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Wednesday

DC Confidential, 9/1/04


COMING UNGLUED


The Kerryites are really losing it over these ads by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

The group launched a new ad this week reminding folks that John Kerry threw his medals (or someone else’s) over the White House fence. They also haven’t been shy about reminding folks how John Kerry slimed fellow veterans by accusing them of war atrocities in his congressional testimony back in 1971. But the response to the attacks by the Kerry campaign is incredible. “These guys are a proven pack of liars,” campaign spokesman Chad Clanton said on Tuesday.

All of them? First Kerry calls Vietnam vets baby-killers...and now his campaign calls them liars? Wonder how veterans and families of veterans are going to take THAT! Well, stupid is as stupid does.

SIMPLE CHOICE

I caught Kerry’s speech to the American Legion convention this afternoon. He certainly used a lot of words to say...well, nothing really. He Monday Morning Quarterbacked the Iraq war and promised a Santa Claus bag of new benefits for vets if he’s elected. Applause was tepid at best. Not a very good reception for a veteran by fellow veterans. But the speech DID help to boil the differences between Kerry and Bush over Iraq down to something along these lines:

BUSH: I opened a can of Whoop-Ass on Saddam Hussein.

KERRY: Iraq was a miserable failure.

Who do YOU think the American voters are going to side with?

A PLATFORM TOO FAR

The other day our friend Lyn Nofziger suggested that the GOP platform should be no longer than one or two sentences affirming our support for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and our commitment to oppose any efforts to trample upon these rights. It sounded like a good idea then...but an even better idea now that we’ve discovered the 2004 Republican Party platform comes in at a whopping 48,000 WORDS!

Good grief. The GOP’s first platform, in the heat of the slavery debate, was just over 1,000 words. But this year’s document includes planks on Burma and “vital sea lanes of the Indian Ocean.” Couldn’t today’s Republicans at least be “conservative” in the number of words they use to convey the party’s core beliefs?

DAVID AND GOLIATH REDUX

The swift boat guys reportedly have raised around $2.5 million. By contrast, the top three anti-Bush 527 organizations have raised over $64 million...so far. And the Kerry campaign announced yesterday that it intends to spend another $45 million on television commercials. So let’s add it up: That’s $109 million vs. less than $3 million. And the $3 million ads are KILLING the Kerry campaign.

Not only can’t money buy you love; it can’t buy you support either.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT JUDICIAL ACTIVISTS

A growing and dangerous problem in this country is the propensity of some activist judges legislating from the bench. One constitutional remedy is for Congress to impeach and remove them; however, anyone grounded in political reality knows that ain’t gonna happen.

But Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, is floating an idea which not only might help improve the situation and bring some accountability back to the bench, but which might actually be doable. King proposes bringing activist judges before the House Judiciary Committee to explain their constitutional basis for their rulings. Boy, what a civics lesson THAT would be!

Now if we could just get Congress to do the same thing in front of the American people about some of THEIR legislation...

FOLLOWING THE RULES

The Republicans hauled out the Big Gun on Tuesday night to roll out the red carpet to immigrants and sell the American Dream. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar did a bang-up job articulating exactly what it means, or is supposed to mean, being an immigrant to the USA and the boundless opportunities afforded to those who come here. This was supposed to counter the objections by many conservatives to President Bush’s guest worker/amnesty proposal for illegal aliens.

But let’s not miss the key point here: Arnold Schwarzeneggar followed the rules and came to this country LEGALLY to obtain the American Dream. That is an important and critical distinction in this debate.

HABLA INGLES? NO? NO PROBLEMO

A group of doctors in San Diego are suing Health Secretary Tommy Thompson and the Department of Health and Human Services challenging a Bill Clinton executive order being implemented by Thompson and HHS which requires that federally-funded hospitals, doctors and clinics provide translation services for patients who don’t speak too good English.

Good for them...and good luck. Where in the Constitution does the right to a native-language translator in your doctor’s office appear in the Constitution? And where does the federal government derive the power to mandate such? I can’t seem to find it in my copy.

THE GOLDWATER DOCTRINE

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”

- Barry Goldwater, “The Conscience of a Conservative”

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