George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London,
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.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, June 28
through 30, 2004
Happy Birthday, Iraq (June 28, 2004). On that day, Tom
Brokaw suggested that the Iraqi people were as yet not inclined to compare
their day of independence with our July 4. Mistake. They
should be making that precise comparison. After July 4, 1776, the
original Americans had to wage a fierce war, with unclear outcome, until
1781. Their lives, liberty, reputation and property, and that of
their families, hung in the balance. Indeed, their fight had begun
one year earlier, in 1775. So far the Iraqi people have been slow
and self - deluding in their diatribes and actions against America, whose
role in Iraq was played by France in the American Revolution. But
freedom for them, as for us, will only come through their own actions,
sweat and blood.
The Democratic dittos continue. "Kerry: Bush Should Push
Allies To Help On Iraq." (by Mark Egan, Reuters, June 28, 2004).
And one of our own Democratic state senators stressed that we should
get our troops out of Iraq ASAP. Wow! What concepts.
Our country's governance depends on Constitutional balance and separation
of powers. The U.S. Supreme Court and the Executive are playing their
roles pro-actively in an appropriate manner. Only the Legislative
Branch of government is stuck in a form of "flagrante dilictu".
Two out of three just doesn't cut it, especially with the country in a
state of war.
Add the government's long policy regarding Cuba to the list of drug
wars and immigration policies...that don't work! Must we wait
for the usual 30-odd years for the old bureaucrats to die off or to retire
and write their "tell-all" memoirs before we admit to abject failures and
devise better...and more humane...approaches to these critical people-problems?
Governor Rowland, most of us take no pleasure in events of the last
few months. But you must have to admit to an inordinate degree of
obtuseness, insensitivity and "hutzpa"...to say nothing of any actual criminal
activity. So you evidently had financial problems. Regardless
of how that happened, I am reminded of a political poster that made the
rounds in the hayday of Welfare: "I Fight Poverty...I Work!"
Were no other, legitimate ways open to you? It has always worked
And then there is the pharmaceutical industry. Talk about
Wall Street bears, bulls and PIGS, they are rapidly approaching
the tipping point for imposition of price controls and other effective
regulation to bring those companies back to reality. Pretty soon
the people are "not gonna take it any more!"
SUNDAY, June 27, 2004
"Past is Prologue". A famous saying that is no less true today.
The current trials of our forces in Iraq following our overthrow of its
despotic regime receive some context from the reports in the NYTimes about
the months following VE Day in Germany. "Res Ipsa Loquitur".
June 01, 2004, 2:33 p.m.
A Familiar Place, Mark
R. Levin, National Review
It got ugly in postwar Germany, too.
With all the nay saying about our presence in Iraq, it's worth noting
that none of these difficulties are particularly new. No postwar occupation
has been without serious challenges, including the occupation of Germany
after World War II. The New York Times ran a series of news stories
in late 1945 reporting, in part, the following:
"Germans Reveal Hate of Americans," October 31, 1945
The German attitude toward the American occupation forces has swung
from apathy and surface friendliness to active dislike. According to a
military government official, this is finding expression in the organization
of numerous local anti-American organizations throughout the zone and in
a rapid increase in the number of attacks on American soldiers. There were
more such attacks in the first week of October than in the preceding five
months of the occupation, this source declared.
This official views the situation as so serious that he and others
are protesting the withdrawal of 1,600 experienced military-government
officers form the German governments on township, county and regional levels
between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15. "We have been talking since the summer about
the trouble that we expect this winter," the source said. "That trouble
has now begun and we meet it with a plan to withdraw officers from communities
where trouble is already being encountered.
"Loss of Victory in Germany Through U.S. Policy Feared," November
Grave concern was expressed today by informed officials that the United
States might soon lose the fruits of victory in Germany through the failure
to prepare adequately for carrying out its long-term commitments under
the Potsdam Declaration. Government failures were attributed in part to
public apathy. The predictions of a coming crisis are predicated upon three
1) The failure to start training a civilian corps of administrators
to take over when the Army's Military Government pulls out of Germany by
2) The failure of the Government to set up an expert advisory group,
such as that which existed in the Foreign Economic Administration's Enemy
Branch to back up the American administrators of Germany with informed
advice and provide a focal point in Washington for policy-making on the
3) The failure of the Allies to decide together, or the United States
for itself, the crucial economic question raised by the Potsdam Declaration;
namely what level of German economic activity is desired over the long
"Germans Declare Americans Hated," December 3, 1945
An exhaustive compilation of opinions of Germans in all walks of life
on their reaction to the United States occupation of their country was
released this afternoon from the confidential status under which it was
submitted to officials of the United States Forces in the European Theatre
Bitter resentment and deep disappointment was voiced over the Americans'
first six months of occupation, though there was some praise for the improvements
in transportation, health conditions, book publishing and entertainment.
"German Election Set In Towns of U.S. Zone," December 19, 1945
United States Seventh Army headquarters announced today that plans had
been completed for initial German elections in January at Gemuende. A statement
said that a vast majority of Germans remained passive in attitude toward
politics and displayed no disposition to take over civic responsibilities.
I think we can agree that the postwar occupation of Germany, and the
rest of Europe, worked out quite well, despite numerous difficulties and
the best efforts of the New York Times to highlight them — as it
does today in postwar Iraq.
Mark R. Levin is president of Landmark Legal Foundation and
talk-radio host on WABC 770 AM in New York.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, June 25 and
Community non-profit hospitals have been in the news again, and
not for the right reasons. We read that some have been charging uninsured
patients full prices (which they never get for insured patients)...and
then dunning them aggressively to boot. Not nice, and not in the
community-oriented spirit on which their tax-free status depends, regardless
of the other social services that they may contribute. First things
first. Their mission is to provide health care. What they should
be doing is giving "most favored nation" charges to such troubled patients,
applying the lowest charges that they get reimbursed from any other payor.
Relations Department...Call Your Office!
The tax-disfavored status of single individuals is in the news again.
There are now 86 million unmarried adults in the U.S. at this time.
This may have been supported by desirable public policy in the past, but
it is now an anachronism...and is patently unfair. It should be fixed.
(See "The Singles Lobby...", by Jeff Zaslow, WSJ, Thursday, June
25, 2004, Personal Journal, pD1).
Talk about "political power". Two examples of "Not"
come to mind: 1) Despite the massive number of single adults as noted above,
the American Association of Single People counts 3,500 members! 2) American
physicians, within or outside of the AMA, always overestimate their political
power. This winter, 1,800 of my Connecticut colleagues descended
upon Hartford to influence the deliberations and vote on medical mal-practice
reform legislation. They lost. What they should have done was
to hire 1,800 buses, fill them with likely willing patients, and to go
Hartford. Get the message?
The increasingly serious world dilemma regarding nuclear nation haves
and have-nots is beginning to resemble the failed war on illicit
drugs. In both cases, perhaps it would be better allow, register
and monitor (treat) nuclear capability (referring in drug cases only to
addicts, and not "legalizing drug use")...and to sanction nuclear
and drug criminals and pushers with swift and severe punishment.
This could work.
Every review that I have seen about Bill Clinton's book has been
critical and, in my opinion, true. This is by, about and for a user
of people, with tricks learned and honed during his "victimhood" reportedly
at the hands of his step-father. (See also his
own section on this web site).
Public schools - again. See today's report on the state-wide
Mastery Tests (The Day, pA1). I've stopped discussing this with
teacher friends and patients of mine. Anything I say sounds too mean-spirited...regardless
of it's being gospel truth. It's just the frustration of seeing generation
after generation of young people, especially poor young people for whom
a good education would be their only stock - in - trade as they embark
on adult life, being denied it. And it is the frustration of seeing
the Democrats...who established and protect this "system" in its current
form, being supported decade after decade by those same poor people
whose children have no choice...but could have. (See the section
on Public Education on this web site for more).
News Flash! Jobs, including good jobs, are increasing...while
health benefits associated with jobs are decreasing. As I have said
for 25 years, from the beginning our American "health care cost crisis"
has been a direct consequence of the tie-in between tax - deductible employer
health benefits and those same tax -exempt employee benefits. The
prospective patient must be kept in the cost - care calculus if anything
is to change for the better. One good way, so good that it was
blocked for fifteen years until recent passage of the Medicare Reform law,
is the Health (of Medical) Savings Account. Check it out!
President Bush is being panned in Europe. So, what else is
new. Those ingrates have always succumbed to envy and cowardice rather
than to appreciation. As the President said while in Ireland, that
land of peace and harmony, the only poll that counts is being held in November,
in America. Meanwhile, let's be careful with our acquiescence to
everything that "international bodies" like the Hague Court or the
Red Cross or the U.N. demand. Scratch the veneer of these groups...and
out pop our old detractors. Our national integrity must never
be in play as we negotiate with these self-promoters.
Yesterday, readers of both the NYTimes ("Tension rises...")and the
WSJ ("Deadly Assaults...") had a clear opportunity to see how these
two newspapers handled the same important story from Iraq on their
front pages. The Times spent the entire copy describing the carnage
and the work of the terrorist al-Zarqawi, while the WSJ described in detail
the actions and plans of Iraq Prime Minister Allawi and the Iraqi people
(at long last!) to deal with the problem. Presented with a room-full
of manure...Democrats always see - just manure.
MONDAY through THURSDAY, June 21
through 24, 2004
More about "liberals", in the new and disparaging sense of the last
few decades. In a commentary published in The Day yesterday,
Maureen Dowd compares the President and his administration with the worst
of Bill Clinton: "they went after Saddam because they could". Comparing
the motivation for Saddam with that for Monica, she opines: "Like Clinton,
the president engaged in an enterprise of choice, not necessity."
(Commentary, pA7). Couple that with the reckless fulminations of
Algore today, and you have a bunch of junk-yard dogs firmly entrenched
in the campaign of John Kerry. Keep it up and you'll howl yourselves
to a landslide victory for George W. Bush. A useful read on this
subject is the New York Times Bestseller: "Useful Idiots...How liberals
got it wrong in the Cold War and still blame America first" by Mona
Charen (Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2003)
Regarding U.S.Immigration policy, an example of national schizophrenia,
see "About Those Huddled Masses", by Tamar Jacoby (WSJ, today, Opinion,
pA10) The American people are not anti-immigration. Most of
us owe our lives here to brave immigrants. "What voters want is
to get a grip on the problem: They want a solution and they want it to
work." Not too much to ask.
Two health - related issues. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld
pre-emption of state law in attempts to bring cases of health insurer
treatment payment denial as cases of medical mal-practice. This result
can be based on Contract Law and on the practicality that otherwise the
Managed Care Industry could fold under the weight of subsequent litigation.
Tough, but true. That should never prevent a doctor from prescribing
any indicated treatment - and a patient from receiving that treatment...and
then suing the MCO in Federal Court for the cost outlay. In such
cases, there would be a high likelihood of success, in my opinion.
Then comes the article in the WSJ yesterday entitled "New Way To Curb
Medical Costs: Make Employees Feel the Sting", by Ron Lieber (pA1).
a revolutionary concept! (See my offerings on this website
under Managed Care and related categories). Now, please
don't get me wrong. All patients of mine knows how hard I fight for
them, medically and as an advocate for their care. But somebody has
to tell the truth here. I have been trying to do it for the last
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, June 19 and
Happy Fathers' Day, to those who deserve the accolade.
They are the fathers in traditional families, who work and worry and watch
over their kids...and who love and cherish their kids' mother. They
are the fathers who are at-home fathers, for one reason or another...reportedly
over 100,000 of them. They are the 2.2 million single fathers.
But what about the fathers, one in every three families, who are letting
their kids grow up in a fatherless household? And what about the
households, one of every two, that are single-parent? Was this
what the Great Society was supposed to produce? No accolades for
this mess. If this refers to you, WAKE UP. Parenting is
the single most important and difficult and rewarding job that you can
aspire to in your lifetime.
If you want to know some of the important facts unearthed by the 9/11
Commission, read "Spinning 9/11", the WSJ Editorial published
on Friday, June 18, 2004, Opinion, pA10). As I keep saying, you've
got to cross-read in at least two newspapers...and not just the slanted
Laughing at those "nuts" who keep yelling about global warming,
and at the film "The Day After Tomorrow". True, catastrophic changes
will not occur in the course of several days. But we are now told
by scientists that they could occur within a decade, and not over eons,
as we all suppose. Have you noticed the stories recently about severe drought
conditions in our own Southwest as well as in the expanding African desert?
Have you noticed the worsening fire seasons in the West? Have you
heard that, this year, icebergs were found at their most southerly latitude
in the Atlantic? Have you read articles this year in Nature magazine
regarding the findings of deep ice core borings and of increasing fresh
water dumping from North American and northern European rivers onto the
Gulf Stream currents, on which the moderate climate of the Northern Hemisphere
depends? Have you read that "the March through May period was the third
warmest spring on record for the United States, the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration said Friday" (The Day, today, Nation, pA4)?
And if you're depending on your Federal Government, the sum total of all
lobbyists, to keep you safe, remember... there are three kinds of liars:
liars, damned liars, and the Federal Government.
More regarding our Federal Government, extending over decades.
It continues to fail us in two vital areas: drug trafficking; and immigration
policy. Both are soluble problems, but only if the 50%
of non-voting citizens get off their couch and get involved.
And what about that new autobiography. Just what's needed for the
care and feeding of liberals. I cannot improve upon the book review
of Bill Clinton's latest offering that appears today in the N.Y.Times
(pA1): "The book, which weighs in at more than 950 pages, is sloppy,
self-indulgent and often eye-crossingly dull-- the sound of one man prattling
away, not for the reader, but for himself and some distant recording angel
of history". (by Michiko Kakutani).
FRIDAY, June 18, 2004
One thing is sure: the current editorial content of The Day regarding
the continuing saga of Iraq does not beat around the bush; it simply beats
On Bush! The editorial in that newspaper's edition today (pA10) rehashes
all the original and continuing liberal objections to our having
attacked Iraq without the blessing of Hans Blix and his ilk. Their
thinking is in a time warp unaffected by subsequent developments and by
contrary professional opinion. (See "The Pentagon's New Map",
by Thomas P.M.Barnett, G.P.Putnam's Sons, 2004). Now the big
deal is the negative finding of the 9/11 Commission regarding "no credible
evidence". In logic and in scientific reasoning, a negative result
has far less weight than a positive relationship. (See also the information
and opinion expressed in this section, with supporting references, since
Now comes today's revelation by Russian President Vladimir Putin
that "After the events of September 11, 2001, and before the start
of the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services several times
received information that the official services of the Saddam regime were
preparing 'terrorist acts' on the United States and beyond its borders....This
information was passed on to our American colleagues." ("Putin
Says Russia Warned U.S. On Saddam", by Raushan Nurshayeva, Reuters,
Friday, June 18, 2004, 9:36 AM ET). And so I ask the editors
of The Day, does any of this make any difference in your views on President
George W. Bush, and on your world-view? In the words of the sage
Ted Turner:"Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of The Way". Don't just "qvetch".
TUESDAY through THURSDAY, June 15
through 17, 2004
Back to work...I mean back from work.
Regarding the 9/11 Commission Report, how did they get to "no credible
evidence" from "dysfunctional CIA", and then the great leap to "misled"?
How, indeed, except during an election year.
Our "friends" around the world continue to hector us regarding the scheduled
of sovereignty in Iraq. They are now questioning our planned
handling of Saddam Hussein, himself. More reason to predicate all
our actions on what's right for America. All other motivations need
Our other "friends", the Saudis, continue to be kings of denial
in their dealings with the insurgency in their midst. See also "Saudi
Arabia Is Not Our Friend", by Joel Mowbray (The Day, Saturday, June
12, 2004, Commentary, pA7). Another one of many reasons why
we should get real about energy self-sufficiency. Otherwise, we may
be in for a real war , beginning in that part of the world.
Regarding the recent articles about some M.D.'s refusing to treat lawyers.
Outrageous and un-ethical. Even lawyers are people.
Now come the historical revisionists, a bit early, revising the
facts about the last years of the Cold War and former President Reagan's
central role in ending it. Of course, the motivation for this
is to get at the present President. Forget Reagan's direct involvement
with Poland, the Pope, and the accelerated arms race whereby America broke
the economic back of the USSR. See "In Solidarity", by Lech
Walesa (WSJ, Friday, June 11, 2004, Opinion, pA8).
Regarding the U.S. Catholic Bishops dilemma relating to alleged Catholic
politicians, scandal and Holy Communion, the Vatican's topic for the
2005 Synod of Bishops is the Eucharist. Two quotations from the outline
are on point: "Communion can be received only in union with the whole
church, after overcoming any separation because of religion or morality";
one is holy, come;"if one is not, repent." (See "Vatican
Synod....", in Four County Catholic, June, 2004, p17). See also my
earlier comments on the subject in this section.
A report from the Harvard School of Public Health noted in today's
The Day bemoans the fact that there are fewer social services, particularly
directed toward the family, offered in this country as compared with other
countries...meaning the socialist European countries with their confiscatory
tax policies. Perhaps some Americans should reconsider becoming part
of the over 50% of families without an in-house father. It
takes two to tango...and to parent. In addition, the following statements
attributed to Abraham Lincoln should be taken to heart:
"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could
and should do for themselves"
MONDAY, June 14, 2004
More on reported divisions within this country. An up-lifting
article in yesterday's N.Y.Times provides evidence that the Washington
beltway and punditry and the liberal news media are the groups that are
separated from the mainstream. See "A Nation Divided? Who
Says?", by John Tierney, Week In Review, Section 4, p1. As stated earlier
in this section, this election year Americans will be seeking out moderates
of both parties who make sense, as distinguished from brittle idiologues,
regarding domestic affairs. Regarding foreign affairs, both we and
the Iraqi people want the same thing: security. How to achieve that
is developing more and more into a consensus alligned with the Bush
Doctrine and its logical extensions. In addition to the book
referenced above ("The Pentagon's New Map"), another new book by
a senior foreign policy analyst gives high marks to many of the President's
acts. ("Power, Terror, Peace, and War", by Walter Russell
Mead, Alfred A. Knopf, 2004). It is interesting that, while the former
describes the Department of Defense as behind the curve, the latter reports
a worse situation in the Department of State: "A mix of incredulity, outrage,
shock, anger and despair is running through the foreign policy establishment
as many of its most cherished ideas and institutions are impatiently brushed
aside". And that's precisely what we need: thinking and acting
outside the box whose lid closed with a massive blow on 9/11. However,
what America also deserves...and soon...is a clear articulation and re-affirmation
of that Doctrine of pre-emptive defense and of engagement throughout the
world for the benefit of all - but on our own terms. The Bush administration
has not yet achieved that goal with the American people. The time
is past due. Meanwhile, read the books. Illuminating and hopeful.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, June 12 and
And now for the return of the "But-Heads". Yes, but...this.
Yes, but...that. That is what we are now reading in the "liberal"
press, a mis-use of that once honored word, after a week of "A Nation
Coming Together"... as expressed in the Editorial of The Day (theday.com),
on June 12. "It is a sign of these troubling times, though,
that Capitol Hill is a bitter place...." How much more bitter could
some people be than to have as this year's mantra "anyone but Bush".
Very thoughtful. How much more bitter than the article in today's
N.Y.Times by Frank Rich, dripping with contempt, entitled "First Reagan,
Now His Stunt Double" (Art and Leisure, Section 2, p1). And how much
conducive to the desired "real debate" than this arrogant and conclusory
pronouncement in the Day editorial: "The most serious occasion in recent
times was the development of a foreign policy, the Bush Doctrine, in which
differences of opinion were not allowed, allies were not adequately consulted
and bipartisanship fell prey to the hubris of a Republican administration
bloated by conceit with its own power." This is also the furor that
President Harry Truman evoked in some quarters in the later 1940's when
he set a true course against what would later be known as the "evil empire".
when you're wrong, you're really wrong. But then, you have had a
lot of practice at that during the last 30 years.
FRIDAY, June 11, 2004
The memories of, and today's eulogies to former President Ronald
Reagan offer a good opportunity to reflect on how this country came
to stand as a colossus astride the world, to the bemusement of most
Americans and to the consternation of others in that world...most notably
the French. We nearly destroyed ourselves in the Civil War.
Then we nearly worked ourselves to death chasing a combination of Manifest
Destinty and the Industrial Revolution. With the help of a massive
infusion of human capital during the great influx of immigrants between
1865 and 1900, we not only survived, but thrived...and even began to try
our hand at imperialism...something that did not come naturally to us.
World War l became a stern reminder of President Washington's admonition
against "foreign entanglements", while the rest of the world learned about
totalitarianism regimes like Communism and Fascism. Like the proverbial
elephant in the living room, we could not hide behind isolationism...and
we had to win World War ll with our friends. Since then, there has
been no stopping us, notwithstanding serious challenges by the former Soviet
Union and its client states. So, here we are, the reluctant giant
- admired and envied, sought out for help and feared, loved and hated.
One thing is sure: to retreat, either into isolationism or into the amorphous
mass called globalism or the U.N., would create a great vacuum into which
would be sucked all the evil and insanity that man is capable of.
And 9/11 showed us that we would not avoid that chaos either. So,
is our Manifest Destiny for the 21st century. A look back
and ahead, aided by several recent books, is useful here.
If anyone doubts the central role that President Reagan's America played
on the world stage, or that President George W. Bush's America must continue
to play in Afganistan, in Iraq and throughout the world, please read: In
Solidarity, by Lech Walesa, published in today's WSJ (Opinion, pA8).
"The Anatomy of Fascism", by Robert O. Paxton, Alfred Knopf, New
"The Piratization of Russia", by Marshall I. Goldman, Routledge
- London, 2003.
"Charlie Wilson's War", by George Crile, Atlantic Monthly Press,
"The Pentagon's New War - War and Peace In the Twenty-First Century",
by Thomas P.M. Barnett, G.P.Putnam's Sons, 2004.
THURSDAY, June 10, 2004
I'm BAAACK. Back to work.
The legacy of former President Reagan will cast a long shadow in
the memories and knowledge of Americans as they ponder this most important
election cycle. President Reagan was right in domestic affairs; he
was right in foreign affairs; and he was right in emphasizing the central
role of the U.S. to be played, whether we or anybody else likes it or not,
in the world for decades to come. The results are there for
all to see. And so are the parallel positions of the Bush administration
during the last four years.
Iraq. Finally, some good news, although very late in coming.
The administration was wrong in trying to do it "on the cheap", and failing
thereby to establish security. The Iraqi people have been late in
assuming some responsibility for their own welfare. Tom Friedman
once again has it exactly right in today's N.Y.Times ("D-Day In Iraq").
Too bad the editorial writers of his own newspaper continue to be dense
on the subject ("The U.N. Go-Ahead On Iraq", today). By contrast,
a very informative summary of the Iraq situation appeared in the
WSJ yesterday, entitled "The Road Map For A Sovereign Iraq", by
Paul Wolfowitz (Opinion, pA12).
Regarding the prisoner abuse issue, it appears that both great
professions, Legal and Medical have been failing us. Pentagon
lawyers evidently tried to submerge the issue of torture within a bloated
framework of "Presidential war powers", opting for "plausable deniability"
and total "arguability", while ignoring the American principle of separation
of powers...and also ignoring a simple smell test. And today we read
in the N.Y.Times that military doctors have been complicit by inaction
in the shameful and illegal conduct. ("Physician, Turn Thyself In",
by M.Greg Bloche). We all should have expected much better, even
in war...especially in war.
The most important news ;item to emerge from the G-8 Conference in Atlanta,
Ga. recently is the fact that EGYPT, SAUDI ARABIA AND MOROCCO DID NOT ATTEND.
That speaks volumes. And it also bodes ill for the future viability
of their current leadership. Remember Iran here, although the challenge
will come soon from the young democratic-seeking street, and not the Medieval
Meanwhile, Sharon and Arafat both continue to fly, moth-like, around
Another sign of the bankruptcy of ideas among the Democrats is their
stance regarding a re-employment account program, designed and funded
for worker retraining, that has been approved by the House of Representatives.
Just watch the progress of this bill to learn whether the Democrats care
about anything other than herding workers into their fold through demagoguery.
Locally, the City of New London continues to fight itself inside
a paper bag. "Contracts and agreements? What contracts and
agreements?" Well, I've done my best to bring some reason to
the process. And regarding the city's public school system,
more brave words without action. The kids deserve much more from
their parents and from their teachers...like accountability and choice.
Maybe what might work while the current "leaders" retire or somehow disappear
is to establish a "released time" program. Remember that one,
when Catholic students in public schools were given time off several times
per week to attend Catholic instruction in nearby Catholic schools?
Only this would work to give any public school students time to really
go and learn their lessons. Sounds like a "win-win" situation to
SUNDAY, June 6, 2004
Once again, I'm sorry about the interruption in these offerings.
I was away politicking on behalf of my son, David. Now there's
a life experience that every citizen should have, win or lose. Running
for public office is a great way to update your knowledge about human nature.
And he who knows human nature can predict the future. Of course,
you have to take to heart a saying attributed to Otto von Bismark, the
"Iron Chancellor": "A thick skin is a gift from God".
D Day. A personal thanks to all those who fought on that fateful
day. They changed the course of history for all of us. That
war could have easily have been lost.
Ronald Reagan. A decent man and a great leader. He won the
Cold War, with a little help from his Polish friend.
The prisoner abuse scandal. What did I say about human nature - and
especially bureaucratic human nature? It is reported that, so far,
an investigation of the higher-ups is AWOL. What a surprise!
Iraq. Good news, for a change. Could the Iraqi people finally
be awakening to the fact that they are going to have to earn any freedom
that they want, as we Americans did and still do?
We read that President Bush and French President Chirac are trying to mend
bruised relationships. I have a better idea, which I found on a bumper
sticker while in Denver, Co.: "KERRY FOR PRESIDENT OF FRANCE".
Today we read in the N.Y.Times that "Potential Kerry Running Mates Vie
To Sing His Praises Loudest". Now there's a ready-made test of character
for the rest of us to use in evaluating these people.
Well, at least the U.S. Catholic Bishops have chosen a good locale in which
reportedly to argue out some vital issues facing our Church and their flock:
Englewood, Co., from where this offering is being composed today.
I read that they "hate" dissention and discord within their ranks, as is
now the case with regard to the question of how the Church should deal
with political alleged Catholics. Here is one quotation on the subject
published in the N.Y.Times today, pA18: "The last thing you touch is communion",
Father Massa said, "because you're severing the Catholic from the community".
Wrong. The political person already severed himself from the community
by his actions and positions, in addition to giving scandal. If he
truly believes that he is right, he should arrange to receive Holy Communion
privately; no scandal there, and an action based on free will. But
if in conscience he believes that he is wrong - and is merely being expedient
and hypocritical, neither he nor anyone else can fault the Body of the
Catholic Church, laity and clergy alike, for protecting itself from being
used. We hope that the U.S. Catholic bishops do not themselves
give way to expediency in this very important and long festering issue.