George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London,
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will offer fresh,
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military campaigns,
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will always
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
SATURDAY, July 31, 2004
For anyone interested in public education in general and regarding
their own children, today's Perspective section in The
Day (Section C) has a good series of articles and editorials dealing
with the problem and specifically with the "No Child Left Behind"
law. The bottom line for all those who are critical of this
legislation is the "bottom line"...they want more money. That tired
and old excuse for education profession negligence is given the lie in
an editorial in the WSJ, Friday, July 30, 2004, replete with supporting
facts: "What Money Can't Buy" (Opinion, pA10).
An earlier offering in this section referred to the recent declaration
of Daniel Okrent, the Public Editor of the NYTimes, that the Times is
a liberal newspaper! Predictably, Mr. Okrent received many letters
in reply, some of which are published in today's Times (Week in Review,
Section 4, p2). Anyway, the secret is out.
I was hoping to take a break from this next topic, but the baloney is
being offered up too fast by John Kerry and his group. He continues
with double-talk and evasion (like the meaning of "mis-led"). He
attacks, and then tries to hide behind protestations against "going negative".
He totally ignores an over 20 year career as the most liberal U.S.Senator,
running away from his record. He emphasizes a short - but important
- period in his life as a war veteran. Even taking his story as told,
what are the rest of us veterans...chopped meat? As I said in this
section a long time ago, having served our country in the Military should
not be subject to grading. And who is the "uniter" and who is the
''divider" here? In a nation united "under God", a nation of hetero-sexual
couples responsible for raising children with a father and a mother, a
nation of values ridiculed or at least ignored by the ultra-liberal left,
a nation where the first of the guaranteed rights is the right to "life...",
and a nation that was correctly warned by its first President to avoid
"entangling alliances", John Kerry's positions are contrary to all of these
uniting principles. Is this a "Manchurian Candidate"?
Or is this simply Jimmy Carter redux? Stay tuned for more in the coming
weeks and months, until the Democrats either Put Up or Shut Up.
FRIDAY, July 30, 2004
Well, it's finally over; and Senator Kerry gave "the most important
speech of his political career". For his sake, I hope not.
By all accounts, he seems to be a good man and a patriot. But it
simply takes some people longer to establish their bed-rock principles,
what makes them who they are. He is not there yet; and thus, he is
not ready for prime time. However impressive the baritone voice,
there still was precious little beef. He talked about too many
losers and job losses in this new global economy. But he did not
say how he would fix it. He took every opportunity to preach in favor
of cooperation with our "allies". But who are these allies, besides
Great Britain and the other current coalition members? Certainly
not France, and its lap-dog Germany. (See "Why The French Act
Isn't Funny Anymore", by Charles Krauthammer, Time Magazine, July 12,
2004, Essay, p94). He promised to expand health care and to improve
education...but not how he would do it, and at what cost, and from what
income source. He intoned: "I know what to do in Iraq". Well,
tell us, or at least tell President Bush before too many more Americans
lose their lives there. Worst of all, he perpetuated the defamation
of the President and the entire administration by saying that he would
be a commander-in-chief "who will never mislead us into war."
Senator Kerry, that would be an impeachable offense. PUT UP OR
SHUT UP. Ultimately, as I offered some days ago in
this section, he is "John Kerry, The Great Straddler" (by William
Safire, The Day, Friday, July 30, 2004, Commentary, pA7). Not
ready for prime time.
THURSDAY, July 29, 2004
Leave it to the Democrats to prescribe an instant new bureaucracy
to "fix" the nation's intelligence - gathering issues; "extend the life
of the 9/11 Commission by eighteen months". Not so fast.
This real problem, festering for decades with the active participation
of Democratic legislators, requires a carefully thought-out treatment.
Otherwise, the seriously ill patient may die on the operating table.
Tim Russert had it just right in one of his interviews this week: "Candidates...don't
get into costumes!" Shades of Michael Dukakis...Senator Kerry
looked like the Easter Bunny getting out of that capsule at Cape
More evidence that this part of the 21st century is going to be taken
up with various types of conflict between the Muslim world and everybody
else. As the U.N.and the U.S. try to pressure the Muslim Sudanese
government to stop enabling yet another ethnic cleansing in that long-suffering
continent, Egypt and the Arab League are throwing up road-blocks to any
effective action. However potent the siren song of denial, especially
among Democrats, we are at war; and we had better mobilize...diplomatically,
militarily, domestically and psychically.
The Tuesday, July 27 edition of the WSJ, Opinion section, pA16, is filled
with relevant facts to correct the boatload of distortions emanating
from the Democratic Convention this week. Especially revealing
in the same section is the piece by Scott Simon, a usually liberal - leaning
editor of National Public Radio, entitled "'Gonzo Demogoguery' Writ
Large"...a detailed and stinging indictment of Michael Moore's fantasy.
And then there was Al Sharpton 's tirade at the Convention.
Commenting on the voting tendencies of his Black brothers and sisters,
he shouted: "Read my lips...our black votes are not for sale". True.
They have long ago been sold and delivered to the folks who gave them the
welfare mentality, the anchor of victimization, the abject failure of public
education to give them basic tools, and persistent obstructionism regarding
their having any choice in their kids' education. Consequently, the
only things too many of them can read are his lips.
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, July 26
through 28, 2004
Before we get to the Democratic Convention...
Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste. Once again some Americans
want iron-clad guarantees where none exist. Is the vast amount
of nuclear waste throughout the country safer in interim storage facilities
like our nearby Millstone complex? It's been nearly a decade, folks,
that this issue has been debated. Somebody in Federal government...just
do it! The U.S.Supreme Court has long ago decided that "waste"
must be allowed to pass in "Interstate Commerce" without veto by individual
Viva l'Lance. His victory, on French soil, is especially sweet
this year. You may want to visit the offering on French
Military Prowess on this web site under "A
Bit of Whimsy."
And now...The Democratic Party Convention. The box is
there. But so far...no beef (and "a chicken in every pot" does not
count). Meanwhile, everyone who takes to the podium seems to be up-staging
John Kerry, especially State Senator Obama. In fact, seeing former
President Jimmy Carter the other night, I had a vision of a President Kerry
as a repeat of the feckless President Carter. Right now, in a two
way race, I would vote for Terese Kerry. But let's wait and see what
he does tomorrow night.
SUNDAY, July 25, 2004
Here come the Democrats. If you believe the planning goals
of Senators Kerry and Edwards for their Convention, the Democrats are going
to refrain from using the only issue that unites them: "Anybody but Bush".
That wil be about as easy as putting an alcoholic in a bar at Happy Hour...in
Boston, no less... and telling him not to drink. The results of this
effort should be sobering.
Truth be told, Winston Churchill had it right when he observed: "Democracy
is the worst of all forms of governments...except for all the rest".
In addition to the 9/11 Commission Report, we have had for so long so many
examples of decades-long governmental ineptitude, venality, fraud and corruption
at all levels that we Americans have become numbed to more news of new
military planes that can't be used for intended purpose, Home-Land Security
funds being converted into business-as-usual pork, government whistle-blowers
getting their whistles jammed down their throats, white-washes of
the prisoner abuse scandals... So what do some of us do when faced
with the new Nuclear Age of the 21st century - world-wide terrorism?
We demand a simple fix, a new level of bureaucracy headed by some Superman
that will make it all right. Some of us are telling the patient
with meningitis: "take two aspirin, and call me in the morning".
And then there are the celebrities, most recently Meryl Streep, who have
all the answers...and atitude to boot. Add another category to
political correctness: the common sensically challenged.
If, for convenience, you want a one-stop source for all this nonsense,
go no further than the NYTimes, as verified by its own "Public Editor"
or ombudsman Daniel Okrent, in today's edition (Wk, p2).
SATURDAY, July 24, 2004
More about the 9/11 Commission Report (still depending on the reports
of others). Two articles in yesterday's WSJ provide quotations
and insights: 1) "The Pre-emption Commission", Opinion, pA12; 2)
by Charles Hill, Opinion, pA12). And the Editorial in The Day,
also yesterday, offers an excellent summary of the attitude in which we
Americans should take the challenge posed ("They'd Better Listen This
Time", Opinion, pA6). Add to that the new book, excerpted in
Time Magazine, July 26, 2004, p38 ("America The Vulnerable", by
Stephen Flynn), and the magnitude of the problem becomes all too clear.
In fact, we cannot defend our shores and our people from our shores.
We must engage the enemy wherever they live and breathe, pre-emptively.
In this task, we will seek help from and provide leadership for friends.
But we will do it alone, if necessary. Meanwhile, we Americans will
have to get used to The Patriot Act and its progeny in order to protect
ourselves from within. Knee-jerk reactions and head-in-the
-sand postures will not do. So, ACLU, be a help, not a hindrance.
THURSDAY and FRIDAY, July 22 and
As is true for most, if not all, of the commentators on the 9/11 Commission
Report, I certainly have not read all of it. But, having
heard and read a number of representations from Commission members, the
following appear evident: 1) the Commission found abundant fault with
both the Clinton and G.W.Bush administrations and with their legislative
branches with regard to oversight, analysis and response to numerous
terror threats before 9/11; 2) that the proper response to the current
amorphous threat of terrorism world -wide is to hit and kill terrorists
where they live, pre-emptively, rather than waiting to respond to other
attacks on us; 3) no decision was or could be made regarding whether 9/11
could in fact have been avoided, given the state of mal-function of our
intelligence enterprises for many years; 4) structural change
and coordination are needed ASAP; 5) the partisan membership of the Commission
considered it sufficiently important to sublimate partisanship for the
sake of the country and to issue a bi-partisan report. We
sincerely hope that all parties to this coming election can do the same
on this subject, and on the identically related subject of Iraq.
That would really be statesmanship.
A lot is being reported about the NAACP, the National Urban League, and
the fact that...election after election...blacks vote democratic 9:1.
Now we read that polling statistics on Hispanics indicate that they
the democratic ticket 2:1. I suggest that Hispanics do three
things before following that example: 1) read "Freedom vs. Dependency,
by Myron Magnet (WSJ Tuesday July 20, 2004, Opinion, pA10); 2) look around
them and see what the hand-out, victimization and plantation mentality
has done for...and to...black people; 3) get to know or know about immigrant
families who came to America from throughout the world...and who are still
coming from Asia - their secret of success is no secret.
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, July 19
through 21, 2004
Regarding churches and politics: where have critical commentators
been during the last few decades when Black Churches of any and every denomination
were essentially polling places for the Democratic party for many months
before elections? That's how over 90% of blacks vote Democratic,
often against their own self-interest.
Would you want to know that you have early Alzheimer's Disease?
Knowing, and starting medication now, would delay progress of the disease
for about six months. It would also devastate such an individual,
thereby impairing hope and the immune system's defense mechanisms.
It would make the person immediately uninsurable, and might cause him or
her to lose or give up his job. Bad move. Live well
and prudently; protect your future; arrange for the well-being of your
loved-ones; say a prayer once in a while; and be prepared for that errant
bus at any time. Personally, I do not want to know my future; and
I would not want to re-live my past, however great it has been. Let's
hold on to a little adventure here!
Sandy Berger...you devil, you. Not nice to stuff papers into
you pants - unless you need Depends. Democrats, ultra-liberals and
their fellow travelers are spinning this story like tops, worried about
the fall-out. Well, worry you should; this story is important...and
we're not swallowing any of you blather.
"Sept. 11 Panel To Tone Down Report" by Hope Yen (The Day, today,
pA1). All the leakers either hyped their earlier comments well beyond
the available facts; or the evidence cuts against all players, past and
present, including themselves...or both. But that won't stop the
Talking Heads from making it up.
Continued bad news from Iraq, the fruits of our failure to impose
security there at the outset with enough forces and force. From what
I read, Foggy Bottom had too much to do with the war's aftermath.
Not your greatest hour, fellas.
And what about Iran, starting with their having permitted the al
Qaida airliner terrorists to pass through and out of Iran without marking
their passports, thereby removing an important clue to their journey to
NYC? They are also bankrolling many insurgents in Iraq and
sending many there. We can't ignore all that and more forever.
National Public Radio is a good resource for news and top-level
opinion...if you can stomach the pervasive liberal spin. Today, the
morning show participants discussed the minimum wage, in appropriately
depressing tones. Folks, you're right: the minimum wage should be
raised nationally to $7 or $8...if the worker can read, speak and write
English, can fill out an employment application, can make change and do
other relevant arithmetic, and otherwise can show that he or she graduated
from a highschool better than the many Potemkin Villages that blight our
major cities, thanks in large part to the teachers' unions. Choice,
SUNDAY, July 18, 2004
The Bush Administration is being bruised, probably rightly, on two
fronts: its conduct of environmental protection; and the highly
vaunted Medicare drug benefit plan...which turns out to be much more
expensive to the nation than announced, ridiculously complicated for the
average senior to traverse, unfair in allowing drug providers to change
offerings at will while locking seniors into a once-a-year choice, and
whose promised price benefits are being wiped out by unconscionable price
increases by the pharmaceutical industry. Gentlemen, in spite
of the rantings of some Democrats, as noted above and below in this section,
you can still lose the coming election on the merits.
Robert Byrd, the aged and long-tenured Senator from the prime pork-barrel
State of West Virginia, has written a book: "Losing America".
In today's interview with Tim Russert, he describes America's situation
under the current leadership as "exceedingly dangerous"; "I've never felt
as afraid"; "Our own Congress lost its backbone". Senator, calm down.
Or at least move your seat if it is anywhere near Senator Kennedy's.
SATURDAY, July 17, 2004
Seen and Heard:
Senator John McCain
introducing Vice President Dick Cheney:"...not just another pretty face".
Dennis Miller commenting
on one of several photos of Senators Kerry and Edwards: "They are sure
touchy-feely...Get a room, guys".
A report on page A4 of The
Day today should have been page A1 material. "Kerry Would
Make Pre-emptive Military Strikes Against Terrorists", by Ken Guggenheim,
AP. "Am I prepared as president to go get them before they get
us if we locate them and have the sufficient intelligence? You bet
I am." At the same Washington headquarters news conference yesterday
he said: "I will never allow any other country to veto what we need
to do and I will never allow any other institution to veto what we need
to do to protect our nation." Wow! Now I'm impressed.
The man may be educable. Let's see how long he holds this position
after the ultra-liberals get to him.
Some things never change. Efforts by employers to transfer (at long
last) more of the costs of health care to patients are meeting stiff
resistance. Long ago, if the health care insurance companies had
not had its way, employees would have been paid more and would have been
required to create Health Savings Accounts, with back-up "catastrophic"
or high -deductible insurance. They would have been making their
own cost-benefit analyses all these years about going to doctors.
Health care costs would not have reached over 14% of the GDP; and we would
not have over 40 million uninsured people in this country. Add to
that another current effort, after that of the State of Oregon years ago,
to apply rationing of health care only to the welfare poor of the
State of Tennessee, and you see the state of our leaders' problem
solving prowess. These have never been insoluble problems. only recalcitrant
problem-solvers. And whatever you do, don't blame the doctors.
They have been trying to get the word out. But they have no political
More on immigration. An editorial in the WSJ this week has
many interesting facts on the subject ("Give Us Your Nerds").
Just a sample: "More than half of the engineers with Ph.D.s working
in the U.S., and 45% of the nation's computer science doctorates, are foreign-born".
The piece concludes: "If we had listened to the anti-immigration crowd
over the past 20 years, says Mr. Anderson in an interview, we would have
wiped out two-thirds of the top future scientist and mathematicians in
the United States becaose we would have barred their parents from ever
entering America." From the beginning
of this nation, immigrants have been the life-blood of the country.
We certainly cannot afford to close the gate behind us now.
FRIDAY, July 16, 2004
Here are some little-known facts of vital importance about Social
Security. Contrasting these Democratic actions with the Bush
administration's effort to allow voluntary privatization of a small part
of a worker's social security contributions into the stock market - with
the likelihood of much higher returns on that portion - "who loves ya,
SOCIAL SECURITY OVERVIEW:
Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social
Security (FICA) Program. He promised:
1.) That participation in the Program would be
2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the
first $1,400 of their annual incomes into the
3.) That the money the participants elected to put
into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax
purposes each year,
4.) That the money the participants put into the
independent "Trust Fund" rather than into the General
operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to
fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no
other Government program, and,
5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would
never be taxed as income.
Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now
receiving a Social Security check every month --
and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of
the money we paid to the Federal government to "put
away," you may be interested in the following:
Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the
independent "Trust" fund and put it into the General
fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the
Democratically-controlled House and Senate.
Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax
deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?
A: The Democratic Party.
Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social
A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the
"tie-breaking" deciding vote as President of the
Senate, while he was Vice President of the U.S.
Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving
annuity payments to immigrants?
A: That's right! Jimmy Carter and the Democratic
Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65,
began to receive SSI Social Security payments! The Democratic
Party gave these payments to them,
even though they never paid a dime into it!
Then, after doing all this lying and thieving and
violation of the original contract (FICA), the
Democrats turn around and tell you that the
Republicans want to take your Social Security away!
We may have candidate Kerry all wrong. He's not a "waffler";
he's a "straddler", sitting on many policy fences and dangling on both
sides. He is promoting "values" while having voted against the prohibition
of partial birth abortion, against fetal protection from assault and wrongful
death, and for uncontrolled stem cell research. He claims to be a
"Catholic" while continuing to be pro-abortion. He voted for the
Iraq war, but later voted to deny our forces the necessary tangible support.
He is constantly playing the class and race card...but clains to be a "uniter".
the real candidate Kerry please stand up!
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld must be held accountable for trying to
"do" Iraq on the cheap, specifically with too few troops, as I have been
saying for over one year in this section. That is a worse complaint
than relates to the prisoner scandal, which itself is a consequence of
the same faulted policy. Whether these errors will trump his other
contributions or Bush loyalty for his team-mates remains to be seen.
But he is the most vulnerable member of the team, now that George Tenet
The columnist Cal Thomas has it right in today's The Day (theday.com -
Commentary, pA7): "Blacks Should Turn To Bill Cosby, Not The NAACP."
Coming free elections in three countries are jeopardized in three countries:
Afganistan, Iraq...and AMERICA?? What's going on here?
Whether it's more chads in Florida, or faulty or undocumented electronic
voting - we had better get this right in November.
Another day, more proof that the Wall Street Journal should
henceforth be considered "The Newspaper of Record". Yesterday's
edition had a bunch of excellent factual articles on its Opinion page (pA10):
about "Naked Partisans", the NAACP; about "Saddam, Uranium and Africa",
direct quotations from the British Intelligence review; and about the now
uncovered distortions and untruths publicized by former Ambassador Joe
Wilson. However, there is one caveat. Beware the ruminations
of Albert R. Hunt. Whether in the WSJ or on The Capitol Gang, he
has lost any semblance of objectivity. "Wide-eyed Liberal you say?
Much too mild.
MONDAY through THURSDAY, July 12
through 15, 2004
It's catch-up time. (Work keeps getting in the way).
"The rabid, reactionary religious right has never looked more ridiculous."
This is a direct quote from a statement made by Senator Edward Kennedy
this week during debate on a Constitutional Amendment to define and safeguard
the civil and religious institution of Marriage. Whether we agree
or disagree with the need at this time for an amendment to the U.S.Constitution,
all but a tiny minority in this country support the protection of Marriage
the union between a man and a woman as a foundation-stone of our society
and as the primary protection for its children. Toward this end,
the government - whether State or Federal - has an obligation to act, under
the principle of "In Loco Parentis". Meanwhile, Senator Kennedy should
have his thyroid function checked, should take screening exam for clinical
depression, and should stay off all alcohol.
A related issue is the continuing effort by all the leading Democrats
to divide this country by alleging that there are two Americas.
This is true only in their fevered brains and in those of their unthinking
followers. High among this latter group have to be listed the leaders
of the NAACP like Julian Bond, to their continuing shame. They continue
to use speeches written in and for the 1960's, divisive speeches, race-baiting
speeches, victimizing speeches that mis-inform, delude and generally hold
down their people. Shameful. The vast majority of Americans
know that this is one great country, of which we have the privilege
of being member, and that we all have the right of "pursuit of happiness",
with no guarantees and with results of those pursuits depending largely
on our own efforts, our own responsibility. To try to create a divided
America with half-truths and inuendo is un-American. Democrats:
"La belle France" has problems. With the largest Muslim and
Jewish populations in Western Europe, with rising anti-semitism, with the
rotting fruits of decades of Socialism, America should be the least of
their problems and should be their most dependable ally. No more.
Their duplicity, cynicism and self-service to the detriment of America
has gotten to be a bit much. Maybe with a change in their government
we may have a change of heart...maybe. So, how about the bumper sticker
that's out there: "Kerry for President...of France".
The Intelligence reports of the U.S. Senate and of the British Parliament
continue to be spun and distorted, more here than in England. Our
report includes the following quote: "The Committee did not find
any evidence that Administration officials attempted to coerce, influence
or pressure analysts to change their judgments related to Iraq's weapons
of mass desetruction capabilities." And the British Commission's
chairman, Lord Butler, is quoted as follows: "No one lied, no one
made up the intelligence...We have no reason, found no evidence, to question
the prime minister's good faith...This was a collective operation in which
there were the failures we've identified, but no deliberate attempt on
the part of the government to mislead." IS THAT CLEAR?
Ron Reagan, son of a great Republican President, is now the
darling of the Democrats. Whatever else he may have to say, who cares
what a self-proclaimed atheist has to say about the morality of stem cell
research? It's out of your league, sonny.
So anarchists from around the world a preparing to disrupt the Republican
National Convention in New York City. That will test the mettle
of Mayor Blumberg and his 40,000-strong police force. After a suitable
warning, I know of a nice island where all such law-breakers can be brought
to "summer camp" for a few uncomfortable days: Randall's Island.
The plan would have a nice symmetry to it.
Three cheers for Mike Ditka. His prowess on the field would
replace the former candidate's "prowess off the field." And he would
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, July 10 and
The Sudan: another human tragedy...and another abject failure for the
U.N. And we in America are supposed to predicate our actions,
that go to the heart of our national interests and our security, on these
people? Is that what Senator Kerry means when he talks about
his all-important "internationalism"? Thanks...but no, thanks!
"Mr. Sharon, Tear Down This Wall". However difficult the Israel-Palestine
situation is, you have substantially contributed to it by your support
during the last two decades for all the illegal Israeli settlements on
Palestinian soil. "He who seeks equity must do equity".
And now you have Israeli Jihadists promising to rebel and calling for a
death sentence on anyone who does the right thing. Wonderful.
The Catholic Church is in the news again, relating to a diocese
declaring bankruptcy and relating to efforts by victims' advocates to bring
the Vatican directly into the swamp some American Bishops created for themselves.
The issues are related by what are called "deep pockets", always the Holy
Grail of plaintiffs' attorneys. Any regular reader of this section
will know what I have been saying since the beginning about the scandalous
and illegal behavior of the likes of Cardinal Law. But the Church
is all the laity, and not only the Clergy. (Perhaps The Lord
was telling us something relevant here when, in today's Gospel reading
about the Good Samaritan, the first to leave the beaten stranger lying
in the dust was a "priest"). It is also group of corporations...with
both moral and legal rights and responsibilities to all its members.
It has an obligation to protect itself, both through due process for all
its members and through invocation of legal means like Bankruptcy Court.
God Bless Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq. He
seems to be the man of the hour for that beset part of the world.
FRIDAY, July 9, 2004
Suicide. Whether or not it is the "unpardonable sin", it is
always a terrible waste. And for parents left behind, the loss of
a child under any circumstances is a great, unhealing wound. If the
U.S. Senate wishes to draft legislation to reduce suicide, as is now the
case through the latest parent of such a tragedy (Senator Gordon Smith),
it must be prepared to address problems of this society including hopelessness,
cynicism, faithlessness, absence and ineffectiveness of many parents, and
a quest for a mission in life other than "me". A tall order, but
it could give the process a good start.
Talk about "hopelessness". An article in today's WSJ is on
point ("John Kerry, John Edwards - Ditto, Ditto", by Daniel Henninger,
Opinion, pA10): "For many Democrats, the vision of a city sliding down
a hill is the continuing reality of America. In the version being
tried for this election, economic growth is possible in a globalized world
only if the middle class gets shafted. 'We're moving backwards' -
John Kerry, April 2004. But the most recent Washington Post-ABC poll
finds 64% of Americans optimistic about the economy's next 12 months, and
more than half still optimistic about Iraq. Somebody here is on the
wrong page. The Kerry-Edwards ethos of never-ending urgency and impending
disaster is a weirdly European kind of politics, rooted more in the sadness
of inevitable social tragedy than the largely uncontested American idea
of individual possibility."
The latest report on U.S. intelligence failures is already being
spun like a top by the likes of Senator Carl Levin, long a spinner of tales.
Can't anyone stick to the evidence? And even worse than the conspiracy
theorists are those who say that we should not be in the spy business at
all. I kid you not! Do you know where we would be now
were it not for the OSS and MI-6 in WW II? Speaking German as our
first language. This whole anti-war and anti-Bush diatribe reminds
me of what we went through during much of the last century regarding race
relations, especially in the South. My term for that infirmity, then
and now, is "Focal Idiopathic Idiocy".
WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, July 7 and
Maybe Lady Justice is not blind-folded after all, or at least not
all the time. Kenneth Lay and his colleagues at Enron; the Adelphia
family; Martha Stewart and her friends the Waksals. All have had
a bad hair day today.
But all these indictments and convictions that continue to be obtained
by this administration's arms of Justice do nothing to thwart the half-truths,
inuendos and outright lies that are being circulated by the likes of
Senator Kerry, his spokesmen in the Democratic Party, and Michael Moore.
All the more reason to get your information from multiple sources. Cross-read!
This is going to be a dirty compaign, headed by the two John's.
Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld is proving to be too
rigid a leader of our military efforts and needs. As one observer
noted, we are now beginning to eat our seed-corn rather than face up to
the military personnel requirements of this country, present and future.
As noted earlier in this section, a fair draft of two or three years (depending
on whether the inductees need an initial year of remedial education) would
be a win-win situation for hundreds of thousands of our young men and women
who currently "graduate" highschool thoroughly lacking the tools needed
for their future.
Our Submarine Service may be one other vital force, like that of
the CIA in the 1990's, whose meaningful survival depends on the results
of the coming election. Only Republicans, and a few enlightened Democrats,
are willing to admit to and to support America's military needs in the
coming decades. Remember that when you go to the polls.
Finally, a very important report from Reuters Wire Service on Monday, July
5 received none of the coverage it deserves in the Eastern press. "Musharraf
Sees Iron Curtain Between West, Muslims", by Peter Starck, Stockholm.
new iron curtain seems to be falling", he said. "This iron
curtain somehow is dividing the Muslim world on one side and the West on
the other side. This is very dangerous." The speech
should be found and read in its entirety. It may be another seminal
insight, like that of Winston Churchill in 1946 that was derided as extremist
and fear-mongering by liberals. As documented so many times in Mona
Charen's book ("Useful Idiots"), the liberal left is not to be trusted
with America's security. Another related article appeared in Parade
Magazine on Sunday, July 4, by Elie Wiesel: "Why I Am An American".
TUESDAY, July 6, 2004
Well, there it is. John Kerry went for the box instead of the
beef. Senator Edwards will add to the theatre of the campaign.
But he has no public record that would suggest that he is presidential
material. After all, is that not the only real job of a vice-president?
Dick Gephardt would have been a much better choice for the country.
So now we have another measure by means of which to assess Senator Kerry.
MONDAY, July 5, 2004
Several news articles today prompt a response.
Marlon Brando. Here may be yet another example of "the meaning
of life": happiness cannot be achieved within self, but rather with others...and
ultimately only through a created and in-born need for God.
Submarines. The main reason why we are not all reading the
Heavenly News at this moment. And their utility is even greater in
the world that we entered on 9/11. Don't let that right arm of the
Military be weakened, as the CIA was weakened in the last decades.
The Draft. Of course we need it. But don't expect anything
but politics in this election year.
Teacher tenure. Desireable and necessary, so long as it guarantees
due process and does not also protect professional incompetence.
The NBA. Couldn't the owners strive a little harder toward
ethical goals and example...than to have 40% of their players with criminal
records? (See Jeff Benedict's recent book).
Ralph Nader may have hit a nerve when he said yesterday that the
Democratic Party, and many of its black supporters, are afraid of the democratic
process. Sounds like he's in for the duration. Good.
Have you tuned in to the Dennis Miller show? (CNBC, weeknights at
9 PM). He does a good job of both entertaining and informing, with
the help of a politically balanced group of guests. Of course, his
opinions come out loud and clear.
Michael Moore. Now, there's a subject. His previous
work retained a degree of truth, balance and restraint. But his rage
at George Bush (similar to that of the "anybody but Bush" ultra-liberals)
seems to have consumed him. See "Under The Hot Lights", by
Michael Isikoff, (Newsweek, June 28, 2004, p29), wherein he provides "a
run-down of some of Moore's most provocative allegations, and how they
stack up against the record". They don't. And then there
are some direct quotes from interviews he gave to European newspapers ("A
Strange Philosopher For A Strange Era", by David Brooks, The Day, Sunday,
July 4, 2004, Perspective, p1): Referring to Americans..."they are possibly
the dumbest people on the planet...in thrall to conniving, thieving smug
(pieces of the human anatomy)"; and "We Americans suffer from an
enforcerd ignorance. We don't know about anything that's happening
outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing." And
there's more. After that, what can I say?
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, July 3 and
Happy Independence Day. And happy it is that we should
be, as citizens of the greatest and most altruistic nation on earth...ever.
A vast amount of ink is being spilled today to "explain" the meaning of
this day and the meaning of the Declaration of Independence (In
Congress, July 4, 1776). But let's go back to the exact words
of that monumental document.
That was an age of a giant among giants, the likes of whom have
only been seen in a few times of great national distress. What are
some lessons to be drawn that are applicable to today's national distress?
"...necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have
connected them to another."
"...Laws of Nature and Nature's God."
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights, that
among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
...consent of the governed".
"...long train of abuses and usurpations...absolute Tyranny over these
"A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define
a tyranny, is unfit to be a ruler of a free people".
"We...appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World...."
"...as Free and Independent States...."
"---And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the
protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives,
our Fortunes and our sacred Honor".
1) That America, founded in a traumatic birth that separated us from
the "Old World", must never allow that umbilical cord to be re-grafted
onto us. For the "Old World" is still old and designing, whatever
its newer designations.
2)That this is a nation "under God", a generic God of all religions;
and that only an athiest cannot be a true American...or even a rational
3)That we have been given Freedom, as a priceless gift; but that such
freedom, in the words of an American sage, is only "the freedom to discipline
ourselves". With that freedom come responsibilities, a strange word
to many members of the last two generations. Who among us have been
obliged to "pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred
4) That, armed with that birthright, where is there room for the "malaise"
of the Carter - Democratic attitude of the late 1970's or for the "apathy"
and negativism of the current Democratic preachings. Rather, listen
to the words of the current President, serving in another period of national
distress, "a message brimming with confidence and optimism about America's
current role on the world stage", and "America's values about our leadership
role when it comes to defending and advancing liberty". ("Bush
To Extol American 'Values' In West Virginia", by David Morgan, Reuters
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA
THURSDAY and FRIDAY, July 1 and
There are times when a newspaper report has it just right.
No response needed. The following are two of those times. 1)
Review from Cosby - He Has More Harsh Words For Black Men" (by
Corky Siemaszko, The Daily News, National, today, p4); 2) "A Curse On
Liberals Who Blast Cheney", by Charles Krauthammer, The Daily News,
National, today, Opinion, p21).
"Got E-Mail?" So does everybody else...and its yours.
That's the thrust of the decision this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit in the Socialist Republic of Massachusetts.
Now see what I have been writing in this section about a product that is
and unreasonably dangerous", thus fulfilling the criteria for Product
Liability; namely, computer software? See the editorial today
in the NY Times entitled "Intercepting E-Mail".
The dangers to us posed by North Korea, and now being demonstrated
by Iran, do not phase "liberals" one bit. They can always
be counted on to be "the first to leave the room when the fight starts",
as the old saying goes. The old saying happens to be based on a vast
amount of evidence going back to the early 1900's, as carefully chronicled
by Mona Charen in her 2003 book entitled: "Useful Idiots: How Liberals
Got It Wrong In The Cold War And Still Blame America First" (Regnery
Publishing, Inc.). Read it and learn. They are not educable...but
the rest of us are.