Paul Jackson, extraordinary Canadian journalist and occasional AT contributor, writes a column in today's Calgary Sun that recalls a day when some Democrats "had blood in their veins" when it came time to defend America.
There's much talk currently —— horrifying to the mish—mash of oddities who call themselves Democrats today —— that President George W. Bush follows a Wilsonian policy in international affairs.
Well, it's true —— the 43rd president is very much of the lineage of Wilson and so, indeed, was Roosevelt. FDR battled isolationist forces to bring the U.S. into the Second World War, aided fortunately by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. But for the U.S. entry, Adolf Hitler would have won that conflict with nightmarish results.
President Harry Truman, who followed Roosevelt, not only had the guts to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also then went on to contain Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's treacherous plan to expand his evil empire all across Western Europe.
One really has to wonder how Democrats Wilson, Roosevelt and Truman would regard the weak—kneed Democratic party today, a party of appeasement. Well, all three would probably be Republicans and cheering Bush along.
Truman also called a halt to Communist aggression in Korea, backed by both Canada and Britain. But for South Korea being Democratic today, that maniac Kim Jong—Il, who boasts about his nuclear arsenal, would be running a nation twice the size he does now.
Truman was followed by Republican Dwight Eisenhower, a politician—warrior, who largely carried on the Truman doctrine of keeping Stalin and his henchmen at bay.
We then come to President John F. Kennedy, largely responsible for getting the U.S. into Vietnam in a big way. Again a Democrat with blood in his veins....
It is sad the Democratic Party has squandered this honorable legacy.
Thomas Lifson 8 27 06