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June 9, 2013

My turn to ask: What's the matter with Democrats today?

In a recent column we discussed the sad state of the Republican Party. (Editor’s note: See June 1 Eagle Tribune, “Bob Dole asks: What’s the matter with GOP today?”)

Today’s Republicans lack original ideas and a positive agenda. The leading tea party politicians -- such as Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint and Michele Bachmann — don’t seem to like to do the work of staying in office. Despite more than a decade of war, Republicans keep trying to get us into more wars. They like to restrict individual freedoms, except for any restraints on buying guns. And Republicans want businesses to be able to do just about whatever they want to do.

Now let’s turn our attention to the sorry state of the Democratic Party.

During the eight years of the George W. Bush presidency, Democrats, including Barack Obama, publicly deplored the excesses of enforcement of the Patriot Act and the loss of civil liberties stemming from the “war on terror.” It turns out Democrats have continued most of these infringements and added to them.

Under the direction of the Obama administration, as was also done by the previous Bush administration, the National Security Agency has been given access by secret court authorization to the phone records (but not call content) of millions of Americans. Under the Obama administration, reporters and their sources no longer can be assured of their privacy.

The Obama administration has gone to almost unprecedented lengths to investigate the sources of leaks. A major leak, which resulted in providing CIA information to the producers of the film “Zero Dark Thirty,” was apparently announced at an event by then-Pentagon chief Leon Panetta. Oops.

Democrats have failed to realize the extent of citizens’ fear that government has gotten out of hand, that technology is undermining our privacy and that we want a full-blown examination of what our government is doing and why.

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