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Jewish World Review Feb. 25, 2003 / 23 Adar I, 5763

Laura Ingraham

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Keep us safe --- let's be more like Europe! | Thank Heaven for C-Span. For two days it broadcast the speeches by Democratic presidential hopefuls attending their party's winter meeting, and for two days we were reminded why the Dems keep losing elections. They claimed to speak up for "the regular people," but it became clear that their "regular people" are more like George Clooney than Ward Cleaver.

Some highlights from the candidates:

Dick Gephardt reached back to the 2000 recount to rally the crowd: "George Bush is not gonna be easy to beat. This is a guy who came in second in the election and still figured out how to get in the Oval Office."

Former Senator Carol-Mosely Braun, who avoided prison a few years back, wowed the crowd with: "Duct tape is no substitute for diplomacy!" When she was asked what her college major had been, she responded haltingly, "Uh…I think history…but I'll get back to you on that." (nervous laughter)

Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, proud leftist, is an early media-darling: "What I want to know is why in the world the Democratic Party is supporting the president's unilateral attack on Iraq?" Can someone please tell the Democrats that the prefix "uni-" means one. We have dozens of nations supporting us in any war against Saddam.

Dennis Kucinich, full-time Ohio Congressman and part-time ventriloquist, tried to out-do Gov. Dean, stage left. He condemned the prospect of a war "initiated by our own government against a nation which did not attack us." At one point he sounded like he was speaking for the Iraqi Ministry of Information: "Iraq was not responsible for the anthrax attack on our nation. Iraq does not have the technology to strike at this nation. Iraq does not have nuclear weapons." Call Al Jazeera!

Al Sharpton, part-time reverend, full-time racial provocateur, was not content to take swipes at Bush, he took on the Supremes too: "[Bush] is the ultimate beneficiary of a set-aside program. The Supreme Court set-aside a whole election for him." Actually a pretty funny line, but wouldn't it be grand if Sharpton lavished such vitriol on Saddam?

But perhaps the most disturbing speech was that given by so-called Demohawk Sen. Joe Lieberman. Lieberman fell all over himself to explain how you can be for a war against Saddam in Iraq and still wage war against Bush at home: "By pulling out of the Kyoto global warming treaty, arms control treaties and other international pacts, and by issuing an unnecessary and divisive policy of military pre-emption, George W. Bush has separated us from most of the rest of the world and weakened our alliances just at the time when we need them more than ever." Translation: If America becomes as liberal as France and Germany on issues unrelated to Iraq, France and Germany will help us in Iraq.

Strip away the Democratic rhetoric, and what you'll find is the core belief that America should really stop acting like a super power. The Democrats believe the best way to protect against terrorist attacks is to act less like a dominant force and more like a domesticated global partner. This essentially requires that we sign on to treaties such as the one creating the International Criminal Court, or remain bound by accords like the ABM treaty, regardless of whether they are in our national interest.

Why stop there? Let the Europeans dictate our tax policy as well. In recent days the heads of the European Central Bank and euro-zone finance ministers have expressed "deep skepticism" about President Bush's tax cut plan. Whether the issue is tax policy, gun control, health care, abortion, the environment, or the death penalty, Democrats are more in sync with Europe than America.

Memo to the Democratic presidential field: Europeans don't vote in American elections. At least not yet.

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JWR contributor Laura Ingraham is the host of a radio show syndicated nationally by Westwood One Radio Network and the author of "The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places". Comment by clicking here.

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