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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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SATURDAY, July 31, 2004

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FRIDAY, July 30, 2004

Well, it's finally over; and Senator Kerry gave "the most important speech of his political career".  For his sake, I hope not.  By all accounts, he seems to be a good man and a patriot.  But it simply takes some people longer to establish their bed-rock principles, what makes them who they are.  He is not there yet; and thus, he is not ready for prime time.  However impressive the baritone voice, there still was precious little beef.  He talked about too many losers and job losses in this new global economy.  But he did not say how he would fix it.  He took every opportunity to preach in favor of cooperation with our "allies".  But who are these allies, besides Great Britain and the other current coalition members?  Certainly not France, and its lap-dog Germany.  (See "Why The French Act Isn't Funny Anymore", by Charles Krauthammer, Time Magazine, July 12, 2004, Essay, p94).  He promised to expand health care and to improve education...but not how he would do it, and at what cost, and from what income source.  He intoned: "I know what to do in Iraq".  Well, tell us, or at least tell President Bush before too many more Americans lose their lives there.  Worst of all, he perpetuated the defamation of the President and the entire administration by saying that he would be a commander-in-chief "who will never mislead us into war."   Senator Kerry, that would be an impeachable offense.  PUT UP OR SHUT UP.   Ultimately, as I offered some days ago in this section, he is "John Kerry, The Great Straddler" (by William Safire, The Day, Friday, July 30, 2004, Commentary, pA7).   Not ready for prime time.

GS

THURSDAY, July 29, 2004

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MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, July 26 through 28, 2004

Before we get to the Democratic Convention...

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SUNDAY, July 25, 2004

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SATURDAY, July 24, 2004

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THURSDAY and FRIDAY, July 22 and 23, 2004

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MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, July 19 through 21, 2004

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SUNDAY, July 18, 2004

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SATURDAY, July 17, 2004

Seen and Heard:
         Senator John McCain introducing Vice President Dick Cheney:"...not just another pretty face".
         Dennis Miller commenting on one of several photos of Senators Kerry and Edwards: "They are sure touchy-feely...Get a room, guys".

GS

FRIDAY, July 16, 2004

Here are some little-known facts of vital importance about Social Security.  Contrasting these Democratic actions with the Bush administration's effort to allow voluntary privatization of a small part of a worker's social security contributions into the stock market - with the likelihood of much higher returns on that portion - "who loves ya, baby?"

GS

MONDAY through THURSDAY, July 12 through 15, 2004

It's catch-up time.  (Work keeps getting in the way).

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SATURDAY and SUNDAY, July 10 and 11, 2004

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FRIDAY, July 9, 2004

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WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, July 7 and 8, 2004

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TUESDAY, July 6, 2004

Well, there it is.  John Kerry went for the box instead of the beef.  Senator Edwards will add to the theatre of the campaign.  But he has no public record that would suggest that he is presidential material.  After all, is that not the only real job of a vice-president?  Dick Gephardt would have been a much better choice for the country.  So now we have another measure by means of which to assess Senator Kerry.

GS

MONDAY, July 5, 2004

Several news articles today prompt a response.

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SATURDAY and SUNDAY, July 3 and 4, 2004

Happy Independence Day.  And happy it is that we should be, as citizens of the greatest and most altruistic nation on earth...ever.  A vast amount of ink is being spilled today to "explain" the meaning of this day and the meaning of the Declaration of Independence (In Congress, July 4, 1776).  But let's go back to the exact words of that monumental document.

That was an age of a giant among giants, the likes of whom have only been seen in a few times of great national distress.  What are some lessons to be drawn that are applicable to today's national distress?

1) That America, founded in a traumatic birth that separated us from the "Old World", must never allow that umbilical cord to be re-grafted onto us.  For the "Old World" is still old and designing, whatever its newer designations.

2)That this is a nation "under God", a generic God of all religions; and that only an athiest cannot be a true American...or even a rational person.

3)That we have been given Freedom, as a priceless gift; but that such freedom, in the words of an American sage, is only "the freedom to discipline ourselves".  With that freedom come responsibilities, a strange word to many members of the last two generations.  Who among us have been obliged to "pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor"?

4) That, armed with that birthright, where is there room for the "malaise" of the Carter - Democratic attitude of the late 1970's or for the "apathy" and negativism of the current Democratic preachings.  Rather, listen to the words of the current President, serving in another period of national distress, "a message brimming with confidence and optimism about America's current role on the world stage", and "America's values about our leadership role when it comes to defending and advancing liberty".  ("Bush To Extol American 'Values' In West Virginia", by David Morgan, Reuters today.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA

GS

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, July 1 and 2, 2004

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