Wednesday Chronicle

Chronicle

Aug. 15, 2007

THE FOUNDATION: POLITICAL LEADERS

“The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.” —Alexander Hamilton

UPRIGHT

“[Karl] Rove’s strategic vision involved securing a Republican victory at the expense of conservative principles.” —Jonah Goldberg ++ “Karl Rove, good as he is (and that’s mighty good), is no model of strategic perfection. I have just a charitable hunch that he himself, after all those years next to the political helm, knows better than before the limitations of mere power.” —Bill Murchison ++ “[Karl] Rove is one of the canniest and most successful managers in American political history. Yet he is viewed within his own party’s ranks, especially on Capitol Hill, as part of the problem afflicting the Grand Old Party.” —Robert Novak ++ “What’s the job of the candidate in this world? The job of the candidate is to raise the money to hire the consultants to do the focus groups to figure out the 30-second answers to be memorized by the candidate. This is stunningly dangerous.” —Newt Gingrich

“One of the two major political parties of the United States has linked all its electoral hopes on domestic pathologies, economic downturns and foreign failure. It is actually difficult to name any positive development for America that would benefit the Democratic Party’s chances in a national election… The issue is that if Democrats want to win, they can do so only if bad things happen to America.” —Dennis Prager

“Tax rates are not tax revenues. … How many times does it have to happen before people stop equating tax rates with tax revenues? Do the tax-and-spend politicians and their media supporters not know any better—or are they counting on the rest of us not knowing any better?” —Thomas Sowell

“If dissent is so rare, why do global-warming conformists feel the strong need to argue that minority views should be dismissed as nutty or venal? Why not posit that there is such a thing as honest disagreement on the science?” —Debra Saunders

INSIGHT

“If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing.” —Woodrow Wilson

“When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘guilty’.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“Now I know what a statesman is; he’s a dead politician. We need more statesmen.” —Bob Edwards

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.” —Groucho Marx

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“Terrorism in general, and al-Qa’ida in particular, are like a cancer. Unchecked it will spread until the death of its target is achieved. No one is ever said to be cured of cancer. But it can be forced into remission. In the wars against cancer and terror, eternal vigilance is required. Especially at the border. The Fort Dix Six who plotted an attack on a U.S. Army base included three alien brothers—Dritan, Eljir and Shain Duka—who illegally entered into the U.S. as children near Brownsville, Texas, in 1984. Despite their receiving no less than 54 suspensions of their driver’s licenses over the years, local sanctuary laws prevented local cops from inquiring about their immigration status… Of course, sneaking across the Mexican border is not the only option. Thanks to the visa waiver program, a terrorist seeking entry to the U.S. can find it as easy as buying a plane ticket. Under the program, nationals of 27 mainly European nations can enter the U.S. without a visa or the accompanying interview by a U.S. official… We have learned a lot since Mohammed Atta waltzed through an airport in Portland, Maine, to launch the terror attacks of 9/11, but apparently not enough. Build the border fence, tighten identity requirements and close the entry loopholes. In border security as well as national security, it is important to trust, but verify.” —Investor’s Business Daily

DEZINFORMATSIA

Bashing evil BushRove: “Can President Bush think without the man they call his brain? What about all those great ideas like dividing the country over Iraq and leaving New Orleans to drop into the sea? A country without Karl Rove calling the shots? Let’s fear for the Republic.” —MSNBC’s Chris Matthews ++ “Divisiveness! Anger! Ruthlessness! That’s what you call ‘Rovian politics’.” —ABC’s Terry Moran

Taxing presuppositions: “You’ve been clear about saying that you will veto overspending by Congress when they come back next month to do appropriations bills. You’ve also been clear you don’t want to raise taxes. Can you do justice to the kind of programs the government needs for bridges, for housing, and also continue to spend as much as you do on the war in Iraq?” —ABC’s Ann Compton to President Bush ++ “Each and every candidate [in] each and every campaign is forced to respond to this litmus test of ‘No New Taxes.’ How are we gonna get taxes passed when you can’t get anything done in the Congress?… Government’s gotta get bigger to help governors in various states.” —MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle

Funny you should say that: “Journalists and others who tried to challenge the administration’s fallacious evidence for invading Iraq found the Patriot Police on their tail. Whatever Kool-Aid he’s brewing for The Wall Street Journal, Rupert Murdoch could make a singular contribution to journalism simply by calling Fox News from the Republican fog machine and giving it a mandate to report reality instead of attacking those who do.” —PBS’ Bill Moyers

Hot air: “The heat wave that we’re seeing now is completely consistent with what we expect in a warmer world because all of our models show us that heat waves will become intense, more frequent, and they’ll last longer.” —Dr. Heidi Cullen *We also note that it’s August. Might have something to do with it…

This week’s “Homo Promo” Award: “[T]he labor and the Human [Homosexual] Rights Campaign forums and debates this week suggest to me that the Democratic base is really the middle American base now.” —Washington Editor of The Week magazine Margaret Carlson

Newspulper Headlines: Breaking News From 1789: “Americans Face Earliest Race for President in History” —Independent (London)

Breaking News From 1920: “Candidates Seek Opposite Gender’s Votes” —Associated Press

Bad News for the Handicapped: “No Excuse for Using Handicapped Parking” —Hattiesburg (MS) American

‘I Did Not Have Sexual Relations’: “Bill’s Loophole Upsets Abstinence Program Backers” —The Washington Times

Shouldn’t They Have Gone to School Before Becoming Teachers?: “Dodd Announces K-12 Education Plan for NH Teachers” —Associated Press

News You Can Use: “Keep Poop Out of Pools, Residents Told” —Daily Herald (Provo, UT) (Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

THE DEMO-GOGUES

Rove on the brain: “Karl Rove was an architect of a political strategy that has left the country more divided, the special interests more powerful, and the American people more shut out from their government than any time in memory.” —Barack Obama

This week’s “Blow Hard” Award: “For 15 years I have stood up against the right-wing machine and I’ve come out stronger. So if you want a winner who knows how to take them on, I’m your girl.” —Hillary “left-wing machine” Clinton

Well, technically…: “Number one, I have never advocated socialized medicine, and I hope all the journalists hear that loudly and clearly because that has been a right-wing attack on me for 15 years, and it is wrong.” —Hillary “Sicko” Clinton, who as a matter of semantics is correct, but in essence is lying once again ++ No bones about it: “[W]e ought to have universal healthcare in this country!” —John Edwards

Postcards from the fringe: “I’m kind of the Sea Biscuit of this campaign, and when I come from behind to win this race, people are gonna say no way are we gonna run against this guy.” —Rep. Dennis Kucinich on winning the Demo presidential primary

Redistribution champion: “It’s hard to make a case that large U.S. corporations are paying too much in income taxes.” —Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) *If 35 percent isn’t “paying too much,” what is?

That’s the spirit!: “Not in the lifetime of anyone in this room will there be a centralized democratic government in Iraq.” —Sen. Joe Biden

VILLAGE IDIOTS

“Having dodged the Plamegate bullet and confident of executive privileging his way out of the U.S. Attorney firings scandal he no doubt masterminded, Rove is heading out the door the doughy personification of the Bush White House. … [T]he man dubbed the Boy Genius manifested all the worst traits of the administration he helped forge: he was delusional, fanatical, and deceptive.” —“journalist” Arianna Huffington ++ “But there he goes… Karl Rove, the second most infamous villain of our time, leaving the White House at the end of the month. And then what? He’ll be out there walking the streets. Personally, I’d rather have Karl Rove in the White House where he’s preoccupied by this uproariously laughable effort to make the Bush administration sound capable and popular. ” —writer/director Bob Cesca

World’s smallest violin: “I was in dissent quite a lot and I wasn’t happy.” —Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on the last Supreme Court term

Hot air II: “We feel certain about some of the aspects of future climate change, like that it is going to get warmer, but on many of the details it’s very difficult to say.” —Matthew Collins of the British Met Office with another way of saying, “We have no idea.”

Policy experts: “I have yet to hear a candidate that has clearly laid out their environmental policy in a way that is inspiring to me. I thought [John Kerry] had an amazing environmental policy. But I have yet to hear a candidate that has compared in that regard.” —actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Ridiculous word play: “Labeling its members as combatants elevates its cause and gives al-Qaida an undeserved status… The more appropriate designation for terrorists is not ‘unlawful combatant’ but the one long used by the United States: criminal.” —Retired Gen. Wesley Clark and UCLA law professor Kal Raustiala

SHORT CUTS

“[Karl] Rove… didn’t orchestrate every development harmful to liberalism throughout the past 6 ½ years, nor did he stomp on puppies and kick children on the way to work every morning.” —Rich Lowry

“You’re giving away prizes all day and making everybody happy… You couldn’t do better. And it’s not even your money. You’re giving away money and getting credit for it. I feel like a congressman. I’m like the junior Ted Stevens.” —Drew Carey on taking the hosting job at “The Price is Right”

“Sunlight may be the best disinfectant, but, when it comes to global warming, the experts prefer to stick the thermometer where the sun don’t shine.” —Mark Steyn

“I feel it’s high time that I stepped up to the plate and risked being called a few bad names by denying the myth of the essential Mexican. If you listen to such clodhoppers as George Bush and Ted Kennedy, you might actually get the idea that without a constant stream of Spanish-speaking illiterates, our economy would collapse like a punctured balloon. How is it, I wonder, that this nation managed to get along for the first 200 years of its existence?” —Burt Prelutsky

“When you talk as much as Newt Gingrich, you’ll often say something incisive, clever and even wise. Newt, who may become a candidate himself this fall, ridicules the presidential campaigns as too long, too expensive, and the debates as ‘almost unendurable’ and verging on ‘insane.’ Once he thinks about it, he’ll drop the polite qualifiers ‘almost’ and ‘verging.’ We’re already there.” —Wesley Pruden

“The results of President’s Bush’s annual physical were released [last week]. It revealed that last year President Bush got a rash from a tick bite. After hearing this, Bill Clinton said, ‘A rash from a tick bite? I’ll have to remember that one’.” —Conan O’Brien

Jay Leno: It was so hot today I was sweating like a Chinese toy salesman. … It was so hot in North Carolina even John Edwards had a bad hair day. … This week, the government announced a new operation to crack down on the hiring of illegals here in Los Angeles. It’s called Operation You’re Going To Have To Cut Your Own Lawn and Raise Your Own Kids. … Another Democratic debate last [week]. I don’t want to say it did bad in the ratings, but it had so few viewers it was declared an NBC prime-time show. … Did you see that horrible rainstorm in New York City? The flooding was so bad Hillary Clinton had to switch from a pantsuit to a wetsuit. … Next week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will work a shift as a nurse at a Las Vegas hospital. And you thought your doctor’s hands were cold. … Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney say they will not participate in the Republican debate next month in Florida. John McCain said he will be there—if he can get a ride. … Elizabeth Edwards is speaking out again. She says the problem with her husband’s fundraising campaign is she can’t make him black, and she can’t make him a woman. That’s the same problem with Michael Jackson’s people.

Veritas vos Liberabit—Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander, Publisher, for The Patriot’s editors and staff. (Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm’s way around the world, and for their families—especially families of those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, who granted their lives in defense of American liberty.)