31 August 2006

What part of the war on terrorism do Democrats support?

The mere mention of Ann Coulter's name is bound to provoke the same sort of responses that you might expect at the mention of the names Rush Limbaugh or Michael Moore. Still, I enjoy reading her columns more for the humor than anything else. Despite the fact that I have some pretty obvious political leanings, I generally try to avoid the one-sided partisan banter that seems to turn many people away from politics. However, her column last week was thought-provoking. Coulter asked: What part of the war on terrorism do they (Democrats) support? According to Coulter:

Most Democrats oppose the the war in Iraq:
As Howard Dean put it this week, "The occupation in Iraq is costing American lives and hampering our ability to fight the real global war on terror."

This would be like complaining that Roosevelt's war in Germany was hampering our ability to fight the real global war on fascism. Or anti-discrimination laws were hampering our ability to fight the real war on racism. Or dusting is hampering our ability to fight the real war on dust.
Democrats oppose the NSA's program to listen in on al-Qaida phone calls.

Democrats have called for the closure of the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Most Democrats have opposed the Patriot Act:
The vast majority of Senate Democrats (43-2) voted against renewing the Patriot Act last December, whereupon their minority leader, Sen. Harry Reid, boasted: "We killed the Patriot Act" — a rather unusual sentiment for a party so testy about killing terrorists.

In 2004, Sen. John Kerry — the man they wanted to be president — called the Patriot Act "an assault on our basic rights." At least all "basic rights" other than the one about not dying a horrible death at the hand of Islamic fascists. Yes, it was as if Congress had deliberately flown two commercial airliners into the twin towers of our Constitution.
Democrats oppose anything that might resemble profiling. Unfortunately for the Democrats, ethnic profiling was one of the ways the most recent airline terrorist plot was exposed.

Some people are apparently so opposed to the war in Iraq that they brutally beat a National Guardsman in Parkland, Washington, calling him a "baby killer."

So it's worth asking Coulter's question again: What part of the war on terrorism do Democrats support?
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