Ben Shapiro

Americans recognize that the playing field has shifted. The Republican Party of today is closer to the Democratic Party of 1960 than the Democratic Party of today is. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party has become pacifist on foreign policy, a vocal advocate of gay marriage and abortion on demand, an anti-religious haven, a consistent champion of higher taxes. It allies with blame-America-first radicals like Michael Moore. It worries more about terrorists' rights to unmonitored phone calls than Americans' rights not to be murdered. It talks about our soldiers in terms that would make John F. Kennedy cringe -- just this week, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry implied that our soldiers in Iraq were a bunch of mindless morons and college dropouts. It expels Democrats like Joe Lieberman, who supported the deposing of mass murderer and terrorist supporter Saddam Hussein.

The political center is now the Republican Party. The Republican Party under George W. Bush has lowered taxes and brought the war to our enemies. It has sought to enshrine marriage between a man and a woman as the basis for our morality. It has banned the horrific partial-birth abortion procedure.

If anything, the Republican Party is often left of the political center -- but the Democratic Party is far to the left of even that. The Republicans have spent like a drunken sailor on shore leave -- but the Democrats would spend more. The Republicans have treated terrorists with more respect than they deserve under morality and law -- but the Democrats would treat terrorists like American citizens. The Republicans have debated the immigration issue and the morality of stem cell research -- but the Democrats refuse to take any stance whatsoever on immigration and are gung ho in favor of snuffing out human life in the speculatively wild hopes of developing miracle cures.

Americans are not extremists. The Democratic Party, however, is extreme. Americans must realize once again that the political center is not between the two parties -- it is within the Republican Party. If the Democrats win the House or Senate, Americans will be reminded once again why they favor moderation over radicalism.

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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