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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Quote of the Day

James Taranto, making a wonderful comparison between laments that arose from within the mainstream press in 1980, when the ineffectual Jimmy Carter was on his way to losing in a landslide (to a conservative, agggghhhh!), to similar whines today:

"Listen closely and you can hear the sounds of slogging echo across the decades. They emanate not just from the failed president but from sympathetic journalists trying to absolve him of the responsibility for his failure."

Jimmy Carter too faced crises beyond his control.  Until Ronald Reagan stepped up and took control of them.

And now poor Barack ...

The World Will Have To Make Do

I'm not sure I'd buy the argument that the world has been free of hardship and strife since America rose to the exalted position of  Superpower after World War II.  In which year exactly have we seen that Pax Americana again?

The Wall Street Journal kinda skips over that point to make this one:
A Leaderless World

Not so long ago much of the world griped about an America that was too assertive, a "hyperpower" that attempted to lead with too little deference to the desires of those attending the G-20 meeting today in Mexico. Well, congratulations. A world without U.S. leadership is arriving faster than even the French hoped. How do you like it?

• In Syria, a populist revolt ...

• Iran continues its march toward a nuclear ...

• Again President of Russia, Vladimir Putin snubbed President Obama's invitation to ...

• In Egypt ...

For the Putins of the world and many American liberals, these signs of fading U.S. influence are welcome. They have finally tied down the American Gulliver. The era of "collective security" through the U.N. has arrived, and, whatever the future difficulties, at least there will be no more Iraqs.

But note well that the substitute for U.S. leadership is not a new era of U.N.-administered peace. It is often a vacuum filled by the world's nastiest actors. That is nowhere clearer than in Syria, where Russia and Iran have a free run to fortify the Assad dictatorship. [link]
Problem with this piece is? I think I could make the opposite argument using the same examples.

Yeah, Syria, Egypt, and Iran are problems. But when haven't they been?

Syria has been ruled by the same ruthless family for 42 years - when we ruled the world and now when we don't. Nothing's changed.

Iran was a thorn in our side even when Ronald Reagan governed the planet.

Egypt has been a basket case since forever.

And Russia? It was much more the totalitarian state when we weren't pulling back our influence.

So, yeah, the world today is a violent place.

Like it's been for ... ever?

American oversight or no.

WV Democrats In Rebellion

Efforts on the part of the federal government, lead by America's leading Democrat, to destroy the state's biggest industry will have this effect:
Democratic W.Va. governor won't attend convention
Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Democratic West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he won't attend the party's national convention, citing serious problems with President Barack Obama.

Tomblin is an automatic superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention. He says his time is best spent working in West Virginia, not attending the four-day political rally in Charlotte, N.C.

In West Virginia's presidential primary, Tomblin refused to say whether he voted for Obama.

Tomlbin isn't alone in sitting this one out - West Virginia's Sen. Joe Manchin and congressman Nick Rahall say they don't plan to attend the convention, either.

Each of the three faces a Republican opponent in November. [link]
Nowhere in America will you find better evidence that the Democratic Party has abandoned its traditional base than in West Virginia. In other areas of the country - like the deep South - Democrats who felt disfranchised by their party switched parties. But in West Virginia, that "my granddaddy was a Democrat and my daddy was a Democrat so ..." mentality reigns. So Manchin, Rahall, and Tomblin and lots of other politicians play a game in which they love their party but refuse to associate with it on the national stage.

Strange. But it'll get all three reelected in the state that Obama has forsaken.