Though liberals are easily offended, none of the nine presidential candidates found anything sufficiently wrong with them to issue a denunciation along the lines of what Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress, wrote in The Wall Street Journal: "Comparing the commander in chief of a democratic nation to the murderous tyrant Hitler is not only historically specious, it is morally outrageous."
But the outrage of Democrats wishing to lead this country and their friends in the media is reserved only for conservatives. According to the media rulebook, it's OK for Hillary Rodham to demean Mahatma Gandhi as a "gas station attendant," but George W. Bush is condemned for addressing students at Bob Jones University. To the media, it's OK for liberals to compare President Bush to Hitler, but unacceptable for conservatives to censure Bill Clinton for obstruction of justice and perjury. Portraying Ronald Reagan as indifferent to the plight of AIDS patients is fair game, but the media will not tolerate conservative demands that Howard Dean provide proof for his claim that Bush knew of the terror attacks in advance of Sept. 11.
Because they are intellectually bankrupt and bereft of ideas for their own campaigns, Democrats are desperate to smear the president -- it is all that they have. Their vicious rhetoric proves it. Dick Gephardt calls Bush a "miserable failure"; Howard Dean calls the administration that is defeating terrorists "the most dangerous administration in my lifetime"; John Kerry and Wesley Clark have resorted to the vulgar vocabulary of gang members on the campaign trail.
With such constant venom spewing from the mouths of the so-called leaders of the liberal cause, is it any wonder that they have helped to create an environment in which the leader of the free world is compared to Hitler in a 30-second ad?
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.