Archive for August, 2008
In mid-August Barack Obama had this to say about a White House decision regarding the Endangered Species Act: “After over 30 years of successfully protecting our nation’s most endangered wildlife like the bald eagle, we should be looking for ways to improve it, not weaken it.”
While watching small clips of the Democrats’ national convention this week, I was struck by the audience and its reaction to the utter propaganda it was exposed to. Yet, like cult members brainwashed and transfixed by the words of their “leader,” audience members robotically accepted the doublespeak, no matter how utopian and outrageous, with repeated and exultant ovations.
For the first 12 or 13 years of my life I grew up in a “Mill Village” on what was known in my neck of the woods as a “Mill Hill”. There were street toughs all over the place there. Street gangs, too. I got kicked around a bit and I learned to fight, even when the odds were overwhelming and I had no chance of winning. Like the time a street gang of seven older kids decided they were going to beat the tar out of me. I told them there were not enough of them. I have always been terrible at math! Turns out there were more than enough of them to do the job. When the dust settled, and the gang had left, to seek other prey, I was unable to even stand and had to crawl away.
Some speeches are better than others. Sen. Barack Obama knows how to deliver a speech, but his acceptance speech was familiar stuff to anyone who has been listening to politicians as long as I have. Permit me a bit of cynicism because sometimes it allows you to separate the wheat from the chaff.
As I watched the Democratic convention this past week, I also was listening to my favorite radio talk-show host, that fabulous iconoclast and conservative intellectual, Dr. Michael Savage. Admittedly, the news coverage in my view was monolith and unremarkable. I considered the entire event a garish spectacle of nothingness. When I could take no more doublespeak, the commercials were over and I returned to listening to Michael Savage.
We are coming to understand why the Iranians would be more than pleased with Joe Biden as the Vice President of the United States.
Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School, has written an article titled: “Biden’s Blink on Iran” which was published by The Washington Post. In the article Rubin says: “As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden is well versed in policy debates and carefully choreographed trips.
Today’s column will end my extended book review of Dr. Benjamin Wiker’s useful opus, “10 Books that Screwed up the World and 5 others that didn’t Help” (Regnery, 2008). My critique will be on the German leader Adolf Hitler’s treatise, “Mein Kampf,” a two-volumne book published in 1925 and 1926 that unfies elements of autobiography with an exposition of Hitler’s National Socialist political ideology.
Of all the bad choices Obama could have made, for a Vice-Presidential running mate, as we expected, he made the worst choice. Joe Biden is a Northeastern Liberal. So now the Democrat ticket has a Chicago liberal and a Northeastern liberal. I suppose that is what passes for “balance” on a democrat ticket… do you suppose? The support Obama had in the Southland, and much of the West, is certainly now in question. As a Southerner, I can tell you it did not help Obama’s chances down here and may very well hurt him, badly.