After receiving a press release about the National Council for a New America, I happened across an article about the NCNA’s conversations with the American people, with the first to be held in Arlington, Va., on Saturday at the popular restaurant Pie-tanza. The CNN article was benign, but quite a few comments weren’t. Here’s an example posted under the moniker, ‘Sonya’: “Hmmm, rebranding? How do you rebrand a bunch of self-centered, out-of-touch, dumb obstructionists? Personally, I'd be happy if they'd all drop out of sight forever and open the door for a new opposition party. We all know their faces and we're all sick and tired of them. Rove, Limbaugh, Cheney, Bush, Hannity and.FIX NEWS!!! The list goes on and on and THEY ALL MAKE ME SICK!”
If you read The US Report, you know how much I love politics and history. So especially for Sonya, I’d like to fill her in on a few matters wherein the Democratic Party rebranded at various times:
•Headline from The Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec. 3, 1956: ‘Help Wanted: A Democratic Party Leader’; synopsis: “The good ship Democratic party is wallowing in a sea of political troubles with no captain on the bridge and the crew fighting below deck.”
•Alci Maldonado, Chairwoman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly shared a fact not well known by many younger Hispanics. “There have been great visionaries in our party,” she said. “Presidents George H. W. Bush and President Nixon gave Hispanics a seat at the table. We are the party of family and faith…there is no limit to our vision.” (2-27-09)
•Rep. Jennifer Carroll (R-FL 13): “Back in the 1800s the only party blacks could join was the Republican Party. Our principles still remain.” Carroll said the GOP was formed to put an end to slavery. She pointed out history-making Republicans like Condoleezza Rice, noting the criticism Rice endured. “You didn’t see her on a t-shirt.”
•Democratic president John F. Kennedy disbanded President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Board of Consultants on intelligence activities. Then Kennedy reconstituted the board. Why? Kennedy’s pathetic handling of The Bay of Pigs.
•“Image saved Jack Kennedy and his White House from the political consequences of the Bay of Pigs. There was no political bloodletting…Kennedy’s glamour made him the 1961 equivalent of a Teflon president, someone to whom no bad news could stick.” The Kennedys had control of media tantamount to a state run news organization. Sound familiar? [Text in quotes from ‘The Dark Side of Camelot’ by Seymour Hersh; pg. 222]
•President Bill Clinton based many campaign speeches on the economy and family values. Self-contradiction is a Democratic Party birthright.
•The entire blueprint for September 11, 2001, was planned and enabled during Clinton’s presidency. The delay in President George W. Bush’s administration and the deliberate damage of government property and files by Clintonites during the transition did not help the US. [Source for this personal opinion: The 9/11 Commission Report]
•“Under Margaret Richardson, the IRS became a Clinton attack dog, with underlings letting slip that the conservative victims of audits were special ‘political cases.’” [Quote from ‘The Final Days 'by Barbara Olson; pg. 87]
Those are just a few highlights in Democratic Party history. We could go on and on—we could talk about tax dodgers or tax screwups like Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) who oversees tax legislation for the rest of us who pay fines if we make mistakes. Or we could talk about Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) who advocates using “threats” to enforce the cap and trade tax the Obama administration has calculated as a large part of the fix for the deficit. We could talk about record spending—more by the administration in 100 days than in all of American history.
So for leftwing extremists who bash the GOP, this is a back-at-you. If the American people were ever told the truth about your party—not likely because pomp media is owned by leftwing extremists—you’d be rebranding AGAIN too. Ultimately the truth will come out. Maybe the Dems should start some long range planning now. And maybe Democratic Party enthusiasts could read some American history. Parties rebrand; it happens. Get over it.