In part one, I talked about why I think the Democrats appear soft on terrorism. Obviously, I had to generalize. Vermonter took issue with my generalizations, in particular saying that that is only a few Democrats that want to pull out of Iraq immediately.
That may be so, but as it is with the Republican Party also, the loudest voices frame the entire public opinion of the party and the impression is that the Democrats want to pull out of Iraq.
So, now I want to turn to the other part of the question: Do I trust the Republicans?
I think the Republicans have screwed up somewhat. In hindsight, Iraq was probably not a good idea, but to pull out now would be an even worse idea.
More importantly, the Republicans are not doing enough for domestic security. I personally do not feel like we are as safe as we could be here in this country, but to their credit, there have been terrorist groups and plots broken up since 9/11.
I don’t think the Democrats would do any better and that is the heart of the question.
When it comes down to it, I just think Republicans seem tougher. For that, I think Democrats can partially blame themselves. They have spent decades trying to paint the Republicans as uncaring and unsympathetic and themselves as the ones who care about people.
Democrats fight for the rights of the downtrodden, while Republicans only care about themselves. Democrats want to help the poor or abused people who turn to crime, while Republicans just want to lock them up. Democrats are the nice guys, while Republicans are the meanies – or even evil.
Is it any surprise the Republicans would be viewed as tough on terrorists and the Democrats as soft?
Republicans have always been the ones who are tough on crime, which I think extends to terrorism and national security, or at least that has been the perception.
Is it reality? I am not sure. As I said, I do not think that the Republicans have done enough. I think they need to be tougher about homeland security. The question is: do I think the Democrats would do a better job? The answer to that at this time is no. I have no reason to think they would.
(Filed under: Politics: US)