The "Loyal Opposition" was an expression used to describe the political party not in power during times of stress and crisis. It denoted that although disagreements existed regarding the means of addressing problems, we were still united as a nation towards the end that was sought. The guiding principle of this spirit was that "politics stops at the water's edge" and we presented a united face to the world.
This expression is no longer a valid way to describe the modern Democrat Party. Since losing its majority status a decade ago, a state of being perceived by Democrats as their birthright, they have become increasingly unhinged. In their relentless lust and desire to bring failure to Republicans, they have lost all perspective and regard for our national welfare.
They have craved bad news from any source in the hopes of regaining the power they believe was stolen from them. Bad economic news, social decay, and astoundingly, even military setbacks, are music to Democrat ears. The consequences that accompany these misfortunes are of no concern to them - the only thing that registers is the hope for a return to their glory days.
How could Representative John Murtha (D-PA) claim we couldn't win in Iraq and demand immediate withdrawal of our troops only 3 weeks before the crucial elections that could seal our victory there? If he truly felt this way, why couldn't he have waited until the election had taken place to express his opinion? The answer is clear. Democrats are terrified that Bush's strategy, the one they have done everything possible to disrupt from the very beginning, is going to succeed and America will be victorious.
Murtha, ostensibly regarded as strong on defense, was chosen by the party leadership to try and sabotage the success of the election and undermine the spirit of the Iraqi people and the will and resolve of our troops. Democrats are afraid that an American success in the war on terror will be credited to Republicans, and will obstruct their return to power.
It would be very difficult to find a more disgraceful episode in American history than the Democrat behavior through this time of crisis. Their sedition warrants they should never again be entrusted with the mantle of power. The American people should demand that Democrats hang their heads in shame.