Sunday, February 13, 2005

Republicans are Dinosaurs--Take Back National Security!

Today marks a new feature here at True Blue, a weekly reminder to do something to address our total lack of national security cred.

Let's face it. When it comes to national security, Democrats are viewed as only slightly less wimpy than cornflakes. This has been a problem since Carter, and it's going to continue to be a problem until we deal with it. When Republicans can run a draft-dodging alcholic against a decorated war hero and win on a platform of "we're tough guys who will do what needs to be done to protect you, so don't ask any questions," I think it's time for us to admit that there's a huge national security advantage one has in being called a "Republican" that transcends the substance of one's policies or personal history. Either we address it, or our candidates will continue to start the race 2 laps back.

At True Blue, we follow the invaluable wisdom of G.I. Joe: "Knowing is half the battle." We still don't really know we have a problem with national security. We don't talk about it, we pretend it's not there. But as long as we are weak here, all our victories--on Social Security, healthcare, education, economic opportunity, racial justice, the environment, sustainable energy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of choice--will be much harder-fought and won't give us usable currency. So let's start talking: agitate for a think tank, demand smarter military investment, come up with a way to recruit for the DNC at West Point, whatever.

It's time to start talking tough. This week: oh, look, the DNC agrees with me!


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