OIL AND WATER
October 25, 2005
“Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.” --W. Somerset Maugham
Howard Dean calling for an end to ‘culture of corruption’ is kinda like David Duke asking us to embrace diversity.
Dean spoke at a Democrat Denial Dinner in Maine recently. He said, "The first thing we're going to do is we're going to have ethics come back to Washington again," …WHAT!?!
Ethics and Democrats are as alien as chastity and prostitution.
The Clinton years are chronicled by scandals, abuses, and arrogance even this administration is unable to reach.
Then there were the ethical lapses of Al Gore. One of the most egregious and under-reported was his deal with Victor Chernomyrdin when he agreed NOT to tell Congress Russia was found in violation of the Gore-McCain Act (forbidding sales of certain nasty things to Iran).
The Franco-Brahman (John Kerry) who had a Jones to be King routinely shattered ethical standards in Vietnam, after Vietnam and as a congress critter from Massachusetts.
Barney Frank, 'Leaky' Pat Leahy, Chuck Shumer, Hillary Clinton, et al have NO room to even articulate the word 'ethics'.
As John Stossel is want to say, "Give me a break!"
To deal with the "culture of corruption," Dean said, there needs to be an ethics code in Congress and stronger campaign finance laws.
Cool idea and a commendable sentiment. However, the existing ethics committees in both the Senate and House are as useless and non-performing as mammary glands on a bull. Campaign finance laws? Notwithstanding the entire bipartisan stroke attendant to McCain-Feingold, the Democrats crafted a loophole big enough for George Soros’s ego (and checkbook) quicker than a minnow can swim a dipper.
The one time Vermont governor/once a front-runner in the 2004 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination made reference to criticism that Democrats have been too timid and vague in their message.
No they haven’t! They have been audacious and specific in their message: “Bush bad! Us good!” The problem is they have yet to crystallize any substantive (or even shaky) reason for why they are better than that, which to them is anathema.
Dean said that if Democrats don't stand up for themselves, voters won't have any reason to believe they would be well represented. The key problem with the Dems isn’t volume…it is substance.
I swear there are those who still think that the primary reason Dean is the DNC Chairman is the result of some superb Machiavellian Karl Rove finesse.
He of the ‘big scream’ claims that IF the Democrats were to actually regain power, the party would be strong on national defense. Really? Based on what? A symbiotic dependence on the dysfunctional gaggle of pampered corrupt bureaucrats at the United Nothing?
He claims the Democrats would never send troops abroad without telling them why they were going and without providing the necessary tools. Even in the VOLAR Army soldiers go where they are told when they are told because that is their job. Policy is a task for the civilian leadership. The military is a weapon that needs to be pointed not burdened with a power point presentation on geopolitics.
And if Democrats are so bloody fixated on adequately arming the military how about Congress redirecting some of those Billions in pork barrel feather nesting to the guys and gals on the point of the spear?
Dean told his faithful “I’m tired of the ayatollahs of the right wing…” I’ve got a quick flash for you Howie, ‘most’ Americans are tired of the anachronistic kumbya leftovers of the flower power ‘summer of love’ that seems to the be the base of the myopic, perpetually in denial bleeding heart left wing whackos.
‘Most’ Americans do not subscribe to the gospel of the far left OR the far right. That’s a fact. It is a fact both sides seem to think will mystically go away if just consistently ignored.
Mark Twain (who never had the burden of meeting Howard Dean) said, “Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she has laid an asteroid.”
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