With all of Joe Lieberman’s
(D-CT) talk about keeping the Democratic Party close to the center and resisting
the manifest liberalism of people like Howard Dean and Dennis the Monkey,
he had almost brought me to his side. Of course I didn’t agree with
him politically, but I was beginning to think he was a pretty decent guy.
Sure he changes his positions almost as frequently as Steven King writes
a book, but at least he understands that relentlessly squawking about universal
health care and repealing all of the Bush tax cuts isn’t going to take his
party anywhere. He’s a little better than all of that, I thought.
But then I saw him on Tony Snow’s charming political program, “Fox News Sunday,”
and all of my warmth toward the little man disappeared.
“The Democratic Party as I see it,” he began, “certainly post-Clinton-Gore,
is a party that believes in fiscal responsibility, knows how to make the
economy grow, believes in tax cuts, doesn’t think that big spending, big
government programs answer every problem, and is willing to invest—committed
to investing in a strong defense and using it when necessary.”
If that’s the way he sees the Democratic Party, his vision must be just about as good as Mr. Magoo’s.
Clinton—the chap to whom Lieberman affectionately referred—is the same guy
who worked with Hillary to socialize American medical care. He’s the
same guy who allowed our 600-ship Navy to deteriorate to somewhere around
200 ships. He’s the same guy whose idea of American anti-terrorism
was to let the Sudanese do what they would with Usama bin Laden, and who
based military operations on the status of his impeachment proceedings.
Bubba was a lot of things, but a fiscal conservative and foreign policy hawk
were not among them.
He continued. “I’m going to bring back…fairness and integrity to the White House,” he said, “where it hasn’t been.”
Now that I’ve carefully lifted my jaw from the floor and back to its appropriate
resting place, let me get this straight. Bill Clinton, his cigar, and
a chubby White House intern have an extra-marital affair in the Oval Office.
They do it so often, in fact, that he manages to shower her with gifts, not
to mention his DNA. Then he lies under oath about his sordid situation,
tampers a bit with affidavits here and there, and hooks Monica up with a
job. Then he gets caught and is impeached. That’s the “fairness
and integrity” Joe Lieberman, Senator from Connecticut, wants to bring to
the White House.
What’s more, not only does he want to bring this sort of “integrity” to the
Executive Mansion, he wants to kick George W. Bush out to do it! He’d rather
the President run around with some trollop than be a Republican, and, since
Lieberman himself wants to be the President, I have to believe that he would
like to be the one doing the running.
If you thought that was a stupid remark for a presidential hopeful to make,
get a load of this next one. “It just seems absolutely wrong to me,”
said Joe, “to raise taxes on the middle class today. They’re stressed
right now because of the Bush economic policies.”
So, (a) we shouldn’t raise taxes, and (b) we shouldn’t cut taxes; in other
words, keep taxes exactly where they are right now. If that’s really
what Lieberman thinks, why should we elect him? Taxes got to be exactly the
way they are under none other than George W. Bush—why not stick with him?
Lieberman said a lot of silly things, as can be seen. (Yes, these examples
are just the start of it.) But he also said something exceptionally
sensible, and abundantly wise. “To govern this country it takes more than
anger. It takes experience. It takes positions that reflect the
best values of the American people. And it takes the kind of solid
leadership capacity that America will need in an age of terrorism and in
an age of real economic anxiety.” I wholeheartedly agree. And
that’s why I’m voting for George W. Bush in November of 2004.
Z. Sterrett, a resident of Aptos, California, is a Lifetime Member of the
California Junior Scholarship Federation and a Sustaining Member of the Republican