Ben Shapiro

John Kerry can't stop mouthing off about the so-called "politics of division." During the third presidential debate, Kerry blamed public polarization on President Bush: "I regret to say that the president who called himself a uniter, not a divider, is now presiding over the most divided America in the recent memory of our country." He also claimed that he'd be able to bring Americans together. "We have to change that. And as president, I am committed to changing that."

 Too bad Kerry's a liar. In the most divisive presidential campaign in American history, Kerry and the party for which he stands have set out to break all bonds, to rend young and old, rich and poor, black and white, all for the sake of political power. The Democrats don't want a united America. They want an America bitterly divided, so that they can put on their faux "healing" hats and pretend that if elected, they will bridge all gaps.

 There are plenty of issues about which Americans can honestly disagree. The two major political parties in this country are vastly different breeds, despite what third-party radicals say. The Democrats are foreign-policy appeasers and United Nations patsies who fear ascendant American power. Republicans are foreign-policy hawks, American interest-first unilateralists if necessary, who wish to maximize American global dominance.

 The Democrats are big-government economic liberals who pledge a balanced budget but can only reach it by raising taxes. The Republicans are big spenders, too, but largely due to the pressures of a closely divided Congress; ideally, they want to balance the budget by cutting government spending and government taxation.

 The Democrats are social liberals who wish to validate the gay activist agenda, forward abortion and devaluate traditional morality in schools and in government. The Republicans are social conservatives who prize traditional morality above all else.

 So there's a good deal about which to argue. But for John Kerry and his Democratic ilk, arguing the issues isn't conducive to victory. Because, really, who wants a socially liberal, fiscally spendthrift, militarily weak party leading this country?

 Instead, the Democrats have created false divisions between the parties in order to frighten Americans into voting for them. Democrats target youth voters, who have largely turned in favor of President Bush, by lying about a prospective re-institution of the draft. Kerry lied to the Des Moines Register, stating that "With George Bush, the plan for Iraq is more of the same and the great potential of a draft." The Democratic National Committee featured draft rumors in a recent news release. MoveOnStudentAction.org has spread rumors of a potential draft across the Internet, and has also launched a national campus campaign titled "Feel a Draft?" Rock the Vote pushes the idea that unless American foreign policy radically changes, a draft is inevitable.

 It is, of course, complete bunk. Any political party attempting to bring back the draft would feel the wrath of American voters. In fact, the only politician who has seriously mentioned bringing back the draft has been Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).

 The Democrats aren't afraid to scare the AARP crowd, either. Kerry explained that President Bush has a secret "January surprise" plan to privatize social security, cutting benefits by up to 45 percent or $500 a month for many Americans. Kerry's latest ploy? Handing out pillboxes stamped with the Kerry/Edwards logo to retirement voters in Florida -- implying, of course, that with Kerry/Edwards, you'll get your pills, but with Bush, you'll have to eat dog food.

 Democrats continue their scare tactics with regard to minorities as well. The ironically named "America Coming Together" group has posted flyers in Missouri carrying a picture of a black man being hosed by a fireman. The flyer carries the caption: "This is what they used to do to keep us from voting." (Meanwhile, Democrats are doing their best to ensure the non-existent vote: An NAACP worker in Ohio paid a 22-year-old man crack cocaine in exchange for fake voter registrations, including registrations for Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy, Michael Jordan and George Foreman.)

 Democrats claim that President Bush is to blame for disintegrating American unity. But the Democratic Party and John Kerry are dedicated to dividing America. Democratic ideology rests on the foundation that divisiveness must be achieved in order for communitarianism to be accepted -- destroy unity in order to gain power and create drastic change. Republican ideology rests on the formulation that unity must be achieved in order for individualism to be accepted -- foster unity within a strong and moral society in order that each individual may be respected.

 The Democrats have won this battle. We are indeed divided. Let's just pray the right side -- the side promoting unity -- triumphs.


Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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