July 2004 Archives

July 31, 2004

The Unbearable Lightness of Voting

The institution of the vote is a time of potential renewal. Our nation will shed some of its old skin in favor of new patches; in other parts, dependable scales will remain in place. In this way, our old democracy breathes new life into itself, resurrecting a covenant between our nation’s citizens for another two years.

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Posted by Damon Dimmick at 11:54 PM

A Week of Enrichment and Education

Early tomorrow morning, I will be leaving for Washington, D.C., to attend the National Conservative Student Conference, an annual summer event for college students sponsored by Young America's Foundation. YAF (not to be confused with the other YAF - Young Americans for Freedom) is one of our country's leading national conservative organizations, and is dedicated to assisting the youth of America in promoting the conservative and pro-liberty movement throughout our campuses, our communities, our cities, and our country. There are few political organizations in the United States that I admire and appreciate more than YAF.

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Posted by Aakash at 11:53 PM

Ralph Nader and the New Anti-Semitism

Ralph Nader's second run for president has been much more negatively received than his 2000 attempt. A prominent criticism in the anti-Bush fever-swamps is that the damage Nader could cause this time by draining Democratic votes would not only be epic, but inversely proportional to the current value of Nader's political career. Certainly his critics are onto something with this last bit -- Nader, once an impressive and prolific activist, does seem to have transmogrified into an oblivious gadfly bent on undermining the movement he ostensibly cares about.

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convention theme: Bush Lied

I can sum up the message of the Democratic Convention of 2004 in two words: Bush. Lied.

True, that message was sometimes subliminal, sometimes overt, nonetheless, the carefully scripted message intended to re-introduce John Kerry to America was that Bush lied.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 6:02 PM

Kerry's Acceptance Speech

John Kerry delighted his fans at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. The crowd was the most friendly he will face all year long, and they all seemed to be pleased with their candidate. The full text of his acceptance speech can be found here. Highlights of the speech and a few comments follow.

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Posted by Timothy Perry at 6:06 AM

Kerry's Foreign Policy

The only thing I care about in Kerry's Speech is foreign policy. I think that ought to be the key question in this election, and I think it is important enough to trump almost anything else. (I say almost to forstall the more outrageous but not relevant hypotheticals).

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July 30, 2004

Unlikely Generals

Charles Krauthammer gives the lie to the mounting meme that not Iraq, but Iran, "was the real threat". He demolishes the argument on several levels.

"Well, of course Iran is a threat and a danger. But how exactly would the critics have 'done' Iran? Iran is a serious country with a serious army. Compared with the Iraq war, an invasion of Iran would have been infinitely more costly. Can you imagine these critics, who were shouting 'quagmire' and 'defeat' when the low-level guerrilla war in Iraq intensified in April, actually supporting war with Iran?"
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Was Ryan Lyin' ?

He's finally out. Our state's Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Mr. Jack Ryan, has now officially withdrawn his name from the general election ballot. Here are the latest news the viewpoints regarding this whole mess.

Many people know about the situation facing our state's U.S. Senate race, and our party's [now-former] nominee. Jack Ryan won the highly-contested Republican primary for U.S. Senate, but recently announced his intention to withdraw of the race after his divorce records were unsealed. However, there were those who felt that Mr. Ryan should remain in the race (as has been opined in this very column), and his name remained on the ballot for several weeks, until he finally withdrew it.

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Posted by Aakash at 9:13 PM

There Are Two Americas

John Edwards is right. There are two Americas. But the Two Americas that stand so starkly divided within our great nation are not a Rich America and a Poor America. Relative wealth, although politically expedient as a reliable way to rally voters, is not the source of our division. Kerry and Edwards themselves prove the point, both being privileged Brahmans who nonetheless relate to a more populist sensibility.

Money is not what divides us, culture is. The real Two Americas consists of two fiercely opposed camps: Those who want the government to leave us alone, and those who want the government to take care of us

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Posted by Damon Dimmick at 9:00 PM

Kerry's Speech - Hopeless

Kerry's speech was underwhelming.

I already knew he served in Vietnam, but I didn't realize that in four months in Vietnam you could learn everything you need to know to be president. That was the impression I was left with after watching the speech.

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Posted by Dan Spencer at 1:44 AM

July 29, 2004

Dividing America: Day 3

"This [convention] is a very, very important infomercial that every American should watch." -Al Franken

I have to give the Democrats credit for controlling themselves so well these three days. The partisan rhetoric has been toned down. Hidden. Forced way down into that deep dark place within their hearts where no one is supposed to know it's there. Sure, you and I glimpse the face behind the mask in every speech, but can you imagine what they might have said without any restraint?

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 3:32 AM

July 28, 2004

Dividing America: Day 2

...Yet in our own time, there are those who seek to divide us. One community against another. Urban against rural. City against suburb. Whites against blacks. Men against women. Straights against gays. Americans against Americans.

When Jimmy Swaggart was caught with a prostitute some said it was obvious in retrospect why his every sermon was about the evils of sexual immorality. So it seems with democrats obsessed with 'dividing America'.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:38 AM

July 27, 2004

Democrats Embrace Foreign Policy Failures

I'll admit that I couldn't stomach actually watching Jimmy Carter speak to the Convention. Reading his words in text later was bad enough. I see that Democrats have rediscovered foreign policy--it is unfortunate that they have learned so many of the wrong lessons.

The most sickening thing from Carter is found in this passage:

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Divided we stand

Watching my allotted hour of the Democratic convention tonight I was struck by the unity. Despite the moratorium on Bush bashing, every speaker had the same message: George Bush has wrecked America in four short years.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:32 AM

July 26, 2004

Gore still wrong about Bush stealing 2000

In the bitter tone that we've all grown accustomed to these last four years, Al Gore once again reminded us today that Bush stole the 2000 presidential election.

Addressing the Democratic National Convention that opened here Monday, Gore said the first lesson was "every vote counts" and to make sure that every vote "is counted" this year.
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Posted by Deleted Author at 11:17 PM

July 24, 2004

Newsweek: Younger voters will tune out Democratic convention

According to a recent Newsweek poll, younger voters prefer the liberal Kerry over the conservative Bush 48-41. The under-30s also overwhelmingly say (90 percent) that it matters who wins this November’s election.

But they’re not planning on tuning in to next week’s Democratic convention.

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July 23, 2004

Axis of Jihad

9/11, the Kobar Towers, two separate embassy bombings, the USS Cole, the first World Trade Center bombing... here in the US we can debate the meaning of jihad, whether it is symbolic of an inner struggle or an overt war, but in other parts of the world the meaning is quite clear.

Armed and recruited by the Sudanese government, the Janjaweed militia is executing what many, including the UN, are calling genocide against non-muslims in that country.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 3:20 PM

July 21, 2004

Environmental Deathblow

As I always suspected, the sun is responsible for warming the earth.

Over the past few hundred years, there has been a steady increase in the numbers of sunspots, a trend that has accelerated in the past century, just at the time when the Earth has been getting warmer.

The data suggests that changing solar activity is influencing in some way the global climate causing the world to get warmer. [bbc]

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 10:12 AM

July 20, 2004

Kerry-Bin Laden Bumper Stickers

In Kentucky, a bumper sticker reading: "Kerry is bin Laden's Man. Bush is Mine" is creating a ruckus. The Associated Press reports:

Jefferson County GOP chairman Jack Richardson IV said the stickers were so popular that GOP headquarters ran out Friday. He won't distribute more, but is trying to locate their source for those who want them. "I believe in the question this bumper sticker raises," Richardson said.
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Posted by Dan Spencer at 6:04 PM

July 19, 2004

Universal Healthscare

The campaign for socialized medicine in the US has long been a goal of the left. So besides the lack of details, the class warfare rhetoric, and the doublespeak, Kerry's healthcare promises are merely a step in achieving something he dare not propose openly: the complete government takeover of the healthcare industry. Candidate Kerry is promising universal healthcare but trying to avoid the kind of political disaster of Clinton's Hillary-Care takeover attempt.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 3:44 AM

July 18, 2004

Nadir of Congressional Black Caucus?

(Ooops, early senility had me misidentify CBC as NAACP, an understandable error, NOT because they "look alike" in the evil stereotype, but because they share a coarse chip-on-shoulder partisanship of a community interest group diminished into a hectoring clique of establishment left-PC-ism.) Anyway: if this is what passes for constructive dialogue within the progressive left in campaign season, I am almost glad to be part of the mean-spirited right, and proud that Bush refused to speak to the similarly over-partisan NAACP. It looks like the Congressional Black Caucus reached its nadir, so to speak, with Ralph Nader, who was reportedly called an "arrogant white man" and then tossed out amidst Cheneyesque political colloqualisms.

Posted by Matthew Hogan at 2:50 PM

July 16, 2004

the politics of truth

Joseph Wilson's trip to Niger has always seemed funny to me. Why would the Bush Administration send a hostile witness to 'investigate' claims of Iraq attempting to buy uranium in Niger? Especially if they were supposedly engaged in doctoring the evidence at the time. Joseph Wilson's quick dismissal after a few days of sipping mint juleps without leaving his hotel is all the more reason to question the whole circumstances of his selection.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 5:41 PM

July 15, 2004

John Kerry's Reading Habits?

Whatever your views on the intervention in Iraq, you do have to wonder about the reading habits of our would-be heads of government. Here we see that John Kerry, conscientious veteran and past war critic, votes to go to war without bothering to sift through the facts. Will Michael Moore do a film of Kerry wandering around for seven minutes while he voice-overs: "What was he thinking?: 'Should I have read more? Why didn't I ask for those 90 pages?'"

Posted by Matthew Hogan at 8:29 AM

July 14, 2004

This 'Hail Mary' Pass Might Work

With all the problems that our party has been having in the state of Illinois, there may yet be some hope for us to retain the U.S. Senate seat this year. With the decision of Senator Peter Fitzgerald to not seek re-election, it is important that a principled conservative be elected to this position.

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Posted by Aakash at 8:18 PM

July 13, 2004

Call Jack Back

Ever since the conservative base of the Republican Party pushed Illinois Senate candidate Jack Ryan out of the race, I have had a bad feeling. Most know that I supported Ryan and felt that it was deplorable what happened to him. The private divorce records had nothing to do with his running for Senate and should never have been opened. But that being said, it is a shame that the GOP forced one of their own out of the race.

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Posted by Timothy Perry at 10:35 PM

Kerry's Real Campaign Strategy

In the 2000 election the Gore campaign tried to steal the election in Florida by having democratic counties recount false ballots. Kerry looks like he will attempt this strategy again.

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry announced the creation of a SWAT team of election lawyers Monday in a bid to combat the kind of voting irregularities that occurred in Florida four years ago and contributed to the disputed election of President Bush by one electoral vote. [sfgate.com]
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 11:33 AM

July 11, 2004

law enforcement issue

The United Nations was urged by the International Court of Justice yesterday to enforce the Court's ruling that Israel should tear down its 450-mile separation barrier and compensate the Palestinians for the hardship it has caused. [independent.co.uk]

This is what I call internationalism. Where up is down, right is wrong, and terrorists are freedom fighters. This is the indispensable bureaucratic apparatus from which Kerry will seek approval for all his foreign policy decisions.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 2:35 AM

July 8, 2004

two americas

"One America does the work, while another America reaps the reward, One America pays the taxes, while another America gets the tax breaks." [CNN]

John Edwards believes in something he calls 'two Americas'. It sounds suspiciously like the old class warfare arguments that won Mondale the election in 1984.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 2:32 PM

July 6, 2004

the right to destroy life at conception

"I oppose abortion, personally. I don't like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception." John Kerry, Dubuque, IA

This is a major Kerry policy revision... or is it?

Flip. Flop.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 12:48 PM

July 5, 2004

Celsius 488.33

Is Fahrenheit 911 a rascist movie? One critic on the far left, Robert Jensen, thinks it just might be.

How dare I describe as racist a movie that highlights the disenfranchisement of black voters and goes after the way in which military recruiters chase low-income minority youth? My claim is not that Moore is an overt racist, but that the movie unconsciously replicates a more subtle racism, one that we all have to struggle to resist. -CounterPunch.org
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 12:25 PM

July 2, 2004

the root of all evil

"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." Potential VP candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 5:45 PM

July 1, 2004

After Saddam: A Symposium

The New Republic has published a bracing symposium on the post-Saddam situation in Iraq. The magazine really outdoes itself, featuring thoughtful assessments by a magisterial line up of commentators, including Fouad Ajami, Fareed Zakaria, Thomas "The Mustache" Friedman, Senator John McCain, Anne Applebaum, Kenneth Pollack, and others.

The writings are thoughtful, eloquent, detailed and diverse in opinion. Here are some highlights:

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More Campaign Finance Reform Follies. . .

Unbelievable. Now this abomination! Forget the PATRIOT Act handwringing. McCain-Feingold turns its regulatory head to preventing the Sierra Club (and other groups like the NRA) from political advocacy in a (hopefully still) free country. Personally, I loathe Greendom and all its works, but they have or ought to have an equal and unfettered right to campaign for the rights of fish and chlorophyll against any political candidate they don't like.

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Posted by Matthew Hogan at 3:56 PM