Voter's March and the
Democratic Party: Who Are They?
At the Voter's March rally on the Capitol's
East steps last May 19, 2001 – Armed Forces Day - protesters
portrayed themselves as aggrieved Democrat serfs in the
righteous vanguard of their Party, going to storm the White
House and Supreme Court to reclaim power. There is no question
they saw Al Gore as their heir potentate denied his crown.
I experienced their closed-minded
prejudice, condescending bigotry, and bullying behavior, and I
detected in them an intolerance and hatred for our Republic's
values. Being threatened with death on the steps of the Nation's
Capitol would certainly leave one with this opinion, wouldn't
it? Their arrogance, willful distortion of fact, and intention
to disrupt and divide America – not unite it – convinced me
that I would oppose whatever influence these folks think they
had or would have.
I spoke with some tourists at the Voter's
March rally who were casually observing the event, but were not
participants. They confessed to be registered Democrats, yet
they thought Voter's March people were nuts and kooks. In
retrospect, that was the first tremor of an alarm indicating
something may be amiss.
Before leaving the Capitol's East steps
that day, I decided to independently study their "Voters'
Bill of Rights" and interpret issues as fairly as I could
in light of my admittedly conservative political beliefs. That
decision was the impetus for this series.
Midway through writing this series, I
allowed two friends to critique a segment, which then compelled
them to look at Voter's March. One was a declared independent,
and one was to the "left" on the political spectrum.
was apprehensive while waiting for their opinions. Somewhat
surprisingly, both vehemently disagreed with the
"liberals" of Voter's March. In fact, it was suggested
that these people are not liberal at all, but instead are
Socialists. The alarm was now ringing fully. I began to wonder.
Were they Democrats? Were they representatives and ambassadors
of Democratic Party values?
I freely admit I have a harsh opinion of
the Democratic Party. I believe it supports the "Action
Agenda for Electoral Reform" – where the "Voters'
Bill of Rights" they propose is found. I believe it also
supports Voter's March. I also believe the liberalism of the
Democratic Party is not representative of the sentiments of most
Americans. No matter how often Joseph Lieberman and Hillary
Clinton stand shoulder to shoulder and profess that the
Democratic Party is the party of the center, they dissemble.
Personally, I would be ashamed to call
myself a Democrat, knowing the legacy of the party. I think if
decent people who consider themselves Democrats truly knew their
own party's history, they would perhaps see the platforms it
advocates in a far different light and likely reach different
conclusions on a variety of domestic and international issues.
There is no such hope for many in Voter's
March. They are intolerant of opposing opinion and possess an
anger that precludes rational debate. In the past several
months, I have received mail from these folks – none of which
contains a shred of intellectual counter-argument. It is all
emotional invective and bile.
I therefore view the Voter's March as a
collection of arrogant, ignorant spoilers, as much a nuisance
and as objectionable as a yapping poodle. Still, many of their
ideas, if implemented, represent a potential threat to our
Republic. At times I have agreed with their positions, but more
times I have not, and I have explained why.1
Given that the Democratic Party and
various labor organizations support the efforts of these people
and have done little if nothing to distance themselves from
them, I am led to one of two possible conclusions. Either the
Democratic Party is using these people as a tool to weaken our
nation in a quest for power, or, these people are using the
Democratic Party. In either case, a relationship clearly exists.2
The greatest fuel to their activity is
certainly not the logic of their arguments, the righteousness of
their cause, or their organization and financing. If they are at
all effective, it is because conservatives view them as the
hysterical "fringe", dismiss them, and then quietly
proceed about their lives. This approach is, unfortunately,
precisely how liberties and freedoms are eroded.
I believe civil rights and freedom are
under continual assault and that their defense is an unending
I leave Voter's March behind for a few
minutes to touch upon a supporting theme in my argument. It will
put the Voter's March rabble into a continuum and lend
perspective. Like a lawyer pleading with a judge for tolerance
and permission to continue a line of argument, let me assure you
a point will be made.