Apostates of the right. Health careless. Not buying what the media’s selling. Plus more.
MORE ACORN TROUBLE
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s What Do You Do With a General?
Regarding Christopher Buckley, we must remember that when the acorn falls from the Mighty Oak, it can roll…evidently quite some distance.
— Reid Bogie
Mr. Lord’s remarks on ex-General Powell are timely and accurate. This is the general who said, in the midst of the first Iraqi war, “we are not in the killing business” while letting escape Saddam’s army from the encirclement by the allies. This remarkably idiotic spirit permitted another 10 years of Saddam’s mass murders and terrorist training and financing, leading to the present second war in Iraq. What statemanship!
By the way — there is also “fear” of the so-called “Bradley effect” where the hidden white racism may well defeat Obama. On the other hand there is no discussion of the black racism in the fact that 100% of blacks will vote for Obama just because he is half black — well, with the possible exception of Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, and Alan Keyes.
— Marc Jeric
Las Vegas, Nevada
A HEALTHY FEAR
Re: David Catron’s The Fear We Need:
David Catron writes: “Arguably, the most consistently successful stratagem ever devised by the Democrats is their perennial campaign to frighten the elderly into voting for them by loudly accusing the GOP of plotting the demise of Social Security.” I guess Mr. Catron believes everyone has forgotten W’s and the Republicans attempt to “privatize” Social Security. I doubt there are too many people who are sorry this never came to fruition.
Continuing, Mr. Catron treats us to a painful dissertation about all of the supposed chicanery being perpetrated by the Obama campaign concerning Medicare. But, instead of arguing this point by point, let’s cut to the chase. The far right hates the government programs that the vast majority of Americans view as part of our social safety net. To the right these programs are nothing more than socialism and their agenda is to abolish them. The problem for the right is too many Americans support these programs.
For whatever dishonesty there is from the left on Social Security, Medicare, et al., it pales in comparison to that of the right which must hide it true agenda in the pursuit thereof.
— Mike Roush
This, after all, has consistently been the socialists’ methodology over the decades I have watched their insidious rise to prominence. Step one is always to proclaim that certain unique, individual human beings in fact comprise a group suffering victimization by others. Step two always involves inflammatory rhetoric designed to supplant the clarity of rational thought amongst these individuals with the more-easily manipulated mind-set of emotional thinking. Step three is, of course, the most important one — the podium-pounding offer of salvation from victimization: “vote for me and I will end this outrageous violation of your human rights.” Step four =- wealth distribution =- used to involve handing them someone else’s money. Now-a-days, it’s more likely money borrowed from the Chinese government.
What remains unsaid regarding the real success of this stratagem as it pertains to health-care is that the socialists have already won the argument. Completely absent from our national discourse is any mention of principle pursuant to the constitutionality of governmental involvement in health care in the first place. Even at a time of economic crisis seemingly no one even questions the fiscal insanity of increasing this debt by deficit-spending our way further down the road of socialized medicine. They don’t, of course, because the creation of Social Security long ago conditioned us to improperly view government as our nanny. Amazingly, the irrationality of sending a government money, which then extracts administrative costs before returning what remains as a ”benefit,” seems preferable to just saving the entire amount for ourselves as we once used to do. How any rational, thinking human being considers this, or socialized medicine, as a “benefit” or form of “security” is beyond me, but it brings to mind the saying “that there are none so blind as those who will not see.” Fortunately, for the political elite the blindness of the average American voter of today is reliably steadfast..
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?