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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Democrat Boldly Goes Where Every Other Whining ...

Former Democratic presidential contender and party animal Gary Hart has come out with a denunciation of the Democratic party for not speaking against the war. He's obviously been on some boat somewhere with his tongue down some chick's throat for the last two years.

I won't dwell on his rambling letter in the Washington Post - most of it looks to be lifted from one of his anti-American speeches from the Vietnam days - but here's the meat of it:
Who Will Say 'No More'?
By Gary Hart


History will deal with George W. Bush and the neoconservatives who misled a mighty nation into a flawed war that is draining the finest military in the world, diverting Guard and reserve forces that should be on the front line of homeland defense, shredding international alliances that prevailed in two world wars and the Cold War, accumulating staggering deficits, misdirecting revenue from education to rebuilding Iraqi buildings we've blown up, and weakening America's national security. (link)
There's nothing new in this meandering - and totally misguided - rant. But here's the part that makes my blood boil:
But what will history say about an opposition party that stands silent while all this goes on? My generation of Democrats jumped on the hot stove of Vietnam and now, with its members in positions of responsibility, it is afraid of jumping on any political stove. In their leaders, the American people look for strength, determination and self-confidence, but they also look for courage, wisdom, judgment and, in times of moral crisis, the willingness to say: "I was wrong."

The real defeatists today are not those protesting the war. The real defeatists are those in power and their silent supporters in the opposition party who are reduced to repeating "Stay the course" even when the course, whatever it now is, is light years away from the one originally undertaken. The truth is we're way off course. We've stumbled into a hornet's nest. We've weakened ourselves at home and in the world. We are less secure today than before this war began.

Who now has the courage to say this?

Yeah. We should reverse course. Abandon what we've accomplished in the Middle East. Retreat from the field of battle. Leave the bodies of American soldiers to rot in the streets. Invite the enemy to take retribution on those who willingly allied themselves with our cause. Tell the Iraqi people that we wanted them to be free but "Desperate Housewives" comes on at 9 and we had to make a choice.

Gary Hart came of age during the Vietnam War. He is quagmired in it, making pointed references to it here in his sniveling letter demanding capitulation.

What I learned from the Vietnam debacle is this: We abandoned our allies in Southeast Asia and ran. Like cowards. Our allies knew it, as did our enemies. It was after we retreated that the real genocide began. In Laos. In South Vietnam. In the Killing Fields of Pol Pot's Cambodia. Millions of innocent human beings were wiped from the face of the earth. And cowards like Gary Hart, who so anguished over the tragic and senseless loss of life when the USA had a presence there, didn't give a damn about the slaughter after we turned tail and ran.

So shut up, man. It's whiners and appeasers like you that make this world a dangerous place. Osama bin Lasin, not that long ago, bragged about the fact that Americans didn't have the fortitude to stand up to him; that we would cower and would never respond to his terrorist threat. It now turns out that the most dangerous man on earth today was right, at least about worms like Hart.

A few questions need to be asked of people like Gary Hart and Cindy Sheehan and Ted Kennedy - of the entire Democratic party:

When we abandon the field to the enemy, what then? When Zarqawi's henchmen storm Baghdad, and take up the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children where Saddam Hussein left off, will you respond the same way you did to Pol Pot's murderous reign of terror in the 70's, which was to not respond at all? When we've given up the gains we've made in Libya and Egypt and Lebanon and Afghanistan and Iraq, and terrorists are able to regain power in the Middle East, and they start launching attacks on New York City again, are you going to respond in the manner of Bill Clinton? Blow up a tent in the Afghan desert as a show of ... God knows what?

Your kind allowed the tragedy of 9/11 to occur, Mr. Hart. While we're still searching for the remains of 1000 people who disappeared that day, your ghost rises from the ash heap of history, pleading for forgiveness. Begging for more. That's why your kind were driven from power. Never to return.

So go back to dealing the chicks, Gary. America will be the better for it.

Gov't To The Rescue

Now here's some disturbing news:
Virginians get fatter; like many other states*
By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Virginians, like everyone else, are getting fatter.

The percent of Virginians who are obese increased from 2003 to 2004, mirroring a national trend of every state except one, according to a report from a nonprofit group. (
link)
Wait. That's not the disturbing part.

When I topped out at 217 a few years ago, I responded by eating less; a radical approach to be sure. I lost - relatively quickly - 32 pounds.

But politicians can't expect people to be smart enough to actually willfully shovel less tonnage into their mouths. Oh no. We need a policy.
"This is truly about the health of our nation," said Rachael Kennedy, obesity prevention coordinator at the Virginia Department of Health.

Parris N. Glendening, former Maryland governor and co-author of the report, said government and private industry have to step up and make it easier for people to make healthier choices."The bottom line is there is a lot more that could be done to help people with nutrition and exercise, among other things," Glendening said.
First, Virginia has an obesity prevention coordinator?! How much of my increased tax burden went to paying for her? And if we're all getting fatter, shouldn't she be fired for having failed in her one and only assigned duty?

Second, how does Glendening (who by the way was cheered for finally leaving the office of Maryland governor; he was so incompetent) propose that we help people exercise? Pedal the bike for them?

Big Brother and Big Sister (I picture both as being grossly obese) haven't come up with a plan yet (the order-in pizza supremo lunch interrupted their momentum) but they know where to turn for a solution:
"We reviewed initiatives in each state, looking at things from school policies to taxes," she said. "We looked at federal programs and their responsibilities, the role of community design and food access, and then even the relationship of health insurance and private industry to obesity.

Suburban sprawl, Glendening said, makes it difficult for kids to walk to school or for people to walk to a restaurant for lunch, factors that could be addressed by communities and federal transportation policies.
Taxes. Jesus God.

And we need a federal transportation policy to get "kids to walk."

I shudder to think how they'll decide we can prevent kids from peeing on the toilet seat.

* I don't write the headlines. I don't know how "states" get fatter either.

Illegal Alien Issue Hits Home

It will be interesting to see how this plays out:

Warner urged to declare emergency in illegals crisis
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times

State legislators said yesterday that Virginia is facing an immigration crisis on par with Arizona and New Mexico and urged Gov. Mark Warner to declare an emergency like the governors of those two states did last week.

Conservative estimates put the number of illegal aliens in Virginia at 100,000 to 200,000. (link)

I am honestly too far removed from the problem to know whether some politician is blowing smoke here or not. I remember being startled a few months ago to see two Hispanics in a car here in Bland County. That will give you an idea of how "European" we are in these parts.

I do know, having had the opportunity to hang out quite a bit up around Annandale and Herndon - Prince William County - that English in some locales is a second language. Sometimes a third language. A fourth ...

Now, I'm not naive about the massive flood of problems across the Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas borders but I want to believe the vast majority of "immigrants" that I encounter in Virginia are here legally. And if they're legal, I wish them all the success in the world.

If they're not, however, and the problem is as serious as some would have us believe, then the Governor - and the President - need to act. Soon.

Quote Of The Day

"Is there anyone who doesn't know what Cindy Sheehan wants to tell [President Bush]? She wants Bush to immediately withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq — that is, to abandon the commitment we made to help the Iraqi people transform their society into a functioning democracy.

A wholesale retreat of the kind advocated by Cindy Sheehan would dishonor the sacrifices made by so many — including her own son." (link)
From a New York Post editorial, "The President Answers Mrs. Sheehan."