From an Op/Ed in the USA Today by Ken Mehlman, the GOP chairman. Hey, he wrote it...
Today, the Republican Party has learned the lessons of Sept. 11, and understands the importance of using every single tool at our disposal to win this war — but some Democrat leaders would take those tools away. Democrats in the House and Senate voted against re-authorization of the USA Patriot Act.
The UNCONSTITUTIONAL Partiot Act. The Democrats are just holding up their oaths of office. Score one for the Dems.
The overwhelming majority of House Democrats voted against legislation to make it easier to intercept terrorist communications. Democrats voted against tribunals that will help us get the information we need, and have time and again voted against missile defense.
Again, reference the Constitution, which doesn't say anything about who gets rights, just that we are all born with them, and clearly says everyone, even enemy combatants, get due process, and says the government can't listen to their phone calls without a warrant.
War on terror and Iraq
Even more dangerous is that Democrats truly seem to believe that Iraq is completely separate from the greater war on terror.
Gee, I don't know, because it had nothing to do with global terrorism?
Al-Qaeda's leaders are not confused about the importance of Iraq to their goal of global jihad. Osama bin Laden's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has said his goal is to use Iraq as a base to launch further attacks, with the goal of creating a new caliphate in the Middle East.
Of course, had the US not removed Saddam from power, the terrorists would be launching exactly zip from Iraq, since Saddam and Osama didn't exactly get along. But let's not let facts get in our way, right?
On Tuesday, we must ask ourselves: Would surrendering Iraq to the enemy so they can use it as a base from which to launch attacks make us more or less safe?Too late.
Voters face another choice Tuesday: Republicans have cut taxes every year since George W. Bush was elected president. Democrats, on the other hand, have said outright that they plan to raise your taxes. If you're a typical American family with two kids earning $30,000 a year, the Democrats would raise your taxes by more than $2,000. They'd raise your gas taxes just as gas prices are finally coming down. Where would it end? Well, the man who would be in charge of tax policy in a Democrat-controlled House came right out and said it: No tax increase will be out of bounds.
We'll concede this point, although our friend leaves out the inability of the Republicans to stop SPENDING.
What the GOP wants
Republicans want to eliminate the death tax once and for all. Democrats want to bring it back. Republicans want to explore new sources of energy to bring gas and heating prices down. Democrats want to block domestic exploration. Republicans want small businesses to be able to band together to provide health care to their employees at a reasonable cost. Democrats don't believe entrepreneurs and their employees should have that freedom. Republicans want all parents to be able to choose where they send their kids to school. Democrats would limit that choice to the rich and powerful. The list goes on and on.
Really? Then why do the Republicans continue to enforce stupid CAFE standards? Why do they continue to expand the role of government in health care? Why have they yet to eliminate the Dept of Education, as they promised way back in 1994?
There is one more choice voters face Tuesday: The Senate has approved two superb new Supreme Court justices, John Roberts and Sam Alito. Republicans supported Justices Roberts and Alito because they understand that judges need to interpret the law, not invent it. Many Democrats, on the other hand, vocally fought — and then voted against — Justices Roberts and Alito. Why? Because they depend on activist judges to hand them the victories they can't win at the ballot box.
Or, it's because those two justices reinterpret the Constitution to expand federal government power how the Republicans like it, which isn't a good idea?
Tuesday, Americans will have the opportunity to choose between a party that wants to use every tool to keep us safe, or one that would take those tools away; between a party that wants to let you keep more of your own hard-earned money, or one that believes that money belongs to Washington; between a party that understands judicial restraint, or one that wants activist judges to fight its battles.
Two very different visions for America, and one very strong reason for the American people to help Republicans make history and maintain our majorities in Congress.
Actually, I see far more similarity than difference, and the difference I see is that the Democrats are closer to leaving me alone.
No one has been able to make the case otherwise.