Friday, November 11, 2005

Horatio redux

From Lord Macaulay's Horatius:

Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the gate:
‘To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his Gods,

Modern leftist version:

Forth stood the shifty lawyer,
Beloved of Lenin's brood:
'Let every man and woman
Be taxed be they ne'er so rude.
For I do it for the children,
Those against me I shall curse.
And how can it be better spent
Than howe'er fills my purse.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Specter Debate; My response to Hugh Hewitt

Hugh:
I tend to agree with your position vis a vis Arlen Specter as chair of the judiciary committee. The good folks over at NRO sometimes, and with the best of intentions, tend to get lost in nostalgia for the Goldwater days when we circled the wagons and took no prisoners in our fight to rebuild the conservative movement. However, the Gingrich revolution provides us with an object lesson in political arrogance: we tried to fly too high, too fast based on the '94 elections. We paid for our mistakes in the backlash that cost us many seats and, ultimately, the policymaking initiative. Make no mistake, we are fighting a war and not merely a series of battles. Nothing less than the future of our country is at stake. Framing the Specter debate in terms of Roe v. Wade only plays into the hands of liberals who are waiting to create another false campaign along the lines of the "Newt-Gingrich-is-evil-and-wants-to-starve-old-people-and-children" theme that worked so well for them in the '90's. The true goal with respect to the judicial battle is to appoint and confirm conservative jurists who will stem the tide of judicial activism that is eroding the foundations of our republic. We cannot let the liberals define this battle in terms that they can use to their advantage in the longer term and/or will weaken our team. If we define the battlefield in terms of judicial activism, we can not only win this battle, we will be in a stronger position to move forward, thereafter, in pursuit of our larger goals. As anyone with half a brain (and with any shred of intellectual honesty) can tell you, Roe v. Wade was improperly decided by an overreaching court. On the other hand, abortion cannot be made to disappear overnight simply through overturning that particularly vile piece of judicial activism. It will take a longer effort, on both the national and state levels, to ultimately succeed. The right-to-life movement is sophisticated enough to understand what it means to seat conservative judges, no matter what terms are used to define the debate. They just need to exercise a little restraint at the moment and fight this battle in line with a strategy to win the whole war. Specter has had several shots across his bow in the last few days which should serve to dampen some of his more liberal tendencies. You are absolutely right when you said we need to focus on building and maintaining a GOVERNING majority. Ultimately, Specter is just a gadfly unless we unintentionally make something more of him.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Kerry's Dishonorable Discharge?

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to decieve! If this is true, then it explains all those missing links and other discrepancies with Kerry's military records. No wonder Jimmy Carter got top billing at the DNC in spite of the poisonous effect of his presence! The real question is how do we obtain the original documents? Kery won't release his military records and the press simply won't ask him questions about his military records (or about his lies about his service in Vietnam). If the blogosphere has any influence at all, it must be used to uncover the truth of this matter. I suspect the NY Sun story is true, but that suspicion is based upon circumstantial evidence of Kerry's lack of character and his cover-ups regarding his military record. I want indisputable proof to shove down the throats of the media and force this story to be reported before the election. Kerry must be pressured at every turn to release those records! Then, even if he doesn't, his deception by omission will be readily apparent. In the final weeks of his campaign, Kerry will not be able to hide as effectively as he did after the Swiftvets exposed his lies about Vietnam. He must be confronted!

Friday, October 08, 2004

That dog won't hunt.

While I might be able to accept a claim that Huckleberry Hound would hunt down and kill terrorists (albeit slowly and methodically), this dog just won't hunt! John Kerry cannot be trusted to put his personal ambitions and hubris aside long enough to cast a simple vote to provide our troops with the equipment they need as they go in harm's way. Vice President Cheney made a very telling point in his debate: John Kerry did not have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to Howard Dean, so why would anyone in their right mind think Kerry would even attempt to track down and kill those enemies of America who lurk in shadowy corners around the globe and plan ever more devious and diabolical methods of killing us.

As for John Kerry's secret-plan-to-win-the-war-on-terror-while-appeasing-everyone-and-simultaneously-saving-the-economy-by-raising-taxes, let's just say that, unless his secret plan involves a concession speech in November, it's doomed to failure. Besides, what Kerry said to the press about his plan only leaves two options, either: 1) Americans are supposed to take the unverified word of the most liberal, anti-defense member of the Senate that he's really a hawk when it comes to defense of our country; or 2) Americans are too stupid to realize that Kerry has already enunciated a comprehensive plan to win the war on terror and the entire mainstream media forgot to mention any of the details of this mythical plan. Either way, Kerry really must believe that the American people are, individually and collectively, dumber than the cops who believed Teddy Kennedy's story about Chappaquidic.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

VP DEBATE

Bottom line: Cheney rocks! Edwards got the spanking he deserves! That was so much fun to watch! I'm still waiting for a political cartoon showing the grandfatherly Cheney holding the petulant Edwards over his knee as he administers the spanking. Suggested text: Cheney "Stop (smack!) lying (smack!) to the American people! (Smack!)." Edwards "but (waagghhh!) Haliburton (waagghhh!) made me do it! (waagghhh!)."

Friday, October 01, 2004

Debate results

My quick take on the debates:
Kerry--U.S. can't be trusted with nukes, but North Korea and Iran can.
--U.S. must pass "global test" before taking any military action.
--Saddam Hussein was not a threat and the war in Iraq is a diversion

President Bush-- We are doing the right thing, taking the right actions in the GWOT.
-- Bilateral talks with North Korea resulted in North Korean nukes.
-- It's tough, but we must be tougher than the enemy and stay the course.

More later.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Debate nonsense

Yawn. It seems everyone, everywhere is simply ecstatic over the possibilities surrounding tonight's debate. Puh-leez! Kerry's useful idiots wax orgasmic over the following leftist conventional wisdom: 1) our guy is smarter (as opposed to that dumb redneck hick from Harvard Business School); 2) our guy is a great debater (as SO aptly demonstrated during interminable months of primary love-fests with the other dwarves); 3) our guy's only problem has been his lack of opportunity to really connect and communicate with the people and this debate will finally give him the platform he's been lacking (yeah, that's the ticket-- being on national television every night for a year really deprived Kerry of a chance to comminicate his message); and 4) to paraphrase Kathy Bates' character from "The Waterboy" --BOOOSHH is de DEBIL!!!! (sure, and George Soros is definitely the right guy to run the Treasury Department). The other, unspoken-but-constantly-thought, idea percolating through the DNC fever-swamps is the understanding that Kerry has to hit one out of the park during the debate to even have a chance at winning the election.

Ain't gonna happen folks. No matter what Kerry says or does tonight (and we've heard him espouse every side of every issue over the last year) it will not change the dynamics of this election. All that President Bush has to do to succeed is reiterate his positions on the GWOT and the economy and refuse to be sidetracked by any Kerry theatrics (and there WILL be Kerry theatrics--it's another sign of his desperation). If there's even the slightest narrowing of Bush's lead in any poll, the talking heads will be screaming about a Kerry win. However, at the end of the day, not very many people will be pursuaded to change their votes because of the debate(s). The only real influence of presidential debates occurs when they solidify voters' opinions of the candidate for whom they were already going to vote. Don't expect anything different this time around.