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Guest Editorial

Barking up the wrong tree

The Democrat appeasement hounds are in full cry thinking they have the president up a tree, cornered and powerless to save himself and his party from being chewed to bits.

They had better take a second look-that's not a tree he's climbing, but the polls - where he's quickly moving up into a position that will all but guarantee a crushing loss for defeatist Democrats in the 2006 House and Senate races.

In what may prove to be the most gigantic political miscalculation of all time, the Democrats and their eager allies in the Marxist media bet all their marbles on the idea that President Bush's policies in the war on terrorism are his Achilles heel and would help them to win control of Congress in the 2006 elections.

They also eagerly jumped on the revelations that the U.S. had monitored communications between al Qaeda terrorists abroad and al Qaeda agents in the U.S., believing that the public would be angered by the operation which they and their media allies were falsely portraying as an assault on the civil rights of all Americans.

Boy, were they ever wrong. According to the authoritative Rasmussen poll conducted Dec. 25 2005, a full 50 percent of American adults approve of the way George W. Bush is performing his role as president. That's up six points since the president's speech on Sunday night. It's also the first time since July that the president's job approval rating has reached the 50 percent mark. He earns approval from 81 percent of Republicans, 23 percent of Democrats, and 42 percent of those not affiliated with either major political party.

Another poll on Dec. 28, 2005 showed that a whopping 64 percent of Americans believe the National Security Agency should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. Just 23 percent disagree. That view is shared by 51 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of those not affiliated with either major political party.

Sixty-eight percent of Americans say they are following the National Secuity Agency story somewhat or very closely and only 26 percent believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one currently in the news. Forty-eight percent say he is not while 26 percent are not sure.

Ask most Americans if they agree with such defeatists as Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the majority of her far-left colleagues that the U.S. should cut and run in Iraq, and the great majority give a resounding "no." They want our troops to come home, but not until the job is done. But Mrs. Pelosi continues to stupidly put her party in a position of opposite that of the majority of the voters.

Their misjudgment of the mood and temper of the electorate-the absurd notion that they could override the patriotism of the American people by turning them against their president in a time of war-has put them in a position that can only be seen as favorable to an enemy sworn to kill us all.

Even more incredible is the open alliance between the Democrats and the Marxist media, which have proven to be a reliable mouthpiece for our enemies.

The New York Times prints one story after another that gives aid and comfort to al Qaeda, revealing top-secret operations meant to protect Americans from another 9/11. Instead of demanding that the leakers be brought to justice as they did in the case of Valerie Plame, the Democrats jump on the bandwagon and begin agitating for Congressional hearings that would reveal even more secrets to our enemies.

It's becoming apparent that the only way to keep the Times and the Democrats happy would be to appoint al Qaeda representatives to sit in on White House and National Security Agency strategy sessions to monitor all U.S. intelligence operations to assure that the terrorists' civil liberties would be protected and they would be kept abreast of our war plans.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network.

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