The delegates in Charlotte knew the mantra, and they chanted it in unison with Vice President Biden: “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”
Set aside whether it was appropriate to bail out America’s fifth-largest company. More striking is the Democrats’ adoption of the “Let’s Roll!” hawkishness that the Left used to hate.
Democrats mentioned bin Laden from the podium 29 times, according to the New York Times website — that’s more than they mentioned solar, wind, geothermal and ethanol combined.
Obama’s 2011 military intervention in Libya was an applause line for John Kerry, who said Obama’s Tomahawk strikes and bombing attacks — none of which were authorized by Congress — “made America lead like America again.”
The Democrats’ embrace of presidential war powers manifested itself in changes to the party platform.
Four years ago, Obama ran on a platform declaring, “We support constitutional protections and judicial oversight on any surveillance program involving Americans.” That platform added, “We reject illegal wire-tapping of American citizens.”
To borrow Biden’s phrasing, those platform planks are dead, and illegal wire-tapping of Americans is alive.