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RAPID RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section.  It will offer fresh, quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in this rapid-fire world of ours.  Of course, as in military campaigns, a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction.  Charge that to "the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military campaign must maintain to be effective.  But the mission will always be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.  That's all I promise.
GS

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FRIDAY and SATURDAY, January 30 and 31, 2004

The saying goes: "You can't beat something with nothing".  Now that the Democrats have stopped attacking each other, are beating on President Bush and this administration on issues, and are providing plausible faces to go along with the diatribes, we are reminded of some issues that have been bothering Bush fans also.

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THURSDAY, January 29, 2004

It's time again for pointing out some good articles on important subjects:

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WEDNESDAY, January 28, 2004

The Democrats have a new mantra: "ANYBODY BUT BUSH!"  I even had a friend, ordinarily clear-headed and prudent, tell me yesterday that, for him, that meant even Al Sharpton.  Wow.  Now how is it that George W. Bush is creating so much anger in liberal Democrats?  (And this is only about liberal Democrats so far, not moderate Democrats or left-leaning Independents or liberal Republicans).  I think I know why.  Ultra-liberals are now facing the same prospect that Scrooge faced with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future: that most of their positions and actions and sacred cows embraced over the last fourty years have been Wrong.  And George W. Bush is showing them the error of their ways.  "Tell a person a lie, and you will irritate him.  Tell him the truth, and you will infuriate him."
Yet this development cannot be ignored; it is a powerful sentiment, equated with a similar sentiment held by many Americans regarding Bill Clinton in the later years of his Presidency.  President Bush would be well advised to consider addressing effectively some of the Democrats' legitimate complaints: chronic joblessness for too many; unnecessary environmental insensitivity; the actuality of rampant greed on our business class; the cancer in our foreign relations called Israel / Palestine.  Whether to do the right thing, or merely to co-opt the Democrats in these areas, such an effort this year would be worth the possible back-lash from his "base", reportedly fundamentalist Conservatives.  Would they be so brain-dead as to prefer the likes of any of the liberal Democrats in contention while they "punish" President GWB as they reportedly "punished"  former President GHWB for his perceived heresies?  Anyway, President Bush ignores this development at his peril.

GS

MONDAY and TUESDAY, January 26 and 27, 2004

As promised throughout this section, and at risk of repetition, we must keep addressing the distortions and wrong-headedness coming out of the current great liberal road show and its media hangers-on regarding American foreign policy post-9/11.  The over-riding  responsibility of the Federal Government is national defense and security.  Given the threat posed by world-wide Terrorism and its supporters, our only effective defense is pre-emptive self-defense.  Support and encouragement from other nations would be nice and would be helpful, but all we require is respect - for our power and our willingness to use it, if not for our ideals on behalf of the sane world.  And...after Afganistan and Iraq, the world is a safer place, as developments in Libya, in Kashmir and even in North Korea will attest.  Americans realize that.  Even our cynical and self-serving "allies" in Old Europe know this in their private moments.  Or is France, with its one aircraft carrier, or Germany with its armed forces still deployed to fight World War 2 going to do the job for us?   And then there is the U.N...  Vice President Dick Cheney articulated these realities very well at a meeting of over 1000 world political, business and religious leaders yesterday in Davos, Switzerland  (NYTimes, Sunday, January 25, 2004, pA1).   Still, liberal Democrats continue to set up the straw man of WMD's as the main or only reason for this country's actions in the last year.  The ploy becomes more and more transparent as Americans begin to consider the specter of an internationalist, pacifist Democratic administration. Once again, the definition of a liberal is "the first person to leave the room when the fight starts.

GS

SUNDAY, January 25, 2004

More regarding Governor John Rowland.  Please see my offerings on January 11 and January 23.  Now comes an article in The Day entitled "Rowland case could lead to strengthening of ethics laws" (Saturday, January 24, 2004, pA1).  Precisely as predicted, this is the real issue before the State of Connecticut, a state of ambiguity regarding what does and does not pass muster in the inevitable relationships between public officials and the rest of us. This is what must come out of the whole mess as regards the State.  As for the Governor, the current ambiguity is all the more reason for assuring fairness and due process in dealing with the State's top office holder duly elected by the citizens. Even the State Constitution offers no guidance regarding what impeachable offenses are...not even a comment about "high crimes and misdemeanors".   Thus, what we expect from the special committee charged with the subject of possible impeachment is thoroughness, fairness and statesman-like action, not partisan posturing.

GS

SATURDAY, January 24, 2004

As if on cue, right on the heels of January 22 comes a story from Amhurst, Massachusetts about a high school that is allowing (even encouraging) their teenage girls to stage a production of The Vagina Monologues.  This from a school system that reportedly also rewrote Peter Pan for its students because "it was too racist".  Given the idiocy rampant in our culture today, I no longer ask "why".  But we can reflect on the consequences.  "Separate but Equal" was never and can never be equal: not when applied to separation of the races for purposes of education; not when exercised by mis-guided immigrants who chose to stress their heritage to the exclusion of that of their adopted society; not by strident blacks who teach their children that "whitey" is the enemy; and not be females and their eunuchoid fellow travelers who preach separation of the sexes, irrelevance of sex in institutions like marriage and child rearing, and uniform contempt for men.  Yes, there is womanhood out there; but such females are not part of that group of respected colleagues and life-partners.  It is appalling that in places like Amhurst, Massachusetts, young girls are being brain-washed toward that path.

GS

FRIDAY, January 23, 2004

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THURSDAY, January 22, 2004

Another "day that will live in infamy".  On this date in 1973, a U.S.Supreme Court that for over a decade had been making a shambles of  Federal Constitutional separation of powers and of the traditional barrier to otherwise arbitrary judicial action in "a political question" produced its decision in Roe v Wade.   Founded in neither Law, Medicine, Ethics or Morality,  it created out of whole cloth a right to kill an unborn human being.  40 million abortions later, that exercise in raw arrogance continues to be fed by lies and liars, reminiscent of the state of the Law in Nazi Germany in the 1930's and beyond, capsuled there by the all-powerful declaration: "Recht ist Recht".  Now not only is the fertilized human ovum not considered a human being, and not only is the "right" limited to the period before "viability" (occurring ever earlier due to the advances of Medicine) and not only is "conception" deemed by some not to occur until "implantation" ( to accomodate the rationale of RU486 and "Plan B"), but pro-abortionists continue to demand the right to kill a full-term baby in the birth canal (partial birth abortion).  What are we to make of this behavior, except to recognize that throughout history human beings have been capable of the greatest good...and the greatest evil.  Fortunately, all those fetuses have not been as visible as were the millions of slaves in an earlier era.  And so, we have avoided another brutal Civil War.  All we can do is to continue to speak up against this abomination, and to pray.

GS

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, January 19 through 21, 2004

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SUNDAY, January 18, 2004

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THURSDAY through SATURDAY, January 15 through 17, 2004

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MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, January 12 through 14, 2004

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SUNDAY, January 11, 2004

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FRIDAY and SATURDAY, January 9 and 10 2004

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THURSDAY, January 8, 2004

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SATURDAY through WEDNESDAY, January 3, 2004 through January 7, 2004

Sorry about the lapse.  It's proving to be a busy winter.  But it has also been a busy news cycle recently.

GS

FRIDAY, January 2, 2004

Just one day into the New Year, and "my cup runneth over".

Government "good news-bad news" department:

Why bring all this up while we are all trying to settle our jangled nerves and expanding bellies after this holiday season?  Because now is the time to make a New Year's resolution; namely, that we will all become Involved Citizens.  The passage of the McCain-Feingold Act and its recent support by the U.S. Supreme Court gives all of us an important tool by partly leveling the political playing field in our efforts to remove the crooks and clowns from public office.  Get in the game!  Remember: "In a democracy, the people always get what they deserve".

GS

SUNDAY through THURSDAY, December 28, 2003 through January 1, 2004

HAPPY NEW YEAR

GS


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