Stand Up for Government: Washington Post
columnist E.J. Dionne is the latest to suggest that the Democrats need to propose a vision of their own if they hope to compete successfully with Republicans in the next Congressional election. Hearkening back to Franklin D. Roosevelt's view of government, Dionne said "...Democrats will continue to lose ground if they fail to stand up for [the] affirmative government role in enhancing both individual liberty and self-sufficiency." Because Republicans generally take the side of weaker role for government (especially federal government), this makes considerable strategic sense. And he warned the Dems against focusing too strongly on rights. "The other challenge to the conservative status quo must focus on the obligations of citizens to their communities and their country ..." Hear! Hear! Anybody remember, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country"? Somebody ask Ted Kennedy when the Dems start turning that statement on its head. Wile E.