"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Transcript: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Fox News
...My fellow immigrants, my fellow Americans how do you know if you are a Republican? I'll tell you how. If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government--then you are a Republican! If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group--then you are a Republican! If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does--then you are a Republican! If you believe our educational system should be held accountable for the progress of our children--then you are a Republican! If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy in the world--then you are a Republican! And, ladies and gentlemen--if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism--then you are a Republican! There is another way you can tell you're a Republican. You have faith in free enterprise, faith in the resourcefulness of the American people--and faith in the U.S. economy. To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: Don't be economic girlie men!...
See the video
Transcript: Laura Bush
Fox News
...As we watch the people of Iraq and Afghanistan take the first steps to build free countries, I am reminded of what Vaclav Havel told me. Vaclav Havel — playwright, intellectual, freedom fighter, political prisoner, then President of the Czech Republic — said "Laura, you know, democracy is hard: it requires the participation of everybody." I think of how long it took us in our country, even though we were given such a perfect document by our founders. It took almost 100 years after the founders declared that all men are created equal for America to abolish slavery — and not until 84 years ago this month did American women get the right to vote. Our nation has not always lived up to its ideals — yet those ideals have never ceased to guide us. They expose our flaws, and lead us to mend them. We are the beneficiaries of the work of the generations before us and it is each generation's responsibility to continue that work...
Bridging the “Great Divide”
by Michael Medved
...Religious faith keeps leftist ideology from dominating the country— and that faith flourishes even in the midst of supposedly “enlightened” Metro states that secularists claim as their own...
This Year's Ingrate of the Year Award Goes To...
by Dennis Prager
...One great lesson of American history is that one does good in this world because it is right to do good, not because the recipients will be grateful. We Americans must therefore never judge the rightness of our actions on how much gratitude or censure we receive. So long as we remain the most blessed country on earth, it is our duty to do as much good as we can. In fact, if we don't, we will cease to be blessed...
Transcript: Rudy Giuliani's Speech
Fox News
...On September 11, this city and our nation faced the worst attack in our history...Our people were so brave in their response. At the time, we believed we would be attacked many more times that day and in the days that followed. Spontaneously, I grabbed the arm of then Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and said to Bernie, "Thank God George Bush is our President." And I say it again tonight, "Thank God George Bush is our President." On September 11, George W. Bush had been President less than eight months. This new President, Vice President, and new administration were faced with the worst crisis in our history. President Bush's response in keeping us unified and in turning the ship of state around from being solely on defense against terrorism to being on offense as well and for his holding us together. For that and then his determined effort to defeat global terrorism, no matter what happens in this election, President George W. Bush already has earned a place in our history as a great American President...
Video Part 1   Part 2
Transcript: John McCain's Speech
Fox News
...Our choice wasn't between a benign status quo and the bloodshed of war. It was between war and a graver threat. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Not our critics abroad. Not our political opponents. And certainly not a disingenuous film maker who would have us believe that Saddam's Iraq was an oasis of peace when in fact it was a place of indescribable cruelty, torture chambers, mass graves and prisons that destroyed the lives of the small children held inside their walls. Whether or not Saddam possessed the terrible weapons he once had and used, freed from international pressure and the threat of military action, he would have acquired them again. The central security concern of our time is to keep such devastating weapons beyond the reach of terrorists who can't be dissuaded from using them by the threat of mutual destruction. We couldn't afford the risk posed by an unconstrained Saddam in these dangerous times...
Video Part 1   Part 2
Transcript: Ron Silver's Speech
Fox News
...History shows that we are not imperialists--but we are fighters for freedom and democracy. Even though I am a well-recognized liberal on many issues confronting our society today, I find it ironic that many human rights advocates and outspoken members of my own entertainment community are often on the front lines to protest repression, for which I applaud them but they are usually the first ones to oppose any use of force to take care of these horrors that they catalogue repeatedly. Under the unwavering leadership of President Bush, the cause of freedom and democracy is being advanced by the courageous men and women serving in our Armed Services. The President is doing exactly the right thing...
See the video
Dogging the Goat
by Diana West
No wonder my mother was a little breathless on the telephone. "Listen to this," she said, preparing me for a snippet from a tome by the popular, late and liberal historian William Manchester. It describes Franklin D. Roosevelt's initial reaction to news of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, that devastated the American fleet, killing 2,403 soldiers, sailors and civilians. After calling the secretary of state, Manchester writes, "the President of the United States did nothing for 18 minutes"...

Monday, August 30, 2004

Four Connected Elections
by William Safire
George W. Bush comes to the G.O.P. convention on the heels of victory in the Najaf primary...This is an election essentially about the political will to carry the war on terror to the sources of terror and to maintain that will despite the costs...
It Feels Like the First Time
by Fred Barnes
The alliance between President Bush and Democratic Senator Zell Miller of Georgia began this way: After Bush was declared winner of the 2000 presidential race, but before he was inaugurated, he invited Miller to confer with him in Austin, Texas. Officially Bush was still Texas governor. But he wanted to talk to Miller about education, a national issue in which they had a mutual interest...There's one other factor in Miller's embrace of Bush: his growing disenchantment with the Democratic party. Miller calls himself a conservative Democrat...
FBI Docs Say China Funded Kerry
World Net Daily
The legal watchdog group Judicial Watch announced the release of recently declassified documents that indicate Sen. John Kerry accepted laundered contributions from the communist Chinese government for his 1996 re-election campaign. In exchange, Judicial Watch suspects, the presidential candidate might have arranged meetings between Chinese aerospace executives and U.S. government officials. "These disturbing FBI documents raise further questions about Sen. Kerry's involvement in what looks like a quid pro quo [cash for meetings] with the communist Chinese," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton...

Sunday, August 29, 2004

The New Nuclear Nightmare
Chicago Tribune
...At the dawn of the nuclear age, Eisenhower's aides comforted themselves with one myth. As the 21st Century nuclear threat grows and evolves, world leaders have been clinging to another: That the world's most dangerous weapons could be kept out of the hands of terrorists through diplomacy and good intentions.
Something Tells Me Bush Holds All the Aces
by Mark Steyn
...the most likely outcome this November is an increased Republican majority in the House, a couple of extra Senate seats, and a second term for Bush. I might be wrong. Anything is possible. But the reluctance of the British press to admit the possibility that Bush isn't a loser suggests that they too have over-invested in John Kerry's very weak hand.
Muslim Leaders in France Condemn Kidnapping of Journos
Fox News
...The kidnapping proved false the notion that France's opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and Paris' generally pro-Arab policy had inoculated the French against Islamic terrorism. Al-Jazeera said militants claiming to hold the reporters described the [French] head scarf law as "an aggression on the Islamic religion and personal freedoms"...

Saturday, August 28, 2004

USA Dominating at the Olympics
by Bill O'Reilly
...Together, we the people have demonstrated to the world that freedom and achievement are a matched set. The USA dominates in technology, science, higher education, the arts, and in protecting the oppressed of the world. We are a strong country because of individual achievement...
The Real Federal Debt
by Clark S. Judge
...A 2003 study from the American Enterprise Institute translated the unfunded liabilities of Medicare and Social Security into easy-to-understand terms. What, the authors asked, is the present-value equivalent in bonded debt not covered by current reserves or taxes of the government's future obligations under Social Security and Medicare? Their answer: $7 trillion for Social Security; $36.6 trillion for Medicare. That's more than 10 times the size of "the federal debt"...
Vets' End Run Irks Traditional Media
by Dave Kopel
...The Swift Vets have been proven right on some incidents, and cannot prove their case on others. The avalanche of traditional media articles denouncing the Swift Vets as a pure smear is itself a smear, as the traditional media flails in rage at the loss of its ability to control public discourse.
Fahrenheit 1971
by Mackubin Thomas Owens
...When the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial was unveiled in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s, there was a great deal of talk about "healing" the divisions of the Vietnam war. The controversy generated by the anti-Kerry book Unfit for Command and ads run by an organization called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth criticizing John Kerry's record in Vietnam and his actions after he returned indicates that there is still a lot of "healing" to do. Indeed, the divisions over the Vietnam war may well never heal as long as those who fought it and those who protested it are still alive. This is because the very act of remembering Vietnam places one in the midst of a culture war...

Friday, August 27, 2004

Poor Statistics
Wall Street Journal
...All in all, the Census data suggest that the best recent anti-poverty program from government has been welfare reform, which coaxed more poor into the job market where they can acquire the skills and work habits to succeed. We wish someone in politics would stand up and say that, but in case they don't we thought our readers might like to know.
Health and Poverty
Wall Street Journal
...Election-year opportunism aside, the Census numbers are actually better news than advertised. An honest review of the numbers shows no crisis of uninsurance in America, and certainly no need to dump more health-care costs and services onto businesses and taxpayers.
Bronze Better in Race for Happiness
by Steve Brody
...The take-home lesson here is that how you feel depends upon what you say to yourself, especially whom you compare yourself to. From a spiritual point of view, it's why the Dalai Lama encourages folks to be grateful for electricity, plumbing and the other basics, things we didn't have 100 years ago -- and things many people in the world still don't...
Ruckus at the Republican Convention
by Lowell Ponte
...During the 1960s, protest as a form of civilized dialogue began to be replaced in America by protest used as political theater, as political warfare and increasingly as political terrorism. This article examines how one group of today’s uncivilized protestors is undermining our democratic republic...
We're Not GOP Shills
by John O'Neill
...How many different ways will John Kerry devise to ask President Bush to condemn our ads and squash our book? Why, Mr. Kerry, are our charges as a 527 group unacceptable to you, while the pronouncements from 527 groups favorable to you are considered acceptable, regardless of stridency and veracity? And we do not have a George Soros, willing to drop millions into our modest group. We control our message. To date, we have received $2 million from 30,000 Americans who have donated an average of around $64. Mr. Kerry, we ask you not to repeat the same mistake you made when you returned from war: Please stop maligning your fellow veterans. Dealing with us should be easy. Just answer our charges. Produce your Vietnam journal and notes, and execute Standard Form 180 so the American people can see your complete military record--not just the few forms you put on your website or show to campaign biographers.
PBS Demonizes Wal-Mart
by Craig J. Cantoni
...The economists have it backwards. The public is not subsidizing Wal-Mart. The public is subsidizing social welfare. Social welfare existed before Wal-Mart, and it was the government, not Wal-Mart, that destroyed a consumer market in health care 60 years ago and forced employees to be dependent on either the government or their employer for health care. It was the government, not Wal-Mart, that increased taxes threefold over the last 100 years. It is the government, not Wal-Mart, that now employs twice as many wealth-consuming workers as the number of private-sector employees in the wealth-producing manufacturing sector. And it was the government, not Wal-Mart, that instituted social policies that caused an epidemic of out-of-wedlock births, single-parent families and school dropouts...
Kerry's Radioactive Flip-Flop
by James K. Glassman
...as you read this, more than 100 million pounds of high-level nuclear waste is buried -- temporarily and not too safely -- at 131 separate sites in 39 states around the country. About two-thirds of Americans live within 75 miles of one of these sites, which are exposed to terrorism, corrosion and just plain accidents. If you live in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, San Francisco, Washington, Miami or dozens of other urban areas, you've got dangerous radioactivity right nearby. One big threat: the waste will start leaking into drinking-water supplies...
Web of Connections
Blogs for Bush
John Kerry decries the attenuated connections between the Swift Boat Veterans and Republican interests. Well, Kerry's campaign has numerous DIRECT connections to the far better funded and truth-eluding 527s supporting his candidacy. Check out the below graphic that diagrams it explicitly...

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Hiding the Truth in a Cloud of Black Ink
by Trent Lott and Ron Wyden
In September, Congress will reconvene with a common goal at the top of its collective to-do list: reform our intelligence services in order to better protect the country from terrorist threats. Republicans and Democrats bring the best of intentions to their national security responsibilities. But too often, Congress and the American people lack the best information - in the form of declassified intelligence and national security materials - to ensure that the job is done right...
How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today's World?
by Ben Stein
...Real stars are not riding around in the backs of limousines or in Porsches or getting trained in yoga or Pilates and eating only raw fruit while they have Vietnamese girls do their nails. They can be interesting, nice people, but they are not heroes to me any longer...
More Alleged Hamas Operatives Linked to DC-Area Think Tank
By Scott Wheeler
...The think tank, the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), is located just fourteen miles from the U.S. Capitol. Counter terrorism analyst Peter M. Leitner has described UASR as one of the "phony organizations that are really terrorist cells [and] part of the international terrorist network." UASR has been the subject of a CNSNews.com investigation since March...
The Jobs Numbers That You're Not Hearing About
By Timothy Kane and Andrew Grossman
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently snuck out a telling confession beneath everyone's radar: Its flagship payroll survey is likely undercounting hundreds of thousands of jobs...
The Wink-Wink World of Campaign-Finance Laws
by Collin Levey
Since the allegations of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth emerged as the loudest issue in the 2004 election, our political season has become even curiouser than usual. The richest campaigns in history are now preoccupied with condemning the sources of their own largesse. Anyone have a laugh-o-meter?...

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

The Other John Kerry
By Jane Novak
...The Swift Boat Veterans For Truth have presented another version of John Kerry than the one hyped by the Kerry campaign. From these conflicting portraits, can the US electorate extrapolate Kerry’s character or predict his future behavior? Kerry’s history generates the question: who will decide US policy in Iraq, Kerry the war hero or Kerry the radical anti-war protester? Until Kerry releases his complete war records, and answers questions about his post war activities, the American electorate is unlikely to place their faith in such an enigma.
A World Without Power
by Niall Ferguson
Critics of U.S. global dominance should pause and consider the alternative. If the United States retreats from its hegemonic role, who would supplant it? Not Europe, not China, not the Muslim world—and certainly not the United Nations. Unfortunately, the alternative to a single superpower is not a multilateral utopia, but the anarchic nightmare of a new Dark Age...
Roberts Rules
Opinion Journal
...The larger point here is that there's no need to rush to any quick political fix. We are contemplating the biggest change in our intelligence services since 1947, while we are also fighting a war against a lethal enemy. That work should take some time--and, Beltway forbid, maybe even a little thought.
The Paradox at the Pump
By Daniel Gross
If oil prices are rising, why are gas prices falling?...If the price of the main input (crude oil) of a product (gasoline) is rising very rapidly, you'd expect the price of the product to rise, unless actors at different stages of the supply chain (refiners, distributors, gas station owners) decide to accept reduced profits. But it turns out the explanation for the dichotomy lies in the more or less rational functioning of markets...

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

The Trouble with Oil
by Irwin M. Stelzer
So now we know. If the demand for oil grows at a surprising rate, and the supply is constrained, the price will rise. Add myriad threats of supply disruption, an infrastructure which has been starved for capital and environmental permits for a decade, and a producer cartel, and you get increases that are sharp and enduring. Anyone who missed that lesson in his elementary economics course will certainly have learned it from the business press in recent months...
...And Its War With the U.S.
by Amir Taheri
...With the mullahs determined to develop and deploy nuclear weapons, the stakes in this 25-year war are certain to rise. Regardless of who wins the U.S. presidential election, Iran is likely to emerge as the No. 1 foreign policy preoccupation in Washington next year.
Heroes Don't Shout
by Ralph Peters
..There are three big problems with Kerry from the standpoint of those who are proud of their military service. And one of those reservations has been overlooked entirely by the parade of talking heads, so few of whom have served in uniform themselves...
A Taste of Their Own Medicine
by Deborah J. Saunders
...After months of the Democrats smiling and winking as well-funded independent groups that share their political views distorted the record on President Bush's service in the Air National Guard, they now are outraged when the same tactics are turned against them. How dare the Republicans stoop as low as they have...
Vietnam Boomerang
Opinion Journal
We've tried to avoid the medals-and-ribbons fight ourselves, except to warn Mr. Kerry that he was courting precisely such scrutiny...But now that the Senator is demanding that the Federal Election Commission stifle his opponents' free speech, this one is too rich to ignore...

Thursday, August 19, 2004

A Painful Anniversary
by Thomas Sowell
August 20th marks the 40th anniversary of one of the major turning points in American social history. That was the date on which President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating his "War on Poverty" program in 1964. Never had there been such a comprehensive program to tackle poverty at its roots, to offer more opportunities to those starting out in life, to rehabilitate those who had fallen by the wayside, and to make dependent people self-supporting. Its intentions were the best. But we know what road is paved with good intentions...

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Good Military Sense
The Washington Times
...The major troop reductions will occur in both Germany and South Korea. With regards to Germany, the withdrawal is long overdue, considering that the U.S. presence was a direct result of the Soviet threat. While North Korea continues a dangerous and aggressive policy, the U.S. withdrawal will only comprise a third of the 37,000 troops stationed on the peninsula. More importantly, as the president emphasized in his announcement, the United States will increase its presence nearer to hot spots in the war on terror, while at the same time allowing more troops to return home...
John Kerry's Chinese Whispers
by Michael Gonzalez
To most Americans, MAD is a thing of the past. But Mutual Assured Destruction, which after a fashion kept the peace with the Soviet Union, has not been entirely retired. It has merely mutated and moved to Asia, where something akin to it is now maintaining another tense balance, with China over Taiwan. If John Kerry wins in November, his distaste for trouble will be tested early, with possibly disastrous consequences...

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Do You Want To Sing Waterloo Or Fight It?
by Mark Steyn
...Europe increasingly resembles those insulated celebrities being shuttled around town from one humanitarian gala to another – like Barbra Streisand flying in by private jet to discuss excessive energy consumption with President Clinton. Just as elderly rockers and Hollywood divas are largely free from the tedious responsibilities of rich industrialists or supermarket magnates – payroll costs and plant upgrades – so the EU can flaunt its "concerns" about the world and leave the logistics to others [the United States]...
The 'I Am a Gay American' Defense
by Dennis Prager
...So, Governor McGreevey knew exactly what he was doing when he announced, "I am a gay American." In addition to eliciting compassion, he was appealing to the double standard the country holds on behalf of gays -- and striking a blow for same-sex marriage. That is why, as the New York Times reported on its front page, McGreevey's "precisely worded bombshell line -- 'I am a gay American' -- was strategically devised with the help of a national gay rights organization the governor had consulted"...

Monday, August 16, 2004

A Democratic & Republican Religion
by Marc M. Arkin
The United States is without question one of the most religious countries in the industrialized world...Yet, at the very same time, thoughtful Americans of all denominations complain that religion is excluded from American public life. They point to the dominant secular culture and to the separationist constitutional regime that assertedly favors it...
Good News From Iraq the Major Media Seemed to Miss
by Arthur Chrenkoff
As "Boston Globe" columnist Jeff Jacoby writes, "The press tends to emphasize what's going wrong in Iraq because of an inbuilt bias for the negative - only the plane that crashes, not the 999 that land safely, make news. The result is that while the bad news in Iraq gets reported everywhere, the reports of good news you have to look for." For the sake of fairness, one might add that in Iraq it's perhaps 10 or 20 planes that crash, yet even with that caveat the mainstream media coverage often gives ones the impression that the whole Iraqi air fleet has gone down in flames. The past two weeks have not been an exception,

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Democrats Peddle Their Own Unique Truth
by Mark Steyn
"My truth is that I am a gay American," announced Gov. James McGreevey to the people of New Jersey last Thursday. That's such an exquisitely contemporary formulation: "my" truth. Once upon a time, there was only "the" truth. Now everyone gets his own -- or, as the governor put it, "One has to look deeply into the mirror of one's soul and decide one's unique truth in the world"...

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Censoring the Olympics
by Amir Taheri
...A circular from the Ministry of Islamic Guidance and Culture in Tehran asks TV editors to make sure that women's games are not televised live: "Images of women engaged in contests [sic] must be carefully vetted," says the letter, leaked in Tehran. "Editors must take care to prevent viewers from being confronted [sic] with uncovered parts of the female anatomy in contests"...
World War IV: How It Started, What It Means, and Why We Have to Win
by Norman Podhoretz
...My hope is that telling the story from this perspective and in these ways will demonstrate that the road we have taken since 9/11 is the only safe course for us to follow. As we proceed along this course, questions will inevitably arise as to whether this or that move was necessary or right; and such questions will breed hesitations and even demands that we withdraw from the field...

Friday, August 13, 2004

Just Another Jersey Pol
by Errol Louis
In his state, government and corruption often go hand in hand. With yesterday's spectacular act of political self-immolation, New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey became, at a single stroke, a national hero to the gay community and America's most sought-after candidate for psychotherapy. Unfortunately, McGreevey's personal drama is likely to serve as a smoke screen for what may well be the true motive for his resignation: the fact that a tidal wave of political sleaze swirling around the Garden State was about to swamp the governor's leaky, rickety boat...
Fear and Mongering on the Campaign Trail
by Jonah Goldberg
...Yucca Mountain, Nevada is the intended resting place of roughly 77,000 metric tons of deadly nuclear waste, which is currently strewn across the country like socks and beer cans in a frat house. The goal is to put the stuff in a single, safe location. Nevadans like the idea, except for the part that involves keeping it in their state...
A Bad Relationship
by Andrew Apostolou
of the 9/11 Commission is that al Qaeda was a terrorism innovator. Al Qaeda's "new terrorism," as the commission calls it, is more than just using aircraft as weapons and turning hijackers into pilots, it's about transforming the relationship between terrorists and rogue states. Old-style terrorists, such as the Palestinian groups, have generally been surrogates of states. By contrast, al Qaeda redefined these connections following its expulsion from Sudan in 1996, all but taking over the state in Afghanistan while loosely cooperating with other states--yet refusing to be controlled by them...
A Massachusetts Election For US Senate; Well Isn't That Special!
by Isaac Mass
The special election ruse perpetrated by Massachusetts' democratic legislators has become a farcical example of the failure of a one party system...The key beneficiaries of the new special election race are the Massachusetts congressional delegation, many of whom have accumulated million dollar campaign war chests but face little or no competition for re-election. The common thread among these congressmen: they are all white, they are all male, and they are all Democrats...

Thursday, August 12, 2004

John Kerry’s Bodyguard of Lies
by Thomas Lipscomb
...it is time for the press to look into the charges brought by the Swiftvets. The Swiftvets have depositions, phone numbers, on the record statements, and for all of the innuendo from the Kerry apparatchiks, not one of the Swiftvets has enjoyed a fancy hotel room paid for by the Bush campaign, much less gone on a campaign tour with the candidate. It is easy to see what the nine Kerry crew members are getting out of their 15 minutes of fame. But what's in it for the 254 Swiftvets? It is important to answer that question in considering their charges
Brothers Band Together Against Kerry
by Ann Coulter
...Apparently, before being permitted to engage in free speech against Democrats in this country you have to: (1) prove that you are not a Republican, (2) take a vow of poverty, and (3) purchase the right to speak in a TV ad. On the basis of Clown Wilson, Michael Moore, George Soros, Moveon.org, etc., etc., etc., I gather the requirements for engaging in free speech against a Republican are somewhat less rigorous. Hey! Maybe John Edwards is right: There really are two Americas!...
Can I Get an “Amen”?
by Shannon W. Coffin
Hostility toward religion in law and politics: Later this week, the American Bar Association will consider a resolution introduced by its Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, which sets forth its opposition to government policies that interfere with the "ability of patients to access, in a timely manner, either directly or referral, medically appropriate care." Behind the veil of this seemingly innocuous proposal is a troubling attempt by the ABA to demand that the government discriminate against the religious practices of health-care providers across the country. It is yet another example of the increasingly open hostility toward religion — and morality generally — from the legal establishment...

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Why Truth Matters
by Cal Thomas
Last week, Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry returned to September 11, 2001. He criticized President Bush for remaining in an elementary school classroom 7 minutes after the president had been told a plane had struck the second World Trade Center tower...[yet] According to Kerry, he and his fellow senators sat frozen and indecisive for 34 minutes. Why does this matter? It wouldn't if Mr. Kerry had not brought it up and had he not made a recent statement about his own actions (or in this case inaction) on that terrible day. If one preaches a certain line, one should be expected to practice it.
Some Extraordinary Words of Support For the Iraq War
by William F. Buckley
...Sen. Kerry said that notwithstanding all that is known now, whatever have been the developments in the past year, if he had it to do again, he'd vote as he did: in favor of giving the president the power he requested, before going on to wage war in Iraq...It is an honorable thing for John Kerry to do, to associate himself so fully with the whole Iraq enterprise. Bush can take satisfaction from that endorsement, and critics of the war will have to exert themselves in other ways than merely to support the election of John Kerry.
Immigration Plan Envisions 'Incentives' to Illegal Aliens
by Jerry Seper
Millions of illegal aliens in the United States would be free from arrest and deportation, have access to tax-deferred savings accounts and Social Security credits, and get unrestricted travel to and from their home countries under President Bush's guest-worker program...
Attorney Generals' Hot Air
by Robert J. Samuelson
You have to give New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and his friends an A for ambition. A few weeks ago Spitzer and the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin, as well as the corporation counsel of New York, filed suit against five large electric utilities to force them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Having battled teenage smoking and Microsoft, the attorneys general are now fighting global warming...
As Bush and Kerry Focus Elsewhere, Atomic Threats Stew
by Gerald F. Seib
...In a cavernous, dark-paneled room, the sense was that the most grave national-security problems facing the next president lie elsewhere: in North Korea and in Iran and their nuclear programs...It's a cliché to say Sept. 11 showed that it's a dangerous world; Iran and North Korea really prove the point. Note to presidential-debate questioners: That deserves much more discussion this fall.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

The Dinner Party: An Evening Out with Sophisticated Anti-Bush Anti-Americanism
by Irwin M. Stelzer
One of the advantages of spending a great deal of time in London is the opportunity to meet with Britain's prime minister from time-to-time, and to watch him in action through the eyes of the British media. Americans who have witnessed his performances in the press conferences that inevitably follow his visits to Washington and Crawford almost uniformly admire his eloquence and passion. But few appreciate the risks he is taking to support America's efforts to create a pacific, democratic and prosperous Iraq in the place of Saddam Hussein's hell-on-the-Euphrates...
Perceiving the Threat
by Jay Bryant
...Islamic fundamentalists, like the Soviet communists in their day, are bent on the destruction of the United States and the rest of what some of us still like to think of as the free world. And also like the Soviets, they offer no program capable of providing peace, freedom or a decent life to any people unfortunate enough to live under their governance. Anyone who treasures the values of western civilization (free speech, free markets, free elections) has a moral obligation to defend it against such attacks. That liberal intellectuals have failed to do so now for two threats running [communism and Islamic fundamentalism] can only mean they do not in fact treasure the those values...
Nuanced? Kerry's Story Just Doesn't Add Up
by Mark Steyn
...Al Gore, the first Android-American to run for president, was weird. But Kerry's strangeness is of an entirely different order. For purposes of comparison, go back a couple of months to that fevered few weeks when Michael Moore, bigshot Democrats and the media were hounding Bush over his allegedly spotty attendance in the Texas Air National Guard during the early Seventies. The point is, even if it were true, it fits the Bush narrative: he was a lackadaisical son of privilege who goofed around, drank too much, found Jesus, sobered up and got his life together...That's Bush: the bad stuff still fits the picture. But with Kerry, even before any gaffes or scandals, the official narrative makes no sense...
Why the Democrats Use 12-year-olds
by Dennis Prager
To understand modern liberalism and its political party, it is vital to understand Democrats' desire to blur any distinctions between child and adult. Ever since the 1960s, liberalism has been largely a movement dominated by children (of every age)...The Democratic Party is as shameless as it is immature. Shameless in its exploitation of children. And shameless in its hypocrisy. The Democratic candidate for president, John Kerry, used the same "f-word" in a public interview in Rolling Stone magazine -- a far more serious matter than using it privately. And that is why a 12-year-old know-it-all stole the Democrats' show.
Prager responds to criticism of this article
No column I have written has elicited more hate mail...
International Monitoring of US Election Called 'Frightening'
by Roch Hammond
The State Department's invitation for an Austrian-based human rights group to monitor this year's U.S. presidential election is a "frightening" development and "an absolute threat" to America's independence and sovereignty, according to the head of a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C...

Monday, August 09, 2004

About Kerry's Christmas "In" Cambodia
by Glenn Reynolds
...The evidence that Kerry wasn't in Cambodia seems pretty strong...which makes Kerry's claim all the more difficult to understand. It's possible, of course, that there's an innocent explanation for this, even if I can't quite think of one. Maybe Kerry was on a double-secret mission to Cambodia, such that everyone involved continues to deny it today. Except, inexplicably, for Kerry. . . . Or maybe his memory failed him -- though there's that "seared--seared--in" language to contend with when considering that hypothesis. Or he could just have been bragging. Your call. Personally, I remain more interested in what Kerry would do regarding the current war, but since he invites us to judge him on his Vietnam record, evidence that he might not be telling the truth about that record is obviously relevant...
Carl Cameron gives this video report summarizing the issue.
BushKerrynomics
by Nicole Gelinas
...An open secret on Wall Street: Bush and Kerry are circulating economic blueprints that are, in any practical sense, remarkably similar — the rest is just dreamy partisan fluff. On immediate economic issues — creating jobs and cutting the budget deficit — the president and the challenger are crossing paths, just as they nearly crossed paths in Iowa last week...
Viet Record Ripples
by Mark Steyn
...Look, I would rather talk about the war. The current one, I mean -- not the one that ended three decades ago. But, insofar as I understand the rules of Campaign 2004, every time any member of the administration says anything about the present conflict, he is accused by Democrats of shamelessly "politicizing" it. Whereas every time John Kerry waxes nostalgic about those fragrant memories of the Mekong Delta, he should be allowed to take his unending stroll down memory lane unmolested...But hang on, most of these fellows in the anti-Kerry ad -- the ones talking about how he can't be trusted, etc -- are also Swift boat commanders? If being a Swiftee is the most important thing in American life, why are all these "Swift Boat Veterans For Truth" less entitled to be heard than John Kerry?...
Kerry's War Record
by Robert Novak
...Why should details of what Kerry did more than 30 years ago be part of this election campaign? Only because the senator has made them integral to his strategy. Kerry as war hero received more attention at the Democratic National Convention than plans for the future. Thus, what he did in his shortened four months of combat becomes a valid campaign issue...

Sunday, August 08, 2004

The FBI's Inaction
by Jack Kelly
Overhaul the intelligence community? Look at the main problem first...Edmonds became alarmed when she learned that a fellow Turkish translator was a member of a Middle Eastern group being investigated by the FBI. She brought this to the attention of her supervisor...Frustrated by the FBI's refusal to look into her concerns, Edmonds took them to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight over the FBI. Finally, the FBI took action. Edmonds was fired...In 2002, [Mike] German got word that a militia group in Tampa, Florida might be plotting with an Islamic terror group. German proposed to his bosses that he go undercover again. But German says FBI officials sat on his request, botched the investigation, falsified documents to discredit its own sources, then froze him out and made him a pariah...German, Floyd, Edmonds and others in the FBI have suffered for having been right about Islamic terror. But nothing bad has happened to the supervisors whose negligence caused the intelligence failures. The 9/11 commission has proposed a massive restructuring of the intelligence community, but said next to nothing about the FBI. Washington is all about fixing what isn't broken, not what is.
The Issue That Dare Not Speak Its Name
by Jeffrey Bell & Frank Cannon
...When it comes up in the fall campaign, as it certainly will, the issue will be what to do about this collision between democratic decision-making and judicial ambition. President Bush will have a clear answer: He will fight to preserve marriage, and his opponent will not. How does Bush know this? Kerry opposes changing the Constitution to preserve traditional marriage. He was one of 14 senators to vote against legislation to let states preserve it. And he is committed to appointing the kind of federal judges who created the problem in the first place. That is the debate John Kerry can no longer avoid.
Europe's Choice
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Europeans casually talk of the Kerry rapprochement to come, as if in their magnanimity they have given us one last chance to return to sobriety. They exude a bold confidence, even to strangers, that the brightened prospects of the Democratic challenger are proof that America has seen the European light and therefore, of course, Mr. Kerry must win. Never has Europe been so emotionally involved in an American election--and never to their peril have they read us so wrong...
Vietnam Today
by Jeff Jacoby
With the presidential race generating so much talk of John Kerry's Vietnam record, one could almost forget that "Vietnam" is not just the name of a war that ended 30 years ago. It is also the name of a country of 82 million human beings -- who live under one of the most repressive dictatorships on Earth. Whatever political value there may be in recalling the Vietnam of years gone by, it is the people of Vietnam today who really need our attention. "Vietnam is one of the most tightly controlled societies in the world," reports Freedom House, the human rights monitor. "The regime jails or harasses most dissidents, controls all media, sharply restricts religious freedom, and prevents Vietnamese from setting up independent political, labor, or religious groups"...

Saturday, August 07, 2004

A Return to Childhood: The New Immaturity
by Victor Davis Hanson
I would never have imagined that journalists, academics, actors, artists, and the intelligentsia in general would have so opposed the end of dictatorship and promotion of democracy abroad. And who would have thought that Vietnam would become the source for Democratic nostalgia, rather than the usual recrimination? Did anyone think the appointment of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, promises of $15 billion in grants to combat AIDS in Africa, and lectures to the politically powerful Arab world to cease the genocide of black Sudanese would earn George Bush slurs evoking the Taliban, the old Confederacy, and fascism? Have we become children who live in a world of bedtime stories, afraid to face the cruel truth around us?...
The Media's Fear of God
by Chris Weinkopf
...The announcer explains, in that serious, public-broadcasting voice: "Conservative evangelicals consider the Bible to be the word of God, and without error…. To evangelicals, it is not their Christian denomination that connects them but a series of beliefs. One of the most important is committing yourself to Jesus Christ, or being 'born again.'" You almost expect him to continue: "While the men are out hunting lions, the women fashion nose rings from the bones of small rodents." But to the blue-state, secularized urbanites who dominate most major media, an evangelical--or, for that matter, a devout, conservative religious person of any kind--is truly a foreign creature...
The Atheist Sloth Ethic, or Why Europeans Don't Believe in Work
by Niall Ferguson
[Max] Weber believed he had identified a link between the rise of Protestantism and the development of what he called "the spirit of capitalism". I would like to propose a modern version of Weber's theory, namely "The Atheist Sloth Ethic and the Spirit of Collectivism". The most remarkable thing about the transatlantic divergence in working patterns is that it has coincided almost exactly with a comparable divergence in religiosity. According to a 1999 Gallup survey of religious attitudes, 48 per cent of people living in western Europe almost never go to church; the figure for eastern Europe is just a little lower at 44 per cent...
A GOP Legacy of Activism on Civil Rights
by Brent Ludeman
American history is shadowed by the tenacious legacy of race politics. Accordingly, it is a touchy, almost off-limits, area of discourse. Considering our history of racism and slavery, this ultra-sensitivity to race is arguably a benefit to our society. But a rather blatant axiom has emerged: Republicans are held to a standard of scrutiny that requires absolute tolerance and compassion. Democrats are not...

Friday, August 06, 2004

The United States is, Really and Truly, in a War - Part I
by Hugh Hewitt
...To paraphrase an old line from P.J. O'Rourke: trusting the national security of the United States to the Democratic Party and its operatives and appointees is like giving whiskey and the car keys to a teenage boy. The country needs a renewed Democratic Party, one genuinely committed to the ideals of Truman and FDR -- one that wants to hammer and tong it out with the GOP on taxes and other domestic programs...
Parties Matter A Lot - Part II
by Hugh Hewitt
...Parties have surged in importance because the labels "Republican" and "Democrat" now generally mean something. Democrats are generally for lower defense spending, multilateralism and the UN, higher taxes, and more benefits of an incredible variety for lower income people. They favor the use of race and gender in the award of benefits, and they support anything that is vaguely believed to be pro-environment. Republicans are aggressive proponents of the national interest and builders of the national defense. The GOP is very much the party that favors lower taxes, religion in the public square, restrictions on unlimited abortion, and greater freedom for the private sector from regulatory excess...
Outreach Goes Only so Far
by Terry Eastland
John Kerry has long been on record with his view that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance don't violate the First Amendment's ban on establishing religion. But days before the Democrats convened in Boston, the Democratic National Committee announced as its first ever director of outreach to religious groups a clergywoman who takes the opposite view...
Democratic Party Should Live Up to Its Name
by Ralph Nader
Though the Democrats have the right to robustly oppose my independent presidential campaign, they don't have the right to engage in dirty tricks designed to deny millions of voters the opportunity to choose who should be the next president. But that's what is happening. Across the country, the Democratic Party, state Democratic partisans, corporate lobbyists and law firms are making an unprecedented effort to keep the Nader-Camejo ticket off the ballot. It's a sordid, undemocratic tactic, an affront to voters and a threat to electoral choice...

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Saddam's Terrorizing of Christian Villages
WorldNetDaily
Secret documents found in Iraq reveal a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing by former President Saddam Hussein against indigenous Assyrian Christians living in northern Iraq..."Entry after entry reads 'demography forcibly changed,' 'destroyed,' 'disappeared,' 'gas holocaust,' 'intifada,'" he writes... "What can be done? We are appealing to the world to help us. We do not understand why the United States budgeted $180 million for Kurds to move to our villages and nothing is budgeted for us to move back to the villages that we were forcibly taken out of by Saddam Hussein and his men. We are waiting for help so the Assyrian Christians can finally return home."
Part IV: Terror in the Skies, Again?
by Annie Jacobsen
The 14 Syrians on Northwest Airlines flight 327...To the dismay of many, it's the story that won't go away. The fact that a group of Syrian men acted in a way that terrified some passengers and caused a squad of federal officials to be called out to meet the plane upon landing is of interest to anyone who flies the friendly skies. And that is why this story won't just go away...
Frustrated Traffickers Target Agents
by Jerry Seper
...Eighty-nine agents have been assaulted so far this year in an escalating series of attacks by the smugglers -- some shot at with automatic weapons, while others were attacked with block-sized rocks or had their vehicles rammed by armed smugglers, Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar said yesterday...
DNC Religion Adviser Steps Down Amid Criticism
by Melanie Hunter
..."Why are Kerry and the DNC imploding on religion? Because too many of the elites running the show are devout secularists who put a premium on freedom from religion. Their idea of religious liberty is banning nativity scenes on public property. Their idea of diversity is censoring 'under God from the Pledge," he said...
Frequent Worshippers Tend to Cast GOP Vote
by Peter Smith
...Statistics — gleaned from national and Kentucky surveys and from exit-poll data from previous elections — show the importance of religious commitment and not just affiliation in voting, experts say...
Abortion is Science's Grim Story
by Miranda Devine
An abortion clinic in Perth last month lodged an objection against a proposed child-care centre next door because the sight of children playing might upset its clients. The dispute was resolved when the local council ordered a two-metre brick fence be built between the properties. But the story highlights the lie so long at the heart of the abortion debate - that it is not about killing the smallest humans...

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

One America in which Middle Class Prevails
Mobile Register
...The richest 10 percent of Americans pay about 65 percent of federal income taxes. And the wealthiest 1 percent of our citizens pay (as of February) 36.3 percent of taxes -- compared to just 19.75 percent a quarter-century ago. In short, the rich are paying a larger share of taxes than ever. That's by design -- Republican design. The tax cuts pushed through Congress by President George W. Bush boasted the largest percentage decrease, from 15 percent to 10 percent, for the lowest-income workers...
Rush to Czardom
Opinion Journal
A political race to reshuffle the intelligence bureaucracy won't make us safer...So while the Commission's recommendations deserve a careful hearing, they should hardly be considered as bureaucratic holy writ. Many of their recommendations are reasonable, as far as they go. But they are only one of several groups whose proposals warrant attention, including the Chuck Robb-Laurence Silberman intelligence review panel that won't report until next March. We hope the Members of Congress aren't stampeded--either by the Commission's media-lobbying or Mr. Kerry's political opportunism--to whip through legislation just so they can claim to have done something by Election Day. That would be a vote for making themselves safer, not America.
Lessons From Another '04 Campaign
by Michael Rosen
...Whether history will repeat itself remains to be seen. The 2004 election campaign, in style and substance, has already differed markedly from its hundred-year predecessor. It is highly unlikely that this year's contest will result in a landslide. But both the president and his challenger can only benefit from a close study of the important lessons of 1904.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

The Danger We Face
by Tom Bevan
"One essential lesson of the last century is this: There are times when the international community must take a side - not merely stand between the sides. For when good and evil collide, even-handedness can be an ally of evil"...
Could Kerry Slum It in the White House?
by Mark Steyn
...I'm not sure whether Ben [Affleck] had the shrimp and Teresa [Heinz-Kerry] the scallops, but, either way, it turns out John Edwards is right: there are two Americas - one America where folks eat at Wendy's, another America where the elite pass an amusing half-hour slumming among the folks at Wendy's and then chow down on the Newburgh Yacht Club's specials of the day. The Elizabeth Edwards anniversary-at-Wendy's shtick was meant to emphasise her husband's authenticity, but it now looks as inauthentic as Kerry's own blundering "regular guy" routine...
Bigots and Bombs
by Ralph Peters
...One way or another, the future will be shaped by the forces of terror — either because Muslims embrace their madness and the comforting addiction to blame, or because populations, beginning in Iraq, reject the cult of hatred and human sacrifice the forces of terror revived within Islam. A quarter century ago, violence between Christians and Muslims tore apart Lebanon, the loveliest country in the Middle East. The terrorists hope to recreate that "success" in the streets of Baghdad. And we can't stop them. It's up to the people of liberated Iraq.
Part III: Terror in the Skies, Again?
by Annie Jacobsen
...I've kept quiet about numerous matters that have surfaced over the past few weeks. But there is something I must share because I find it so telling. Yesterday, I had a conversation with Dr. Imad Moustapha, the United States Ambassador of Syria. Earlier in the week, Dr. Moustapha wrote this letter to the Editor of The Washington Times...

Monday, August 02, 2004

Back to Reality
by John Podhoretz
Now, with the news yesterday that put America on orange alert (and New York on heightened alert), we've been forced to return from our vacation earlier than we would have liked. We've taken a trip not in space, but in time: We had traveled back to Sept. 10 and the days and years before the terrorists attacked us. During our vacation, American political junkies and politically engaged people in the West fell back into the comforting old habit of imagining that the only things that matter are the things American politicians do...
The Last Refuge
by William Kristol
...The Democratic nominee has shunned substance for patriotic atmospherics. He has failed to provide a real argument for himself, or against the incumbent president. He has therefore given President Bush an open field and a fair chance to make the case for his reelection.
Blacks Have a Compassionate Friend in Bush
by Charles Sahm
...This is just the latest example of the solid record the Bush administration has built on issues of concern to African Americans. Despite the criticism he's received on race-related issues from elements of the black leadership and from Democrats generally, the reality is that he has consistently championed initiatives focused on economic and social empowerment rather than further dependency on social welfare programs...
One Nation, Out of Many
by Samuel Huntington
...Throughout our history, people who were not white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants have become Americans by adopting America's Anglo-Protestant culture and political values. This benefited them, and it benefited the country. Millions of immigrants and their children achieved wealth, power, and status in American society precisely because they assimilated themselves into the prevailing culture...One has only to ask: Would America be the America it is today if in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it had been settled not by British Protestants but by French, Spanish, or Portuguese Catholics? The answer is no. It would not be America; it would be Quebec, Mexico, or Brazil...In sharp contrast to their predecessors, American political leaders have recently promoted measures consciously designed to weaken America's cultural identity and strengthen racial, ethnic, and other identities...

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Republicans Plan for Elimination of IRS
by Matt Drudge
...By adopting a VAT, sales tax, or some other alternative, we could begin to change productivity. If you can do that, you can change gross national product and start growing the economy. You could double the economy over the next fifteen years. All of a sudden, the problem of what future generations owe in Social Security and Medicare won’t be so daunting anymore. The answer is to grow the economy, and the key to doing that is making sure we have a tax system that attracts capital and builds incentives to keep it here instead of forcing it out to other nations."
More information on a fair tax
Vatican Document on Men and Women in Society
Zenit
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has published a "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church and in the World."
Talk About Getting Religion!
by John Leo
Rub your eyes. Did we just see a Democratic convention brimming with flag-waving patriotism, respect for the military, and references to God and values? Why, yes, I believe we did...invoking God (seven mentions in the Democratic platform) drags marketing to the point of hypocrisy. Get used to it. The Democrats will be strongly religious--right up till November 2.
He Was Complacent, Arrogant and Humourless. How They Loved Him
by Mark Steyn
...Kerry now says that Bush "misled" him on Iraq. But, if he was that easily suckered by a renowned moron, how much more susceptible would he be to such wily operators as Chirac. They would speak French to each other, and Jacques would blow soothingly in his ear, and Kerry would look flattered, and there'd be lots of resolutions and joint declarations, and nothing would happen. We'd be fighting the war on terror through the self-admiring inertia of windbag multilateralism...
10 Questions for Tommy Franks
by Mark Thompson
General Tommy Franks commanded the U.S. military during its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq before retiring last summer after 38 years in uniform. He surveys his career—and the wars he led as head of the U.S. Central Command—in a new book, American Soldier, due out this week from ReganBooks. He spoke with TIME correspondent Mark Thompson...
A Skycap Shares His Experience with the Jesse Jackson Entourage
by Dennis Prager
In this sound clip from the Dennis Prager Show, a skycap from Boston Logan airport shares his experience with Jesse Jackon et al., their 20+ bags, and a $5 tip.
The Link
by Michael Medved
...The situation raises important questions as to why politicians who favor appeasement toward terrorists, will also tend to back same sex marriage—in the U.S. as well as Europe. The answer involves their rejection of absolute standards of right and wrong, good and evil...