Terry McAuliffe thanked his followers for the remarkable progress achieved for the Democratic Party. He said, “I have been deeply moved by all the kind words I have heard in recent days about what we have achieved in strengthening our Party.”
I wonder if the halls of the DNC headquarters have been contaminated by hallucinogenic compounds. Over the course of the last decade, Democrats have lost the House, the Senate, and the Whitehouse. They have alienated much of the Grand Generation, soiling the historical tapestry of past Democratic greats.
Now, the buzz is all about Doctor Dean, who holds two primary claims to fame. First, the use of the Internet in building a grass-roots primary campaign, and second, his ability to call in the hogs from across two New England states.
The Democrat’s PR department, otherwise known as the media, is more impressed with Dean’s technological prowess than are the rest of us. What is that all about, anyway? Dean supporters set up websites with Pay Pal buttons, and then proceeded to email each other. Generally, not the stuff associated with legendary achievement, especially knowing that they lost so miserably in the primaries.
Another important Democrat took some undue credit for modern technology. Oh yeah, it was our old friend Al Gore, who claimed to have invented the Internet. Anyway, the media praised the “Deaniacs” as if they were the discoverers of email, websites, and cell phones too, if I am not mistaken. As if to prove them right, Doctor Dean has already placed a form at the head of the DNC website. He hopes you will fill it out and send him suggestions on how to build the party from here. There you go, the miraculous Internet at work again.
I believe that we have heard some suggestions already, coming from various politicians. One of them proclaims that Democrats must learn how to talk about values. I’m not sure if it is the same guy, but someone thought it would be good to learn how to appear more religious.
For those of you, who have not spotted the fly in the ointment, let me point it out for you. The problem is, like so much of the rhetoric coming from liberals, you cannot put on values as you would a Halloween costume. Values are lived, espoused, and defended by those who hold them to be important. And the idea that anyone should practice religion, as you would a script in a high-school play, is offensive on its own accord.
Those of faith welcome all who are seeking direction in spiritual matters, but there is nothing more impossible to fake than one’s faith and trust in a higher authority. From that perspective, it may be good for liberal Democrats to take a hard look at values and faith. If there exists such a void in the Democratic Party, where values and faith are mysterious and troubling, then it may be high time for some serious study.
The recent tragedies that have fallen upon us have caused Americans to take a personal inventory. Many of us now recognize that no one can afford to take life for granted. There are certain values that a good society must uphold, and there is no better time than now to make things right with your Maker.
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