The Last Moderate Democrat
Lieberman’s Unforgivable Sin
Written by JB Williams
Connecticut Senator Joe
Lieberman is the last standing moderate Democrat in congress and he is taking
heavy fire from his own party which is working to replace him with liberal
Democrat challenger Ned Lamont.
Polls have the two
running neck-n-neck 24 hours before the polls open and Lieberman’s long
distinguished political career may be drawing to a close. Six years ago, he was
his party’s choice for Vice President as Al Gores White House running
mate. A short six years later, he is being run out of town by that party. What
are the unforgivable sins that threaten to bring his career to a close?
Like his party, Lieberman
has a long history of supporting liberal positions on nearly every issue.
- He has voted for abortion rights
- He has voted against a balanced budget amendment
- He has voted against protecting the flag
- He voted against banning same-sex marriage
- He voted to protect homosexuals against
- He has voted for affirmative action
- He has voted for increased education spending
- He has voted to protect the environment
- He has voted against protecting traditional
- He has voted against free enterprise and
- He supports both the UN and NATO
- He voted to protect lobbyists gifts to congress
- He supports Social Security benefits for illegal
aliens & guest workers
- He also supports growing social welfare, even for
I can keep going, but you
get the picture. So far, he sounds like the perfect liberal Democrat, right?
Wrong… He has also voted the opposite way on most if not all of these
issues at one time or another. In other words, he has not blindly toed the
party line, but rather voted his personal conscience on the basis of the merits
of each individual bill. He is somewhat measured and deliberate, he is a
moderate. That’s his first sin… The party has no love for anyone
unwilling to blindly toe the socialist liberal line today and Joe is on the
But his biggest sin, the
one that might cost him his seat in the Senate, is his pro-American stance on
national security and the war against international terrorism. Like the Bush
administration, he sees protecting innocent American lives by hunting down
international terrorist’s intent upon killing innocent Americans, as a
high priority. Unlike most of his fellow Democrats, he sees American soldiers
as real heroes and real terrorists as the real evil that threatens peace and
As a result, he is the
last standing national security “hawk” in the DNC and so, the far
left element currently in control of the DNC has written him off on this basis
His challenger, Ned
Lamont has mounted a campaign to unseat Lieberman on the basis of this single
issue. Lamont is on-board with the party rhetoric. He has no real experience
and no real official position on anything, but he is willing and able to toe
the party line and that’s apparently enough. If you don’t hate Bush
and every Bush policy, you are not welcome in the Democratic Party today. Just
Most Americans realize
that both political parties’ are interested only in candidates they can
control. The inside-the-beltway power structure within the two parties is not
designed to support much less encourage independent thinking. This is the
primary reason for the general anti-incumbent sentiment present in almost every
American voter today. In each case, the party has become more important than
the country itself, or the people they are supposed to represent.
I personally lost respect
for Lieberman when he sold out his life long beliefs to join forces with Al
Gore in 2000, who he often opposed throughout his Senate career. Liberals loved
him for selling out then, but have since lost respect for him as he returned
after the 2000 defeat, to his old more moderate positions.
This is the problem with
selling out ones own belief systems. In the end, neither side can respect
someone willing to sell out so easily.
On the other hand, Ned
Lamont is simply squawking the party rhetoric in an effort to gain enough votes
from the far left (currently unhappy with Lieberman) to win his seat. We will
soon see if Connecticut
voters want a man willing to make independent decisions even when they are
unpopular, or if they prefer a man simply willing to squawk the line.
Either way, the
Democratic Party has once again proven just how far left they are interested in
going and just how disloyal they are to those unwilling to squawk the line.
Once again, the so-called party of the people
is more interested in the party than the people.
The quality (or lack
thereof) of today’s Democratic Party is certain and glaringly obvious.
The Lieberman race will only tell us about the quality of Connecticut
voters. Hopefully, Connecticut
voters are wiser than their neighbors in Massachusetts,
who keep re-electing the nations two most embarrassing members of congress, as
if they are the only men on earth qualified to represent New England
I’d love to see a
real conservative elected in a New England
state just once in my lifetime. But until then, I’ll settle for a true
independent moderate Democrat over any anti-America DNC parrot. Hopefully, Connecticut
voters will too!