I had been meaning to blog about Citizen Journal’s State of the Union party (and obviously the President’s speech) last Tuesday, but never got around to it since I was feeling a bit under the weather. Maybe the other invitees were feeling the same way, since there was a modest turout. Still, aside from a cranky old man in the restaurant who said President Bush should be shot, it turned out to be a nice evening. I was the first one to show up, along with Citizen Journal, then Oleg, a young writer named Jeanette, thenJudith, who had expected a bigger party, and last but not least, the very outgoing, entertaining, charming Susan, whom I encouraged to start a blog of her own.
The good thing about watching a speech with just a few people is that it’s easier to hear everything being said. And it’s also interesting to note other people’s observations as well. What I remember most is when the President was talking about the surveillance program. He basically said that other Presidents have done it (without warrants) and that he will continue doing so rather than risk another attack on American soil. At that point, the Republican side clapped enthusiastically, and the Democrat side was completely silent.
Q and O has more on the reaction of the Democrats. What jumped out at him (actually, Tony Blankley) was how the Democrats wildly applauded when the President brought up the failure of Congress to pass Social Security reform last year.
The Democratic Party has become an almost oxymoronic party, a party of radical reactionaries. Radical in that the liberalism of traditional Democratic Party politics have become the leftist politics of today. Yet, reactionary in that, while the nation has, over the past three decades shifted to the right, the Democrats have become the party of obstruction when faced with that movement.
Even worse, the Democratic Party has become a party that us utterly bereft of ideas. They hate the war in Iraq, but have no strategy for dealing with it other than withdrawal. They refuse to acknowledge that Social Security, or any other defined-benefits pension plan, is simply not financially sustainable with the country’s current democgraphic makeup. They constantly deride the president’s wild spending, but even a casual persual of their policy suggestions unveils nothing more than higher spending?albeit with higher taxes?for as far as the eye can see. At a time when the European governments are struggling to keep their economies moving, strangled as they are by layers of soclialist policy, the Democrats’ only suggestion is to implement those same policies over here, despite their increasingly apparent failure everywhere they’ve been tried.
Wow! He said it very nicely! I would also add that the Democrat voting base is now comprised of trial lawyers, illegal aliens, felons, malcontent welfare recipients, radical feminists, kooky liberal Jews (I’m a Jew.) in love with FDR and Truman, and finally limousine liberal suburban women who view abortion as a sacrament.
Hat tip: Ron