The sins of a [political] party

After one or two of these primaries, there might be little chance left for “secondaries.” For the Democratic Party, that is!

Voters are not being offered certified candidates of the Democratic Party presenting their résumés. All they have is a slate of individual politicians, one and all, with great egos, eying the time immemorial ultimate prize: Power… yes, with a capital “p.”

To date, the Democratic Party has not made clear just what it stands for in this early stage of the 2004 presidential election, so it should come as no surprise that these aspiring presidential candidates cannot commit to a common cause. Like XI century crusaders, when famine shows its face, they not only end up eating the dead bodies of the Saracens but their own as well.

What a spectacle that cannibalistic feast must be for those pulling Bush’s strings!

There are two measures that should basically define the success or failure for the current Washington administration: its foreign and domestic policies. The Iraq war, terrorism, tax cuts and Medicare prescription help are just simply issues within those policy frameworks. Yet, the Democratic Party seems to be all over the map on those fundamental policies or, at the very least, it has failed to put out a blueprint for its candidates to follow.

If Democrats feel that their donkey needs to pull a cart that can carry the weight of Noah’s ark, then they might as well call it a day and save the party faithful the futility of showing up for the national election. They are pre-cooked and done in! One thing is to have under your umbrella a measured diversity of views; another is to include all views or no views at all.

If the Democratic Party wishes to claim that Bush’s foreign policy was, and continues to be, unequivocally wrong, then Edwards, Gephardt, Kerry and Lieberman were either wrong in their initial assessment to give Bush a free hand with Iraq in 2002, or were at best duped by the Republican administration. In either case, and regardless of how honorable these politicians might be, none deserve the party’s nomination to lead the country, or to influence the world. Instead, they should all be fasting in the desert and atoning for their political sins, so that they can show their constituents that they are now fit to represent them. The same principle applies to these aspiring nominees in how they differed with the White House on domestic policy, and the way they voted on issues such as the tax cuts and the Medicare legislation on prescription drugs.

But, of course, the Party is claiming nothing, and thus the masochistic and politically-unhealthy free for all.

Or it could also be that many Democrats are in fact Republican-wannabes, crumb getters of the apartheid politics of an imaginary center from which to govern, a center where everyone feels comfortable but where no one really resides.

Some prominent past and present party leaders have braved the repercussions and have come out for candidates who they feel would be the best standard bearers for the party of Jefferson, FDR and Andrew Jackson. But most have not, waiting perhaps for the unraveling of these primaries or, in some cases, because they feel that their endorsement of the candidate who best represents their views might actually hurt such candidacy.

It doesn’t look as if the two former Democratic presidents are yet ready to make public their opinions as to who they think is best qualified to lead the nation. Clinton, the ultimate politician, probably has very personal reasons for not doing so… but President Carter, the most respected American outside our borders… can anyone come up with a good reason as to why not? Democrats badly need his wisdom before they self-immolate.

For now, Iowans are poised to give the country the proverbial two-cent worth… and perhaps even a dose of good old American common sense.