Thursday, April 28, 2005

Sick humor plus Silly Dean equals more electoral losses


A few years ago, one of Dallas's morning radio hosts made a humorous remark about Pres. Clinton. It was in the middle of the "Monica scandal" when every late night comedian had something to say about Clinton. The joke's punchline had someone hitting Pres. Clinton to defend Monica's honor.

Within days, the Secret Service made a visit to the station and jokes about hitting the president stopped.

The Secret Service does not take jokes about physical threats to the President kindly. After all, it is their job to protect the President and his family!

We have a standard of presidential humor in the US. You can call the President names but don't make jokes about his personal safety. This standard has applied to Democrat and Republican presidents.

This little joke pales in comparison with the latest from Air America, the nation's liberal radio network.

Randi Rhodes played the following humorous radio drop during her afternoon drive show:

A spoiled child is telling us our Social Security isn't safe anymore, so he is going to fix it for us. Well, here's your answer, you ungrateful whelp: [audio sound of 4 gunshots being fired.] Just try it, you little bastard. [audio of gun being cocked]..

Why in the world would a radio show do something like this?


There are two answers.

The first one is a ratings desperation. Sadly, this is the kind of joke that they have to do to get coverage. It's like the 13 year old brat who drops the glass of milk to get attention.

The liberal radio network can not present a debate based on the Dems alternative to Bush's Social Security proposal. The Dems do not have one.

The liberal radio network can not do a joke comparing the proposals? How can you do a joke when your side does not a plan?

Can anyone tell me what the Dems Social Security alternative to Bush is?

The second answer is that the left is furious after years of electoral frustration.

Reagan was a moron but he cleaned their clock. Bush is another moron and he is the first President since FDR to win three consecutive congressional elections.

Maybe the liberals need to find a moron to lead their party!

They can't win elections. Bush has defeated Anne Richards, Al Gore and John Kerry. They can't get over that.

If they win elections, such as Clinton's electoral pluralities in '92 and '96, then they end up with a fellow who shares their liberal beliefs but would rather be reelected.

Clinton left Kyoto on his desk without sending it to the US Senate for ratification. Clinton signed every Republican bill intended to promote family values and traditional marriage. Last but not least, it was Clinton who bombed Iraq because he said that the '91 cease fire gave the US the legal right to attack Saddam Hussein!

Clinton's presidency was mushy "vanilla liberalism". It drove 4 million to Ralph Nader and handed the presidency to Bush in 2000!

These people are angry. So they do stupid things like running audio clips pretending to kill Bush.

The Air America Radio Network is one of the biggest business failures of modern times. If Air America was a horse it would be shot to put it out of his misery. They can't even get ratings in liberal NYCity. No one is listening, including the liberals!

Add to this nonsense the recent performance from Howard Dean.

During a speech, the head of the Dem party imitated Rush Limbaugh taking cocaine.

To be fair, Rush Limbaugh was addicted to pain killers rather than cocaine. There is a huge difference between someone who is addicted to pain killers because of chronic back problems and someone who consumes cocaine. My guess is that even liberals understand that!

Unlike Clinton, Rush faced the issue head on. He did not blame anyone. He stood up and took responsibility for his behavior. He did not send his wife to The Today Show and blamed it on a left wing conspiracy.

Today, Rush is back on the air and killing Air America everywhere! He is beating Al Franken in liberal NYCity by 2-1 in the latest radio ratings!

Welcome to the modern world of liberalism. The party of of Hubert Humphrey has become the party of Al Franken.

At the same time, the Democrats have also gone from a majority to a minority.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Brooks and Friedman


Brooks and Friedman are not a country music duo. They are two of our best columnists. Brooks is a conservative and Freeman is a liberal. Politics aside, they are both reasonable men who understand that ideology won't solve every problem.

Last week, Thomas Friedman and David Brooks wrote two wonderful columns. You can find the full text on nytimes.com.

Brooks touched on a subject dear to my heart, Roe v Wade.


Brooks wrote:

"When Blackmun wrote the Roe decision, it took the abortion issue out of the legislatures and put it into the courts. If it had remained in the legislatures, we would have seen a series of state-by-state compromises reflecting the views of the centrist majority that's always existed on this issue. These legislative compromises wouldn't have pleased everyone, but would have been regarded as legitimate.


Instead, Blackmun and his concurring colleagues invented a right to abortion, and imposed a solution more extreme than the policies of just about any other comparable nation."

Abortion is the most divisive issue in the country. Why? Because people like me do not like judges to invent rights and impose them on us.

I would feel a lot more comfortable with abortion rights if they have been won the old fashioned way, i.e., the ballot box.

I do not appreciate a judge single handily creating a right and then imposing it on me.

The abortion battle has poisoned our judicial nominations. Twenty years ago, Judge Anthony Scalia, one the most conservative jurists was selected 98-0 by the US Senate. Why? Because he was qualified and Senators understood that Pres. Reagan had the right to nominate judges.

Not today. Let's go back to Brooks:

"Over the past four years Democrats have resorted to the filibuster again and again to prevent votes on judicial nominees they oppose. Up until now, minorities have generally not used the filibuster to defeat nominees that have majority support. They have allowed nominees to have an up or down vote. But this tradition has been washed away."

Roe v Wade has turned every election into a fist fight between conservatives opposed to abortion and liberals who see abortion as the one and only issue.

Abortion has poisoned the political well. Why? Because there are many of us who do not believe that judges should invent rights. We would rather see those issues argued in the political arena and decided by voters.

Friedman wrote a piece about Tony Blair. It is a supportive column and outlines what American liberals could learn from Blair.

Tony Blair is a Harry Truman-John Kennedy Democrat. He is not afraid of defending his country. He sees evil. He understands that fighting evil is often unpopular but necessary.

"....Mr. Blair took a principled position to depose Saddam and keep Britain tightly aligned with America. He did so, among other reasons, because he believed that the advance of freedom and the defeat of fascism - whether Islamo-fascism or Nazi fascism - were quintessential and indispensable "liberal" foreign policy goals."

It looks like Tony Blair will win in a few weeks. He has also moved the Labor Party away from the pre-Thatcher liberalism that translated into electoral losses.

"He has made liberalism about embracing, managing and cushioning globalization, about embracing and expanding freedom - through muscular diplomacy where possible and force where necessary - and about embracing fiscal discipline."

David Brooks and Thomas Friedman are very thoughtful men. I read them often. I learn a lot from each one.


Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Why do Democrats hate Tom DeLay?


Let me be very clear. I will be the first person to call on Tom DeLay to resign if he broke any laws. So far, I don't see any evidence that he has.

Unlike Democrats, I won't support DeLay just because he agrees with me on abortion. I won't be like the feminists and liberals who stood with Clinton in '98 just because they supported his position on abortion.

I won't do that.

NATIONAL REVIEW has a wonderful analysis of the attacks on DeLay. I would recommend anyone (with an open mind) to read this article. This is the link:

http://www.nationalreview.com/editorial/the_editors200504120914.asp

Why do Democrats hate Tom DeLay so much?

Let me give you a very quick answer: He wins elections!


More specifically, DeLay is a master at beating liberals!

In politics, there are those who celebrate on Tuesday night and those who look for excuses on Wednesday morning.

Tom DeLay has been doing a lot of election night celebrating, which is the primary reason that he drives liberals mad!

Democrats can't get their act together. Ronald Brownstein of the very liberal LA Times puts it this way:

"It's like watching a baseball game where one team is always at bat, or a basketball game where one team always has the ball. The best Democrats can do is hold down the Republican score; the Democrats have found virtually no opportunities to advance their own ideas or to steer the discussion onto their strongest terrain."

Richard Cohen, one of the nation's leading liberal columnists puts this way:

"Say what you will about DeLay, he is not afraid to state his beliefs and fight for them. Say what you will about the Democrats, they are. That's why DeLay's called "The Hammer." What would you call the Democrats? Never mind. When they're ready, they'll call you."

DeLay, like Pres. Bush and VP Cheney, are not afraid to take a position. We can not say that about the wimpy Democrat party.

Bill and Hillary Clinton destroyed the Democratic Party in the 1990s. It got so bad that Clinton could not deliver his Arkansas to Gore or Kerry. It got worse when Gore could not win his Tennessee in '00.

Unfortunately, no Democrat has the courage to stand up and blame it on Clinton. They look for excuses and someone else to blame. Yet, the problem is rather obvious: it is Clinton!

It was Clinton's poll driven vanilla liberalism that killed the soul of the party. I grew up with Humphrey and McGovern Democrats. I did not vote for them but at least they stood for something.

What does Hillary Clinton stand for? Wait until she reads the latest poll!

The party has a national security defict. Why? Most Americans do not believe that the Democrats have the stomach to fight terrorists.

So Tom DeLay has become the latest punching bag of a liberal movement that can't win elections or find leaders that will stand for anything.

I agree that Tom DeLay is a tough politician. He plays hardball, which is the same thing that the Democrats used to do when they were the majority party. DeLay comes from the old Texas school of politics, the same one that gave LBJ the Senate seat in '48 and the state to JFK in '60.


Beating up DeLay is a distraction from reality. Democrats should ask themselves these questions:

1) Why did Pres. Bush win 97 of the nation's 100 most populous counties in 2004?


2) Why did Pres. Bush carry 255 of 435 of the House districts?

3) Why did Pres. Bush carry 31 of 50 states?

It started with Nixon Democrats. They became Reagan Democrats. And now they are just Republicans.


John Fund of The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an analysis of the 2004 elections entitled "Bush Democrats":

"It's no accident that Mrs. Clinton, who will be running for re-election in New York next year before she launches her presidential campaign, is talking about the importance of religious faith and reaching out to moderate voters.

"She pores over political data as carefully as Bill Clinton ever did," says New York Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf.

A close look at the Congressional district results from last year is convincing many Democrats that a move to the middle may be more than a smart media strategy.
It may be a matter of political survival."

Tom DeLay is not a perfect man. Neither were the Democrats who ran the House with a strong fist for years.

In the end, it would be a lot wiser for Democrats to concentrate on winning back the married middle class rather than trying to demonize Tom DeLay.

Why did Pres. Bush win? Why have liberals lost election after election since Reagan?

The answer is the married middle class.

As James Taranto recently wrote:

"On broader cultural and social issues--religion, abortion, gay rights, etc.--married people with children are likely to be more conservative than the average voter because cultural conservatives are more likely to marry and have children in the first place."

Tom DeLay is not the problem for Democrats. The party of Harry Truman has become the party of Michael Moore and that's the problem!


Sunday, April 03, 2005

Irrational anti-Bushism does not take a rest!


Within minutes of the Pope's death, some liberals in the media began to talk about John Paul II and his relationship with Pres. Bush. They spoke about the differences over the Iraq War and how the Pope had opposed the war.

Indeed, John Paul II spoke against the Iraq War.

What our liberals forgot to say that he also spoke against Clinton's unilateral invasion of Haiti. He sharply criticized Clinton for going around the UN in Bosnia.

To be fair, he was also opposed to the Gulf War back in '91.

John Paul II was a religious leader. He is supposed to speak against war.

What the liberals forgot to talk about is how much the Holy Father has in common with Pres. Bush.

For example, John Paul II was the strongest voice against abortion and homosexual marriage. He coined the phrase "culture of death" to express his disgust with secularism in the West.

This is a moment to celebrate the life of a great man, a religious leader who connected with people of all faiths and nations.

This is not a moment to revive electoral frustrations, specially the anguish of people who can't win elections.

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