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May 29, 2008 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-05-29

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I USED TO BE
A DEMOCRAT

I left the Democratic Party when it became apparent that appeasement, weakness and "Blame America

First" were their strategy for dealing with America's adversaries.

It began with jimmy Carter. I was in college and, like

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my parents, a proud Democrat. But I thought Carter
refused to stand up to the Soviet Union's worldwide aggression.

He was naive and his policies invited more aggression.

Then, after a massive Soviet military build up, my Democratic

Party promoted a nuclear freeze. The Democrats had

become a do-nothing party of military weakness.

By contrast, Ronald Reagan challenged the
Soviets. He countered their deployment of nuclear missiles

in East Europe with deployment of nuclear missiles in West Europe. The Democrats called him a

warmonger and Europeans protested him. But he stood by his principles, won the cold war and made

the Berlin Wall fall down. He also brought freedom to hundreds of millions, including my relatives

in Hungary. At the age of twenty-two, I changed parties.

Today, I believe that it's still right to stand on principle, even if it's unpopular. I believe in peace through

strength, for Israel and the United States. I worry that the Democrats are becoming increasingly

pacifist at home and neutral abroad, especially in the struggle between Israel and her enemies.

In this age of terror, I care too much about national security to be a Democrat anymore.

Ari Fleischer

Westchester, New York

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