Archive for July 2009

Stealing and Dealing

This pretty much sums it up.

This is a STEAL (we mean deal)

Strange But True

One of the great demonstrations of the universal value of Democracy and Liberty is that no matter how despotic and corrupt a regime is, it will always mouth the platitudes of Liberal Democracy.  N. Korea dutifully has elections, as does Iran.  All the worst places in the world are “People’s Republics” or “Islamic Republics”.  No one just says outright, “hey, I’m just a plain old despot claiming the absoulte right of kings.”  They have to couch their thugocracies in the trappings of Western Civilization because we have discovered something that borders on a universal human truth.

So, in a way, we might already have won if we would only hold all these petty dictators to account through the international bodies that exist.  Sadly, the UN is the playground of these same petty, corrupt dictators, so absent starting something else (and leaving the UN altogether for non-humanitarian issues), we’re not going to make much headway in that direction.  But I digress…

Over at the Contentions blog, Jennifer Rubin has been writing about Sotomayor’s sudden transformation into a rule of law girl now that she’s been nominated to the Supreme Court.  Never mind her years and years of giving speeches and handing down rulings in direct contradiction to the idea of judicial restraint, now that she’s on national television, she’s as Federalist as any Federalist out there.

If legislating from the bench is so wildly popular, why the need to lie about it during confirmation hearings?

And the same question could be asked of about a dozen of the Left’s legislative priorities.

They don’t want to nationalize health care, they swear. Even as they pass legislation geared to do exactly that.  They have no intention of raising taxes, even as “cap and trade” becomes the largest tax grab in the history of the US.  No one has ever been a stronger friend of Israel, even as we lean on them and put no pressure whatsoever on Hamas or Abbas or Syria or Iran.  Name one demand that Obama has made of the PLO.  I certainly can’t think of one.

But he and his supporters swear there has never been a better friend to Israel in the Oval Office.

Hogwash.  And hogwash again on Healthcare which the Left has been trying to socialize it since the 60s.  And hogwash again on taxes.

And hogwash again on Sotomayor’s judicial restraint.

But think about it.  If the West has already won the important debate about the truth of Democracy and Liberty and our evidence is the hypocrisy of Castro and Kim JongIl and the Ayatollahs; then what does the hypocrisy, not to say perfidy, of the Democratic party here in the US say about the domestic policy debate?

And if we’ve already won the battle of ideas (as I believe we have), then why aren’t our elected officials at least trying to do a better job of holding the government to account.  We know why the press won’t do it (they are on the other side).  But our congressmen should at least try to point out the utter ridiculousness of their opponents across the aisle saying one thing and doing another.

Perhaps calling Sotomayor on her silliness is a good start.

Iran, Obama and a certain liberal blindness

Krauthammer on Friday let loose on the Obama administration for kidding itself on so many levels and once again letting down the Iranian people…

Unfortunately for the United States, the country Obama represents, the prospective treaty is useless at best, detrimental at worst…

Obama says that his START will be a great boon, setting an example to enable us to better pressure North Korea and Iran to give up their nuclear programs. That a man of Obama’s intelligence can believe such nonsense is beyond comprehension.

And that’s really the question.  Can Obama and the Left in general really believe that arms control works or that America cutting down from 2500 nukes to 1500 is going to change the strategic calculus for thugs in Iran butchering their people in the streets or thugs in N. Korea starving a people into non-existence?

Can they really believe it?  Another example, in an article ostensibly on the side of the Iranian people…

Who’s going to win? In the short run, the victors may be the thugs who claim to rule in the name of God: the Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Basij militia and the other tools of an Islamic revolution that has decayed and hardened into mere authoritarianism. They have shown they are willing to kill enough of their compatriots to contain this first wave of change.

“Decayed and hardened”?  Really?  Can Ignatius really believe that the Islamic Republic has been anything but “mere authoritarianism” since the day it took 53 Americans hostage?  The Iranian government has supported the worst forms of terrorism all around the world, actively butchers its own people in public executions, stifles freedom of the press, has never had a free election.  If there’s a fascism and totalitarianism index, Iran is right near the top.  There is nothing but mere totalitarianism in the very ideals of the “Islamic Republic.”  It is, as most Islamism is, nothing more than a warmed over version of the fascism of Europe with Islam taking the place of the Master Race.

How could Ignatius and Obama be so deceived about the nature of this terrible regime?  What causes intelligent people to take absurd positions vis à vis Iran and other obvious enemies of Civilization?

The answer is ideology, an ideology that focuses all the sins of the world in one place, America.  The Soviets weren’t bad, we were.  The Maoists weren’t (or aren’t) bad, we were.  We were the aggressors, we were the bad guys.  I mean, sure they had the gulag, but we don’t even have Universal Health Care!  Still!

Who here sees a replay of the Carter years coming?  Carter was the nicest, most understanding, most apologetic President we’ve ever had and what did it get us?  A more beligerent USSR, a hostage crisis in Iran, aggresive terrorism throughout the Mideast and Europe.

When you apologize to thugs, they don’t take it as a kindness, they take it as weakness, and they quickly move to exploit any weakness they see.

And another thing, well two things actually; one on Putin and one on missile defense.  When Bush looked into “Putin’s soul” and saw a man he could do business with, he was universally derided on the Left as a fool who had been duped by Putin.  Of course, Bush never gave Putin anything, excepting maybe being a little less concerned with human rights in Russia than some wanted.  Obama flits over to Moscow and in a couple of days gives the Russians exactly what they have wanted for six years, a veto on our missile defense plans, selling out our allies and NATO members Poland and the Czech Republic in the process and he’s a genius for our time, .  Are you kidding me?

And what about missile defense?  The Left always screamed it wouldn’t work and even if it could shoot down one or two missiles, the Russians and the Chinese were going to send thousands at us, so what’s the point?  Of course, now it does work.  We’ve shot down missiles and satellites and just about anything else we’ve had a mind to over the past few years, so we don’t hear too much about the impossibility of hitting a bullet with a bullet anymore.  And yet the Left still vehemently opposes missile defence.  Confusing, no?

And the threat has changed as well.  We’re not worried about Russia throwing a thousand nukes over the North Pole at us, we’re worried about five from Iran or ten from PyongYang, exactly the kind of threat that missile defence, properly deployed could eliminate.

And yet the one place Obama chooses to save money next year is in cutting missile defence.  His one big “win” on the foreign policy circuit is giving away our right to defend ourselves and our allies to Russia.

The blind belief in disarmament has been part and parcel to the Left since Vietnam.  It has never been more dangerous.  It is of a piece with the belief that it is possible to make a deal with Iran’s thuggee rulers.  The Left as a matter of faith that if only we will repent of past wrongs, pay absolution and resolve to sin no more, then the world’s worst will accept our love, beat their swords into plowshares and we will all live happily ever after.

It’s daft.  It turns the rest of the world into mere reflections of America, absolving and infantalizing them at the same time.  Iran’s leaders have no interest of their own save resistance to American hegemony and American crimes.  Once those crimes are cleared up, all will be right with the world.  Iran’s belligerance is seen merely as a resistance (a legitimate resistance, I might add), to the monsters here in America.

We are the only bad guys, and we the only actors in this drama.  Everything revolves around us.  Obama doesn’t need to engage in tough diplomacy, he needs only change us and the messy world, with all its intractable problems, will simply melt away.

This is the fantasy that Obama and others like him hold dear.  Let us pray they wake up before it’s too late.

Back

From parts mostly known.  Known to all who have children anyway.

Where to begin?  The Anchoress has a post which I shall quote liberally for its essential humanity:

…my point was about understanding who we are and our intrinsic worth; we too often treat our lives, our bodies, our intellects, our blessings and our various gifts like they are nothing special, and so we devalue them.  We forget that – as Jesus says in Matthew:

Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?  Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your father’s knowledge.  Even all the hairs of your head are counted.  So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

We forget that we are royal children; loved into being; that our lives are not meaningless or accidental – that we do not pass unnoticed, whether we’re grocery shopping, or meeting friends for drinks, or weeping in our closets…

Read the rest here.

What else…  Johnson perhaps..

A shining dress, like a weighty weapon, has no force in itself, but owes all its efficacy to him that wears it.

Or a voice, mellifluous or not, which has no weight without character behind it.  And I think the rest of the world has seen through the show of the Obama adminstration.

And Acton, I simply must quote Acton after being away so long…

There is another world for the expiation of guilt, but the wages of folly are payable here below. – Acton, Lectures on the French Revolution. (here)

Sadly, the costs are often born by other than the fool.   And we shall all bear the price for the ridiculousness pouring out of Washington these days; healthcare and climate change legislation being two of the worst and most prominent nightmares currently passing through Congress.

More later.  Happy to be back.