I've decided to start a running record of ridiculous comments made by Democrats. I make no claims about how many Democrats and other leftists agree with these comments, but I can only imagine what would happen if roles were reversed, and statements of this sort were made by Republicans or Independents.
I also offer this as "Exhibit A" to those who would have me approach Democrat ideology with an "open mind".
“If you want change, you want the Democratic Party. Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus, who our minister prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor.”
-- Rep. Steve Cohen (D - Tennessee)
[John McCain has chosen a running mate (Sarah Palin)] "whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion."
-- Carol Fowler, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman
"It's funny that New Orleans will get a hurricane. That's funny because it is due to hit when President Bush is scheduled to speak. Isn't that cool?"
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[Sarah Palin is] "Dan Quayle on steroids".
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"Other than the fact that she is a female, [Sarah Palin] has nothing to offer."
-- Don Fowler, former National Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and husband to Carol Fowler (above), overheard (and recorded) speaking to South Carolina Congressman John Spratt (D - South Carolina) on a plane after the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people! God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human! God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme!"
-- Reverend Jeremiah Wright ("one the 10 most influential pastors in America", according to the Obama campaign)
"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."
-- Reverend Jeremiah Wright (five days after the attacks on 11 September 2001)
"We should also examine the foreign policies of the the U.S. to make sure that we occupy the moral high ground in these conflicts. In particular, we have to examine some of the root causes of this terrorist activity...For nations like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, or much of the Middle East, young men have no opportunities. The only education they are receiving is that provided to them by religious schools that may not provide them with a well-rounded view of the world.”
-- Senator Barack Obama, Chicago Defender, 17 October 2001 (Making excuses for the terrorists, only 36 days after they killed over 3,000 American citizens. Apparently, it was our own fault.)
"I would say that, as an ardent practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the Church have not been able to make that definition. And St. Augustine said at three months. We don’t know. The point is, is that it shouldn’t have impact on a woman’s right to choose."
-- Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D - California), when asked when life begins. She actually answers "We don't know when life begins, but a woman should be able to choose to end that life anyway, regardless of what the Church says." Don't make any future Sunday plans, Nancy.
"God has given us, each of us, a free will and responsibility to answer for our actions. And we want abortions to be safe, rare and reduce the number of abortions. That’s why we have this fight in Congress over contraception. My Republican colleagues do not support contraception. If you want to reduce the number of abortions, and we all do, we must, it would be easier to support family planning and contraception, you would think."
-- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (further digging a Vatican-sized hole for herself when challenged on her statement about the inability of the Catholic Church to decide when life begins).
"You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."
-- Pete Stark (D-CA)
“Al Qaeda really hurt us, but not as much as Rupert Murdoch has hurt us, particularly in the case of Fox News. Fox News is worse than al Qaeda -- worse for our society. It’s as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.”
-- MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, in (of course) Playboy, October 2007 (sour grapes???)
"Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform....We pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society?...[T]he recent NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary -- oops sorry, volunteer -- force that thinks it is doing the dirty work.”
-- William Arkin, WashingtonPost.com military columnist
Insurgents “are running out of people to kill,” and “There are fewer targets of opportunity.”
--David Obey (D-WI), November 2007, as to why deaths in Iraq had decreased
“I think a draft produces a better Army than the one we would have with all volunteers, because I think you get average Americans if you have a draft. And if it’s an all-volunteer Army, you get people who join up because of some problem in their own lives. They don’t have anything else to do, they don’t have a job, or they can’t find what they want to do, so they join the Army. And it doesn’t produce the best Army.”
-- CBS’s Andy Rooney, March 2007. As a veteran, thanks, Andy. I guess McCain gets to be the "crazy old man" instead of you. Pity.
"Sure, there's less violence, but that's because we've ethnically cleansed most of Baghdad."
--Jim Moran (D-VA), December 2007
"You have to make your own decisions about what the President knows, this war is lost, and that the surge is not accomplishing anything, as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday,"
--Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Sen. Harry Reed (D - Nevada), April 2007
"It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
--Senator Barack Obama
"We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
--Senator Hillary Clinton
"God bless the America we are trying to create."
--Senator Hillary Clinton
"You think people can work all day and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever and get home and still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well Republicans, I guess can do that. Because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives."
--Democratic National Committee Chairman, Gov. Howard Dean (D - New Hampshire)