Democrats have engaged in endless post-election analysis to determine why they are losing faith with the majority of Americans. Here's a humble suggestion: Quit condoning your party leadership dragging this nation through the mud for partisan gain.
What a spectacle Democratic leaders are making of themselves! Is there anything they won't do, any preposterous claim they won't make, any bogus election challenge they won't endorse in furtherance of their partisan ends?
Any demand the Democratic Party leadership makes for Republicans to demonstrate collegiality and bipartisanship can be dismissed on the order of a cheap "Saturday Night Live" joke. They have about as much interest in getting along with President Bush and the Republican Party as Sen. John Kerry has in inviting John O'Neill to join his supper club.
Just look at the events of the last week or so alone involving the South Asian tsunami disaster, the relentless attacks on Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales and the official challenge in Congress to the presidential election results.
Consider the Left's feigned outrage at President Bush's response to the tsunami disaster. Tell me if I'm mistaken, but wasn't one of their primary complaints that President Bush blew a golden opportunity to demonstrate to the world, and especially Muslims, how much we care about the victims and how much compassion we have?
The point was not actually to care or do something altruistic and constructive, but to show how much we care. (You can read the New York Times and other liberal editorialists and commentators to confirm this.)
And why is it so important, according to the form-over-substance Left, that we show we care? Well, they say, it's because we need to prove to the Muslim world that we aren't the bad guys in this war. After all, the enemy recruits radical Muslims from the general Muslim population, and so we must go out of our way to prove how much we care to deter further terrorist recruitment.
Let's accept, for purposes of discussion, that such appearances are as important as the Left tells us and for the very reasons they say. Then let's consider their behavior in light of that concern.
We all know -- and the Left is part of the "we" here -- that America is consistently the most generous nation in the world using any measuring yardstick. And aside from the Left's disingenuous criticisms of President Bush for not reacting quickly, sympathetically, and forcefully enough, they know we will be abundantly philanthropic toward the tsunami victims, in both our public and private capacities.