Jewish World Review Dec. 18, 2000 / 21 Kislev, 5761
LEST what I'm about to say be misunderstood, let me begin by saying
that I very much appreciate the substance and tone of Al Gore's
concession speech. Even though it took him 36 days, and he finally had
no other choice, I am still happy that he chose to be gracious.
The speech, however, regardless of how eloquent and conciliatory, was
just a speech. We must not allow it to obscure the reality that Bush
most likely will face some rough times in the months ahead. Why? It's
just an unsophisticated hunch, but I'm betting that the media and
Democrats will be in lockstep resisting any efforts of Bush to implement
"What's wrong with that?" you ask. Not a thing. Congressional
Democrats have every right to resist Bush's programs within the confines
of the law and the Constitution. They were elected to their seats, too.
So does the media -- though it would be refreshing if they'd admit that
they were doing it.
In fact, Republicans made a valiant effort to thwart Bill Clinton's
1993 income tax increase -- so valiant that it took Al Gore to cast the
tie-breaking vote. As the minority party, they also thwarted Hillary
Clinton's plan to nationalize health care -- God bless them. Vigorous
opposition is fair play in the game of politics.
I don't even blame Democrats for trying to con George Bush and other
Republicans into unilaterally surrendering their agenda. Democrats have
become quite shrewd at political gamesmanship and public persuasion.
I just hope that Republicans don't get suckered into this phony talk
of appeasement. As my brother Rush said on his radio program, we don't
hear anyone in the media or any Democrats suggesting that Democrats
should throw an olive branch to Republicans or compromise their
Democrats were not advocating conciliation when Al Gore launched his
post-election ambush on George Bush and the integrity of the American
electoral system. They didn't make any overtures toward rapprochement
saying, "the election was close, and we lost, so we ought to just try to
get along." No, they fought bitterly with the intention of reversing the
Florida and national election results and implementing Al Gore's agenda
without dilution or compromise.
Let's not confuse terms or concepts here. It is important in these
contentious times that we communicate clearly. Of course we should be
civil to each other. By all means Republicans and Democrats should treat
each other with respect. But neither party should abandon its agenda
merely because we had a close presidential election. And Republicans
definitely shouldn't reward Al Gore's destructive election contests with
an abandonment of their principles. What kind of deterrent would that
set for future post-election mischief?
Do any of you really believe that the Democrats and their media
brethren are primarily interested in collegiality here, as opposed to
imposing the Democratic agenda, despite having lost the election? Call
me cynical if you choose, but we'll know soon enough.
When Bush unveils his promised tax plan and Social Security reform
package we'll see if the Democrats are conciliatory. We'll see if they
then practice what they are now preaching. We'll see if they refrain
from divisive class warfare and race-baiting rhetoric. And when they all
but accuse Republicans of having contempt for the poor and African
Americans, we'll see if the media decries such language for the
destructive diatribe that it is.
I'm sorry to say this, but I sincerely believe that to the Democratic
leadership getting along means Republican surrender. I don't expect
Democrats to surrender, but I cannot countenance them characterizing
Republicans as bellicose just because they insist on advancing their
It reminds me of the days barely a generation ago when Soviet
Communists defined imperialists as any nation that resisted the
inevitable global expansion of Communism. No, I'm not calling Democrats
Communists. But I am urging Republicans to cling fast to the English
language, and to not let themselves be intimidated into forfeiting their
agenda without firing a shot.
We must remember that we are in a struggle for the future direction
of this nation and whether it will adhere to its constitutional moorings
and longings for liberty. This is an epic struggle, and Republicans are
obliged not to abandon it -- even if George Bush won by the narrowest of
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11/29/00: Defending the smaller principles
11/27/00: Albert O'Gore and the little people
11/22/00: Doing 'anything to win'
11/15/00: Enough is enough, Mr. Gore
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11/06/00:The impending Bush mandate
11/01/00: Can't stop thinkin' 'bout tomorrow
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10/25/00: Mr. Gore: A few more questions
10/23/00: It's the big government, stupid
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12/15/99: Beltway media bias
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