Plea To Democrats: Come Back From The Dark Side

I have recently been surprised at the number of Democrats who have essentially said, “Country before party.”

These are people who think differently than I do about a lot of things. They want things that Democrats have wanted for decades (a big government that provides myriad social support structures, a focus on workers’ rights, a wariness regarding the potential to descend into militarism, and – less often – an affirmation of a woman’s right to choose abortion). But at some level, they have come to realize that the Democratic Party they used to support without question has left them behind in its support of an incredibly extreme leftist ideology.

As Dennis Prager has said many times on his radio program: a Kennedy liberal during the early 1960s would be a solid conservative today.

I have always tried to treat these frustrated Democrats with respect, because I know that the journey they are making to repudiate their party’s candidate is not an easy one.

The Democratic Party today is firmly in the control of the most radical element that used to occupy the fringe. With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi literally come Las Vegas and San Francisco values. They are values that are massively funded by radicals such as George Soros, and propagandized by MoveOn.org. And these values are out of touch with millions of Democrats.

Now we add to that mix Sen. Barack Obama, the most liberal member of the United States Senate. He is a candidate whose social views are so incredibly radical that as a Illinois State Senator he even supported the genuine infanticide of infants who were born alive. Make no mistake: Obama is the most radical candidate who has ever appeared on the ballot for either party.

Barack Obama brings with him the two very worst elements of the Democratic Party: the corrupt Chicago political apparatus and the radical leftist ideology.

I believe that one way or another, the Democratic Party is soon in for a major and dramatic transition;

If Barack Obama loses in a McGovern-style landslide (which I personally believe will happen as Americans come to realize just how radical Sen. Obama truly is), I believe that Democrats will rise up in outrage and throw off the leadership that brought them to such a stunning defeat in a year they should have dominated.

If, on the other hand, Barack Obama wins the White House, with a Nancy Pelosi House and a Harry Reid Senate, I believe that this country will take such a massive nosedive into economic recession and foreign policy disasters that the country will restore Republican rule in landslide style that will last for years. You simply don’t give socialist radicals this much power and have a good long-term outcome.

As a political partisan, I say either way conservatives win. It’s only a matter of time.

As an American, I fiercely want to avoid the prospect of seeing my country return to a time of 20% prime interest rates and a drifting, helpless morass of one foreign policy nightmare after another.

And I am proud to say that I have encountered enough Democrats who think the same thing that it gives me more hope in the people of this country than I have had in some time. These Democrats are looking at John McCain as a moderate Republican who has and will reach out to Democrats; and they are looking at Barack Obama as a radical leftist Democrat who will lead their party and their country to ruin. And they are choosing McCain.

I literally didn’t think they had it in them. Like I said before, I’m proud of these Democrats. It’s a lot harder to turn a ship around than it is to go with the flow and sail full-steam ahead.

I have said some very harsh things about Barack Obama, and about Democrats in the mold of Pelosi and Reid. And I will continue to do so.

But I want to state unequivocally that I do NOT share the same view of moderate Democrats. While we disagree on many issues, we often want the same ultimate goals and merely differ on how we should arrive at them. And we can come together when it counts to support the country we share in common.

During World War II, Americans came together as never before in common cause and rose up to fight two brutal enemies that had to be defeated in a bloody total war. Whether Republican or Democrat, Americans labored and sacrificed as never before and rose to a level of greatness the world had never seen.

I dream of the day when we can do that again.

After 9/11, Republicans and Democrats gathered together on the steps of Congress and sang, “God bless America.” What a great day that was even in the midst of tragedy.

When Americans rise up as one, we are the most unstoppable force in the history of the world. We can do anything. We can overcome any obstacle. We can solve any crisis. We can defeat any enemy. And we can give to those in need around the world like no nation that has ever existed upon the face of the earth.

As I demonstrate in a related article, many Democrats supported the Iraq War, and top Democratic leaders gave overwhelming support concerning the war’s justifications and goals.

I believe that radical leftist ideologues seized control of the Democratic Party by taking advantage of the frustration many Americans legitimately felt over the lack of progress in the war. And the result has been a radicalized Democratic Party, and a deeply divided and embittered nation.

We were overwhelmingly united as a country, and then one political party and one political ideology cynically used the war in difficult times as a wedge issue designed to divide that unity for short-term political gain.

In order to win in Iraq, in Afghanistan, or anywhere else in the world, we need to be united as one nation. In order to present an effective deterrence that will be able to genuinely affect a non-nuclear Iran, we need to be united behind common ideals and common goals.

Abraham Lincoln put it best when he said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” A wise Lincoln borrowed this principle from an even wiser Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 12:25).

Or as founding father Thomas Paine put it, “If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.”

Come back from the dark side, Democrats! Reject the radical leftist politicians that your leadership is foisting on you!

If you vote for what is best for your country, the best interests of your party will ultimately take care of themselves.

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