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Hearts and Minds


Fri, Oct 7th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The only people still supporting President Bush today are those stalwart troops hanging around the bunker - flat-earth Christians, Orange County conservatives, and the uber-rich who have come to expect unfettered access to the low-hanging fruit. These are the same people who get their religion from Pat Robertson, politics from Rush Limbaugh and news from Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News.

But now there is a crack developing in the facade of the conservative movement as they find that an impotent lame-duck president just isn’t up to the task. The nomination of White House council Harriet Miers (who?) for Supreme Court judge is a case in point.

David Frum of the conservative National Review called Miers’ nomination “an unforced error.” Good ol’ Rush was more to the point, saying it was “a decision made from weakness.” The day after the nomination, Bush was defending Miers, saying that the nominee has all the credentials needed to satisfy the Conservative Right. But it is clear that the nomination was no Home Run for the conservative movement, who expected another four-bagger like John Roberts.

A second example of conservative discomfort involves Bush’s plans for New Orleans re-construction, what conservatives call a “$200 billion New-Deal job,” ripe with all those “big-government” unknowns that gives the rich fits. They can accept historic deficits, as long as it includes tax cuts for themselves and $200 billion in borrowed money for an Iraqi invasion, but they will have nothing to do with handouts for education, health care and re-building the gulf coast. This has, of course, created a conundrum of sorts with the whole moral values thing as conservatives risk having their “compassionate conservatism” slogan replaced with a “heart of darkness” label in the minds of the majority of people. Bush found this out first hand with the administration’s woeful Katrina response.

The fight for the hearts and minds of Americans is no longer just a partisan fray between Republicans and Democrats, but rather a struggle for dominance by elitist conservatists over the body politic. This time around, the voters will hold our elected officials accountable.

Republican Congressman Gil Gutknecht, who is seeking another term and going against his 1994 pledge not to serve in Congress more than 12 years, would do well to take notice. In 2006 he will be measured on how well he has .....
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Compassionate incompetence

Fri, Sep 16th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Ah, yes, compassion.    I will give the benefit of the doubt (reluctantly) that George Bush and his administration wanted to act, that they felt some sense of duty to respond to their fellow citizens struggling in the gloom o ..... 
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Déja vu all over again

Fri, Sep 2nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

This has been the summer of the Hollywood remake. “The Longest Yard,” “The Bad News Bears,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” are all movies with old story lines re-made with new actors and faux glitz and sold to an unsuspecting public as new e ..... 
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A case for Intelligent Design

Fri, Aug 26th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

There are some common misperceptions about the Intelligent Design (ID) theory. It is not an attempt to prove the validity of scripture. Moreover, it doesn’t even have a particularly religious basis.  Historically, the questio ..... 
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The gospel according to Pat

Fri, Aug 26th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

You’ve probably heard of the row caused by tele-evangelist Pat Robertson’s recent remarks on the 700 Club that the US should whack - to use the vernacular of Tony Soprano - as in, knock off, pop, erase, kill - Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez.[Read the Rest]

Faith-based science doesn’t belong in our schools

Fri, Aug 12th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

President Bush is now advocating the teaching of “intelligent design” in our schools. Intelligent design (ID) holds that certain features of our universe are best explained by an “intelligent” cause rather than by natural selection.

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John Bolton and the Peter Principle

Fri, Aug 5th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

While Congress was dashing for the exits so that they could get back to their districts to tell voters what a wonderful job they were doing in Wash-ing-ton-dee-cee, old quick draw George was presenting John Bolton as the next ambassador to the UN.[Read the Rest]

When government shuts down

Fri, Jul 8th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

There’s enough blame to go around in St. Paul. The inability for the governor and the legislature to get the job done and keep Minnesota running is a shameful lesson in how party politics has seized state government.

Somewhere b ..... 
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Tom Cruise and Bozo the Clown

Fri, Jul 1st, 2005
Posted in Commentary

I am a strong supporter of people worshiping whatever and whomever they want.

You want to pray to your ancestors, the Kitchen God or Bozo the Clown, more power to you, I say. You want to put needles in dolls like practitioners o ..... 
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