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“The steady drift of Democratic activists away from war with Iraq, despite the President’s every effort to accommodate their concerns, is another demonstration of a phenomenon of American politics that I only became aware of in the Clinton years. The phenomenon is this: a sizable proportion of the politically committed in America today are not propelled by principle or by fact but by the deep emotional satisfaction, indeed the peace of mind, that they derive from beating hell out of an opponent.”
What efforts has the president made to “accommodate” concerns? A “steady drift of Democratic activists away from war with Iraq” intimates that there was a time when “Democratic activists” were overwhelmingly in support of said war, but we know that is not true.
Finally, it is deplorable that you would accuse “Democrats” (so, about half the country) of leading a national movement against an unjust war merely because of a personal dislike for George W. Bush and some of his colleagues. Many who protest the war (myself included) do not define themselves as Democrats and a growing contingency define themselves as (gasp) Republicans. Opposition to the war has nothing to do with a general like or dislike for George W. Bush. It is also mildly ironic that, after making sweeping and exaggerated generalizations about Democrats, and how “they” are all anti-American elitists, that you would condemn these alleged “prejudices” as a source of identity.
Hello, kettle? This is the pot.p>Profoundest regards, br> — John McDonough /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?