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Noonan: Why Democrats Become Republicans

Thursday, 07 October 2004 12:00 AM

Tracing her own evolution, and that of relatives, from bedrock Irish Catholic Brooklyn Democrats to Reaganites, she singled out the Dems’ “creepily narrow view of religion and its role in our lives.”

The GOP is “welcoming of religion,” she said, but the Democrats have grown “narrower” and “nasty” about matters of faith.

As an example she cited Republicans' support for prison fellowship programs that help felons reform, help their families and reduce crime, whereas Democrats object to what they describe as “violation of church and state.”

“That’s crazy,” said Noonan, speaking to the crowd in place of

Her wake-up call began during her early working years. Toiling at mundane jobs, she got “clobbered” by taxes that Democrats kept raising.

She recalled Boston in the 1970s, when elitist Democrat lawyers and judges and editors devastated the government schools and families by pushing forced busing upon lower-middle-class and poor children, black and white. “It hurt me so much to watch it,” she said, and still angers her to this day.

“If that meant little kids had to suffer, then so be it.” These same limousine liberals, she noted, “all had their kids in private schools.”

During Vietnam, she remembered, some Democrats and other leftists went beyond anti-war protests to “expressing an actual hatred” of the United States. “I knew America was not evil.”

Noonan said she respected the anti-war activism of John Kerry, then using the issue to launch his political career, until his slanderous congressional testimony in 1971, in which he bore false witness against fellow troops he accused of beheadings, rapes and other tortures “like Genghis Khan.”

“I do not know why he did not apologize to this day,” Noonan said as the crowd applauded.

She recalled how after Vietnam the liberals in Congress “tore up” intelligence and the military.

“They made me a right-wing nut,” she said to laughter.

Republicans said “we can’t be dreamy and frightened about the world” and saw the need to defend the nation, Noonan emphasized. America is strong because of the GOP, she said.

“Democrats became not a party but a collection of hungry and demanding groups.” They care about “getting power and using it,” often to the disadvantage of American citizens in general, she said.

“They are inherently destructive in their policies.”

She had a brief explanation of why she was returning to politics now, to support President Bush and the GOP, after a long absence in which she focused on writing: “9/11.”

Kerry cannot run from his Senate record, she implied. “People do what they know how to do.”

The Massachusetts Democrat, if elected president, would increase taxes, increase spending and “be weak in the world,” she said. “It’s what he’s done. It’s what he knows how to do.”

Kerry would act as if America were just another nation in the U.N., she said, mocking his “global smell test.”

“We have to stay independent and sovereign.”

Sounding a conciliatory note after

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