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DC Confidential, 9/12/04


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DEFENDER’S DAY

Not only was Saturday the third anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, it was also the 190th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore...a battle in the War of 1812 which inspired Francis Scott Key to write what is now our nation’s national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. The kids and I attended an evening re-enactment of the battle at Ft. McHenry, along with a wonderful concert by the United States Army Band (including the all-time crowd-pleaser, “The 1812 Overture”) and a fabulous fireworks display.

However…

Before all that good stuff took place, the crowd was sentenced to about 45 minutes of one boring political speech by a Democrat elected official after another...the low-light being remarks by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, whose grating voice and mangled diction make fingernails across a chalkboard seem like a nighttime lullaby by comparison.

Darn near made me nostalgic for the days when the British were landing cannonballs on the very spot where the stage was.

I’m sorry. Was that insensitive?

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CLIPPING SANTA’S WINGS

Salt Lake City’s aviation code requires small aircraft to maintain an altitude of more than 2,000 feet, with one exception: Santa Claus and his reindeer. However, the city’s airport board is proposing that Santa’s exemption be withdrawn, which means Santa would no longer be allowed to land on rooftops on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls. The Salt Lake City Council still must OK the airport board’s Santa-ban at a meeting next month.

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: Maybe you’d like to help ‘em in their deliberations. Here’s the council’s general email address: council.comments@slcgov.com . But remember, this wasn’t the City Council’s idea...it was the airport board’s. The Council members aren’t getting coal in their stockings...yet. Let’s help them be good for goodness sake.

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SMOKE SCREEN

Massachusetts passed a statewide ban on smoking in public facilities earlier this year. The result appears to be a surge in business at the local VFW and American Legion in the town of Southwick, where patrons can light up if they got ‘em due to an exemption from the smoking ban for private clubs. This, naturally, has sparked complaints from local bars and taverns who say they are losing business to the veterans’ clubs because of the smoking ban. So the Board of Health has summoned the managers of the VFW and American Legion facilities to ‘splain themselves at a hearing on October 7.

Seems to me it would be appropriate for these veterans’ organizations to show up with all their members decked out in their dress uniforms and demand that the Board of Health explain where the hell a bunch of namby-pamby government health nannies and desk jockeys think they got the right to tell men and women who took a bullet in defense of this nation whether or not they can light up a Camel while drinking a Bud and telling war stories.

Now THAT’S a Board of Health meeting I’d pay to see.

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POSTAL REFORM POPULAR...IN JAPAN

In a recent poll, 53% of the people support the Japanese plan to privatize its postal service. Only about a third oppose. Not only is this a GREAT idea, it appears to be a winning and popular issue as well. Too bad nobody has the backbone to propose such a breakup of the postal monopoly here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. I guess they’re afraid they might offend Dawn Tisdale’s postal union buddies.

If you don’t know who Dawn Tisdale is, check out “The Tisdale Files” at www.postalreform.com

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DISCOURAGING WORDS FROM THE RIGHT

The pundits seemed unanimous in their praise of President Bush for “asking for the sale” during his acceptance speech at the Republican convention in New York. Asking for the people’s vote is something John Kerry had neglected to do in his own acceptance speech at the Democrat convention.

But the problem is, although the President has ASKED for the sale, he still hasn’t closed the deal with many conservatives who are struggling mightily with the choice between a weak-on-defense Democrat and a big-government Republican. Many conservatives are finding themselves between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

Now, in a stinging indictment of the incumbent, Doug Bandow - a former Reagan official and senior fellow at the Cato Institute - has inked a column this weekend titled “Why Conservatives Must Not Vote for Bush,” which gets to the heart of this conundrum.

“Indeed, many conservatives react like the proverbial vampire at the sight of a cross when they consider casting a ballot for Kerry,” Bandow writes. However, “the president, despite his well-choreographed posturing, does not represent traditional conservatism -- a commitment to individual liberty, limited government, constitutional restraint and fiscal responsibility.”

When it comes to limited government, Bandow is certainly no shrinking violet...and although I may disagree with his assessment on the issue of Iraq, this is an extremely thoughtful piece which raises some extremely serious and tough questions for conservatives.

You may or may not agree with Bandow’s conclusions, but you owe it to yourself and the conservative movement to read what he has to say. I’ve reprinted it on our News & Views EXTRA page at: http://www.chuckmuth.com/newsandviews/nv.cfm

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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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