Democrats Are Disloyal On Iraq War
By David Huck
In the summer of 1776 at Hampton Court Palace in England, the signed Declaration of Independence of the United States of America was handed to King George III. His reaction is seen in his diary for that day. He wrote, "Nothing significant happened today."
It's easy to understand why he was so confident. King George could send an army of 5,000 ruthless Redcoats to any spot on the globe on his feared armada of frigates and battleships. John Adams, an architect of the Declaration, lived in a house that would have fit in the kitchen of King George's palace. The idea that the farmers and merchants in the American colonies could succeed in separating from Great Britain was ridiculous if not amusing. You have to wonder: How could the fathers of our country have imagined that they would prevail against this mighty naval force and battle-trained army?
What they had was a powerful belief, actually religious conviction. If all you ever know about our Declaration of Independence are the following words, you will know enough. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Lacking this belief, they could never have won, but with it, they could not lose. These men who fathered our country were religious men, almost exclusively Christians. They resented King George's burdensome, ever-increasing taxes and his invasive control over their lives. They refused to bow in his presence. He was their enemy and their solution was heard in a battle cry of the Revolution, "No King but Jesus!"
But not everyone agreed. War was dangerous and expensive. We might lose and then be worse off. Some in Pennsylvania thought war was morally wrong and that God would punish us with defeat. "Yes, the taxes were high and the King was awful but we're getting by," they believed. These people were known as Tories or Loyalists. The largest collection of Tories was in Connecticut and, even today, Connecticut is the state most opposed to the war in Iraq. The Tories spoke out against the war at every opportunity and worked and planned for its failure. Then as now there were traitors in high places. Benedict Arnold attempted to surrender West Point when his plot was discovered and his name disgraced forever.
Thus, our father's fathers had two challenges, to win a just war with their right hand while containing a disparaging opposition with the other. It has been rightly said, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." Here we are 231 years later, fighting a just war that we didn't start against radical Muslim terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq in an effort to establish democratic rule in both countries. In Iraq, the stakes are higher since they control an important part of the world's oil supply, which if shut off could damage our economy.
Today's Tories are the Democrats. They liked the sound of going to war and voted for it, but when the going got tough they got cold feet and have been speaking out against it at every opportunity. Their allies in the liberal media have added their shrill voice of protest. The Democrat-controlled House passed 50 resolutions to stop the war. They all failed. Undaunted by this, they have tried to cut off funds to support the troops in proposed budgets.
Now however, victory seems much more likely as the Petraeus troop build-up has dramatically reduced violence and thousands of residents are returning to Baghdad, It's no surprise that the Democrats are panicking and rightly so. The Democrat nightmare is that Iraq will be pacified just in time for the election next year and there will be no one to blame but George Bush and the Republicans.
After the American victory in the Revolution, many Tories left and returned to England. We should be so lucky when Iraq is pacified.