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Re: Jed Babbin’s The Post-Fitzgerald White House:

Once again, Jed Babbin says it better than anyone else. Worst week, best column!
Cara Lyons Lege
Frisco, Texas

Re: Paul Chesser’s Vetting Ahead of Ourselves:

For God’s sake, enough already! Reading the articles in TAS lately I’m forced to conclude that conservatives are a bunch of babies. I’ve always been proud to make the claim that I’m a conservative. If the articles being penned lately are an indicator of true conservatives, then I’m obligated to say that I guess I’ve been wrong all along — I’m not a conservative.

Paul Chesser’s article is the proverbial straw the breaks the camel’s back. Look at the voting results of the last election Paul — conservatives did not post the majority. The vote was split 50/50. If we’d followed the program you put forward, we may have had a man with impeccable conservative credentials, but we’d have a man who lost the election. Extremes of either side don’t win in this country — that’s always been our strength. Don’t bother trying to make the Chicken Little case of the opposite. I’m all for political expression, but when are you going to wake up and realize that you are sealing our fate for the next election? But then I wonder if that isn’t exactly what you want. If Hillary gets elected, all the conservative mouthpieces can come out of the woodwork and complain, whine, and cry about how bad things are — is that the only thing that gives you validity? It’s easy to whine, to sit on the sidelines and pontificate how things “should” be. It’s much different to actually govern.

George Bush has been a good President. Is he perfect, no — who is? Is he a die-hard conservative, no — that’s probably how he got elected. Governance is about compromise. It seems from the articles of late that conservatives are all about “the Good Fight” — but only the Good Fight that doesn’t lead the country. I understand that what’s happening now is all about jockeying for position in the 2008 election. If y’all are the best and brightest that the conservative movement can come up with, be prepared to slip back to being the irrelevant minority again.
Pat Collins
Honolulu, Hawaii

Although I am sympathetic to many of the arguments set forth in Mr. Chesser’s article, I wonder just who was his “great conservative hope,” of the year 2000? George W. Bush actually received fewer popular votes than did Al Gore (a candidate much to Bush’s left) and the Bush margin in the electoral college was as close as possible. What candidate more conservative than George Bush by Mr. Chesser’s measures could have been elected? To paraphrase George Santayana: “Those who do not remember eight years of Boy Clinton may be condemned to relive them.”
Dennis B. Wilson

I agree with all of Mr. Chesser’s data, but take issue with his conclusion.

It is certain that the second President Bush, like his father, is far from an ideal conservative. That does not mean that we should regret having supported him when we did. Each of us will disagree with some of the actions of any leader from time to time. It is an unhappy aspect of life that the choices we face entail some conflicts.

Mr. Bush’s poor performance on containing spending and securing the borders is not in dispute. However, the choice we voters were presented was not as clean as spend more vs. spend less, open the borders vs. close the borders. We selected the candidate who, taking all of his virtues and vices together, compared favorably to other candidates. If a process existed to survey all 300 million or so Americans and select the one who with whom we found the perfect agreement, each one of us would have received one vote — our own.

But if the choice were presented to us again, in the primary to select either GWB or John McCain, who believes that we wouldn’t still select Mr. Bush? And in the general election, if the choice again were either GWB or Al Gore, or either GWB or John Kerry, what conservative believes that either Gore or Kerry would be superior?

I commiserate with all fellow conservatives over the lack of a true conservative in the White House. Until I run for the office, I will always be at least a little bit dissatisfied with whoever occupies it.
Jim Bono
Midlothian, Virginia

During the run-up to the 2000 elections (starting in 1999), I corresponded semi-frequently with a retired Army MSG that lived in Texas who was a definite conservative, as am I. During the primary season, neither Bush nor McCain was my preferred candidate.

When it began to look like George Bush would get the nomination, I began asking serious questions about him of my Texas co-respondent. The gentleman replied that I would NOT be happy with Bush and, in the course of half a dozen emails, listed several very troubling things regarding the Texas Gov. I had decided to stay home on election day.

Then the Dems changed my mind. In correspondence with the MSG, we both decided that Mr. Gore was too grave a mistake for this country, so we both went to the polls and pulled the lever for Bush.

May I sincerely say that every cautionary piece of information or potentially mistaken judgment of which I was warned, has come true in spades. Mr. Bush has gotten my vote twice now, but only because the Dems has put forward such uniformly horrible candidates that I felt that I had no choice.

I was extremely unhappy with the record established by Bush ’41’. I “read” his lips and found out that they lied. I paid close attention when Bush ’43’ promised SCOTUS nominations in the mold of Justices Scalia and Thomas — he also lied. The good things done by Bush ’43’ I can count on the fingers of one hand. The other side of the ledger has now exceeded both fingers and toes.

The White House grounds are now overgrown with vegetation. Please do not plant any more Bushes there.
Ken Shreve
New Hampshire

I have never been a really big Bush fan, but when 9/11 happened, I was so thankful we had him instead of Gore and I still back him about fighting terrorist over there instead of here. He just needs to do more terrorist fighting by closing our borders to illegals.
Elaine Kyle

Re: Daniel Ikenson’s Felling NAFTA:

I have been stewing about Mr. Ikenson’s trade article for two days. It’s tempting just to say, as so many of us dirty damn foreigners do, “He’s right, screw ’em” and forget about it, but the Internet makes it too easy to sound off.

Do you Americans have any clue at all at what a breached contract does? How do you feel if you loan money to someone and they do not pay you? Or sell you substandard goods? That’s right, we think you’re cheats and slime and we try to avoid doing business with you again.

I write from Alberta. We sold you beef, lumber and oil/gas. You screwed up 2 out of 3 with dishonesty and breached trade deals, in law or spirit. Now you send Dick Cheney up to Alberta to eyeball the oil sands. Bill Clinton gave a speech here a week ago saying how important the oil sands are.

The USA is the greatest and best nation the earth has ever seen, and generally our best friend. Even so the temptation to sell the oil to other buyers on long-term contracts is mighty tempting. China is big, growing bigger, sends its engineers to Northern Alberta to learn and participate and (so far) it honors trade commitments. If we find new customers and they buy all we produce, do you think we’ll come back to you?

Besides all that, if we cannot sell our stuff to you, what the blazes are we to use for money to buy your stuff?
Fred Z

Re: John Connly Walsh’s Explosions and Kidnappings:

The Western media are the only friends these guys have and they try to blow them up on national TV. How stupid can they be?

Osama better rethink his recruiting strategy.
Ed Callahan

I want to know if the AP and others notified our military of what was going to happen. If not, then they should be kicked out of Iraq and jailed.
Ron Wise
Prescott, Arizona

My God, I never thought of the news media being notified ahead of time of the explosions at the Palestine hotel in Baghdad! I’d like to know if in fact this accusation is true and if so HOW does Mr. Walsh know it is true?
Ruth Skidmore
Plymouth, California

Re: John Tabin’s Doesn’t Look Good:

Why do the president and his advisors concede that senators can require their nominees to file forms, fill out questionnaires, and otherwise be treated as applicants for clerical positions? Bad enough that they concede the need to undergo the Joe and Arlen dog-and-pony treatment — which the first 150 years under the current constitution never saw anyone endure.
— Prof. Kevin R. C. Gutzman
Department of History
Western Connecticut State University

Re: W. James Antle III’s The Tax Reform Trap:

Add more complexity in the pretense of soaking the rich (Democrats)? I don’t think so! (You didn’t exactly say this, I did.)

The whole tax code should be repealed and replaced by a flat tax. Tax returns should be automatic and can be filed on one small piece of paper.

The result would be increased economic activity and increased tax collections as it always has.
G.B. Hall
Marietta, Georgia

Re: George Neumayr’s Kangaroo Court and Kenneth Wagner’s letter (under “Hopping Mad”) in Reader Mail’s Going Down in Plames:

There are just so man things I would like to say about this “case” but will limit myself to this…

You quote Hanna Rosin as saying, “I need look no further than myself for counter-evidence: weak ankles, diabetes, high probability of future death…”

I would love for you to ask Ms. Rosin on our behalf what magic potion it is that she smokes, where her death is a probability. Mine is a certainty and I would love dearly to change that outcome!!

Best regards
Auckland, New Zealand

Regarding the assistant perfesser from the Virginia State Normal and Industrial School for Women — wups, that’s “Radford University,” these days — who so snippily makes fun of “lemur-like” conservatives: perhaps he should take a short sabbatical from the Department of Criminal Justice and take an introductory course in zoology. There he would learn about lemmings, and other interesting creatures with which the Lord God populated the earth.

Just tryin’ to help.
Doug Welty
Arlington, Virginia

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