Friday, May 30, 2003

22nd Amendment repeal?

Former President Bill Clinton has spoken about ending the restriction on Presidential term limits. At the risk of agreeing with Mr. Clinton, consider: a Democratic primary debate betw. Mr. & Mrs. Clinton in 2008!

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Yahoo! News - Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy Challenged

Boys Scouts of America are, unfortunately, coming to a crucial point in their existence.

The issue in play in particular involves the Cradle of Liberty Council, the nation's third largest Council with some 87,000 members in the Philadelphia region. CLC voted this month to add "sexual orientation" to its nondiscrimination policy.

The national BSA organization has two choices, both unpleasant. They can ignore the CLC decision, pretend it never happened, and forever be branded as a hyporcrit on it's gay-policy. The alternative is threaten to pull the charter of CLC, and if CLC in unwavering, BSA must follow through on its threat. The political fall out will be intense, but Nat'l has, in my opinion, no other choice.

Were BSA to ignore the move by CLC would be the moral equivilent of ignoring everything they've fought for these last years. Too much political blood has been spilt in that endeavor for them to go back on their word now.

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In a speech to a local Democratic club, former US Attorney General and Florida gubernatorial candidate Janet Reno made comparisons to the atrocities of Nazi Germany and the US Republican party.

In a speech that was intended to motivate the Democratic Club of Greater Boca Raton to get organized, Ms Reno expressed what she thought the party must do to win the presidential election in 2004.

"We should be more organized than the Republicans who have traditionally out-organized us,"

Motivation is fine, and few would want people to get politically involved any more than I. However, Ms. Reno drew a comparision between Nazi Germany and her party's opponents that is beneath contempt.

One part of Reno's speech, which touched upon issues such as classroom sizes, health care and the criminal justice system, seemed to speak directly to Goldfarb. Reno spoke about visiting the Dachau concentration camp in Germany as a child and learning what had happened.
"I went back and asked my adult German friends, 'How could you let that happen?' " Reno said. "They said, 'We just stood by.' "

She looked right into the audience and told them that's why she was there. She had no intention of just standing by.
"And don't you just stand by," Reno said.

For a former Attorney General who ought to know better, this was clearly a calculated speech to whip up support, and is nothing less than mean-spirited rhetoric. For the Democrats to resort to this depth so far outside of an election, they must truly doubt they can win on their own ideas or principles.

Reno spurs Boca's Democratic Club

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Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Hummers Here, Hummers There

Thomas Friedman has an interesting take on the US-Saudi relations of late. Regarding the recent bombing of Westerners (including and expecially of US citizens) in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Friedman notes:

In private, Bush aides have been fuming: The U.S. gave the Saudis intelligence warnings before the recent attacks, but they took no
steps to deter them. Publicly, though, the Bush team bites its tongue. We never talk straight to Saudi Arabia, because we are addicted
to its oil. Addicts never tell the truth to their pushers.

If we were telling the Saudis the truth, we would tell them that their antimodern and antipluralist brand of Islam - known as
Wahhabism - combined with their oil wealth has become a destabilizing force in the world. By financing mosques and schools that
foster the least tolerant version of Islam, they are breeding the very extremists who are trying to burn down their house and ours.

Here Mr. Friedman is clearly showing the Saudis are not truly our allies, and we need to take steps to break ties with them as soon as possible. Drilling in Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is the first of many steps to this goal.

Mr. Friedman, however, goes astray in my view, when he leaps to the conclusion that the rest of the world dispises us because we're wasteful:

In the wake of the Iraq war, the E.P.A. announced that the average fuel economy of America's cars and trucks fell to its lowest level
in 22 years, with the 2002 model year. That is a travesty. No wonder foreigners think we sent our U.S. Army Humvees to control Iraq,
just so we could drive more G.M. Hummers over here. When our president insists that we can have it all - big cars, big oil, lower
taxes, with no sacrifices or conservation - why shouldn't the world believe that all we are about is protecting our right to binge?

Evidence is mounting that in order to reach these lofty average fuel economy numbers, Detroit will have to make smaller, lighter vehicles. These vehicles will be both unsafe and unappealing. Having Iraqui oil on the open market -- outside of OPEC and its monopoly -- will upset the entire Saudi regime and make the prices for EVERYTHING go down.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2003

In his May 5th Reliable Source column, Lloyd Grove captures the essence of the dispute surrounding recent commetns made by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.

"When you can't defend what you're doing, that personality attack is the only defense you have. So Armitage was like a squid, blowing out ink to hide from predators."
-- Animal Planet fan Newt Gingrich, responding to Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage's "off his meds and out of therapy" insult in an interview with the Boston Globe's A.B. Stoddard, and making us wish he were still speaker of the House.

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