“Painting A Picture,” by Ryan Anderson

March 10th, 2005

O'Ryan FactorMain Entry: car·i·ca·ture
Pronunciation: 'kar-i-k&-"chur, -"ch&r, -"tyur, -"tur
Function: noun
Etymology: Italian caricatura, literally, act of loading, from caricare to load, from Late Latin carricare

  1. exaggeration by means of often ludicrous distortion of parts or characteristics
  2. a representation especially in literature or art that has the qualities of caricature
  3. a distortion so gross as to seem like caricature

The Democratic Party’s caricature has always been recognizable. We envision Michael Moore spouting propaganda or John Kerry condoning partial birth abortion. The Democrats have done good to this country. FDR and the new deal, which eased the sting of the depression, is a great example. However, think of that caricature again. You don’t think of FDR as much as you think of Ward Churchill. That’s because the party is actually becoming their caricature.

Howard Dean is now president of the DNC. This is the Howard Dean of  “We’re going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan…and then we’re going to Washington D.C. to take back the white house…YEARRRG!” fame.  This is the guy who, since we first got there, has said we should pull out of Iraq (no matter what kind of chaos ensues afterwards). By putting these kind of people in high positions, we’re getting the same message: you’re all about the far left.  No matter how many traditional democrats as opposed to progressive there may be, the mascots of the parties are all way out there.


Hillary will probably be running in the next election. She’s a notorious liberal. So this means that it most likely won’t get any better. If it were, things would have to happen. The whole partial birth abortion thing is dangerous. The party will have to stay away from it to prevent falling back into that far left zone. It’s one thing to believe in the woman’s right to choose…but when a woman’s that far along…it’s just extreme. If they do back away from those extreme opinions in other areas, they may lose some support from the gay Americans who are pushing to get married. Does it make a difference though?  Not really, because there’s not really a chance that that will happen anyway.   John Kerry side stepped that issue, but the majority of the left wants it. It’s a false promise, and it’s probably a good thing not to have a clear answer. 

Stepping away from the caricature is the best way to win this next election, but they don’t want to. Bush’s victory this last election was proof that people don’t want to be on the far left. I’m not sure they want to be on the far right either. Both sides can get a little loopy. The Democrats need to be able to play the game well in order to win. Did Bush play the game to win? He did in a sense. Not condoning the swift boat vets was a smart tactical move. For the most part though, Bush was himself…and it came through in the debates. No matter how much people paint…the Democrats don’t get the picture.



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