Ted Kennedy’s passing. ACORN’s retreat. The shrinking church. A clunker of a government. Plus more.
FINDING NICE THINGS TO SAY
Re: Jim Antle III.’s The Face of Liberalism:
Despite the somewhat labored efforts by Mr. Antle to find good
things to say about Ted Kennedy (a monster in my estimation) I
suppose it is proper when someone dies to document the good and
minimize the bad in the immediate aftermath of the demise. In
that spirit I will list all the good things about the senator in
my view. After reflection of his long and sordid history (the
shenanigans about cheating in college, his problems passing the
state bar exam, his God-awful behavior in the Clarence Thomas and
Judge Bork hearings, not to mention the avoidable death of Mary
Jane K., his treatment of women including his first wife, Joan,
the list goes on and on) there just are none to list.
— Jack Wheatley
Royal Oak Michigan
Whatever Kennedy has done for the people of Massachusetts, he
can’t do anything for them now. And who his successor will be
seems to be an open question at this moment — I see nobody
lining up for the seat at the moment. Once the tears dry, it
might be a good opportunity to regain lost ground.
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
You got it backward. “Failure Rewarded” should have been the
title of the Kennedy article. The article said, “Ted Kennedy
always kept his word.” That was the problem.
— Michael Skaggs,
Re: Barry Goldwater Jr.’s Health Care? The Government Can’t Even Run a Railroad:
Mr. Goldwater got it right. In the last few weeks we’ve seen the capabilities of this country’s government vividly demonstrated in managing just a tiny fraction of a SINGLE business transaction. It’s called the Cash for Clunkers Program. According to printed estimates, some 625,000 cars were sold under the auspices of this program. In the same few short weeks, dealers across America were bailing out of the program because the Government could not disburse the funds. In this case, Past Performance IS an Indicator of Future Performance. They get an F.
Imagine if you will, some very, very large multiple of that
number of claims being processed DAILY. Waiting for an
appointment with a Doctor would be minimal beside the delay in
getting a claim processed. But while you wait, the spin doctors
will make you feel really good all the way to the grave.
— Greg Mercurio
Barry Goldwater Jr. is right about Obama and health care, but
when is he going to condemn the Earmark King — Ron Paul? If
we’re ever going to get our fiscal house in order then porkers
like Paul have got to quit spending the taxpayers money for the
marketing of wild shrimp….It would be nice if Paul would be
more like fellow Texan Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin who asked
for 0 earmarks in Obama’s porkulous spending bill.
— Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina
STICKING IT TO THE MAN
Re: Mattew Vadum’s ACORN in Retreat:
ACORN has failed to learn a very real but paradoxical lesson: one can survive almost anything but success.
While ACORN has done great damage for many years, it was not able to deliver important and central victories. As long as they were coming up short, they could cry oppression and blame “The Man,” which was a particularly strong selling point when collecting donations. Now they are (or own) The Man, and they are finding that when standing in the white, hot spotlight, all flaws become visible. ACORN was able to survive because they were generally perceived as insignificant, if they were perceived at all. Right now they are wishing they were invisible again.
Please excuse my smirk as ACORN goes down the drain, but the
Schadenfreude is irresistible.
I think they are being temporarily slowed down but not in retreat.
1. Obama is still POTUS
2. ACORN is still scheduled to be a big part of the 2010 census under Obama’s direction.
— Mike Zeldis
STICK TO THE FACTS
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s Honey, Jim Wallis Shrunk the Church:
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?