The following is from the DNC:
When Andrew Jackson (a Democrat) ran for president in 1828, his opponents tried to label him a "jackass" for his populist views and his slogan, "Let the people rule." Jackson, however, picked up on their name calling and turned it to his own advantage by using the donkey on his campaign posters. During his presidency, the donkey was used to represent Jackson's stubbornness when he vetoed re-chartering the National Bank. By 1880 the donkey was well established as a mascot for the Democratic party. A cartoon about the Garfield-Hancock campaign in the New York Daily Graphic showed the Democratic candidate mounted on a donkey, leading a procession of crusaders.
I was watching a History Channel while washing dishes the other night (no cat-calls, now...), and there was a little blurb about Andrew Jackson and the Democratic mascot, the donkey. When comparing Andrew Jackson with the Left-leaning Democrat portrayed by Mike over at America Under Attack posted When the Left Left America Behind, it is really depressing how far the Democrats have fallen (Mike - do I get extra credit for using this post twice?)
Stop to think about it - Andrew Jackson fought many battles for this country, and yet the modern Democrat can't stand up to do the right thing for the right reason unless there is some sort of political advantage. Gone are the Democrat leaders with fire in their belly for the cause of freedom, only to be replaced with cream-puff flip-flops (I voted for the war before I voted against it!) Instead of a General Jackson, we seem to be stuck with the likes of Non-Compoop Kerry who would run & hide instead of finishing the job and draft-dodging chumps who don't even want to protect our liberties (you know who I mean!). Even now, I don't hear anyone making the statement that they thought Al-Gore would be doing a better job than Bush.
The Dems are so far out there, I can't believe it. They criticize almost every program & proposal that the Republicans put out there, but they do not have a counter-proposal. It is almost as if they want to return to the days of when they were in power.
Well, I hate to break it to them, but 30+ years of them running the Congress has almost put this country in bankruptcy, and has left a bloated shambles of the Social Security, Welfare, Medicare, and Medicaid programs. And then they have the nerve to state that they would like to run a National Healthcare program!! Would you, the interested reader of this blog, think that is wise? I don't.
A quote attributed to Albert Einstein states, "There is no surer sign of insanity than trying the same thing repeatedly expecting different results." Having the Dems back in charge and expecting them to change things for the better based on their track record is exactly that - insanity.
I've made the statement on a couple of other blogs, and I'll make the statement here: The Democrat Party of today, by and large, resembles the South end of a Northbound jackass, and I can't think of a better mascot for the Democrats. Can you?
OK, rant is over. Flame on!