June 07, 2005

A Moment With Hillary

The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton is blasting the Republicans at a New York City fundraiser:

Senator Hillary Clinton castigated President Bush and Washington Republicans today as mad with power and bent on marginalizing Democrats during a speech to 1,000 supporters at her first major re-election fund-raiser, which netted about
$250,000.

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"There has never been an administration, I don't believe in our history, more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda," Mrs. Clinton told the audience at a "Women for Hillary" gathering in Midtown Manhattan this morning.

"I know it's frustrating for many of you; it's frustrating for me: Why can't the Democrats do more to stop them?" she continued to growing applause and cheers. "I can tell you this: It's very hard to stop people who have no shame about what they're doing. It is very hard to tell people that they are making decisions that will undermine our checks and balances and constitutional system of government who
don't care. It is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with
the truth."

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"We can't ever, ever give in to the Republican agenda," she declared. "It isn't good for New York and it isn't good for America."
Here's a clue to Ms. Clinton. The Democrats cannot stop the Republicans because they keep losing elections. Why do they keep losing elections? Well, I am not a professional political analyst, but my thought is that the Democrats keep losing because the voters have no confidence in the Democrats. Why do they have no confidence? Because the Democrats raging against the Republicans does little to show that the Democrats can be taken seriously and lately, the Democrats have no agenda other than foiling the Republican initiatives and preserving the status quo on issues (e.g., social security). Also, the Democrats offer no bipartisanship and offer no real alternatives to the policies that they deem are "bad for America". You don't like privatization of social security? Fine. Present a plan to save social security other than the Democrat's favorite - raising taxes.

I don't agree with all of the Republican agenda. Honestly, I am not sure I even agree with half of it. But to say that the entire agenda is bad for America is way too simplistic. To say that Democrats must never give in to the Republican agenda is ludicrous... If you truly care about America and its citizens, then you should be willing to work together with the Republicans as opposed to viewing your party as the last bulwark against the inevitable "Republican Assault" on America or our liberties.

I have said it before and I will say it again. If you want to reach swing voters, you don't do it by yelling insults. You reach swing voters by explaining why your policies are better. Only the real hard core left wing activists are going to fall for the Republican conspiracy theories. Most Americans realize that most of the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties are good people that are honestly trying to do good for America.
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