April 24, 2006

And thus they continue to dig their own grave

Democrats say Lieberman too close to Bush

It's pretty bad when someone who is as liberal as Lieberman is denounced because of his stand on Iraq, which just happens to be similar to that of President Bush. Kneejerk contrarianism might be great as a substitute for ideas as long as your party isn't the one in power, but it also tends to make it that much harder to ever GET to be in power. Although the Democratic Party might not want to admit it, there actually are reasoned, principled, loyal members of their party who have come to the conclusion that aligning with the "anti-war" Left isn't in the long-term interest of the United States.

That's not to say that war is good, but to note that the enemies of our nation have actively used the cloak of the anti-war movement not as a way of making peace, but of doing us harm by weakening our will to resist. War's bad, but it's not the worst thing, to paraphrase a pretty smart old guy--

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. --John Stewart Mill

Democrats might do well to listen a bit to Mr. Lieberman's reasoning, rather than be so dismissive of what he has to say because it sounds too close to what the Republicans say.

It also might be good for them to remember that the true enemies of our nation aren't their ballot opponents.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 24, 2006 10:46 AM

Isn't John Stewart Mill one of thsoe dead white guys we are no longer supposed read or quote?

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 24, 2006 12:26 PM

I'm not sure--do you still count as being dead if you're spinning in your grave?

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 24, 2006 12:57 PM