A poll commissioned by CBS News earlier this week not only found most Americans could not name a single Democrat running for the presidency next year, but better than half who responded said they wanted more Democrat choices.

The poll’s leader is an indication of why there is little support out there for Democrats in 2004. The top vote-getter so far is a warmed-over retread from the 2000 election; Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., got a whopping 14 percent. And he’s the leader, mind you. Others, like Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, got 0 percent.

Why? What has happened in America that has turned off the majority of the electorate to Democrats? Is it President Bush’s leadership? Is it the leadership of Republicans?

Partly. But there is another aspect trimming support for Democrats. It is because the mainstream of the party is too liberal and too socialist for a free people to tolerate. The party itself doesn’t represent the kind of values endemic to the founding of the republic. Rather, the kind of values and ideals embraced by today’s Democrats are more appropriate for a United Socialist States of America.

What values and ideals?

For starters, Democrats never met a tax they didn’t like. So wedded to your money are they that all of the major candidates for Bush’s job are pledging to negate the two tax cuts the president pushed through Congress. To hide their zeal for your productivity, they couch their quest in class warfare. They accuse Republicans of giving tax cuts to “the rich,” but as the Washington Times reported earlier this summer, more working poor were booted off the tax rolls after Bush’s cuts than at any other time in our history. That means, of course, the remaining tax burden is being shifted to “the rich.” But this isn’t news; “the rich” have paid the vast majority of taxes in this country for decades. Think about it: Poor people have no money, so what sense does it make for lawmakers to try to raise tax revenues from them?

Democrats are also champions of gun control but they can’t help it because they’re born-again hypocrites. They will surround themselves with all kinds of taxpayer-provided armed security while working feverishly to deny you and your family the right to protect yourselves.

Democrats are also the party of “choice,” as long as you make a choice they agree with. They support a “choice” to kill an unborn child, but oppose letting you choose which school you want to send your children.

They are also the party of “tolerance.” They will “tolerate” your point of view as long as you agree with them. If you don’t, you’re a hater, a homophobe, a bigot, a racist, an anti-Semite or a Nazi. In other words, Democrats become intolerant of you if you are not of like mind.

Democrats are pro-immigrant as long as they don’t have a thousand illegals a night trashing their property or traipsing through their suburban condo.

Democrats are the party of the environment – so much so that they have prevented U.S. companies from developing domestic energy supplies over the past 40 years, even as they killed the nuclear-power industry. That’s because Democrats would rather you pay five bucks a gallon for gasoline than one. They would rather America send billions to regimes overseas that sponsor terrorism against Americans than buy domestic oil and gas products.

Democrat lawmakers spray jet fumes all over the country traveling to make speeches denouncing jet fumes. And how dare you believe trees were put on God’s green Earth to build and heat homes, when you know they were put here to manufacture reams of paper for Democrats to write lengthy regulations to save trees.

George Bush and the Republicans aren’t perfect creatures, either. But, then again, the last perfect soul died on a cross about 2,000 years ago. As Americans, we can’t reasonably expect perfection, but, as Americans, we at least ought to expect our politicians and political leaders to respect our founding ideology.

Democrats don’t do that. In fact they believe the Constitution is an outmoded, outdated document best suited for a time long past, just like the other great socialists throughout history: Marx, Trotsky, Mao, Hitler and Stalin.

I don’t wonder why there isn’t much enthusiasm for the Democrat Party’s current standard-bearers. It’s because they don’t represent what America stands for.

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