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Democracy Or ‘The Lieberman Effect,’ The Choice Is Ours

by BlackState.com Tuesday, Nov. 04, 2003 at 3:52 PM
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All is not right in the valley. That’s right, all is not right in the valley of democracy. (In theory, that is.) That would be the assertion Democratic nomination presidential candidate Senator Joe Lieberman is ‘unintentionally’ conveying as he tries to distinguish his message from the growing ‘anti-occupation’ sentiment which grows amongst the Democratic primary faithful as mid-west Republican angst rises with President Bush’s domestic farm policies.

All is not right in the valley. That’s right, all is not right in the valley of democracy. (In theory, that is.)

That would be the assertion Democratic nomination presidential candidate Senator Joe Lieberman is ‘unintentionally’ conveying as he tries to distinguish his message from the growing ‘anti-occupation’ sentiment which grows amongst the Democratic primary faithful as mid-west Republican angst rises with President Bush’s domestic farm policies. Running a platform of "war-causing" public virtue in face of daily Iraqi resistance and tiredness of domestic constituencies is a very fine line to walk in the road to the White House. On the one hand, raising the notion of blind loyalty to the President on behalf of the U.S. occupation troops in Iraq is one thing; tongue and cheek criticizing of the vocal democratic resistance is another. Let us not forget that while the Bush administration has America (and the world) flummoxed over the fate of Iraq, the original educators of terror, Al-Qaida, is on the move. Successful attacks at soft targets in Saudi Arabia and Bali, Indonesia, will not give Osama bin Laden and company any hesitation in planning and executing large-scale attacks in the United States mainland or military targets. Far from it, all the noise of the occupation would give the predator the advantage in striking the victim, looking the gathering storm, but not noticing the elephant in the room. The current slate of Democratic candidates, while Bush contenders, should not add to the "static," rather flash a light of truth to an already jaded, and pacified American public.

There is no surprise regarding Senator Joe Lieberman’s philosophical stance on the Iraq conflict (and the Bush administration’s reasoning for going to war) among the Democratic party faithful; there is surprise that Lieberman believes having an indistinguishable foreign policy against an incumbent president will get him elected.

And why does this former vice-presidential candidate matter in the 2004 race? Senator Joe Lieberman may not be the Democrat with the most loyal support within the Democratic Party, but he does resonate with political and apolitical moderates alike. The strength (or brevity) of his endorsement of the eventual Democratic Presidential nominee may affect the strength of independents, and moderate "McCain" Republicans, upon whom the 2004 presidential election could be decided...

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