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Lieberman Drops the Act
by Isaiah Z. Sterrett
20 August 2003Joe Lieberman

Joe Lieberman claims he wants to bring "fairness and integrity" to the White House. So why is he campaigning against George W. Bush?

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.

Bill 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.

Isaiah Z. Sterrett, a resident of Aptos, California, is a Lifetime Member of the California Junior Scholarship Federation and a Sustaining Member of the Republican National Committee.

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