against honesty and freedom that is reminiscent of Nazi Germany, not the First Amendment.

Whether through naïve carelessness or intentional Krugmanian propaganda, a collation of interests who lie to the American public with arrogant intention is, by any definition, corrupt. It really turns bizarre when, Àl la Gore, you actually believe your own B.S. Once convinced by illusion, the reality becomes delusion. And…that is the Democratic message foisted upon the American public. It is not the message that stinks…it is the messenger.

Krauthammer properly observed that, "Bush didn't win this election because of ‘Message: I care’ but because of ‘Message: I lead.’…Status quo leaders, who cagily game the political odds even on war and peace, find themselves deserted. In the post-9/11 world, equivocation and dissimulation don't work. Political courage does."

But don’t expect much to change with any new Democratic "leadership" except for the syntax. It will be the same old deceptions shrouded in new gift-wrapping; replete with Tojan horses. Similar to prostitution, political bastardization will always exist if there are buyers waiting in the wings with sweaty palms full of cash. Special interests, twisted egos and a void of character have condemned this nation to a gridlock of division and conflict.

As the very rational Ann Coulter interprets it in her new book, Slander, "Instead of actual debate about ideas and issues with real consequences, the country is trapped in a political discourse that increasingly resembles professional wrestling…The impossibility of having any sort of productive dialogue about civic affairs has become an immoveable reality." That "immovability" is the direct result of the special interests and their lackeys whose blood money continues to bastardize the American political landscape. In their myopic feeding frenzy, they threaten the very roots of our freedom.

But that is the nature of the scorpion.

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Daniel Sargis is a freelance writer from Connecticut and is a regular columnist for Ether Zone

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Published in the November 18, 2002 issue of Ether Zone. 
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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: homelandsecurity; mcauliffe
This one calls it as it is!
1 posted on 11/12/2002 8:53:58 PM PST by Dr.Syn
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To: 07055
2 posted on 11/12/2002 8:58:33 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: Dr.Syn
"Bush didn't win this election because of ‘Message: I care’ but because of ‘Message: I lead.’…Status quo leaders, who cagily game the political odds even on war and peace, find themselves deserted. In the post-9/11 world, equivocation and dissimulation don't work. Political courage does."

Dems are not leaders. They are power junkies.

They are too self-absorbed to be able to make decisions that are in the best interest of the nation.

Bush has proven himself to be a leader and it's time for the Republican House and Senate to prove the same. We know the Dems can't do it, because they really 'can't change their spots'. If there ever was a time to show political courage in our own ranks, it's now.
3 posted on 11/12/2002 9:22:51 PM PST by Route66
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To: Route66
Bush and the Republicans won more than the democrats a week ago for one reason: they pay more attention to the dangers that confront this country! Daschle and Gephart forgot September 11th, 2001. They thought enough time had gone by so that they could return to "politics as usual." Well, they paid the price.
Messages sent and received probably played some role in the election but one message serious people know without being told is that we have real enemies in this world and we better vanquish them before getting back to debating the security of the Social Security "Lockbox" and other apparitions.
Analyze away, but the fact that we are at war drove the election.
4 posted on 11/12/2002 9:55:52 PM PST by thegreatbeast
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To: thegreatbeast
"Of course a leopard can change it's spots!"--Spot the Zebra
5 posted on 11/12/2002 10:06:22 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic
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To: Dr.Syn
Great piece, but can we please, PLEASE retire "The Scorpion and the Frog" story?

Also the "Frog in the Water" analogy, the use of "Frankly" to begin every sentence, the "Casa Blanca" reference, "I'm shocked...SHOCKED", and finally, "at the end of the day"?

If we can eliminate these few words and phrases from our national lexicon, the World would be a better place for you and me, just wait and see!

6 posted on 11/12/2002 10:09:29 PM PST by Deb
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To: Dr.Syn
I wish I could have this article tatooed on my back. It's great, and it points to the fact that the government make work force is full of liberals. Liberals who have completely gutted the very mandate for their existance.

From the INS, to the EPA, nothing but socialist/communist running the show and throwing road blocks at every opportunity in front of any Republican administration, mandate, or agenda. Deunionizing government employees is just something that is a must. Then let the firings begin.
7 posted on 11/12/2002 10:11:54 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: Dr.Syn
By Jove I think they've got it!

Over the years, liberals have tried changing the packaging, name and marketing of their ideology in hopes of duping the voters into buying into socialism, run by elitists.

As Doctors have tried to disguise awful tasting medicine by making it bubble gum flavored. In the end, it tastes like awful bubble gum flavored medicine.

Changing the name instead of the idea has never worked. You can rename Socialism to liberal, liberal to moderate and it still is socialism.

Queer, gay, lesbian, transgendered will always be deviant behavior.

And as Ken Hamblin put it, "We were much nicer people when we were Negros."

If they really believed their ideas, and actions were true and just, they would never have to resort to wearing masks or changing their names.
8 posted on 11/13/2002 4:14:30 AM PST by ODDITHER
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To: Deb
"Also the "Frog in the Water" analogy, the use of "Frankly" to begin every sentence, the "Casa Blanca" reference, "I'm shocked...SHOCKED", and finally, "at the end of the day"?"

"If we can eliminate these few words and phrases from our national lexicon, the World would be a better place for you and me, just wait and see!"

Frankly, at the end of the day, I have to agree. :)

9 posted on 11/13/2002 4:36:18 AM PST by RightOnline
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