Gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam’s campaign responds. The Prowler replies. Plus: Scott Brown’s independent streak. Tiger brainwashed. Ron Paul’s party. Obamacare, and more.
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I don’t care what you think, that does not sell in America.
Corporations invested millions in the man, the icon, and the
symbol of a strong work ethic and pursuit of perfection. Those
companies invested because they were selling what Tiger was
representing. When he broke his covenant vow with them in such a
perverse way as he did with his wife and family, they had every
right to fire him, and they had every right to an accounting for
such deviant behavior. The problem in America today (and it
continues to get worse everyday) is nobody wants to be held
accountable. People want to do whatever they want. It’s all about
me, mine, and today! No one wants to do what’s best for society.
The man had it made — playing a game he loved with a beautiful
wife and wonderful children with all the money in the world. But
it was not enough. His true character was revealed, a character
that is opposite to what he was getting paid for. The free market
system had to cut him off because unlike you, Mr. Stein,
ultimately the silent majority in this country who spend most of
the money on the products that the companies that sponsored Tiger
Woods sells, are disgusted by such deviant behavior and such a
— Tim Vertz
Coral Springs, Florida
One is compelled to (respectfully) disagree with Ben Stein, regarding Tiger Woods. The situation is not as private as Mr. Stein suggests. Mr. Woods was presented to the public, over a period of many years, as a very clean-cut, upstanding, virtuous young man — the sort of fellow anyone would be happy to have his daughter bring home to dinner, or his son emulate. Many sponsors sold their products using this very image, and we consumers gladly purchased those products, partly because of the Woods image.
In the end, however, it was all a sham. Tiger was never the clean-cut fellow we were lead to believe him to be. He was chasing anything with a skirt like there was no tomorrow, and, if we are to believe one porn star mistress, causing problematic pregnancies along the way.
So, it turns out, we the public were had, and then some, and for
quite a long period of time. And now Mr. Stein says, well it’s
just a private matter. I don’t think so, and I suspect most other
folks don’t think so, either. No one likes to be scammed, and
that’s what Tiger did to us. If he now looks like he’s been hit
by a truck, that is as it should be.
— D. Reich
Auburn New York
An athlete — I guess golfers are athletes — cheating on his
wife with the collusion of the media is not Greek tragedy; it’s
gossip TV fodder. In a sane world, the REAL story would be the
contempt journalists have shown their readers by actively hiding
from the truth. Perhaps the media should investigate
— David Govett
Your underlying argument and basis for such is undeniable
relative to Woods, but I can’t help but get some pleasure out of
Woods’s predicament. The ever-present fawning by the mainstream
media and especially the TV announcers was always sickening.
Instead of letting his excellence at golf speak for itself they
consistently tried to out-do each other in “worshipping” at the
Tiger “altar”. He should still listen to Brit Hume of Fox News
regarding a Christian lifestyle but apparently he still thinks
Buddhism is somehow the answer. Good luck in that one.
— Jack Wheatley
Royal Oak Michigan
What Ben Stein, and others who wonder what all the fuss is about, appear to overlook is that golf is not a mere pastime, as rock & roll music and Hollywood picture-making and Wall Street bond trading are. As the Rules of Golf put it:
Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf.
Now, a man who will cheat off the golf course inevitably will cheat on the course as well. (Indeed, as RET and many others have noted, we have Bill Clinton as a shining example.) Golfers know this in their hearts, and even those golf fans who aren’t golfers themselves have most likely absorbed at some level an understanding of that “spirit of the game.” When a golfer is caught cheating, his reputation is damaged irreparably. He may repair it somewhat, but he will never repair it completely. And that is why Tiger Woods has fallen so far, and so hard.
You scoff? Then I await your better explanation.
— Doug Welty
THE LOUDEST MOUTHS
Re: : Andrew Cline’s Scott Brown’s Shrewd Vote:
Okay. This is a compelling piece and I’ll retract anything I have
said about Brown.
— Steve LeMaster
Raising deficit spending is “what’s best for the people”??
Looks much closer to more of the same to
me! What is independent about
Thank you for understanding what is happening. I am
Republican Conservative but not a naive one who thinks you could
elect a Jim Inhofe in MA although he voted with Scott Brown for
the bill and then got called a RINO on some sites. Shows
how little people know about politics to call Sen Inhofe a RINO
because he voted for the bill. It was smart politics and he
was just elected overwhelmingly in Oklahoma, which gives him
leeway to vote for something like this and help end the Party of
“NO” label the media has been running with for awhile now.
Small price to pay. The chances of this bill
surviving the House are slim to none but it gave Brown a chance
to go on record if it comes back to the Senate filled with pork,
he votes NO! Smart move on his part.
Cannot believe some of what I have been reading and frankly
if people don’t get it that New England states electing a
Republican Senator is a huge deal, maybe they should refrain from
commenting. This idea by some conservatives that
Republicans have to walk to lockstep is wrong just like their
wanting to get rid of so-called RINOs from the Party so they can
have their ‘purist’ candidates who cannot win. Fortunately they
make up a small portion of Republicans but sure have the loudest
mouths. Thanks again for a great
Oh, please! Who cares whether he is “independent” or
“goes his own way”? Anybody who votes for stupid bills,
regardless of party, should be criticized for what he is: either
a fool or a cynical time server.
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?