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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Are we whistling past the graveyard of history?

By Aussiegirl

Why do I get the feeling that the president and the politicians are whistling past the graveyard of historical inevitability every day? Missiles are launched by a lunatic with nukes, and the UN dithers and slithers while politicians, including our own president, make unbelievably limp sounds about working for a multi-party solution and getting the Dear Leader to understand that there is a better way forward. Iran stands on the brink of going nuclear and we entice it with a package of goodies to make it behave better. Israel is retaking territory it so recently abandoned at great cost and with great fanfare, dispossessing its own settlers and forcing them to abandon businesses and communities they had spent years developing, because those areas are now being used to launch daily rocket barrages into the very heart of Ashkalon and Israel. Now they have to reoccupy those areas for their own security -- just as we predicted.

I almost can't bring myself to write about what is really on my mind. I watch the president deliver a rambling and uninspiring press conference, filled with embarrassing moments and awkward phrases, where the leader of the free world seemed to get lost in his own meandering good intentions and incoherent concepts of freedom and democracy and standing up and standing down and free trade and free borders and immigration and the need for talks and more talks and more talks and more talks. Is this man in touch with reality? He hems and haws, he shrugs his shoulders, he grins ingratiatingly and almost cringes in an attempt to be liked by the assembled press. It's truly painful to watch -- is it just me?

Of course the press are hostile, of course they are rude -- but he doesn't know how to deal with them. He occasionally attempts to spar with them, but it all winds up looking faintly ridiculous and frankly embarrassing. But more than embarrassing, it's frightening. George Bush is looking like a beaten pup. A dog that has been whipped so much with that rolled up newspaper of world opinion and media criticism that he has come to believe that it's all his fault. He apologizes, he says his wife is responsible for chastising him and telling him that he shouldn't have said things like "Dead or alive" or "Bring it on" -- Have these apologies helped? Meanwhile China and Russia and Iran plot together and behind the scenes pull the strings and levers of world instability -- from rocket attacks in Gaza, to insurgent attacks in Iraq, to the firing of a volley of missiles by Kim Jong-Il, to the mad ravings of the lunatic Chavez in Venezuela -- if you look behind the curtains you will find the real axis of evil at play in the world today -- China, Russia and Iran, working in concert together to destroy the United States and the civilized western powers.

It's obvious that China is behind these missile launches -- to have believed that China would actively prevent them was complete foolhardiness. But the old China hands in the State Department know better -- the ones who tell us that China is our ally and poses no threat. Dr. Condoleeza Rice, the modern day Dr. Kissinger in high heel boots, is in way over her head and playing a dangerous game. No one takes her seriously. No one is taking the United States seriously as a result. She is a girl in a man's world. Let's be plain -- the cultures that she is dealing with -- the very same cultures of Islam, China and Russia -- do not in any way take women seriously. And Condi's no Margaret Thatcher. And her policies of engagement and appeasement are nothing short of laughable in a current climate where the world stands on the brink of some horrible and not-unexpected flare-up and conflagration, or, more likely, of a slow grinding down and collapse from within, as leader after western leader bends over backward more and more in order to understand and to mollify and to appease.

Let us say it -- the present policy of the United States is one of appeasement. The president has lost his nerve. He is backpedaling as fast as his little bicycle-trained legs will allow. He's making nice with Europe and the UN and saying -- "See ma -- I am a good boy after all -- see? I'm willing to talk and to do diplomacy and I'm sorry I said those nasty things about Bin Laden and talked like a cowboy, because you know, I'm not a cowboy, not really, because I was born rich and I just play at being one down there on the ranch, and really most of my best friends are oil sheiks and stuff and I understand how the world works and I'm sorry I messed things up, but golly, you know it was the Christian thing to do and I hope that Zarqawi's heart was right with God when we dispatched him and it was not a very nice thing to do but we had to do it and we will stand down when they stand up and everybody wants to live in freedom and Islam is a religion of peace and our nation is founded on immigration........."

And I'm not even stating it well, because I have so many thoughts and feelings running through my brain as I watch the news every day that most days I feel like my head will explode with the incongruity of it all.

Let's face it -- let's just say it outright -- we do not stand on the brink of war -- we ARE at war already. A war we are losing, because we do not realize it has already been engaged. That the forces are arrayed, that the first skirmishes have already taken place, that the strategic placement of alliances and strengths and weaponry and fifth columnists and infiltrators are all in place and already doing their dirty deeds. Only the leaders of the west have somehow failed to notice that we are no longer in charge of this chaotic world that is spinning daily out of control. While diplomats diddle and fiddle, while wise men stroke their beards and women posing as movers and shakers stomp their attractive high-heeled boots, the evil ones plot and plan and laugh at our foolish action. We are playing a fool's game. And the tragic part is that the people see what is happening and are powerless to do anything about it. We are left leaderless and rudderless staring into the gaping void.

Our politicians have been so blinded by expediency and the prospect of money and power and influence that they no longer see the big picture, and instead go for the quick fix, the easy money. They no longer see that when they sell out our country to a wave of foreign immigration, flooding and diluting our culture until it is no longer recognizable as the great America that we now know, that it will be too late to take it all back and fix it. They don't understand that we cannot wait and appease tyrants who have openly declared war on us, and wait for them to acquire nuclear weapons. We cannot entice them into good behavior like you would an errant child. We cannot make the lunatic sell-out socialists of the world like us and give us their stamp of approval.

If the politicians would get out of the way and let real Americans stand up and finally elect someone who truly represents them, and not the corporate global interests of expediency or the gentleman's club of the Rockefeller wing, then we might finally see a decent leader emerge who might lead this nation out of the wilderness. But we know from experience that even if there were such a person, the party leadership would never let such a person near elective office. In order to be elected, even to Congress, one has to receive the imprimatur of the party, and no one who cannot be counted on to play the game when he gets to Washington stands a chance.

The few who slip by and do try to make their mark are cut down. Look at the fates of the likes of Kurt Weldon and Tom Tancredo, two lone voices of sanity and courage in that swampfever hothouse that is Washington. And look how they are treated. Dismissed, insulted and demonized.

What is the solution? I wonder if there is one. When I see that President Bush has all but capitulated to the inevitable, and I see that we engage the UN when nations fire missiles at our territory, I am struck dumb. It may just be too late. And yet, I can't go gently into that good night, and there are other voices like mine.

Where is the leadership? Will somebody please stand up? Is there a former military man out there who sees the danger? Is there someone who is wealthy enough or powerful enough to stand on his own and get elected? Someone who has a vision that goes a bit beyond the end of his own political backside? We thought George Bush was such a leader. And for a while he was. But he's been defeated. He's reduced to reciting a jumble of memorized phrases that seem to echo in his mind and come tumbling out no matter what the question. It's not a comforting sight to see the leader of the free world reduced to mumbling, well-meaning but ultimately catastrophic incoherence.

The world watches and waits to see where the next shoe will drop.

34 Comments:

At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Pindar said...

This is a very powerful essay, Aussiegirl, full of memorable phrases and sharp logic. Unfortunately, you're correct in your conclusions, and a lot of people agree with you.

 
At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Gates for President

 
At 10:59 AM, Anonymous scribe said...

Good essay, Aussiegirl--

Some of my meandering thoughts:

Unfortunately, there seems not to be any strong leaders on the horizon for the 2008 elections, just more mumblers. However, there are plenty of so-called "leaders" in the wings who are aggressive and single-minded, but only for furthering their own private ambitions at the expense of the country.

Most politicians now are of the boomer generation who never knew what to stand for. I hate to say it of my own generation, but it's true.

It doesn't seem to matter what party is in control of Congress and the White House, anymore. We are sliding into socialism every day in every way. We are sliding into war which helps the government consolidated its control of its citizens out of necessity. I don't know if this can be avoided, given the Moslem and Chinese threats that face us.

I do not like how Pres. Bush is ignoring the illegal alien problem. Is he wanting a United States of North America by allowing us to be overrun by wetbacks? I don't like how this is being sold to us by various politicians who insist Americans won't work at certain jobs, when in reality the corporations simply want cheap labor at slave wages. Someday slavery will return when no wages are paid at all. Is this the goal of the great globalist economy? I wonder.

More and more people keep looking to the government for their salvation. It is a common mindset these days--I even see it touted by wealthy people. The government should do this for me, the government better do that for me. This is wrong. This was a way of thinking that didn't exist in Europe or America before WWI. The socialist state began during that time when it mobilized every aspect of society for war and found out how powerful it could be. All the social programs/social engineering many voters demand that the government do over the years was the carrot side of totalitarianism. Someday the stick will be applied.

I don't think the day is far off. What can we do?

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger TJ Willms said...

Bill Gates for President?.....
Thanks but no thanks.

How about Gingrich for President.
He's the last elected Republican who's shown any hints of leadership but that was some twenty-plus years ago......

Where does one go to find a "Churchill" when you really need one? and No I'm not refering to Ward!

Good God we're all doomed!

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger w said...

Well said. And I have to agree with tj above. Newt has close to, but not quite the ideological temperment to lead America. Hoawevuh, that same ideological hubris led to his inevitable fall from the Speakership. After he was driven from DC, the Republicans drifted lazily Leftward, and now we are in the spot we find ourselves now.

TJ is also correct that we we need to identify the next Churchill.

I'd like to throw JD Hayworth out there as a name to chew on for '12...if we're not all dead by then.

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger Jauhara said...

I too have felt this for a long time. Part of the war is language, which our president seems unable to wield with any effect. We need a Winston Churchill for this aspect of the War. It should be relabled from the War on Terror, which is truly namby pamby. I hope we can use terror to our greatest advantage...to The War against Islam. Islam has already identified us as the enemy in Dar el Harb...house of war. we need to know who and what our enemies are. This is a war like the old ones. Not like any modern warfare. It is spiritual, it is for our very survival. Why can't the imbeciles we elect understand this? Look to Byzantium and weep, for this will be too soon our own fate.

 
At 5:14 PM, Anonymous SallyVee said...

And I'm not even stating it well, because I have so many thoughts and feelings running through my brain as I watch the news every day that most days I feel like my head will explode with the incongruity of it all.

You can say that again - you've dumped on us a mess of angst and half baked nonsense. Girl, you're in the grip. You're under the influence. Right where the enemy wants you. Step away from the TV "news." Step away from the blogosphere. Step beyond the State of Fear.

As for your paragraph psychoanalyzing our president, featuring possibly the most embarrassing bit of regurgitated Kos Kid Krap, well let's just forget it ever happened, shall we?

As Herb Meyer mentioned, you raise some questions worth pondering. But they are couched in so many layers of misplaced frustration that the conversation never gets started - if indeed that was your goal. It's a wrist slitter with no redeeming value, so why bother. You're falling in line with a disturbing number of other writers/commentators from the Right hemisphere that seem to be actively looking for reasons to despair. Maybe it's a virus going around.

Mentioning Tom Tancredo as a lone voice of sanity and courage in the swampfever... was the column killer, I'm afraid. Although I do give you credit for openly associating with him, since very very few other people of substance will.

Try watching The Military Channel or NASA Channel for a week or so instead of the "news." Try focusing your gimlet eye on some of the despicable and dishonest crap being shoveled by the Right these days, for a little balance. Try re-reading your own piece which does a pretty good job listing the roiling troubles and tyrants currently on the plate of one man and one nation already at war. Read it as if you are the person being accused, and must provide the 100% guaranteed solution to every problem all at once. Whatever you do, please break free of the grip because this type of handwringing is not helpful or attractive.

 
At 5:59 PM, Anonymous PNC said...

There are plenty of potential Winston Churchills out there. Bush was/is one of them.

The real problem is not in finding them or electing them. The problem is that they will be treated the same way as Bush has by the liberals, the media, the CIA, the international community, and, most unfortunately, conservatives themselves. They'll be just as broken as Bush is by the end of it unless all this changes.

You want to help, the first thing you need to do is to make sure that you and your conservative friends are not participating in the very things that are keeping Bush down. This article is one of those things. Though heartfelt, it merely adds to the assault on Bush. It is bad enough that Bush is taking attacks from the Left, but now he's taking attacks from the Right as well. If you want him to stop crumbling like he's being attacked from all sides, you need to stop him from being attacked from all sides, and the first step to doing that is to GET YOUR SIDE TO STOP ATTACKING HIM.

For once I wish the Right would shut the hell up about the border, shut the hell up about Bush's newfound "appeasement", shut the hell up about the deficit, and actually DEFEND the President from the Left's attacks for a change. When you are criticizing the President for these things you are doing EXACTLY WHAT THE LEFT WINGERS AND THE TERRORISTS WANT YOU TO DO. They want Bush to be attacked from all sides, and you are PLAYING RIGHT INTO THEIR HANDS.

Let's get one things straight: Bush has not given up. He will always do whatever he good can do with the dwindling support he has. It is not surprise that he has been doing so little, as support for him is in such short supply. It it not Bush who has surrendered. It is us. WE HAVE GIVEN UP ON HIM.

 
At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Pindar said...

SallyVee, your rambling comment strikes me as the perfect example of the word vituperation; here's the dictionary definition: abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will.

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger Joel said...

I am inclined to agree with SallyVee.

Do not take this as partisan ranting, remove the emotions, lets see if reason and logic can suffice.

Bush has attacked Afghanistan. Bush has Attacked Iraq. Both of those attacks were defensive measures.

You want him to attack Iran and North Korea (or China).

Our military is stretched to the breaking point right now due to the Clinton era cutbacks. This is why the crypto marxists are attacking the recruiting process, it is one of our weakest points, while attacking it in the way that they have, allows them to stay in good cover... pacifist academic cover.

America cannot go Michael Savage on every country that opposes our ideal world, it is not politically feasible, among other things.

Your rhetoric attacks the only people in the beltway who are even remotely close to your position. Why not turn your ire to the Murthas and Kerrys who are the true problem with our national will to take the steps necessary to achieve security?

 
At 7:54 PM, Blogger TexasFred said...

Aussie Girl, I don't care WHAT the detractors say, this is an AWESOME essay and echos what I have been saying in my own blog, ineffectual leadership that panders to the WORLD...

 
At 9:17 PM, Anonymous twolaneflash said...

Thank you from the bottom of my American heart. Like many other American parents who have seen their children go to Iraq, fighting with both hands tied behind them by self-serving politicians and media, I am sick of the capitulation of American leadership to international, corporate, and enemy interests. God bless you for your dead-on laser shot of light on this shadow of evil that has fallen across our land. Secure the borders, evict the invaders, destroy our enemies. GIT-R-DONE, now.

 
At 10:36 PM, Anonymous The Deathless Horsie said...

Joel-

Like it or not, the boobs inside the Beltway are the only ones this should be directed to.

 
At 12:05 AM, Anonymous verity said...

Aussiegirl, I agree with you completely; I've been experiencing the same kinds of feelings but lacked your ability to articulate them as fully.
My impression is that there are more of us who feel as you do than ever before.
Is this somehow disloyalty to 'our side' or betrayal of the GOP or the president? I am always dumbfounded by those who see everything, but everything, through a partisan prism; everything is not about an individual or the Party. Sometimes other little matters like the good of our Republic or of Western civilization or the American people have to enter into the equation. Focusing on partisan loyalties and squabbles is short-sighted and unhelpful.
Aussiegirl, you are posing the right questions.

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger Karridine said...

You have wonderfully, clearly articulated how our American system is (NOW! RIGHT NOW!) broken, incapable of giving us the leadership and collective decision-making America needs and the Free World deserves...

But will we turn to the Lord of Hosts, and study and implement the administrative methods that work so well all around the world without being multi-culti dysfunctional?

Will Americans be allowed, SOON, to learn of the Coming of the One, promised by Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jesus, Buddha and Muhammad?

Or will we continue to dismiss Him as 'just another religious guy', assuming that if He claims it publicly and suffered 40 years of near-crucifixion, exile and imprisonment, then He CAN'T BE the Glory of God?

Will we continue to suffer instead of acknowledging Him Who was MARTYRED on this date, July 9th, 1850?

When are we allowed to investigate Baha'u'llah for ourselves, and publicly, for our nation?

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger PCR said...

Part of your frustrations, Aussiegirl, perhaps most of them, are caused by your looking for political solutions to problems that are not political. The chief problems confronting the American people today are moral, not political. For 30 years we have been killing our unborn children. "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13). For 40 years, we have believed that each of us personally is "the most important person in the world" thereby shifting our focus from our Creator to ourselves. "You shall have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). For 50 years we have been living as if sexual pleasure in any form imaginable is the ultimate personal fulfillment. "You shall not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14). For 70 years, we have allowed our money supply to be unrealistically inflated thereby devaluing our currency and robbing us of the fruit of our labor. "You shall not steal" (Exodus 20:15). For 100 years, we have acquiesced to the idea that the meaning of our constitution is not what it says, but what it is interpreted to mean by 12 robed judges. "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor" (Exodus 20:16). Sure, quibble with my dates, quibble with my topics, quibble with my quotes. But the fact remains that the problem, a la Pogo, is "us," not "them." Moral problems do not have political solutions; instead, they have spiritual solutions. When we put our own moral house in order, a lot of political problems will burn themselves out for lack of fuel.

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Larry said...

Like it or not, the most most powerful and understood language today is demagoguery. Witness the people who are currently creating fanships.

In order for a leader to accomplish amazing things they must first inspire a strong and large support system (at the VERY least nationally).

Let's face it, image is crucial as well. Body language, facial expressions, and speaking abilities are extremely valuable in communicating effectively. President Bush is an honorable, decent, and intelligent man yet sadly comes up short on these important elements.

These days the power goes to those who can market their ideology best.

 
At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Bruce Wayne said...

Unfortunately, great leaders seem to always emerge following great catastrophes. Perhaps greatness is forced upon them only after the clarion call of disaster makes it apparent to EVERYONE except the NYT and fellow travelers that drastic action must be taken or we are doomed. This will undoubtedly happen again after millions of lives have been lost and as usual we will be behind both the curve and the eight ball and perhaps doomed to lose as well.

 
At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reformation add.....

Good comments.
Yes I'm annoyed at Bush wanting to be everyone's buddy.
And Bush looks for the "best in people". This also chafes against my natural paranoia and misanthropic tendencies.
For crying out loud the savages want our heads !
I think Reagan was more savey in this and other regards.

I was introduced to your blog through the American Thinker.
I'll put you on favorites and see if you grow on me.

 
At 6:38 PM, Anonymous crosspatch said...

Political blackmail. That is the reason why I believe the administration hasn't been more agressive in going after the leaks. If many of them are originating from Congress, it could be hard to prosecute them particularly if there is a threat to expose even more should the President go after them.

It is possible that so far, the damage done by the leaks is less than the potential damage that could be done if he went after them.

 
At 7:31 PM, Blogger Joel said...

People seem to wonder why Bush doesnt do this, and why
Bush doesnt do that. You must understand that Washington is the central focus of political power in the world, there are some very smart people up there laying traps and scheming... they use wedge issues inside of wedge issues to try to peel the onion of Bush's support, leave him isolated and let thier hyena's to chew him up.

Even though democrats are a doomed party, they have a couple of strong hole cards, one is a dominant media which supports them, the other is a strong base in the education industry, both primary education and secondary education. The education card is more of a long term advantage, but the media is both long term and short term. Just note the feeding frenzy on the wilson/Plame story, if this story had a hint of legitimacy, it would have sunk Bush's administration, fortunately it is grossly apparent what is going on, and so it only gains traction among the democrat true believers.

I have had moments during this war when I was pretty depressed and felt that the forces of capitulation and appeasement were going to win out over righteous supression of tyranny and evil, I reviewed my data feeds, my information sources, and my sources of analysis. Invariably, I had creeped to letting too many leftist influences, who's agenda is to denigrate anything Bush, into my info feed.


That is not to say that America does not have tough times ahead, but having lived through a few administrations now, i have noted a pattern, things seem worse than they actually are in a Republican administration and things seem better than they actually are during a Democrat administration. I refer you to the "decade of Greed" that was the 80's compared to the Clinton 90's which made the excesses of the 80's seem like amatuer night.

The illegal immigration/border defense has a few new dynamics in it, which makes it very interesting, but for the sake of briefness, i won't discuss that here.

 
At 10:46 PM, Anonymous hrbhill said...

Americans are always slow to awaken and slower to act. We will have to be hit hard many more times at home before we engage this enemy properly. Mean time we will have to defeat our home grown traitors and sell outs first. After-all this is a two front war..over there and here at home

 
At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think "Capernicus" and calm down! "Things are not always as they seem":

"Slow Down Aussie Girl"

http://www.americanthinker.com/comments.php?comments_id=5532

and,

The python strategy: North Korea in the squeeze

http://austinbay.net/blog/?p=1276

 
At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if any raging blogger here knows if we zapped that limp missile with micrwave beams before it fell limp into off Kimchees border?

 
At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world appeased Saddam Hussein for 12 years before guess whom put an end to it.

Illegals have been flowing in for 3 decades.

Bush restarted missile defense.

Seems to me there's a lot of scared chicken littles letting their fear control them right now.

Grab your backside, the ride isn't over, and we aren't backing down.

Two nations have been turned, kdahfi coughed up his wmd, Kahn's nuke network got exposed and hammered, and just last week the traitors were having a fit over secret international SWIFT snooping.

I hear a lot of scared crybabies, but that's about it.

Are you that afraid of the future that you are going to turn chicken little in the present ?

Seems so. Not sure what you're basing your whines on expect your own fears of the future.

Good, the more fear you show, the better it is anyway.

 
At 11:14 AM, Anonymous twolaneflash said...

The American Thinker's response to Aussie Girl's, what did they call it, cri de couer (whatever the hell that means) is so circular that it meets itself coming counterclockwise. TAT writes Bush is such a genius that he engages our nation in policies and actions that he knows are doomed to failure (kabuki?) just to show they are doomed to failure. Huh?

TAT also writes that the Israeli Gaza episode is just a "Statue of Liberty" football play - now you see us, now you don't. Huh?

Kim Jung Il is a "joke" according to TAT, and we can take out their missiles at will. Tell that "joke" to South Korea, Japan, the families of the 50,000+ Americans killed half a century ago just to stop North Korea at the 38th parallel. China was along side the North Koreans in that little "police action" in a very large way. Touch North Korea and we have China to deal with in a very large way. Some joke!

TAT seems to think that the nations that are home to Islam and its related terrorist activities are just rolling over for us to rub their tummies. They are far more committed to and experienced with taqqiya (deception, lying, suckering infidels into self-destruction) than we are; they are using our tolerance, personal liberties, political correctness (especially the stupid Orwellian 1984 notion of "hate" crime) to attack free speech and dhimmify America. Jihad by immigration, establishment of "freedom of religion" protected centers of activity, non-assimilation into the fabric and culture of our society, assault of liberty by claiming victim status, perpetual outrage over such things as cartoons/books/statements/opinions about the "religion of peace" and its icons. Yeah, TAT, we're doing great in the western world on that front.

TAT dismisses our military situation with being "tied down in Iraq". No, our military is spread so thin that we cannot support another front. North Korea, Iran, Syria, and others know they have no reason to fear American military action against them. Our troops in Iraq took out Saddam's army with little loss of American life; since then they have been restricted by rules of engagement that make them easy targets for slaughter. Sunni, Shia, Kurd - they will continue their "sectarian" war against each other and American soldiers will be "collateral damage", in reality and in the media. Troop morale is being destroyed.

And as for TAT's rosy view of our government's determination and prospects of securing the borders and stopping the invasion? Now that's a joke!

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger Mr. Spog said...

This looks like a very interesting blog.

I think you're right to be pessimistic, Aussiegirl. Bush, decent man though he may (as far as I know) be, appears to be completely over his head. Most of the American Right doesn't wish to acknowledge this—or at least hasn't wished to until recently—because it really does imply an awful political predicament, an absence of any leader worth following in the face of grave challenges from both the domestic left and foreign enemies.

The recommendation by Sallyvee to take solace in the NASA channel is grimly amusing. Not only is this escapism, NASA itself is having trouble getting people into orbit these days. Maybe they didn't mention this on their channel.

For those not yet sated with gloom, here is an article from Pat Buchanan's American Conservative: Power of the Pen, which describes how Pres. Bush has been illegally attaching "signing statements" to legislation. Doubtless the poor guy never had any intention of wrecking the Constitution, but that seems to be what he is doing, out of his own ignorance, that of his advisers, and of a general public which couldn't care less.

 
At 1:26 AM, Blogger Mr. Spog said...

...appears to be IN completely over his head...

 
At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do Leftists really think the bad boys would all have gone away by now, if only Bush (Cowboy!) had not indulged in so much insulting body language?

More likely, Leftists do not really expect that the U.S., by meeting with the U.N. or “allies,” will arrive at consensus for how to preclude rogue nations from blackmailing with threats of holocaust. After all, interests within the leadership of many countries hardly favor the U.S. Rather, many so called allies actively seek ways for sapping strength from the U.S.

So, WHY do leftists loudly proclaim that the U.S. must seek consensus from allies? Well, duh! Our cosmopolitan, multicultural, sympathizing, socialistic Leftists are aligned with so-called allies — against interests of the U.S.!

Were “loyal” Leftists to succeed in bringing us down, they suppose some naturally better society would rise from the void. One that would let them run naked in the streets, with marijuana cigarettes stuck up their asses. Leftists — pampered dumb asses in action!

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger M. Simon said...

The military is not stretched to the breaking point. We have enough forces in the Pacific to take North Korea if we wanted.

Iran could be done too.

Not that we might not like another 6 months or a year before doing either or both. Push comes to shove and it is America that will do the pushing and shoving.

It is very unfortunate that Bush does not know how to speak. It is fortunate that he knows how to act. Think Clinton who was in many ways the opposite. I really liked Bill. However, the bad blood between him and the Rs (Osama? Bill is wagging the dog again. And besides do you know which way his dick is curved?) and quite a few stupid moves on his part and we have one hell of a mess.

In any case let us leave it to the Dems to rip each other. I hope every R wins in the next election and that the Ds lose seats. And that includes our RINOs as well. I'm not looking for party purity. I'm looking for electoral majority. Every R no matter how weak is an R.

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger Liberty said...

"As it was in the beginning":

Pick any beginning for this world.
The original? That's the natural order. Stick to it in harmony.

The Garden scene? That's conscience. Like it, or not, we have it. We will use it. We will do our duty.

Israel? The fulfillment of God's moral order.

The United States of America? The fulfillment of Man's inborn freedom from God. We came not to replace the prophecies...

Look homeward, angels. Look to your own Army of Davids set free so long ago.

Mr. Bush, Ms. Rice, Mr. Rumsfeld, Zarcowardi, Osama bin Laden with-Guilt--none other in this world will do for you what is your responsibility.

So thank you, Aussiegirl, for spelling it out. No one can solve problems which are denied, confused, diminished.

We need to lead ourselves right now. We do our duty, to God and our country, who knows? Maybe a Victor Davis Hanson--farmer/scholar in the image of our founders--will at the deserved moment, step forward to represent the citizens who were valiant enough to keep their Republic.

Lady Liberty
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At 10:59 AM, Blogger The Strong Conservative said...

Aussiegirl,
Plain and simple, you're dead on. I hate admitting it because I too thought Dubya would never capitulate to the left and political correctness. We need a Churchill, a Reagan, a Thatcher. Hell, we need a Patton.

Instead of saying God bless America I feel we might one day be saying "God save America"...

Jonathan Strong
www.strongconservative.blogspot.com

 
At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

When the Supreme Court issued a decision that was outside its legitimate sphere of jurisdiction during the term of President Andrew Jackson, which Jackson believed infringed upon his presidential authority as established by the Constitution, Jackson is reported to have said (there is some dispute whether he actually said it): “John Marshall [then Chief Justice] has made his decision, now let him enforce it.”

More likely Jackson was more restrained, but his official remarks reflect the same understanding of the limits of the legitimate authority of the judiciary: “The opinion of the judges has no more authority over Congress than the opinion of Congress has over the judges, and on that point the President is independent of both. The authority of the Supreme Court must not, therefore, be permitted to control the Congress or the Executive when acting in their legislative capacities, but to have only such influence as the force of their reasoning may deserve.”

Either way, these are perfectly appropriate responses when one branch (the judiciary) infringes upon the legitimate sphere of another co-equal branch (as in the Hamdan case, infringing upon the war powers granted to the Executive branch):

“Nothing in the Constitution has given [the judges] a right to decide for the Executive, more than to the Executive to decide for them. Both magistrates are equally independent in the sphere of action assigned to them.” – Thomas Jefferson (1804)

Instead, what we got from the DoD (part of the Executive branch) is a new policy recognizing that terrorists have Geneva Convention rights; and a statement by presidential spokesman Tony Snow that the detainees have been treated humanely, and, “We want to get it right.”

This shows that the president has, like most of the rest of us, bought into the wrong-headed notion that the judiciary (ultimately, the Supreme Court) is superior to, not co-equal with, the other two branches of the federal government.

“But the Chief Justice says, ‘There must be an ultimate arbiter somewhere.’ True, there must; but does that prove it is either party? The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union, assembled by their deputies in convention, at the call of Congress or of two-thirds of the States. Let them decide to which they mean to give an authority claimed by two of their organs. And it has been the peculiar wisdom and felicity of our Constitution, to have provided this peaceable appeal, where that of other nations is at once to force.” – Thomas Jefferson (1823)

As Jefferson would have recognized, in 2004 the “people of the Union”, by re-electing Bush, endorsed the way in which he was fighting this war, including how captured terrorists were being treated.

Mark R. Levin was exactly right when he observed: “The result will be more horrific attacks on citizens, more wanton slaughter, and more terrorism. Like anything else, if you reward certain behavior, you get more of it. We are now rewarding terrorism by extending lawful protections to its practitioners.”

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger confusedforeigner said...

Sweet jesus, no wonder America is such a screwed up culture when there are so many scared little panic merchants jumping at shadows.

Think about it. Is there a credible existential military threat?

No.

Are they killing us at anywhere near the rate we are killing them?

No.

Are there any western countries under muslim military occupation?

No.

Is it muslim countries making nuclear threats against other countries exercising their rights under international treaties?

No.

Has a muslim country occupied 3 neighbouring countries for nearly 40 years and killed, oppressed and humiliated the indigenous people?

No.

Time to open your eyes little scared ones. We are the problem. Israel is the problem. Our thirst for oil is the problem.

It is so obvious if you release your fear and your hatred.

 

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