29 July 2004

'Crats - a Bob Fosse production!

What planet do they live on?

In the Fleet Center, it is still September 10th.

I always find it interesting when certain words or phrases stand out like a blinking neon light as a focus-group vetted term; a word which cannot appear in so many speeches by coincidence when it is so obviously the wrong word for any normal person to use.

Tonight that word is "soldier." Over and over, the veterans, and Kerry himself, refer to him as a soldier. Kerry was not a soldier. It may seem a minor distinction to you, but it isn't. I was a soldier. Kerry was a sailor. No navy man would ever, EVER, call himself a soldier - and no self-respecting Army Man (memo to Max Cleland) would call a Navy man a soldier. Ever. It just isn't done. It's like calling a Cornhusker a Razorback. It's like calling a Cowboy a Redskin.

Briefly, back to last night... Was it just me, or was Al Qaeda also laughing when John Edwards promised to hunt them down and kill them? In the immortal words of Dick Cheney, asked what he thought of Edwards; "He's cute as a button." And he will hunt you down and kill you. Awwww, int that cuute?

Did Kerry intentionally rip off Cheney's 2000 convention speech? Or is this party just completely out of words AND ideas?

Hey where is this health care crisis that democrats have been warning us about for 12 years? Is it sort of like running out of oil that the USGS has been warning us about for 80 years? You know, when total spending in most industries goes up, it's called economic growth. I know my parents took good care of me, but they did not take me to the doctor as often as I have taken my kids. People get more procedures per capita, and nobody is turned away. We are cured of things that used to be hopeless - and living still, as it always has, costs more than dying.

Hey, if we went to war for oil, how come I'm still paying two bucks a gallon?

So now John Kerry promises to reform our intelligence agencies? Maybe if he had attended his intelligence committee meetings, he could have done that before September 11th. That IS what we pay him $150,000 a year for, after all. But that's just chump change for him, I guess - then again, so is the presidents $300K salary.

About an hour into this evening I was screaming at the television: "I get it!!! You were in Vietnam for four months!!! I get it!!! That war is over!!!"

Does Kerry always sweat so much? It suits him well. He looks less lifeless.

Hey, wait a minute... Kerry believes in science! He will cure AIDS! He is an add-ult. He is against bigotry! He was on a gunboat in the Mekong delta!

That bastard fighter pilot Bush - he was just and AIRMAN, not a SOLDIER!

I'm voting for John I Care-ee! Help is on the way! God bless the United States and the life-begins-at-conception-but-it's-okay-to-kill-them-at-8.5-months candidate of truth and freedom! It's a beautiful day!

28 July 2004

More Democrat thoughts...

Another night, another nightmare.

I watched some reruns of the 1984 conventions. I found it very instructive to see how similar the messages were, and even more instructive to be reminded how wrong history has proven the Democrats to have been. And I can't help thinking how very dangerous for America that the democrats still believe all these foolish prescriptions for a national security based on hugs and good wishes.

Foolish, naïve, and weak - it's a recurring Democrat theme.

Democrats should be glad that the networks aren't offering gavel to gavel coverage, because I don't think Al Sharpton would have won a lot votes. The commentators seemed surprised at how strident, and liberal his speech was - how could they be surprised? Al Sharpton doesn't care who wins this fall. He was not speaking to the seven percenters who don't know who to vote for - he was speaking to the gullible few radicals who send him money. Al Sharpton is for Al Sharpton. He was, is and always will be a two bit race hustler and con man. He is amoral and dishonest. He is a crackpot. And he was a big hit with the democrat crowd!

Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) was on TV tonight. He's a Bush supporter, who will be speaking at the Republican convention later this year. I wish republicans would make the same arguments Miller was making. He was much more articulate, much more willing to attack. The democrats always are more willing to attack. Republicans treat political opponents the way Democrats treat enemy nations. Gingerly, deferentially - as if it is more important to make a good impression than to win.

As an aside, who else thinks Bill O'Reilly is a moron?

Why do Democrats always see a dark, oppressive, divided America? As a parallel, our Plano schools are considering a program to provide breakfast for all children - so there is no stigma for the kids who qualify for free breakfast. In the article, they quoted an elementary school principal, talking about the hungry kids, who said of the hungry kids, I kid you not, "The little ones sit at their desks and cry. The older ones just get angry."

Now, I know there are people in the world who do not get enough to eat. In general, though, they do not live in Plano. Plano's median family income is $91,000 (Perspective: National median - $51,000; Beverly Hills median - $102,000). Only 3% of families here meet the Federal definition of "poor," many of them are elderly - which only means they do not have cash income, not that they have no means - and only 4.6% of the poor are under 18. I accept that there may be some folks here in town who have trouble making ends meet - but there are not children crying at their desks for food in Plano, Texas. A few years ago, I was speaking with the principal of the kids' Catholic school. To hear her describe the families at the school, you would have thought the school was in the foothills of the Appalachians, filled with the barefoot children of drunken ne'er-do-wells, farming the harsh bottom land by night, and walking the rocky roads, shoeless, to school each day. But that's not where the school is. It is, in fact, about six blocks from Troy Aikman's house. The typical parent is an orthopedic surgeon, or CEO. *WE* were quite possibly the poorest family at that school. These people see what they want to see. They can't see the forest for the sophistries.

Which brings me back to the Democrats. I'm watching Michael Dukakis now, telling his convention crowd in 1988 how tough times are, about plants shutting down, about the need for job recreation, and a living wage. In 1988. At the very peak of one of the greatest periods of economic growth since such things have been measured. You would think, listening to him, it was 1932. Maybe they just think that the only political lesson of FDR is that Democrats win BIG when there's a depression.

Democrats always decry the Republicans for favoring the wealthy. They always promise to help the poor. Why don't the Republicans ever just say: "We don't favor the wealthy, we favor wealth. We want everybody to have it." Why don't they point out that Democrats want to care for the poor like one cares for pets. Why don't Republicans "You're right. We don't like the poor. We don't think anybody should be poor."

Reason is for naught, though. Like these Plano schoolteachers, Democrats will always see smudged faces, and greasy tin plates held out before them; they will always answer, "Yes, Oliver, you may have some more." They will never be able to tell the difference between Oliver Twist and Oliver Hardy. And there will always be another fine mess they can get us into.

27 July 2004

Random thoughts on the Democrat convention - Day 2

Jimmy Carter's speech was a useful reminder of the weakness, naïveté and arrogance that characterized his administration's foreign policy. Until the audience burst out with loud applause, I thought that he must truly be the only man on earth who really believes he - or anybody else - accomplished anything in the Middle East. But there they were in that hall in Boston, united in their ignorance that the Middle East has been at war since the founding of Israel, and that no negotiation will ever change that. Pity them - just don't follow them. Carter's foreign policy brought our great nation to its knees, fueled Soviet expansionism, killed and imprisoned millions. And the Democrats are now (finally!) proud to say that they miss those good ol' days.

Whenever I see Ted Kennedy's bloated face, I cannot help but think of that poor girl, gasping for air in the cold darkness, for maybe two hours, trapped underwater while Ted returned to the party, talked to a lawyer, then got a good night's sleep. How her body w3as pulled from the cold water by the sheriff while Ted continued to try to play out his cover story. How she was buried while he faked a neck injury, and used his family's money and influence to avoid the certain jail sentence that would have awaited you or me. I think of this every time I see him. And I also wonder - how often does he think of her? The girl he killed? And why don't Democrats care about her? Or you - at least not as much as they care about the Kennedy mythology.

Speaker after speaker talks about how tough they'd be on terror - going after the "right" people. They are truly Jimmy Carter's heirs. They just want it to be about Osama. It isn't. It never was. That is naïve, and willfully ignorant. Osama is one man. Without nations to support them, terrorists are powerless. When President Bush said, in 2001, that nations are either against terrorism, or against us, I agreed. I did not believe he meant it, but I agreed. I'm beginning to think he might have meant it. It is very clear that Democrats have no interest in fighting terrorism.

The Democrats' fixation with "multilateral action," by which they mean "impressing the French," reminds me very much of those pathetic kids in high school who worked so very hard to wear clothes, and listen to music, and be mean to the right kids, just so they could impress the cliquish snots who would never accept them anyway.

Clinton's speech was perfect. It was a litany of small things, from the smallish man who once was president. The man who neglected national security; who refused to respond to terrorist attacks; who actively dismantled our intelligence apparatus. And he still can't see the world beyond his adoring throngs.

It occurs to me that, as the Democrats try to counter all the liberal, flip-flop characterizations of the Republican attack ads, they continue to use his record as a veteran of Vietnam, and his principles as a war protestor. Wasn't that his first flip-flop?

Well, that's all for now. Just random thoughts - not organized, and not as long or as clever as I'd hoped. These guys just really tick me off.