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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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MONDAY through SATURDAY, October 25 through November 6, 2004

"Guilty...with an explanation."  This long interruption in the flow of "Rapid Response" was the result of our desire to get "down and dirty" in the election process.  Our son David, a tax attorney in Denver, Colorado, was running for the Colorado House of Representatives from a combined Denver - Arapahoe district (District 3).  We spent the last week in Denver, sending out thousands of mailings, making hundreds of phone calls, walking miles to make neighborhood literature drops, and sometimes freezing on busy street corners to "troop the colors"; ie. wave David's campaign signs.  (During two days there we had 8 inches of snow and below-20 degree wind-chill temperatures).  Result: the short version is that he lost.  The more complete version is that, while the rest of the country provided the Republicans with the Presidency and with a stronger hold on both houses of Congress, the Colorado Republican Party sustained its worst loss ever since 1960, losing both houses of the Colorado Legislature.  "Why", you say?  Dave had complained throughout the compaign that he and other candidates were getting little or no support from the State Party.  It now appears clear that the Colorado State Republican leadership was "out to lunch".  And so, they may be had for lunch in the coming months.  Meanwhile, Dave did better as a Republican in Arapahoe county than nearly all the other Republican candidates (except President Bush), even better than the losing U.S. Senatorial candidate, Pete Coors.  Win or lose, great experience.  You should try it sometime, especially running for office at least once.  I ran four times, and served three times.

The national election results were gratifying, and a great relief.  Lots of thoughts...but they must wait for another day, after I catch up with my real life.

But there is one thing that can't wait.  After presiding over one of the greatest frauds in world history, the U.N. "Oil for Food Program", Secretary-General Kofi Annan had the gall yesterday to suggest to leaders Bush, Blair and Allawi that an attack on Fallujah - that den of domestic and foreign vipers - would diminish the legitimacy of the coming Iraqi elections in January.  (See "Saddam's U.N. Payroll", WSJ Editorial Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, pA14).  Mr. Annan, Please Shut Up!   In fact, now is about the time for the U.S. to deport the entire United Nations from our shores to Old Europe, a venue much more suited to its members' gross hypocracy, cynicism and impotence.

GS

FRIDAY through SUNDAY, October 22 through 24, 2004

Yes, this election is one of the most important in recent memory - but not for the reasons touted by both sides.  Despite red-hot invective (as occurred in the first national elections of this nation over 200 years ago), and despite the regular but localized voting frauds (as in the South for 100 years after the Civil War and in Chicago in 1960), Americans could always look forward to a sense of election fairness...and especially to a certainty of closure.  Enter the presidential election of 2000, and we saw hanging chads, a Florida judge-vote counter looking befuddled at a vote card, and an all-out challenge to the result by the Gore camp, leading to the a political decision being made by a Court.  We have had previous deferrals like that on vital issues made to the wrong decision-maker (ie., the Dred Scot decision, leading to the Civil War, and the Roe v. Wade decision, leading to a non-violent but corrosive war over abortion that has distorted American politics ever since 1954).
This year, the unwise choices made by both State and Federal officials regarding "new ideas" about the national electoral process (ie. "provisional voting", potentially defective electronic voting without paper backup, un-franchised felons at the voting booths,etc.) risks producing a chaotic situation where there may be neither fairness nor closure.  See the article by George Will entitled "Bush v. Gore, Tickibng Bomb", Newsweek Oct. 25, 2004, p114.  See also the NYTimes editorial today on the same subject.  That's why it will be vital to give President Bush a clear victory on November 2.  John Kerry can never achieve that...but the President could, if most Americans realize that the one overriding issue this time around is nothing less than our national and our individual personal security.

GS

THURSDAY, October 21, 2004

More facts, before another conclusion.

And now, another conclusion, this time about health care.  Nowhere near a perfect system, but the legacy of a "free lunch" policy mentality that began in the late 1960's and that effectively removed the patient-consumer from the cost equasion.  See the many offerings on this subject on this web site under Health Law and Managed Care topics.  But at least this administration has shown the capacity to learn from those monumental mistakes, as reflected in its actions and its proposals.  Senator Kerry has shown the opposite.

So, any doubt as to whom I'm voting for, and why?  The "why" is the important part.

GS

MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, October 18 through 20, 2004

More concluding statements on issues and choices for this election.

 More to follow.

GS

SUNDAY, October 17, 2004

The final stretch in this long presidential campaign.  It's time to arrive at some concluding statements regarding the issues and choices facing the American people.  Between now and November 2, these statements will comprise some or all of the content of Rapid Response.  These statements will stand alone without documentation, of which there has been plenty in this section over the last two years.

More concluding statements to follow.

GS

SATURDAY, October 16, 2004

Regarding the Flu season this year, and the current mess with the flu vaccine, try to get the vaccine, perhaps with a note from your personal physician if you fall into one of the priority categories.  In any case, please see the section on this web site entitled: "The Uncommon Cold".  Rest, fluids and chicken soup won't hurt, either.

GS

THURSDAY and FRIDAY, October 14 and 15, 2004

I firmly believe in and live the saying: "If you like what you do, you never have to work a day in your life".  But something is getting in the way of this "rapid response".  Here's some catch-up.

GS

WEDNESDAY, October 13, 2004

Tonight, the final presidential debate.  Perhaps we should refer to some facts before they get fractured by both participants.

OK.  Now you are properly immunized.  Now you can watch the last debate.

GS

TUESDAY, October 12, 2004

In recent days we have had the opportunity to witness three "profiles in courage": President Karzai of Afganistan and Mr. Allawi of Iraq, each under constant threat of assassination.  And now Christopher Reeve, a Superman of a man in his years-long battle with quadriplegia, who died yesterday.  Each has been a source of inspiration in an otherwise cynical and self-centered world.
However, it would be unfortunate, in the case of Mr. Reeve, if his main legacy was one of representing only one polarized side in a vital human debate: the stem-cell issue.  I addressed this scientific and moral issue in a commentary published in The Day (theday.com) on Sunday, July 29, 2001, entitled "Stem Cell Issues Need More Debate: It's Abortion Wearing A Pretty Face" (Voices and Views).  (Please see also the other offerings on this web site, under "The Involved Citizen - Abortion").  In that statement I offered a compromise that I believed - and believe - addresses both the scientific and moral imperatives involved.  But that is currently another victim of this electoral season, which has not been conducive to substantive changes in policies or positions by any side.  Much awaits the end of this election process...and I can hardly wait!

GS

MONDAY, October 11, 2004

HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY.

GS

SUNDAY, October 10, 2004

So much to write about...so little time.

GS

SATURDAY, October 9, 2004

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FRIDAY, October 8, 2004

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THURSDAY, October 7, 2004

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MONDAY through WEDNESDAY, October 4 through 6, 2004

The vice-presidential debate: the heavyweight vs. the lightweight.   In my un-scientific poll of one, these are the results: Substance positives,  Cheney 12, Edwards 5; Form or Style negatives, Cheney 0, Edwards 4.   You decide:
 

REMEMBER: VICE-PRESIDENTS HAVE A HABIT OF BECOMING PRESIDENTS!

GS

SUNDAY, October 3, 2004

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SATURDAY, October 2, 2004

Three more debates to go: two Presidential and one Vice-Presidential.  Meanwhile, let's keep our eyes on the facts.  The Wednesday, Sept. 29 issue of the WSJ was as usual full of them, facts you are not likely to see in the liberal press (Opinion, pA18). Did you know:

See what you're missing?   Don't.

GS

FRIDAY, October 1, 2004

The first debate: form and substance.  Have you ever watched, while flying somewhere, a movie without the sound?  It is a good way to evaluate the talent of the actors, unencumbered by plot, music, etc.  And have you heard of at least one journalistic study of past presidential debates wherein it was found that an audience  came to the same conclusion in a televised debate...with or without the sound on?  That's very telling, and very relevant to last night's debate.  With the sound off, and just watching the candidates, especially the silent one, Kerry beat President Bush by 4 to 1 in form, according to my personal poll of one.  Bush does not have a poker face; Kerry does.
But then, you listen to what they had to say, and a totally different picture emerges.  Try reading the debate transcript, or try listening even to excerpts on the radio, however cherry-picked, and President Bush is the clear winner, 9 to 3.  That's substance, folks.  Some examples:

Based on this first debate, I must admit that I have not been expansive enough:

Kerry for President of the World

GS


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