The Current Crisis

The Current Crisis

Student Unrest in Springtime

By 4.9.14

Washington
Spring is in the air, and one senses that it is again time for the college students of the land to engage in protest. It all began in the late 1960s, and one of the legacies of that period is that the campuses are evacuated as soon as possible. By May the student body will be vamoosing. Administrators have discovered that that soft, gentle, spring-like weather breeds discontent among the students, drunken carousal, violence, and criminality. It is best to return the inmates to their parents.

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Hot-Blooded Vlad

By 3.27.14

WASHINGTON—In August of 2008 at the Beijing Summer Olympics President George W. Bush had a talk with President Vladimir Putin. Georgia’s anti-Moscow president, Mikheil Saakashvili, had been uttering provocative sonorities about Russia, so Russian troops marched into Georgia much as they are doing today in Crimea. Mr. Bush reminded Mr. Putin that “I’ve been warning you Saakashvili is hot blooded.” To which Mr. Putin suavely responded, “I’m hot blooded too.” Mr. Bush’s rejoinder was “No, Vladimir. You’re cold blooded.” Well, whether the president of Russia is hot blooded or cold blooded or bloodless, his troops are in Crimea now, and Russia still has the same problem it had at the end of the Cold War. Its economy is not quite modern. In fact it is sickly. Its growth rate last year was 1.3 percent, hardly capable of sustaining a modern military.

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A Very Jolly Election

By 3.20.14

WASHINGTON—The Republicans would nominate as their candidate for the recently contested House seat in Florida a candidate with the celebratory surname of Jolly. David Jolly to be exact. Needless to say David Jolly won. Perhaps his victory will establish a trend. According to the trend, the Republicans will be running candidates with surnames like Happy, or Joyous, or even Gay. Imagine a wave election—as political commentators are predicting 2014 to be—in which the Republicans run candidates with the aforementioned names: Happy, Joyous, Gay! Imagine a future House of Representatives where the dialogue might run: “Speaker Jolly, I should like to propose an amendment to your bill on noxious particulates in the atmosphere,” says the Hon. Happy. Responds the Hon. Jolly, “By all means do so, Mr. Happy.” It would be a new dawn for the Republic.

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An Academic Fraud Exposed

By 3.13.14

WASHINGTON—From time to time, I put down my duties of writing about politics and other human follies and pick up a book, often a book of poetry, often by W. B. Yeats. The other night I read Yeats’ poem “The Fiddler of Dooney.” It is a little masterpiece, but then Yeats wrote so many masterpieces. It begins:

When I play my fiddle in Dooney,
Folk dance like a wave of the sea;
My cousin is priest in Kilvarnet,
My brother in Mocharabuiee.

And on it dances for a few more stanzas, delighting the eye and the ear and the mind. Yeats obviously chose each word with the utmost care and gave his words a structure that was finely disciplined — good show W. B.!

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Ukraine and the Return of the KGB

By 3.6.14

 WASHINGTON—Regarding our community activist’s present imbroglio with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, I stand with Donald Trump who said recently: “The thing I have the most concern about is that he’s being so lambasted for not being respected, and for being a joke, that he’ll do something really stupid to show that he’s a man.” We are now about where we were with Jimmy Carter after he lectured his fellow citizens about their so-called “inordinate fear of Communism” even as the Soviet Union was spreading its tentacles over the Third World. His sudden turn-around—caused by Soviet aggression in Afghanistan—from a position of sweet reason to the pose of a hawk alarmed me and doubtless alarmed the Russians. Jimmy began the military build-up that a more gifted statesman, President Ronald Reagan, consummated in pursuit of a peaceful ending of the Cold War. Yet while Jimmy resided in the White House, I was uneasy with the sudden anti-Communism of this moralistic twerp. Most probably Donald was too. Now we have to worry about the intolerable greenhorn Barack Obama. What will he do next?

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New Benghazi Witnesses

By 2.27.14

WASHINGTON — National Security Advisor Susan Rice appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday and said that when she had appeared on several news outlets back in September 2012 to state that the attack on an American diplomatic installation in Benghazi was a “spontaneous reaction” to an American-made film that appeared on YouTube she had used “the best information we [the White House] had at the time.” Senator John McCain responded to her statement Sunday that it left him “almost speechless.”

The Arizona Republican said on CBS’s Face the Nation that “I’m almost speechless, because it’s patently obvious, first of all, that Susan Rice had no reason to be on the program. She had no involvement in it [Benghazi].” At the time she was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  “Second of all, she read talking points that we are now beginning to believe came from the White House, which were absolutely false,” continued Senator McCain.  “We now know that the CIA station chief on the ground sent a message immediately saying, ‘Not-slash-not spontaneous demonstrations,’ and of course the information was totally misleading, totally false.”

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My Response to Mitt Romney

By 2.20.14

WASHINGTON —First Mitt Romney loses a presidential election that he was predicted to win in a walk. Then he appears some 15 months later on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” to lecture the nation on how Republicans might lose the presidential election once again. “I don’t think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016,” Mr. Romney opined. Perhaps he forgot that Bill was elected president 21 years ago promising that a vote for him would mean acquiring two presidents “for the price of one.” Mr. Romney, Hillary is actually pretty tightly entangled with Bill, now and forever. May I suggest that you read up on their peculiar relationship? They are even closer than Bonnie and Clyde.

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Welcome to the Presidential Race, Hillary

By 2.13.14

Washington

It is happening again. The media tell us there is a huge groundswell of support for Hillary to run for the presidency in 2016. Already an enormous political action committee has been formed. She is again—as she was in 2008—the Inevitable Candidate and, by the way, the Inevitable President. Moreover, the mainstream media are, of course, with her.

These are what I have been calling for over twenty years the media’s Episodic Apologists. Their professional lives have followed a well-worn arc since at least 1992 when the Clintons first emerged nationally—though the arc was there in Arkansas back in the 1980s. At first the Episodic Apologists are full of hope for the Clintons—they have such charisma, such political promise. Then, splat, they fall headlong into a scandal of their own making—Troopergate, Travelgate, Monicagate, Impeachment, or Their Incomparable Exit from the White House. Of a sudden, the Episodic Apologists fall into darkest despair. “How could they? They had it all,” and The Episodic Apologists’ funk continues.

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On the Abortion Front, Good News for Babies

By 2.6.14

Washington
Does everyone agree? The recent news on abortion is actually quite promising? Abortions are in decline.

Abortion is at its lowest level since Roe v. Wade in 1973 legalized it. There were 1.05 million abortions in 2011, down 13 percent from the 1.21 million abortions committed in 2008. We are heading back in the direction of the 1.03 million abortions committed in 1975. All this information comes from the Guttmacher Institute’s report “Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011,” and the Guttmacher Institute favors abortion along with the more humane forms of birth control. So when even the Guttmacher Institute agrees abortion is down, it has got to be down.

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On the Abortion Front, Good News for Babies

By 2.6.14

WASHINGTON — Does everyone agree? The recent news on abortion is actually quite promising? Abortions are in decline.

Abortion is at its lowest level since Roe v. Wade in 1973 legalized it. There were 1.05 million abortions in 2011, down 13 percent from the 1.21 million abortions committed in 2008. We are heading back in the direction of the 1.03 million abortions committed in 1975. All this information comes from the Guttmacher Institute’s report “Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011,” and the Guttmacher Institute favors abortion along with the more humane forms of birth control. So when even the Guttmacher Institute agrees abortion is down, it has got to be down.

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