Independent Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman (CT) has long been among the politicians I respect the most. He does not hesitate to state what he believes, no matter whether it is in-keeping with the current beliefs of his party, and no matter what effect it has on his political stature. That, my friends, is the mark of a statesman, not a mere politician. We need more statesmen in both major parties.
Due to my illness, I’ve been sleeping rather than following the news the last few days, so I have to give many thanks to Melissa’s brother Michael for sending me a link to this column. Appearing in Wednesday’s Wall St. Journal, ‘Democrats and Our Enemies‘ by Senator Lieberman is destined to condemnation from today’s Democratic Party of Howard Deans, Hillary Clintons, and Barack Obamas. It states the truth for what it is: the Democratic party used to stand for freedom and was willing to use military force, when necessary, to advance it. Today it does not.
Lieberman, unfortunately, seems to be about the only Democrat that sees the war on terror (including the war in Iraq) as the urgent matter of national security that it is. The fight against radical Islam is not a law enforcement issue, it’s a war against a dangerous ideology bent on world domination—just like Communism before it, and Nazism before it. It’s a fight we must fight, and must win.