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Bush could never lie as well as Democrats

By Trevor Bothwell
web posted June 14, 2004

For two years now George W. Bush's detractors have accused the president of politicizing the War on Terror. Liberals claim Bush has told "lie after lie after lie after lie" to the American people to drum up support for a war "made up in Texas" solely, it seems, to help his reelection chances.

Contrary to the rhetoric of many of the president's critics -- which has reached outlandish proportions -- not only is it absurd to believe President Bush would sacrifice American lives for selfish political gain, but you'd have to be a nitwit to think a president could sail to reelection more easily in a time of war than one of peace.

Which is why the prevailing opinion and actions among leading congressional Democrats is so disconcerting.

For starters, that Ted Kennedy actually has the nerve to show his face in public -- let alone pound a podium in the Senate while attacking the character of President Bush -- should give pause to anyone concerned with the direction the Democrat Party has headed today.

And Sen. John Kerry, whose constant flip-flopping on political issues would be comedic if not so potentially serious, is defended by supporters for his "nuance" and commended for being "at ease with complexity." Apparently it takes a complex mind never to have to worry about being held to consistency by your constituents.

Even Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, who has acquired a reputation over the years for supporting the military, seems to have become addicted to the art of abandoning principle if it means gaining approval from the nation's top liberal Democrats.

Steny Hoyer -- who supported the Clinton administration in seeking regime change in Iraq; who was one of the few Democrats to vote in 2002 for the use of force to oust Saddam Hussein; and who has voted to provide funding to support our Iraq policies -- has now cut and run from his previous positions of support now that the going has gotten tough in Iraq.

According to The Enterprise, a local newspaper in southern Maryland, Steny Hoyer sharply criticized President Bush's postwar handling of Iraq at a recent luncheon. Rep. Hoyer reaffirmed his vote for the $87 billion package to fund our troops and Iraqi reconstruction, but he nevertheless accused Mr. Bush of making the case for war by lying about the existence of WMDs in Iraq as well as telling Americans that Iraq posed an "imminent threat" to our security.

It practically defies common sense to have to continually refute fabrications by Democrats, as they seemingly insist upon closing their eyes and covering their ears to avoid acknowledging the facts before them. But once again, it apparently bears mentioning that intelligence agencies in the United States, Israel, and Great Britain -- not to mention the U.N., France, and Russia -- all maintained that Saddam Hussein possessed WMD prior to the war. And despite what Steny Hoyer claims, President Bush explicitly stated in his 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq indeed did not pose an imminent threat to the United States. Quite the opposite, in urging the American people to appreciate the gravity of terrorism, he asked, "Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike?"

There are really only two possible explanations for the rhetorical shenanigans on the left today: Either Democrats are not intelligent enough to consult the White House website for presidential transcripts or State Department records documenting Saddam's weapons programs; or they readily insist upon misleading the public. And as much as it pains me to admit it, I'd have to say even they're smart enough to figure out how to do a Google search.

It's obviously now politically expedient in an election year for resentful Democrats to accuse the Commander-in-Chief of lies, but it should not go unnoticed that our nation's most prominent liberals conveniently engage in deception themselves to do so.

John Kerry has made it clear that his only consistency is his inconsistency. And it now appears that Steny Hoyer has chosen to place presidential politics above military morale and national defense, adopting Kerry's position on Iraq and reversing once-honorable decisions to deal forcefully and responsibly with America's enemies.

As a nation mourns the passing of arguably the greatest president of the 20th century, it would behoove us to appreciate the significance of Ronald Reagan's determination to stare down the Soviets, ensuring that today we would not have to face a threat of tyranny too many of us were at the time content to accept.

Today we face a different, more dangerous threat. Today we again require leaders who will rise to the task of defending our nation and, like President Reagan, reject the conventional wisdom of placing political pragmatism above American idealism. But today's Democrat Party possesses few such leaders, led by career politicians like Kerry, Kennedy and Hoyer, who are motivated more by partisan venom than by honesty and integrity.

Trevor Bothwell is editor of The Right Report and is a Townhall.com book reviewer. He currently serves as press secretary for Brad Jewitt's campaign for U.S. Congress against Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer. Trevor can be contacted at bothwell@therightreport.com.

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