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Republicans have to be especially sensitive these days to the prickly egos of their Democrat brethren and sistheren . As we have witnessed in recent months, to disagree with a Democrat’s position on Iraq is to attack his patriotism. And patriotism is inseparable from manhood. To counter a Democrat’s call for immediate withdrawal by arguing that the Iraqi forces are not quite ready to fully engage the insurgents, and that such withdrawal would therefore imperil Iraq’s budding democracy, is now akin to calling said Democrat a traitor. Such large chips. Such small shoulders.
Mr. Bowman is exactly right that Democrats have been questioning the patriotism and manhood of Bush & Friends relentlessly at least since John Kerry’s emergence as the Democratic frontrunner in February 2004. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard was portrayed as the ultimate act of cowardice by many of the same Democrats who had praised Clinton’s courage for criticizing and evading the Vietnam War. Some called the President and Vice President “chicken hawks” so often the that term became seared — seared — into the left-wing mind.p>There’s no reason for Republicans to use loaded words like “chicken hawk’ or “coward” when debating Democrats. Let the Republicans simply say that they respectfully disagree with their good friends on the other side of the aisle, and reject Peace Through Impotence. br> — GnuCarSmell br> Jacksonville, Texas /p> p> I have always heard that the truth hurts, and it must hurt the Dems a lot. They can take offense at nothing. And Congresswoman Jean Schmidt should NOT have apologized, what she said was the truth as written by a serviceman. Someone needs to take a stand and stop apologizing every time Kerry or one of the other lefties get their drawers in a twist. Kerry is up to his old tricks running down our soldiers. Think about the last time someone sent troops in at night to terrorize women and children: Clinton and Reno in Florida taking a small child to send back to Cuba. br> — Elaine Kyle /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?
H/T to National Review Online