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Rooting for the Underdog

In an interview with WOAI radio in San Antonio Monday, December 5, 2005, Howard Dean, the head of the Democratic Party, said, "The idea that we are going to win this war [in Iraq] is an idea that unfortunately is just plain wrong."

We have to assume, then, that in Dean's eyes the U.S. must be the 'underdog' in this fight, though exactly how or why, we cannot be sure after having kicked the Iraqi army's butt in a mere 42 days.

But, of course, the role of underdog can be a comfortable one for the weak-willed, providing an easy excuse not to jump over even life's little hurdles, let alone big ones -- why bother to put forth the effort if the possibility of victory is so utterly hopeless, regardless of how noble or right the cause?

We are just grateful that Dean's defeatist attitude was not shared by Franklin Roosevelt and the entire country when we arose to defeat fascism in World War II, or Andrew Jackson and his volunteers when they defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, or George Washington and the Minutemen when they stood up against the British to win our freedom with victory in the Revolutionary War.

If they had, there would not have been a Presidency for Dean to have run for or a Democratic Party to lead.



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