Joe Knows - Democratic Party A Shadow Of Its Former Self

Every time I read something Joe Lieberman has written or listen to one of his speeches, it make me wonder what's happened to the Democratic party I knew when I was younger. Not that I was ever a Democrat, but there have been plenty I have respected. Joe Lieberman is one of them.

While I don't agree with many of his beliefs, I do respect them as they appear to be based upon deep thought and logical reasoning. This is unlike so many of his former Democratic colleagues, many which have fallen under the sway of the extreme Left within the party. Feelings are more important to them than what is right, what is logical, or what is needed. Feelings are all well and good, but they are the last thing upon which any laws or policies should be based. The good of the nation should be paramount, not discredited social policies.

A few still remember that, including Joe.

How did the Democratic Party get here? How did the party of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy drift so far from the foreign policy and national security principles and policies that were at the core of its identity and its purpose?

Beginning in the 1940s, the Democratic Party was forced to confront two of the most dangerous enemies our nation has ever faced: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. In response, Democrats under Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy forged and conducted a foreign policy that was principled, internationalist, strong and successful.

These days it seems the Democratic Party wants to weaken our nation all in an effort to make our enemies feel 'safe'. Unfortunately all that will do is make them feel safe enough to attack us and our interests.

These days it seems the Democratic Party has come to believe that we're all too stupid to make up our own decisions in life. Unfortunately for them we tend to be far smarter about running our own lives than they are.

And so it is also with how imperial many of the Democrats in Congress have started to behave. A perfect example of this behavior is the latest move by Senator Barbara Boxer. She decided a well known, well qualified and respected nominee to be general counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency didn't deserve to be confirmed because, horror of horrors, he dares to support a White House policy specifically dealing with policy supervision at the EPA. Never mind the nominee carries no political baggage and that he had passed confirmation on a similar post he held in the Department of Energy.

The committee is chaired by California's Barbara Boxer, who is livid that the EPA has so far declined to rewrite existing environmental laws to regulate greenhouse gasses. At a confirmation hearing, Ms. Boxer told Mr. Hill that he was incapable of "independent thought" because he didn't pay obeisance to her political agenda. Instead, Mr. Hill said he would only sign off on decisions that were "legally defensible." Anything but that.

“Incapable of independent thought.” Whet the heck is Barbara Boxer's definition of independent thought? If it includes having to agree with her political agenda, then it isn't independent thought, is it? Instead it's supposed to be a mindless adherence to a morally bankrupt and ideologically polluted political party? What crap. She's pissed off, she feels angry, so she let's her emotions dictate what to do rather than what is right, prudent, and necessary.

This blackmail is especially appalling because the EPA is being sued on dozens of fronts, and needs someone competent to head its legal office. But by Ms. Boxer's standard no one who doesn't bow to her policy could possibly be confirmed, ever. Remember all the partisan jabbering, not so long ago, about the Imperial Presidency?

Maybe it's time that Joe Lieberman to cut the final ties to a Democratic Party that shows its contempt for anyone not in the fold, a party trying it's best to wrest control of of the government away from the American people and instead make sure it's run by “right-thinking people” like themselves.

Maybe it's time for Joe to cross the aisle and join the GOP.

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