We talk a lot about party differences, though in spending terms both parties are drunken sailors. In national defense terms Bush promised to wipe out those who enabled terrorists through realpolitik and then brought back realpolitik. Illegal immigration is hated and despised in both parties, except by those actually elected to office in both parties who can’t suck up to illegal aliens fast enough. Where then is the difference?
It struck me, how very different we are from Democrats during the last election. No it wasn’t our Reagen-esque President, would that it were so. It wasn’t their traitorous candidate. It was the opposite perception of the same event, the total disconnect of what the GOP and the Democrats think of Vietnam.
The Vietnam/Iraq analogy is so absurd that only the morons in the MSM could believe it. But it was a very useful tool for understanding how far gone Democrats are. Every Dem who talks about Nam says not only we lost, but we couldn’t win. This has never occurred to me in my life. Despite a politically correct Californian education I never thought we lost the war, I always knew we just gave up on it. I thought it was one of those things that everyone knows like the earth being round. We didn’t lose the war in the battlefield we lost it in Washington, the dithering of LBJ, the refusal to commit to total victory and Nixon getting sidetracked by his own paranoia, cost 50,000 American men their lives in a war Washington never even tried to win. It has never occurred to me we could NOT have won if we had tried. But in 04 I found out that every Democrat on the planet actually believes that. Despite my own right-wing extremist views I never saw so clearly the vastness of the gulf between right and left. The Democrats haven’t just left the country, they have left the planet.