Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Three Cheers for Joe Lieberman!

Update:

Bob Krumm, John from Salems Lot, and I seem to have a pretty good conversation going on across our 3 blogs. I would characterize John as the farest left, myself center left, and Bob appears to be center right. Check out Bob's post on Joe Lieberman and some historical background and context on Senator Vandenberg who Mr. Lieberman qouted yesterday.

Read Johns follow up to my 4 questions for Dems at Salems Lot. Now we need a hard right winger to come in and tell us we are all idiots and commies. Any volunteers? Two Penny Pundit maybe?


Is he the only statesman left in the Democratic Party?

Well three cheers for Joe for his statements on the Senate floor and his article today at Real Clear Politics.



“Politics must end at the water's edge.” That is what Senator Arthur
Vandenberg of Michigan said, articulating the important ideal that we seem to
have lost too often in our time. I found a fuller statement of Senator
Vandenberg’s position, the ideal. I found it to be in some ways more complicated
and in other ways much more compelling. I want to read from it. Senator
Vandenberg said:

“To me ‘bipartisan foreign policy’ means a mutual effort, under our
indispensable two-party system, to unite our official voice at the water's edge
so that America speaks with maximum authority against those who would divide and conquer us and the free world.” That speaks to us today – the threat of
Islamist terrorism, the desire they have to divide us and, in that sense, to
conquer us in the free world. Senator Vandenberg continued in his definition of
what he meant by bipartisanship in foreign policy:

“It does not involve the remotest surrender of free debate in determining our position. On the contrary, frank cooperation and free debate are indispensable to ultimate unity of which I speak.”

In a word, it simply seeks national security ahead of partisan
advantage. I felt again in recent days and recent months how far we have
strayed down the partisan path from Vandenberg's ideals.


Thank you Mr. Lieberman for being at least one leader in my party that I can be proud of.

In a related story. Ex-Donkey says: "There's at least one Democrat out there who prioritizes national security over partisan politics and I'm proud to say that he's from Connecticut."

Opentrack backs at: Adam's Blog, Choose Life, The Political Teen, Third World County, Something and Half of Something, MacStansbury, bRight & Early, Cao's Blog, Don Surber, Basil's Blog, TMH's Bacon Bits, Peakah's Provocations, Right Wing Nation,

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