Joe Lieberman explains the difference. Remember him? They kicked him out of their party because he didn’t want to surrender in Iraq.
. . . Rather than seeing the Cold War as an ideological contest between the free nations of the West and the repressive regimes of the communist world, this rival political philosophy saw America as the aggressor – a morally bankrupt, imperialist power whose militarism and “inordinate fear of communism” represented the real threat to world peace.
It argued that the Soviets and their allies were our enemies not because they were inspired by a totalitarian ideology fundamentally hostile to our way of life, or because they nursed ambitions of global conquest. Rather, the Soviets were our enemy because we had provoked them, because we threatened them, and because we failed to sit down and accord them the respect they deserved. In other words, the Cold War was mostly America’s fault.
Blame America First started a long time ago. So did Communist Party USA and Soviet penetration of organized labor and the Democratic Party. Did you think Alger Hiss was the only one?
. . . If the Democratic Party had stayed where it was in 2000, America could have confronted the terrorists with unity and strength in the years after 9/11.
Instead a debate soon began within the Democratic Party about how to respond to Mr. Bush. I felt strongly that Democrats should embrace the basic framework the president had advanced for the war on terror as our own, because it was our own. But that was not the choice most Democratic leaders made. When total victory did not come quickly in Iraq, the old voices of partisanship and peace at any price saw an opportunity to reassert themselves. By considering centrism to be collaboration with the enemy – not bin Laden, but Mr. Bush – activists have successfully pulled the Democratic Party further to the left than it has been at any point in the last 20 years.
They consider Bush the main enemy. They have since November of 2000. And they have done everything in their power to hinder, obstruct, undermine, and deny legitimacy. Had Republicans tried that on FDR he would have jailed them. Democrats tried that on Lincoln and he jailed them or exiled them to the Confederacy. Democrats have hampered the war effort of my side and automatically helped out that of the other side.
I question their patriotism.