August 26, 2008
By Brian Darling
As Labor Day draws near, so too does the return of Congress,
something every American should fear.
While the House of Representatives is clearly controlled by a
majority of Democrats, the Senate is made up of a coalition of 49
Democrats and two independents. One of those independents is the
self-proclaimed socialist from Vermont, Bernie Sanders. Because the
Democrat alliance with a socialist controls only 51 out of 100
seats in the Senate, Sanders is an integral and necessary member of
the governing union of the left and the far left.
Sanders is also the lone elected voice for socialist thought in
Congress, which makes it instructive to see the pieces of socialist
legislation liberal senators cosponsor and how frequently other
senators vote with the socialist party line.
Over the past year and half, his Senate colleagues have shown
little hesitation in aligning with Sanders. One senator, Ohio's
Sherrod Brown, would receive an A in Socialism 101 by virtue of his
voting record and numerous co-sponsorships. Brown voted the
socialist party line, with Sanders, 96% of the time and cosponsored
a bill to raise taxes on small businesses and another that would
mandate banks to make favorable loans to businesses that meet
certain left-leaning ideals.
Thirty senators would receive an A-, voting with Sanders more than
90% of the time. Those lefties include household names such as
Delaware's Joe Biden, California's Barbara Boxer, Illinois's
Richard Durbin and Barack Obama, Massachusetts's John Kerry and
Edward Kennedy, and Majority Leader Harry Reid. Seventeen senators,
including many perceived moderates, would receive a B in Socialism
101. The saving grace for conservatives, and America, is that 45
senators would miserably fail Socialism 101 because they staunchly
oppose the ideals of socialist Sanders.
Another way to look at a senator's support is to review who
co-sponsors his bills. Two bills are particularly revealing in
their support -- the creation of a nationalized health care system
and the strengthening of the Environmental Protection Agency to
regulate and reform the national economy in the name of
global-warming prevention. Co-sponsors of that bill include Biden,
Boxer, Brown, Cardin, Clinton, Kerry, Kennedy and Obama.
Next week's column will trumpet the true conservative heroes in
the Senate. Who is the next Jesse Helms or Barry Goldwater?
The New Cold War?
America is bracing for two boring weeks of conventions in Denver
and Minneapolis, yet the real news is in Warsaw and Tbilisi as the
Cold War rises from the dead. The Bush administration has been
pushing forward with plans to construct a missile-defense system in
Poland, and President Bush is stepping up muscular diplomatic
efforts to contain a new Russian empire as the Russians size up the
West's will to aid a burgeoning democracy in Georgia. Liberals and
the Russian government are outraged by missile defense and tough
A ground-based missile defense system would enable the United
States to target and destroy ballistic missiles launched from Iran,
North Korea or even a rogue terrorist organization. In the old
days, we had the Soviet Empire and the United States in a classic
battle of good versus evil. Now we have multiple nations providing
different power centers and different international threats.
Last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Warsaw to
sign an agreement to base 10 missile interceptors in that former
member of the Soviet bloc. These bases have the potential to stop a
rogue nation like Iran from launching nuclear missiles against our
European Allies. Russia and liberal Democrats in Congress are, of
Liberal Rep. Ellen Taucher of California told The New York Times that we should "go ahead
and move on with research and development" but with regard to
actually deploying the technology and putting them in the ground in
Poland "we are saying no." Top Russian officials also objected to
the move and said Poland could face consequences if the Poles allow
the system to be installed.
The presidential candidates have also come down along party lines
on this issue. John McCain has stated his strong support for the
deployment of a missile-defense system, while Obama urges caution
because he feels the system is unproven.
Meanwhile, tensions keep rising between the former Cold Warriors,
Russia and the Untied States. The next few months will be critical
to see if the superpowers are creeping toward a new Cold War.
Darling is director of U.S. Senate Relations at The
First appeared in Human Events
As Labor Day draws near, so too does the return of Congress, something every American should fear.While the House of Representatives is clearly controlled by a majority of Democrats, the Senate is made up of a coalition of 49 Democrats and two independents. One of those independents is the self-proclaimed socialist from Vermont, Bernie Sanders. Because the Democrat alliance with a socialist controls only 51 out of 100 seats in the Senate, Sanders is an integral and necessary member of the governing union of the left and the far left.
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