The Spirit of the American Revolution

It is seldom that the AMERICANREVOLUTION singles out a Democrat politician for praise, indeed as exemplary of the spirit of political enterprise the REVOLUTION seeks to promote. Very seldom, in fact, considering that it is rare that a politician of any political persuasion is deemed worthy of praise on this blog. One of those rare occasions, however, occurs now; and the worthy one is none other than the embattled incumbent Connecticut sentator Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman has faced a very tough challenger in the Connecticut primary in the person of cable TV mogul Ned Lamont. Lamont has gained the upper hand with his strong anti-war stance on Iraq, while Lieberman continues to stick to his support for the war. Lieberman has been accused by his opponent of being “President Bush’s “best friend and enabler,” citing his vote for the war in Iraq and his purported closeness to the President. The video of the President apparently kissing the Connecticut senator last February has been played endlessly by Lamont supporters in that state to drive this point home. Lieberman has struggled to clarify his position on the war in Iraq, saying yesterday “I still believe that was right. What I don’t think is right, as I have said over and over again, are many of the Bush administration decisions regarding the conduct of the war.”

Lieberman has pledged to run as an independent this fall if defeated by Lamont in the Democratic primary, and with Lamont now out in front by a double-digit margin, this appears increasingly likely. As the primary campaign winds down, Lieberman delivered a passionate speech ahead of tomorrow’s vote. And with the pressure on, Lieberman dispensed with posturing and laid it all out there, as might be said in the contemporary vernacular. Addressing the chief issue of the campaign, his suport of the war in Iraq, Lieberman did what many of his colleagues on Capitol Hill are seemingly afraid to to–he stuck to his guns in the face of staunch opposition. In a time where so many Democrats, and even Republicans, are stumbling over each other as they scramble to distance themselves from the President and the “quagmire” in Iraq, Lieberman only made clearer his position. And it is a credible one that makes sense even for many conservatives. According to the NYTimes, “Mr. Lieberman said that while he believed his vote to authorize the war in 2002 was correct, he now felt a ‘heavy responsibility’ to end the war quickly. He said he wanted to withdraw American troops ‘as fast as anyone,’ yet insisted that leaving Iraq now would be a ‘disaster’ that could worsen the sectarian violence there.” In true AMRERICANREVOLUTION spirit, he added that “I not only respect your right to disagree or question the president or anyone else, including me, I value your right to disagree.”

Blind partisanship has made the Congress a place where very little is done on behalf othe American people. And just as bad has been the effect of flip-floppers, or politicians so worried about reelection that they are constantly posturing instead of developing a coherent stance on an issue. These things define a large percentage of the representatives that fill the seats of Congress today. These poor statesmen plague both political parties and in the end the American political system. Though we may disagree with Joe Lieberman’s liberal ideology, we would all benefit if more of our representatives echoed his approach. “That’s something that distinguishes me from my opponent in this race,” said the Senator; “I don’t hate Republicans. I know that sometimes in the United States Senate the best way to deliver for the people who sent me to Washington is to work with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. And I’ll tell you this: that doesn’t make me a bad Democrat it makes me a better senator.”