Corrupts moderately. Sotomayor or may not be the worst justice ever.
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s Colin Powell and the Failure of Moderate Republicanism:
“Something should be said here about Powell. Was he a good general? Yes indeed. His leadership in the Gulf War was superb. Is he an American patriot? Dumb question. He is one of the finest. Has he served his country well for his military career? Yes, but of course. Did he deliberately lie to the United Nations about the presence of weapons of mass destruction while Secretary of State? No again.”
Did he know the source of the leak in the Valerie Plame affair and conceal it while allowing an innocent person to be put through hell because of his dislike for the administration? Yes.
Is this a major character problem? You bet it is.
— Ned Schrems
Jeffrey Lord’s essay about Colin Powell and the failure of moderate Republicanism is superb, and should be required reading by anyone urging the GOP to move to the political center.
I hope that someone will share the essay with General Powell. If Powell could articulate the wisdom of classical liberal thinkers such as Friedrich Hayek and Adam Smith as he does that of the military strategists in the excerpt which Lord includes from Powell’s memoirs, he would stop advocating “bread slicing” economics and begin supporting “bread baking” economics, to use the “economic” terms Lord ascribes to the late Jack Kemp.
A truly “keeper” essay.
— Timothy Wise
If Colin Powell was such a superb general in the first Gulf War,
how come Saddam stayed in power for years after and
he massacred the Kurds and the marsh Arabs after the George
H.W. Bush administration encouraged them to rebel and then left
them in the lurch? That was a disgraceful act of cowardice; it
served George H.W. Bush right that he wasn’t reelected, and
Powell should have gone down the tube with him. Powell had a
second chance to get it right when George W. Bush went to
war with Iraq and Afghanistan, but we all know how well that
turned out, don’t we. Powell was closely involved in two Gulf
Wars and neither of them does him any credit. Any genius he might
have had was thoroughly disguised on those two
occasions. Powell’s military abilities are the same as the
political abilities Jeffrey Lord correctly identifies — there is
— Christopher Holland
What a fascinating age/page. People becoming so emotionally as
well as intellectually and publicly involved in a
commentary! But to comment on the commentary at hand, I
agree with the writer that Powell is not the one to defer for an
astute political opinion. Nor should he be considered either
a Republican or a conservative, which, in my mind, of which
I don’t have much, admittedly, should be one and the same; there
should be no such thing as a “moderate” or “progressive,
i.e. liberal,” Republican. (On a different tack, how
dare the liberals subsume the term
progressive!!) Additionally, I wholeheartedly
agree with the comment that too much in the article cites
Powell’s extraordinary military leadership. I mean, really!
Powell reminds me of the Army general who was relegated to
greeting the Martians in the movie “Mars Attacks” and I
would be willing to bet that Powell was the model for this
character. I look forward to reading the opinions of
others as time progresses.
— Howard Tiller
WHAT YOU DON’T SEE IS EVEN WORSE
Re: W. James Antle, III’s Running on Empathy:
Sotomayor’s beliefs on the role of a judge are truly frightening. Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Supreme Court nominees get lots of exposure in the press because of the nature of the position. But Obama gets to appoint many federal judges who don’t get the same public scrutiny. These federal judges can do even more damage because relatively few of their decisions get reviewed by the Supreme Court. If the like of Sotomayor is what Obama nominates to the highest court of the land, can you just imagine what is getting nominated to the federal appellate courts?
If Sotomayor gets Senate approval, I know of some great
shovel-ready projects for some of that stimulus money:
removing the blindfold from the lady of justice statues sitting
outside of courtrooms across the country. Those blindfolds
will no longer be needed (or appropriate).
— Garry Greenwood
In nominating Sotomayor, President Obama has given the forces of the right a (hopefully singular) gift: a target rich environment. For too long the Grand Old Party has been without a unified voice. By strenuously opposing judicial activism the economic and religious conservatives, along with Libertarians, can form a chorus that will be a clarion call for reason and the foundation for building to party unity.
Sotomayor stating the courts, at any level, is “where policy is made,” is cause enough for all Republican senators to thoroughly and unflinchingly question her thinking. Now is the time to charge bravely forward. Folly is to be less than forceful, firm and philosophical when questioning Judge Sotomayor because she is a woman. Sotomayor brings with her a long history of opinions and rulings that demonstrate her judicial philosophy. This is fertile ground for questioning and opposition. No ad hominem attacks are necessary. The GOP can be soldiers of reason in a war against judicial activism without using the unprincipled methods of their loyal opposition (i.e., no Borking).
As for “what is in a judge’s heart”, The One is completely wrong: empathy and passions are irrelevant factors in analyzing case law, in fact, passion and empathy serve to cloud clear decision making. Aristotle wrote, “The law is reason, free from passion.” He understood that hot passions are impediments to judgment.
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?