Deep Thoughts…by Howard Dean

I’m continually amazed at the words that fall from the lips of the Democratic National Committee Chairman, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.

By way of review, I’d like to remind you of some of his more recent attacks, oh I mean quotes, about conservatives and Republicans.

“I hate Republicans and everything they stand for.”

“The issue is not abortion. The issue is whether women can make up their own mind instead of some right-wing pastor, some right-wing politician telling them what to do.”

“This country was the moral leader of the world until George Bush became president.”

“Well Republicans…a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives."

He’s also called Republicans “evil,” and described the party as one that is “pretty much a white, Christian party.”

I need not comment on those quotes. They speak for themselves.

I’ve come to expect those kinds of irrational, demeaning statements coming from him. It has, to be very honest, made me happy when I think of elections but sad for the sake of the state of the national debate. It’s a ridiculous commentary on our society and our political system when a man who thinks and talks like Howard Dean is the best that one of the two major parties can do.

I was pleased to hear that Dean took on a slightly different tone this last Monday. It turns out that Dean channeled his passion towards his own party. Please allow me to share my favorite Howard Dean ‘deep thought’ first.

When he addressed his Vermont audience, he informed them of his revelation that “There are Democrats everywhere.” I, too, sometimes manifest a similar gift of stating the obvious. Perhaps it was one of those you-had-to-be-there moments. However, I cannot imagine what response that insightful statement received from the Democrats (or any other party members) in the room. Should he get out more?

He made several other statements that would take too much time to cover and would, honestly, be difficult for me to write about without cracking up. Suffice it to say that there was more of the same.

However, he went on to make some interesting, seriously, remarks about the Democratic Party. He said, “We need to position ourselves as the party of change. I think we have learned that when big changes happen in the House and Senate, they happen because one party nationalizes the race and becomes the change agent.”

For all of Dean’s ranting and screaming, I believe he has landed on solid ground here. While I disagree with his perceptions of the two parties and while I don’t believe in his vision or direction for our nation’s future, I can appreciate the notion that both parties take on a proactive stance.

Two parties moving forward with a vision rather than attacking the other party's lack of vision. Two parties on the offense with our nation's security and prosperity in mind and not simply repudiating the other for its apparent 'special interest.' Two parties working together, despite their differences, for the sake of a better tomorrow for the United States and not each pointing the finger about how little the other is doing.

Furthermore, I’d love to see the day that candidates from both parties have such a positive and empowering vision for our nation and its people that it would be a challenge to decide for whom to vote. I’d love to see candidate walking in such integrity, honesty and demonstrating faithfulness and care for their loved ones and their communities on both sides of the aisle. I’d like to see pro-life liberals and conservatives pitted against one another on the ballot and working alongside each other at the capitol. As a Christian, I’d love to see Democrats and Republicans who honor God in their words, their lives and their service to the nation.

It is, I admit, entertaining to poke fun at Dean’s irrationality. But, I realize that this kind of lopsided leadership really is not best for our country. What’s best for our country is quality character and leadership in both parties. Political races may be more difficult to win. But, in the end, they would be victories for the nation and not just a political party.


At 8/10/2005 05:21:00 AM, Anonymous Perkins said...

I don't remember where I heard this, but "It is a pity that the only people who would be truly capable of leading this nation don't want to give up their jobs driving cabs and cutting hair."

At 8/10/2005 05:30:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

Great quote, perkins. I think of many great people who have left in order to spend time with their families, aim for a "normal" life. JC Watt, Karen Hughes and Colin Powell to name a few.

At 8/10/2005 05:45:00 AM, Blogger mlwhitt said...

Just time for a quick posting tonight, :( Wish I had more time as this was a great entry Lores.

“I hate Republicans and everything they stand for.”

I just wanted to put forth this question to the Left. Why is it that the left (a group of that pretends to be all for love and the good of mankind) love to use the word HATE so much?

“The issue is not abortion. The issue is whether women can make up their own mind instead of some right-wing pastor, some right-wing politician telling them what to do.”

Selective again aren't we Leftist? You are all for killing an innocent life, but by golly don't left a man have a gun to protect his family.

“This country was the moral leader of the world until George Bush became president.”

Moral Leader of the world? Not when good ole Cheating Bill was in office. Maybe you mean back when Regan was in office.

“Well Republicans…a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives."

Maybe so, but I certain ly don't know of any Democrat that made an honest living.

At 8/10/2005 05:49:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

good comments, mlwhitt! no problem. i suppose we'll just have to get used to your quick responses now since your baby is due soon.

just don't leave us altogether :)

At 8/10/2005 06:51:00 AM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Lores, in an ideal, Star Trek universe, I would agree. I used to not pay attention to politics, figuring that the country basically will run itself, regardless of who's in office. That the best man will win, and the ones competing for the presidency must be the best of the best our country has to offer.

The problem is that the two major Parties are so polarized in their worldviews right now, that to meet in the middle just isn't really an option if you are passionate about your beliefs in what works and what makes for a better world and a better America.

I think what would be nice, is respect and civility. And a unified front outside of our home, the U.S. of A., while making our "family squabbles" more private (here, I'm specifically appalled by many on the Left whose irresponsible behavior borders on endangering us to lose this war).

At 8/10/2005 07:08:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

wordsmith, i realize the ever-widening gap between the two parties world views. it's the core of our problem.

I hope I didn't come off sounding like I wanted the two parties to offer the same agenda. Not at all. I'm not arguing for a happy, peaceful "can't we all just get along" political atmosphere. I don't expect that.

What I would like to see is forward, offensive postures and solid candidates leading the way on both sides. What we shouldn't have is such hugh discrepancies relative to leadership and character.

At 8/10/2005 10:38:00 AM, Anonymous Clayton Bell said...

I know, I know, I haven't posted in a while, my bad.

A pastor I know who used to preach open air at Berkley in the early 80's used to get absolutly BLASTED from the antiwar crowed. His comment was "Man, all that antiwar stuff sure makes you all violent!" I hope you can see the ironical parrallels...

Does anyone out there ever watch Arrested Development on Fox? If you combine the picture Lores has up of Dean with those quotes, doesn't he remind you of the Bluth son Job (pronounced like the biblical character)? If you've seen the show, the parallel is even funnier...sorry, really early in the morning, typing in the dark...

At 8/10/2005 07:06:00 PM, Anonymous KO said...

I wish that this nation could get back to foundational Truth- what that is and where it is found. A pipedream, utopia, I know. (some friends had a round table discussion on this very topic last night!) Perhaps then the candidates could run on ways to implement that truth in society. We could then vote on the proposed effectivness of each candidate's "plan", in addition to our trust in him/her as a leader to actually get the job done. Some may say that is what we do now. I think it has disintegrated far from that although it may look like that on the outside. So many politicians have discredited themselves and the whole process with the name calling and outrageous behavoir. It's like jr. high. No doubt that contributes to the lack of voter turn-out, as you mentioned in an earlier article, Lores.

At 8/11/2005 11:44:00 PM, Anonymous Perkins said...

What I would like to see, and what would be best for the country I am sure, would be for the general populace to start paying attention to what's going on. Voters elect candidates based on what the candidate claims to have for values and what he claims his policies will be once he is in office. But all too often the politicians speak out of both sides of their mouths, and the idiot voters don't call them on it. If you actually pay attention, it is not uncommon for politicians to promise one group one thing, and another group the exact opposite. They promise to do things during their campaigns that would be beyond their power, and things that would violate the oath of office that they take. But nobody calls them on it because they like the sound of the promised utopia.

If you're not a liberal by 25 you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by 50 you have no brain. Churchill never really said that, but perhaps he should have. Here's to all us heartless sons of beautiful parents who don't just swallow everything a politician says.

At 8/13/2005 12:07:00 PM, Blogger pawlr said...

From mlwhitt--

"Maybe so, but I certainly don't know of any Democrat that made an honest living."

How about most of the firemen and cops that died trying to save people in the Towers? Was their living honest enough for you?

At 8/14/2005 08:01:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

No, pawlr, they weren't liberals. You see, "liberal" = "bad," not, say, John Rawls' A Theory of Justice or Jefferson, T.H. Green, J.M. Keynes, etc., etc.

But those guys are all pointy-headed intellectuals who ruin America by trying to tell the truth to the 99% being screwed by the richest 1%.

How hard Rove, et al, laugh when they see the kind of fawning reactions and virile defenses this blog shows! Unless y'all are making over $250,000 (at least), and don't care about what may happen to your children (or anyone else's), when the various bills come due (Iraq, fiscal, trade-deficit, environmental, etc.), then you're backing the wrong dude, dudes.

Um, yes, self-described liberals have jobs, too.


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