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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

And Furthermore

Skip adds:

As a follow up to this I was listening to an NPR interview with the managing editor of Foreign Affairs...I was up for a bit of fiction while driving in my car and sure enough they came through. After sifting through the bombast and hyperbole I was able to ascertain that there was actually a premise or two to his argument about the failure of Iraq and the war on terror. One of these is that the Bush Administration lumps together Iraq with the war on terror when things start to go bad.

There are 2 problems with this argument.

First, the President saw and rightly, how connected Iraq and the overall war on terror are. Emerging documents found after Saddam's fall that have now been translated vividly point this out and President Bush made this argument right from the beginning in his 9-11 speech to Congress and I watched the whole Congress rise to its feet in affirmation.

Second, how does an emerging government with accountability to its people and a desire to be at peace rising from the ashes of the, now deposed, most feared tyrant in the Middle East and the world be viewed as going badly? By the way the Iraq Inspector General's report has pointed to good progress in rebuilding the infrastructure, but you wouldn't know that from the fiction spoken by Senator Feingold, another master of fiction.

I forget the other premise as it doesn't matter since it too was uninformed and fiction. And this from the managing editor of Foreign Affairs. May be he should just focus on Bill Clinton's foreign affairs...I'll leave that one to your imagination.

Skip

Tom Never Said It

Andrew Skip March comments on the new Democrat rally cry "Dissent is patriotic" recently cited by John Kerry on Meet The Press. This quote is bravely attributed by the Democrats to Thomas Jefferson. Like so many other liberal quips, their attribution to Thomas Jefferson is a lie, the great Virginian never said it (and likely would have a word or 100 to debate that assertion) per Mark Steyn.

Writes Skip:

I was having a "discussion" one day with an individual who was pontificating on how the United States has become less democratic and quoting some statistics that must have come from the Peruvian Shining Path Communist Party or some such organization. Of course I took issue with her and cited recent voter turn out stats, the rise of talk radio, etc. I noticed that she was wearing a pin that stated "Dissent is patriotic". I was going to raise issue with this as well as it has often occured to me that dissent is dissent. It may be patriotic and it may be unpatriotic. The level to which it is well informed dissent is important as Mark Steyn points out. I decided not to take this further as her idea of fact based analysis and reporting is a Michael Moore film. Anyway that discussion and subsequent discussions as well with people who have opinions with little foundation or reflection have typically been from the Left. It is also noteworthy that conservative talk radio has grown out of dissent and is typically more informed and seeks to make a substantive argument as opposed to the Leftist bombast from the floundering "Air America" and its ilk.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Boycott as Message of Work Ethic?

I understand the illegal immigrants' message to Americans is that they come to this country to work and would love to be treated as any other American citizen. So today there will be a massive boycott of work by Chicanos and their supporters.

This is apparently a means to increase the awareness of the public to their situation and desires. Maybe someone can explain to me how you prove you are immigrating to America for work and adoption of the American ideals when you skip work? Are speeches in Spanish going to provide a message to Americans who largely speak English?

Is this an articulate message? Seems like the French message when they struck for permanent jobs.

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