July 18, 2005
Foremost on the list of pet peeves and chronic annoyances is the constant, perpetual, adversarial excrement storm of left against right, Democrats against Republicans, and Liberals versus Conservatives that successfully maintains discord in our DISunited States of America.
Legitimate policy differences notwithstanding, the acrimony and mean-spirited blood sport tactics of American politics is sufficient to gag any self-respecting maggot.
Case in point: Paul Begala is losing more than just his hair�he is losing whatever flimsy grip he ever had on reality and reason.
Begala as a political hack is intemperate, unreasonable, vitriolic and flipping NUTS!
There is a cadre of usual suspect liberal democrats who routinely articulate partisan puke that is offensive (Ted Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid et al). Hyperbolic political speak used to be a non-partisan sin in which both Democrats and Republicans occasionally engaged�usually in the heat of battle or under the influence of adult beverages.
However, either Republicans have learned to more successfully mask their dark side, or the dems obtained a patent on trash talk and now maintain a proprietary interest and monopoly.
Begala, the one-time Bill Clinton advisor, has always been extremely partisan, and with James Carville, seemed to revel in the attack dog role he was permitted to play. Who would have ever thunk that Carville would emerge the �reasonable� character in progressive political punditry or that George Stephanopolous could score a gig at ABC?
Petulant Paul is the personification of someone who �doesn�t want to be confused with ANY facts that contradict his preconceived opinions or prejudices.� His chronic hyperbole destroys any fiction of credibility and undermines Democrat efforts to even try to establish or focus on an agenda.
His self ordained role may be to feed red meat to the sycophant MoveOn.org faithful, but his excesses would even shame Saturday Night Live.
Party hack/bomb thrower Begala told an adoring group of young liberals that Republicans had �done a piss poor job of defending� the US. This from the guy who was symbiot in residence for the administration that eviscerated our intelligence gathering and became �enabler� to wannabe terrorists.
Partisan disagreements on policy or legislation are anticipated and even healthy. However for an alleged grown up to tell the young faithful that Republicans want to kill him and his children to maintain tax cuts for the rich is way over the line.
"They want to kill me and my children if they can. But if they just kill me and not my children, they want my children to be comforted -- that while they didn't protect me because they cut my taxes, my children won't have to pay any money on the money they inherit," Begala said. "That is bullshit national defense, and we should say that."
Bovine excrement national defense is something Begala ought to know about since he participated up front and personal in peddling it.
When Osama bin Laden called America �a paper tiger� in 1998 he was right. Bin Laden was affirming the �Emperor has no clothes�. He drew strength from the evidence America (under the Bill Clinton administration) didn�t have the stones to respond to whatever evil struck. He told ABC America was all talk and no action.
"The youth were surprised at the low morale of the American soldiers� bin Laden said� �and realized more than before that the American soldier was a paper tiger and after a few blows ran in defeat. And America forgot all the hoopla and media propaganda ... about being the world leader and the leader of the New World Order, and after a few blows they forgot about this title and left, dragging their corpses and their shameful defeat."
What bin Laden told ABC�s John Miller was a realistic estimate of the situation under the Clinton administration. The military term is F.U.B.A.R.
But that was then�this is now. 9/11 changed the world, and for sure, it had an epic impact on American resolve. No longer �FUBAR�, American national defense is STRAC (Skilled, Tough, Ready Around the Clock). We may not be what we should be but we a hell of a lot more competent than we were.
There are people who want to kill Paul and his kids�and you and your kids...and my wife and son. They are the terrorist scum this administration is hunting down. They are the terrorist scum Begala�s team �enabled�.
Begala told his youthful fans, the Clinton administration's national security efforts involved the right blend of "experience" and "strength." That �big lie� notwithstanding his assertion is one with which the bi-partisan 9/11 Commission does not agree. Just more facts contradicting a preconceived opinion or prejudice�
I have frequently bemoaned the perpetual �us� verses �them� whizzing match which masquerades as political debate these days. Politicians (and those who presume to speak for them) need to temper partisanship with reason and eschew stupidity masked as team spirit. Begala obviously hasn�t gotten the memo or is incapable of reading it.
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When Osama bin Laden called America �a paper tiger� in 1998 he was right. Bin Laden was affirming the �Emperor has no clothes�. He drew strength from the evidence America (under the Bill Clinton administration) didn�t have the stones to respond...