Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Democrats Playing With Fire

Tue, 03-Apr-07

RealClearPolitics – Thomas Sowell

Congressman Tom Lantos, who is a member of the delegation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading to Syria, put the mission clearly when he said: “We have an alternative Democratic foreign policy.”

Democrats can have any foreign policy they want — if and when they are elected to the White House.

Until Nancy Pelosi came along, it was understood by all that we had only one president at a time and — like him or not — he alone had the Constitutional authority to speak for this country to foreign nations, especially in wartime.

All that Pelosis trip can accomplish is to advertise American disunity to a terrorist-sponsoring nation in the Middle East while we are in a war there.


Dangerous Demagoguery

Fri, 30-Mar-07

RealClearPolitics – Thomas Sowell

It has been painfully clear that Speaker Pelosi was serious only about scoring political points. Her big grin when she won a narrow vote for a non-binding resolution was grotesque against the background of a life-and-death issue.

You dont grin over a political ploy that you have pulled when mens lives are at stake.

The Foley Follies

Wed, 04-Oct-06

Former Representative Mark Foley is not my kind o’ guy, but at least he — unlike Franks and Clinton — had the shred of decency to recognize his disgrace and resign.

Though it makes little difference in the sleaze quotient, what is not clear — legally speaking — is whether any of this went beyond the “talking” stage, or whether any of his “interests” were under the age of consent (16 in DC). Clinton certainly went beyond the talking stage, and Franks had a prostitution ring running out of his apartment.

A most curious aspect of all this is how the damning evidence, the Instant Messages (IMs), surfaced with such exquisite timing months after the curious (but not damning) emails — and how the media is conflating the two. All in all the evidence is months, if not years old. Whoever “sat on it” was not the least concerned with the welfare of the pages, but utterly consumed with concern for how it would “play in Peoria” a month before elections. That bastard (or those bastards) is the shameless (and thusly unrepentent) creep who should be locked in a small room with the pages’ parents for about an hour.

We went through all this crap in 1983 and it says something about the jerks many of us elect to Congress that we are going through it again. One would think that out of nearly 300 million people we could find 434 without having to include reprobates. But how would one select them without election? And as Churchill said, “democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been.” He also noted that, “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.”

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When what ‘was’ is . . .

Sun, 24-Sep-06

. . . may be skewed by what one’s definition of “is” was.

Instapundit has a round-up of reactions rebutting claims made by former President Clinton on yesterday’s ‘Fox News Sunday’ that at the time, Republicans did not back him in his military actions against Iraq, but instead widely and roundly accused him of “tail wagging the dog” tricks to draw attention away from the Lewinsky scandal.

UPDATE: Opinion Journal strikes back at Bill by reprinting this WSJ editorial from August 21, 1998.

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