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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.

Bolton has a Wyatt Earp look about him, a walrus mustache dominating a rather uninteresting bespectacled face. That it sits on a frumpy frame only embellishes Bolton’s dowdy appearance - which makes one think that he sure must be smart because God knows he ain’t pretty.

But Bolton’s rise to the lofty realms of diplomacy has little to do with his looks nor his intelligence and everything to do with his neoconservative credentials and his unflagging loyalty to an administration short on critical thinkers.

The fact that Bush had to end-run Bolton’s nomination process with a recess appointment only adds what Senator Edward Kennedy called “a cloud over Mr. Bolton’s credibility at the UN.”

In May of 2005, 102 former U.S. diplomats and State Department officials (70 of whom served under Republican administrations) wrote to the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Luger and Joseph Biden, stating that Bolton “is the wrong man for the position at a time when the UN is entering a critically important phase of modernization.” They urged that the Senate reject Bolton’s nomination.

Known for his devout adherence to the company-line and heavy-handed temper tantrums in working with subordinants, Bolton once said that “if the UN lost 10 stories it would not make much difference.”

Bolton’s ascendency to the UN job is one more example of this administration’s allegiance to the Peter Principle - the notion that in a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their “level of incompetence.”

Given that, Bolton should serve George Bush well.

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.

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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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A vacuum of trust

Fri, Jun 17th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

The Vietnam era, from the war’s questionable beginnings in the late 1950’s and early 60’s to the climatic fall of Nixon with Watergate in 1974, helped to create skepticism about government for many of my generation.

No longer d ..... 
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Deep Throat: Traitor or hero?

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

So, now we know who “Deep Throat” was.

W. Mark Felt, the number two person at the FBI during the Nixon Administration revealed last week that he was the source of information leaks to Carl Burnstein and Bob Woodward of the Wash ..... 
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Separation of church and state

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist recently appeared on a national television program which accused his Democratic colleagues of acting “against people of faith.” During the same broadcast, self-proclaimed evangelist, James Dobson, called the United ..... 
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Ag budget should slash waste, not life’s essentials

Fri, May 6th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

What is the main purpose of agriculture in this country? If it is to feed people and support rural communities, as we believe it is, then taking a serious look at funding cuts being proposed for the U.S. agricultural budget is critical. Congressional ..... 
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Keep God out of politics

Fri, Apr 29th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

When I was a high schooler in the 60’s playing basketball for a Catholic school it was quite common to step up to the free-throw line, make the sign of the cross and let fly. Of course, if you missed the shot it was also quite common to utter an oath ..... 
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Property rights - the case for freedom

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2005
Posted in Commentary

In the latter 1700’s our nation was formed on a foundation of personal freedom. In particular, private property rights were established. That choice resulted in the richest, most powerful political entity ever to exist on planet Earth.

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