Thursday, June 16, 2005

WSJ on what is wrong with the Democrats Today

I agree with much of their analysis. Whatever happened to the Scoop Jacksons, the Moynihans, for that matter on free trade, the Gepharts? I remember one friend of mine, who was in the news business used to get so mad at me, because I would say that I was a Democrat too, a Sam Nunn Democrat, to which he would just scoff and say that Nunn wasn't really a Democrat. (The beginning of the litmus test maybe?)
Anyway, the WSJ has this quote that I really liked:
Many conservatives have watched the left's hostile takeover of the Democratic Party with great joy. We don't share that enthusiasm. The country would benefit from two vibrant parties competing on innovative freedom-enhancing initiatives. The problem is that the Democrats are running on empty when it comes to policy ideas other than big government, and this lack of competition has had deleterious effects on Republican behavior, as witnessed by their lack of any spending discipline.

Howard Dean observed recently that he hopes to "galvanize the Democrats into being the party of individual freedom and personal responsibility." That's a wonderful idea--just the kind that would put the Democrats back on the road to national viability. But that leaves unanswered the question of how a party that opposes voluntary personal accounts for Social Security, school choice for parents, tax and welfare reform, free trade and limited government broadly defined can sell itself as the freedom and responsibility party.

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