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It's Not Liberals Who Don't 'Get It' – It's Conservatives

Thursday, 09 December 2004 12:00 AM

They “don’t get” that American troops who lose their lives in Iraq while fighting valiantly to spread democracy and defeat the terrorists bent on destroying Americans on our own shores are heroic, but hold fast to John Kerry’s misbegotten and defeatist notion that it’s “the wrong war, at the wrong time, in the wrong place.”

They “don’t get” that when a president wins the Electoral College and receives more votes than any presidential candidate in our over-200-year history including 2,500 out of 3,000 counties – essentially a mandate – that his triumph is not, as they insist, a rationale for accommodating his ideological opponents.

And they “don’t get” that their entire infrastructure – everything they believed in and everyone they embraced – was soundly rejected by the American electorate. Need proof?

So, you would think that liberals would “get it” – specifically, that it was

Well, I say that it is the conservatives who don’t “get it”! Strangely, conservatives continue to believe that with enough cogent argument and logic, with enough accommodation and compromise, liberals – the self-proclaimed intelligentsia – will “see the light.”

These are the same conservatives who would never believe that leopards can change their spots or that koala bears prefer elm to eucalyptus trees. But they are still trying to mutate the DNA of liberals. Perhaps the tale of the predatory scorpion best describes what liberals are made of.

But the scorpion had an idea. “I will carry your eaglet in my jaws,” he said. Although the eagle was well aware of the scorpion’s rapacious nature, he reasoned that, in this case, the beast would be different – perhaps more like one of his fellow birds – since he was desperate and had no other way to get across the river.

The scorpion took the young bird in his jaws and climbed upon the eagle’s back. As the graceful bird took flight, all seemed well. But just before they alit on the other side of the river, the scorpion devoured the young eaglet.

“How could you do that?” the eagle screeched in horror. “Why did you do that?”

As he slunk into the woods, the scorpion shot back, “That’s what scorpions do!”

Of course, he was right. Scorpions do what scorpions do, just as liberals do – and say and think – what liberals do. It’s in their nature, their temperaments, their entrenched belief systems, and, a case can be made, in their genes. To think, as the eagle did, that you can change a scorpion into a swan or a pussycat is sheer folly – and often sheer madness.

Can the same not be said of conservatives who continue to try to change the species known as liberals?

Consider two recent events.

The first was the Senate vote to pass a sweeping intelligence reform bill – recommended by the 9/11 Commission – that advocates insisted would revolutionize our country’s intelligence community for the better.

But the bill was opposed by California Republican and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, who said that the bill did not insure that defense and military matters would remain under the jurisdiction of the secretary of defense, an objection supported by Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Also opposing the legislation was Wisconsin Republican and Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., who wanted the bill to facilitate the deportation of suspect aliens and deny driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. He reminded the public on “Meet the Press” that “The 19 murderers on September 11 got 63 separate legally issued driver's licenses from five states. They used those to open bank accounts and to get on the plane.”

The objections of Hunter and Sensenbrenner seemed eminently sensible to me. When I asked myself why the Senate would

Within minutes of the bill’s apparent boondoggle, Democratic legislators – particularly those who will never go down in history as supporting our country’s military, defense or intelligence budgets – shouted from the rooftops. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called it “a staggering failure.” Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., called it “a tragedy for America.” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said, “The American people lost and the extreme right won.”

Simultaneously, their de facto employees in the left-wing media trumpeted that “House Conservatives Deal Blow to President, Speaker in Rejecting Compromise” and that the failure of the Senate to pass the bill would, for the president, be “a humiliating defeat.” But that was before the Senate passed the bill on Dec. 8, a testimony not only to the president’s personal powers of persuasion and unarguable ability to

The second event was an international conference held in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, at which leaders from 20 nations and organizations – including Iran, Syria, Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, Egypt (and other Arab countries), China, the Group of Eight, the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference – were unanimous in endorsing their solidarity with the attempts of the interim Iraqi government to establish a viable and vital future.

This group, which has long defended terrorists like Yasser Arafat, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein himself, condemned “all acts of terrorism in Iraq,” including assassinations and kidnappings (although they failed to mention beheadings and car bombings). They stated that the interim Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, be tough on terrorists and go to the nth degree to avoid harming civilians.

In words that have never been spoken before in that region of the world (save in Israel, which lives by them), the Iraqi foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, urged the conference to respect the fact that his government was committed to holding “full, free and fair elections across the country for the first time in our history.”

The unprecedented conference – at least in tone and stated intentions – ended with a joint statement by the participants to encourage a broad turnout for the first democratic vote in Iraq’s history on January 30, 2005.

Did you hear or read about this trailblazing conference or take note that the parties that are most antagonistic to the United States are now singing a significantly different tune – a tune that echoes President Bush’s visionary policy for sweeping democratic reforms throughout that largely feudal part of the world?

Of course you didn’t! What you did see and hear – night and day – on the liberal media was the videotape of bin Laden's chief henchman, Ayman al-Zawahri, urging his dwindling followers to fight to the death elections like the recent, successful one in Afghanistan and the upcoming one in Iraq.

And what you didn’t see or hear – from the liberals among us – was the stunning implications of long-time terrorist supporters actually speaking about democratic reform in the Middle East.

As always, left-wing media and left-wing Democrats – still in denial about their stunning defeats in the 2004 presidential election – can’t give up their sinking ships. So heady were they that their collective brains, strategies and dirty tricks would result in a Kerry victory, so intoxicated were they that their embrace of Socialist and essentially anti-American philosophy would insure them the brave new world they all dream of that they are still behaving as if they didn’t LOSE!

So, isn’t it time that conservatives “got it”? Got, that is, the immutable nature of liberals and the urgent need to take action against their continuing machinations by: (1) monitoring and exposing the “mainstream” media’s continuing and egregious left-wing bias, (2) revealing the mindlessness of the Hollywood set, (3) fighting the American Civil Liberties Union’s mission to take God out of our national institutions, (4) aggressively addressing the immense costs and inherent dangers of illegal immigration, and (5) working to oust the U.N.’s corrupt Kofi Annan and – at the same time – supporting a new organization of democratic nations?

Big work, to be sure, but wasn’t it all 60 million of the stupid red-state people – and lets not forget, millions of stupid blue state people as well – who just saved our nation from the disaster of John Kerry?

Just because the liberals still don’t get it, isn’t it time that conservatives did?

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