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Friday

Brushfire Alert, 10/15/04


BRUSHFIRE ALERTS NOW ONLINE

Recall these words by Founding Father Samuel Adams: “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush-fires in people's minds."

Here’s an e-match...

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy getting emails such as this one: “Your Brushfire Alerts are pretty powerful. I have sent more e-mails to officials, supervisors, and foolish folks since receiving your News and Views than in all of my life - a considerable number of years. Thank you. You are very much appreciated. - J.B.H.”

Happy to do it. After all, putting the public back in public policy is what we’re all about in the first place! And using the Internet to make that EASY for busy folks who have families and jobs...and therefore have a LOT at stake when it comes to what our government officials do to us...is about to get even easier.

One of the minor drawbacks of our Brushfire Alerts has been that many busy people don’t have the time or inclination to sit down and compose an email message blasting the kinds of politically correct stupidity we find all across the country. And others just don’t have a “flair” for the written word and, therefore, choose not to compose such messages on their own.

Well, hold onto your hat. Because our web hosting company has now set us up to make our Brushfire Alerts even EASIER than before. We now have an online petition page where all you need to do is enter your name and email address and hit the “Send” button. You can either send our pre-written email message, or modify it...or completely re-write and send your own email message right from this page. It’s completely up to you.

There’s also an automatic forwarding feature built in so you can quickly and easily send the petition to others in your email address book just by clicking on a link. This should make it extremely easy to generate even MORE political action from like-minded conservatives.

This couldn’t have come at a better time...and I can’t think of a better person to launch this new political tool on than the Superintendent of the Pine Bush School District. Here’s the poop...

A high school student in this New York state school district was busted and suspended from school for having a REPLICA Civil War musket in his car. The district school superintendent, RoseMarie Stark, has thus far refused to comment on the matter. I called her office on Thursday morning and was told someone would get back to me. No one did. So please contact Ms. Stark and urge her to immediately re-instate the student involved and extend an official and public apology to him and his family for this ridiculous episode of anti-gun hysteria.

A full explanation of the circumstances surrounding this latest “zero tolerance” stupidity, as well as the link to use our new Brushfire Alert petition tool can be found at: http://www.chuckmuth.com/petition/

Fire at will.

Chuck Muth
Political Pyromaniac

News & Views, 10/15/04


THE GOONIES

“The radical left, including organized labor, have actively promoted a confrontational culture among the protestors they organize that has clearly crossed the line into violence. Officials at the AFL-CIO and other national unions using these tactics should send a clear message that there is no place for campaign violence in America.”

- Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform

CONSERVATIVE CHECKLIST

Rep. Tom Feeney (R), when he served as speaker of the Florida House, used to carry around with him a Conservative Check Card which he used when weighing pending legislation. The Republican Study Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has now adopted the card for congressional legislation. And it’s pretty darn good. If only more congressmen would use it. Maybe you should print out some copies to give to YOUR state legislators. Check it out at: http://www.house.gov/feeney/downloads/principlescardonepager.pdf

RIGHT SEZ BUSH IS RIGHT CHOICE

“While we might oppose such things as the Bush Medicare prescription drug program and believe the president could do more to cut government spending, few believe he’s abandoned us (conservatives). No president is perfect, but most conservatives believe this is one who deserves another term. This doesn’t mean that conservatives will approve of everything the president says or does in the future. We’ll agree with him when he’s right, urge him to change course when we believe he’s wrong, and work as hard as we have to make sure he’s there to listen to us for another four years.”

- David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, “Battleline” fall edition

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LET’S PUT THIS TO BED ONCE AND FOR ALL

“I’m a liberal and proud of it.”

- Sen. John Kerry, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/21/91

TERRORIST NUSIANCE

“Many Americans will find Mr. Kerry’s comparison of terrorism with prostitution and gambling to be perverse. No prostitute has ever flown an airplane into a skyscraper, and no gambler has machine-gunned school children.”

- Columnist Jack Kelly


WHERE KERRY LEADS BIG

“...John Kerry is far ahead of President Bush in the most recent poll of 19-year-olds who don't know anything.”

- James Hirsen’s Left Coast Report, 10/14/04

SEND IN THE CLOWNS

“Actually, I thought [the third debate] was rather a yawner. Bush and Kerry both played it very safe. Each man came prepared with their memorized attack sound bites and poorly delivered jokes - and generally unfunny ones at that. . . . In retrospect, if I had known it was going to be this dull of an affair, I wish they had let Cobb, Badnarik, Peroutka, Nader, Brown...heck, even the two rival Prohibitionist tickets...into the debate to liven it up.”

- Ron Gunzburger, Politics1, 10/14/04


CHEAP & TAWDRY

“At a post-debate rally in Pittsburgh, Lynne Cheney expressed irritation at Kerry's deliberate reference to her daughter Mary's sexual preference: ‘The only thing I can conclude is he is not a good man. I'm speaking as a mom,’ Mrs. Cheney said. ‘What a cheap and tawdry political trick.’ Mary Beth Cahill, John Kerry's campaign manager, called Mary Cheney's sexuality ‘fair game’ in a post-debate interview with Fox News Wednesday night.”

- CNSNews.com, 10/14/04

IT’S THE CONSTITUTION, STUPID

“Call me a cranky libertarian conservative, but just once I would like to hear a candidate for president answer a question by saying, ‘Sorry, the Constitution limits the role of the federal government -- the issue you're asking about is one for the states or the private sector, not Washington.’

“But there was no talk of limited government last night. Instead there was talk of: firehouses not having enough firefighters, a shortage of flu vaccine, the rise in health insurance premiums, how laid-off workers should attend community college, the need for more grade-school math and science, the high price of gasoline and medicine, a minimum wage for unskilled workers, education for parents who don't speak English -- and those are just the ones I managed to scribble down. There was even a mention of ceiling fans from China. Where does the Constitution that whoever wins this election will take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend say that *any* of these are properly the concern of the federal government?”

- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby

WHAT WE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HEARD

Talk show host Neal Boortz tells us how he would have answered that debate question on what he’d say to a worker who lost his or her job to a worker overseas...

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"First of all, Bob, I would tell them that it is not their job. The job belongs to the employer, not the employee. You have the job skills. The employer has the jobs. If the employer can make a profit by purchasing your job skills to perform his job then you get a paycheck. If your job skills cost the employer too much, or if your job skills don't meet the employer's needs, then you don't get a paycheck. If you fail to develop your job skills, you run the risk of not having a paycheck. If your job skills don't match the employer's needs, you don't get a paycheck. If you charge too much for your job skills, you won't get hired.

“You have no right to a job. You do have a right to be left alone by government and your fellow citizens to develop your own God-given talents in such a way that employers will seek you out. You also have a right to ignore educational opportunities and to develop a slovenly work ethic so that employers will shun you. You make your choices, and you live with the consequences of your decisions. I would tell that person that any American with desirable job skills and a good worth ethic, properly priced, would have to hide under his bed to avoid getting a good job.

“If you believe in the year 2004 that you can build a sound career as a textile plant worker in South Carolina then you are living a lie, and that delusion will soon catch up to you. You need to understand that you are a free and sovereign individual. You don't belong to the government, and it's not the government's responsibility to provide you with a job. It's the government's job to clear the way for you to exercise your free choices, develop your skills, hone your work ethic, and contract with an employer eager to hire someone like you. Past that, you're on your own, and that's life in a free society."

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Hoo-hah! Gotta love that entire answer...but I’d have been thrilled if President Bush had simply responded with just the first two sentences. Now try this Boortz answer to the question about the minimum wage…

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“Look, Bob. Wages are something to be negotiated between the employer and the employee. It is not the job of government to set wages for private sector employees. Our Constitution specifically states that the government is not to alter the terms of a contract between individuals. The matter of wages paid for services rendered is something to be resolved in negotiations between the employer and employee and then expressed in the terms of a contract between the parties. The government has no role here.

And while I'm addressing this, let's talk about the people who are actually earning the minimum wage. Most of these people are teenagers working in entry-level jobs. They're developing job skills and will only spend a minimum amount of time at the minimum wage.

“But what about that small number of people who are trying to raise a family on minimum wage? My opponent won't say this. It's harsh, but it's the truth. If you have done such a pathetic job of developing job skills and a work ethic that you cannot earn more than the minimum wage, then you have no business having children. We have far too many people in this country who have children that they know full well they cannot afford to raise. The answer to this problem is not to force employers to pay them more than they are worth. The answer is to educate people as to the cost of properly raising a child, and to encourage them to make sure they can pay the bills before they make the decision to have a baby."


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Good golly, Miss Molly! Damn shame there are no credible candidates running for president who talk that way, huh?

And NO, Michael Badnarik is NOT a credible candidate, so don’t even go there.

GOV’T + LAWYERS = DEADLY CONSEQUENCES

“Americans are angry about the sudden shortage of flu vaccine, and well they should be. But we hope they don't fall for the current story line that this is all the fault of a single company and its British factory. The real problem lies with a political class that has driven all but a handful of companies out of the vaccine business.

“...The closing of Chiron's plant removes some 48 million vaccine doses (or about half the U.S. market) and puts that many more seniors and children at risk from a disease that kills 36,000 Americans a year. . . . The main question for public health ought to be how did we arrive at a place where closing a single plant can endanger so many people?

“The answer is that any company brave, or foolish, enough to make vaccines has had to run an obstacle course of price controls, regulation and tort lawyers. Until Congress and federal officials come to grips with these fundamental problems, life-threatening vaccine shortages will continue to occur.”

- Review & Outlook, Wall Street Journal, 10/14/04

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Thursday

News & Views, 10/14/04


POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS

* The consensus by the talking heads immediately after Debate #3 was that President Bush spanked John Kerry. Now, for those of you out there who have written saying I’m just a Bush cheerleader, take note: I wasn’t impressed. I really didn’t think he did all that great. But I do think Kerry was equally bad. I’d call it a draw overall, maybe a slight Bush edge.

* Regardless, let’s say Kerry won all three debates on points. What he needed was a knockout. He didn’t get one. He missed his shot. Bush didn’t “blow it.” Kerry’s toast.

* The president DID get some darn good shots in though. Referring to Ted Kennedy as the CONSERVATIVE senator from Massachusetts certainly put things in perspective and clearly irritated the LIBERAL senator from Massachusetts. Pointing out that Sen. Kerry has only gotten FIVE bills passed into law in his 20 year career was extremely effective in showing how ineffective Kerry has been. And pointing out that the Gulf War in 1991 met every reasonable “global test” standard”...and yet Sen. Kerry STILL voted against the use of force there was devastating.

* I don’t know if I just never really noticed it before, or if it was simply WAY more pronounced in Debate #3, but John Kerry’s hand movements stirred up enough motion to light a small mid-Western city. Good Lord, it was like watching a Richard Simmons “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” video without the music or the tights.

* The Kerry campaign thinks they really nailed the president on that bin Laden question. Clearly, despite President Bush’s claim to the contrary in the debate, he DID say back at a press conference in 2002 that he wasn’t worried about bin Laden. But it’s the CONTEXT that’s important here, folks. What Kerry has been trying to say is that President Bush gave up on efforts to “get” Osama in order to pursue his “wrong war at the wrong time” in Iraq. Well, there’s no way to sugarcoat this: That claim is a lot of crap. Clearly what the president was saying in that press conference was that bin Laden, as far as being a threat to the United States at that time, wasn’t something to be so worried about because bin Laden was on the run and hiding in caves. And I’m sure all the major media will make sure to report that extremely important distinction in Thursday’s papers. Yeah, right.

* The Kerry folks also think they will be able to make hay over this flu shot problem. Look for them to try to make the point that the president said he was going to try to get additional vaccines from Canada, while at the same time blocking Americans from buying cheaper prescription drugs from...Canada. But this is a double-edged sword which, if the Bush campaign handles correctly, will boomerang on the Kerryites. Recall that the President has specifically said he objects to drug importation which he cannot verify as SAFE. The fact that the flu shortage is caused by a vaccine from England which was found to be TAINTED plays to the President’s favor on this one. Importation can be VERY risky, indeed.

* Why did both John Edwards and John Kerry feel it necessary to “out” Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter as a lesbian on national television in their respective debates? Pretty low. Not surprising.

* Kerry assured the nation that if he’s elected president, nothing will change on Social Security. Which means an already troubled program will move closer to a full-blown crisis under his watch. The senator claimed letting younger workers invest a portion of their own money where they could get a better return would be a “disaster.” No, John Kerry and the status quo is the road to disaster. And you and I will end up paying for it. BOY, will we end up paying for it.

* If you listened to his answer, you’d almost swear Kerry was only in favor of raising the minimum wage for WOMEN. Not that he was pandering or anything. Heaven forbid.

* President Bush really blew an opportunity on that minimum wage question by...pretending it was never asked. His response to raising the minimum wage was to tout his education program. Huh? What about making the point that raising the minimum wage kills entry-level jobs for young people. Or even pointing out that wages should be a voluntary agreement between an employer and an employee...and that government shouldn’t be setting a “minimum” wage in the first place.

* Kerry said he wouldn’t appoint a judge who would overturn a “right.” ‘Tis a shame Bob Shieffer didn’t ask if the good senator considers the right to “keep and bear arms” to be an individual right...or only the right of a state militia. Can you imagine the contortions Kerry would have gone through on THAT one?

* Lastly, John Kerry said that if only we would elect him, THEN all the partisan wrangling and bitterness in Washington would go away. No doubt he has a “plan” to address this problem. Maybe he’d even consider putting together a little “summit.” NOT. If John Kerry gets elected on November 2nd, you’ll see a partisan schism in this country that’ll make the eight years under Bill Clinton and four years under G.W. look like a Sunday school picnic. Kerry would be a uniter alright. He’d unite the conservatives in opposition to him like nobody’s business.

Anyway, that’s how I saw it. The bottom line, again, is that the debates are over. Thankfully. The president’s performances were what we pretty much expected: not very great. Debate is NOT his strong suit. But he didn’t make any major gaffes. And Kerry desperately needed a major gaffe.

There’s still 19 days to go, but consider this. Kerry needed a big “bump” after his convention. He didn’t get it. Bush didn’t need a big bump after HIS convention...but he DID get one. Kerry needed the president to screw up big time in the debates. He didn’t. It’s really pretty hard to imagine what could happen now to change the dynamic for Kerry.

Another terrorist attack in the U.S. before the election would only reaffirm what the president has been saying about how real the danger still is out there and give Americans even more reason to re-elect the guy who they KNOW, not *think,* will kill the bad guys.

Seriously, now that the debates are over it looks like the only hope John Kerry has to win on November 2 is if the Democrats, literally, steal the election. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time.

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A MIRACLE CURE IN EVERY POT

“In a speech in Newton, Iowa, last Monday Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards did not say that John Kerry, if elected president, will raise Christopher Reeve from the dead. But he came close. Sounding more like a faith healing television evangelist--or a shyster lawyer--Edwards promised that ‘when John Kerry is president people like Christopher Reeve are going to get up out of that wheel chair and walk again.’ While he was at it he promised that he and President Kerry together ‘will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases.’ He did not, however, mention the common cold.”

- Lyn Nofziger, Musings, 10/13/04

THE IDIOTS’ CHOICE

“So, how do you exploit the death of Christopher Reeve for political purposes? You send Super Lawyer to appear before a high school audience to tell them that if John Kerry is elected people like Christopher Reeve, people in wheelchairs, will get up and walk again!

“...But wait! Don't stop there! According to Super Lawyer, not only are quadriplegics going to suddenly arise and head for Starbucks for a latte, but grandma is going to suddenly know who you are and she won't be able to hide her own Easter Eggs! Yes, the great and grand Kerry/Edwards team will cure Alzheimer's. And grandpa is going to stop shaking so much because they're going to cure Parkinson's. And you kids in the audience can put away your insulin too! We're going to cure juvenile diabetes!

“It goes without saying that only an unadulterated idiot would believe that voting for Kerry would mean a cure for all of these diseases and afflictions. The point here is that idiots are exactly the segment of our population that the Kerry campaign is targeting right now! After the ‘global test’ and ‘terrorism as a nuisance’ comments that's about the only place they can still mine for votes. Unfortunately there are a gracious plenty of idiots who's votes are up for grabs.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 1013/04

THE NO-SKIN ZONE

“Hours after Bill O’Reilly accused her of a multimillion dollar shakedown attempt, a female Fox News producer fired back at the TV star today, filing a lawsuit claiming that he subjected her to repeated instances of sexual harassment and spoke often, and explicitly, to her about phone sex, vibrators, threesomes, masturbation, the loss of his virginity, and sexual fantasies. Below you’ll find a copy of Andrea Mackris’s complaint (
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1013043mackris1.html ), an incredible page-turner that quotes O’Reilly, 55, on all sorts of lewd matters.

“Based on the extensive quotations cited in the complaint, it appears a safe bet that Mackris, 33, recorded some of O’Reilly’s more steamy soliloquies. For example, we direct you to his Caribbean shower fantasies. While we suggest reading the entire document, The Smoking Gun will point you to interesting sections on a Thailand sex show, Al Franken, and the climax of one August 2004 phone conversation.”

- The Smoking Gun, 10/13/04 (WARNING: Graphic language is contained in the lawsuit, should you choose to go read it at the website mentioned above)

PITCHIN’ WU IN OREGON

“Congressman David Wu (D) was already facing a competitive challenge in Oregon's CD-1 from wealthy telecommunications consulting firm owner Goli Ameri (R) before a double-shot of bad news broke for him on Tuesday. The Portland Oregonian reported on a 1976 incident involving Wu and his then-girlfriend. In the incident, Wu was detained by his university's campus police for questioning after an incident in which ‘his ex-girlfriend said he tried to force her to have sex.’

“...Wu quickly responded with a written statement: ‘Twenty-eight years ago, I had 2-year romantic relationship with a fellow college student that ended with inexcusable behavior on my part.’

“...If that wasn't bad enough news for him, the Portland Oregonian also endorsed Ameri for Congress as a candidate ‘with the potential to be a more effective member of Congress.’ The paper previously supported the incumbent. Wu is the first Taiwanese-born person to serve in Congress. If elected, Ameri would be the first Iranian-born member of Congress.”

- Ron Gunzburger’s Politics1, 10/13/04

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Wednesday

News & Views, 10/13/04


EXPOSING KERRY’S POST-WAR RECORD

Sinclair Broadcasting intends to air a documentary on its 62 television stations about John Kerry’s anti-war activities following his brief stint in Vietnam titled, “Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal.” The hour-long show is scheduled to air two weeks before the November 2 election. The documentary includes interviews with POWs and their wives who discuss Kerry’s 1971 congressional testimony in which Kerry accused his fellow soldiers of committing war crimes.

The show is expected to include a panel discussion of some kind...and the station has already invited Sen. Kerry to come on the air and address any aspects of the film. But the Democrat National Committee is instead planning to file an FEC complaint, claiming the documentary is an illegal in-kind donation to the Bush campaign.

As opposed to the purely objective Michael Moore documentary, “Fahrenheit 911,” right? Yeah, right. Or ABC’s “Nightline” show in which Ted Koppel spent the entire program just reading off the names of Americans killed in action in Iraq. Nah, that wasn’t an in-kind contribution to the Kerry campaign, was it? Or how about Dan Rather’s report on Bush’s National Guard service using faked documents? Just fair and balanced reporting, right?

DNC chief Terry McAuliffe said Sinclair was putting “their money where their right-wing mouths are.” Unlike all those rock music stars performing concerts to assist the Kerry campaign. THEY’RE just exercising their constitutional right to free speech, right?

Rather than trying to shut up discussion of a legitimate topic - John Kerry’s anti-war activities - the candidate should appear on the air and explain himself to the people he wants to lead for the next four years. I mean, really, what’s the guy afraid of? If he has nothing to hide or nothing to be embarrassed about, he should be happy to discuss his activities, right?

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: In fact, why not encourage the Kerry folks to encourage their candidate to do just that? How about taking a minute to ring up their national headquarters in Washington, DC, and urge Sen. Kerry to appear on the Sinclair Broadcasting panel instead of trying to stifle free speech. The number to call is (202) 712-3000. The odds are you won’t get to talk to a “live” person, but you can certainly leave a brief message on their answering machine.

OUTSOURCING NATIONAL SECURITY

“John Kerry derides George W. Bush for ‘outsourcing’ American jobs, but he wants to ‘outsource’ presidential responsibility for protecting the security of the nation, followed by ‘outsourcing’ control and command of American troops to the International Criminal Court in Switzerland. He insists that American interests would be ‘safeguarded.’ But when French and Chinese judges call American troops to the dock to answer accusations like those that John Kerry himself made against American soldiers he left behind in Vietnam four decades ago, whatever ‘safeguards’ there might be would first have to pass the ‘global test.’ "

- Wes Pruden, Pruden On Politics, 10/12/04

A JACKASS IS A JACKASS

“Kerry's strong talk about finding and killing terrorists is bunk. You can paint spots on a jackass in hopes that some will think it a leopard, but it is still a jackass.”

- News & Views reader Don Tumminia of Loveland, Colorado

MEANWHILE, BACK ON PLANET REALITY

“Can we get real here about the inspections process? If we are just now gaining confidence Iraq had no WMD stockpiles after being in control of and thoroughly searching that nation for over a year, how could we have ever relied on weapons inspectors with limited access to a foreign land controlled by a hostile dictator?”

- Columnist David Limbaugh

WE LOVE DICK

“I loved Mr. Cheney's (debate) performance because I think he is in tune with the times — grown-up, unflashy, deadly serious. Mr. Edwards, on the other hand, driveling on like a Depression-era sob-sister about the ‘bright light’ of America now ‘flickering’ is one of the funniest acts I've seen in years. I thought he was supposed to be a slick ambulance-chaser, like Richard Gere in Chicago, but apparently he prefers the Little Mary Sunshine role.”

- Columnist Mark Steyn

WHAT AMERICANS WANT

“Asked about his qualifications to be vice president and thus — in the event of John Kerry being felled by a grisly windsurfing tragedy — president and commander in chief, John Edwards talked about what ‘the American people want in their president and in their vice president." First, he said, ‘they want to know that their president and their vice president will keep them safe.’

“Oh, phooey. That would be a neat line if the American people had all got lead-poisoning and hired you to file the all-time class-action suit on their behalf. But no president can guarantee safeness in unsafe times. What he can do is demonstrate the necessary will to roll back the threat and exterminate it, and encourage the American people to maintain that resolve, too…”

- Columnist Mark Steyn

SAD, BUT TRUE

“We did have a completely different class of people in 1776. When this country was formed you couldn't find 10 people on the continent who thought that it was the responsibility of the federal government to provide them with a job or health care. Know this...transport today's average American back to 1776 and the Revolutionary War would never have happened.”

- Talk-show host Neal Boortz, 10/12/04

HARDLY A DIME’S WORTH OF DIFFERENCE

“Anyone who is a regular reader of these Musings knows that my big complaint about the Republican Party, of which I am a reluctant member, is that I think Republican office holders in general have become too much like Democrats.

“Like them, we are a party of big government, of too many rules, regulations and laws that intrude deeply and unnecessarily into our lives. We rely on government instead of on ourselves. We’ve come to believe that government has an obligation to look after us and take care of us, and lay down rules for living our personal lives. Like the Dems, we are big spenders; in fact, we are becoming even bigger spenders than they are.

“In truth there is hardly a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties and, in equal truth, a lot of people like it that way, especially as it pertains to the Congress. They have this nonsensical idea that if a majority in both parties agree on a law it automatically is a good law. I give you Prohibition as an example.”

- Lyn Nofziger, “Musings.com,” 10/11/04

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RADIO FOR ADULTS

“NBC has begun a five-second delay on NASCAR broadcasts because Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s bad words made it on the air, but satellite radio is selling it live and uncensored. It's one more selling point for an industry that got a boost last week when Howard Stern said he is taking his shock-jock show exclusively to the subscriber-based system of talk and music radio.”

- Palm Beach Post, 10/12/04

THIS RED SOX GAME BROUGHT TO YOU BY…

“I'm all for the Red Sox, but I don't want the post office spending money on their games. Like all morally right people in the world, I am willing the Red Sox to go all the way this year, from annihilating Anaheim to doing away with the A-Rod of Evil and his minions. But that's not really what I want to talk about. What I want to talk about is a few words I heard on the radio the other night as I was listening to the Sox-Angels game. The words were, roughly, this: This broadcast brought to you by the United States Postal Service.

“The post office. The Red Sox were being brought to me by the post office. . . . I know the post office has lost business, with the rise in private shipping companies and e-mail. How, then, does it make sense for the post office - already losing money - to be sponsoring things?”

- Victoria Shouldis, Concord Monitor, 10/10/04

IF THE JAPANESE CAN DO IT...

“Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday reiterated determination to push postal privatization drive in a parliament policy speech, saying Japan is now at a critical juncture on the path to achieving this goal along with the reform of state and local government finances.

“...Koizumi told the lawmakers that structural reform is now at a turning point. ‘Whether the bud of structural reform will grow into a big tree is at a crucial moment from now on as we bring about the privatization of postal services and the three-part fiscal reform for decentralization,’ the premier said.

“Koizumi called postal privatization one of the biggest reforms since the Meiji Restoration, which marked the beginning of the modern era for Japan in the late 19th century. Postal privatization is ‘the essence of my reforms,’ he said as he reiterated that the government will submit a bill to achieve postal reform in April 2007 to the ordinary parliament session which starts in January.”

- ChinaView.com, 10/12/04

ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PLAYS THE “HOMO” CARD

“It seems that every time that former Congressman Tom Coburn (R) pulls close to Congressman Brad Carson (D) in Oklahoma's US Senate race, Coburn goes and makes another stupid comment. Well, there he goes again.

“Carson's campaign released a tape recording Monday they just obtained of comments that Coburn apparently made to an audience a few weeks ago. Here's what Coburn said: ‘Our [campaign] rep down here in the southeast area, he lives in Colgate and travels out of Atoka. He was telling me lesbianism is so rampant in some of the schools in southeast Oklahoma that they’ll only let one girl go to the bathroom. Now think about it. Think about that issue. How is it that that’s happened to us?’

“This pronouncement was apparently news to everyone in the Colgate area. ‘He knows something I don't know. We have not identified anything like that. We have not had to deal with any issues on that subject -- ever,’ said Colgate School Superintendent Joe McCulley. ‘I don't believe that [report] ... [our attorneys] haven't said anything to me about that,’ added the Executive Director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.

“These kind of frequent gaffes were what worried GOP leaders in DC when Coburn announced his candidacy -- and was what prompted them to back his failed primary opponent.”

- Ron Gunzburger, Politics1, 10/12/04

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Tuesday

News & Views, 10/12/04


DECLARATION OF CONSERVATIVE INDEPENDENCE

Some of you have expressed a concern that issuing a “Declaration of Conservative Independence” BEFORE election day this year could tilt the election to John Kerry. That’s certainly understandable. Kerry IS scary. The suggestion is that we wait until AFTER the election to let them know what we expect over the next two-to-four years and that we intend to hold them accountable.

On the other hand, there are others who say forget about putting the Republicans on notice. Let’s simply exact revenge on them NOW for failing to live up to limited government conservatism. They ain’t gonna change anyhow. And fully I understand that sentiment, as well.

I’m still working on working on how to set up this project from a technical standpoint, but let me just address those two issues this morning.

1.) Frankly, waiting until AFTER the election is like closing the barn door AFTER the horse has already gotten out.

If President Bush wins re-election, and the GOP maintains its majorities in both houses of Congress, the Republican Party leadership and elected officials are going to point to that fact and declare a “mandate” to continue following the non-conservative, government-expanding policies of the last four years. If you thought big-government “compassionate conservatism” was too expensive in the president’s first term, wait’ll you see the tab a second term will bring. Cha-ching!

And if you don’t think this White House fully intends to use this election as a mandate to continue their big-government policies in a second term, consider Brendan Miniter’s Wall Street Journal column this morning titled, “Bush's big-government conservatism may be a political winner.”

Miniter notes that George W “sought the presidency so he could change the direction of the nation's domestic policies” and “who united conservatives with the big spenders in his party to push for good government over limited government.” He concludes by noting that “one advantage of being a big spender is that it is hard to be tagged as inattentive to people's needs.”

This is scary stuff, folks. And that closing line brings to mind what Barry Goldwater had to say on this subject some 40-odd years ago: “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.”

George W. Bush is certainly no Barry Goldwater.

That being said, I’m sensitive to the fears of electing The Two Johns on November 2nd. So please understand, I’m NOT talking about seceding from the Republican Party AT THIS TIME (more on the reasoning for this later). Rather, here’s the essence of what I think the Declaration should say...

“Dear President Bush, Majority Leader Frist, Speaker Hastert and RNC Chairman Gillespie: We the undersigned who may be voting for you in November are doing so because of your commitment to killing bad guys before they kill us and reducing taxes; however, we are extremely dissatisfied with your positions on a number of important issues of conservative concern and want you to know, in no uncertain terms, that our vote on November 2 should NOT be construed as a mandate for bigger government. Please be advised that while we may vote for you next month, we will vigorously and actively oppose any new proposals and legislation which run counter to our limited-government conservative principles, regardless of political and partisan considerations.”

Or words to that effect. But I think you get the idea. The objective of the Declaration isn’t for limited government conservatives to stay home THIS election, or vote for a third-party candidate, but to serve notice that our vote is NOT to be construed as an endorsement of the policies of expanding government over the next four years the way Republicans have done over the last four years.

Now, for those of you who think we should look at those last four years and simply declare all-out war or secession from the GOP immediately, let me first say...I feel your pain.

And there is a legitimate point to be made that (a) the republic survived eight years under Clinton and would survive under Kerry, and (b) it was the election of that boob Jimmy Carter which probably made the election of Ronald Reagan possible. Perhaps the disaster of a Kerry presidency is what it’s going to take to get a true limited-government, Reagan-type conservative president into the White House again. Sort of like - if you’ll pardon the Kerryish Vietnam reference - burning the village down to save it.

However, I’m not persuaded to accept that this is the proper thing to do right now, especially in light of the serious threat still posed by Islamic terrorism, especially without first giving adequate notice and warning. Even Moses gave Pharaoh a heads up before unleashing the frogs and locusts on Egypt.

The fact is, we were so desperate to end eight years of Bill, Hillary and Al in 2000 that we accepted George W. Bush with absolutely no pre-conditions whatsoever. Conservatives gave this president a blank check and he filled it in...with a LOT of zeroes on the end. To that extent, we’re as much to blame as the White House and the Congress.

Let me put this another way...

Although attributed to a number of folks, I believe it was Mao Tse-Tung, the former Chinese Grand Imperial Pooh-Bah, who said, “Politics is war without bloodshed.” With that in mind, please consider this very relevant passage from the late great Chinese general Sun Tzu’s book titled, “The Art of War.”

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Sun Tzu Wu was a native of the Ch`i State. His Art of War brought him to the notice of Ho Lu, King of Wu. Ho Lu said to him: "I have carefully perused your 13 chapters. May I submit your theory of managing soldiers to a slight test?"

Sun Tzu replied: "You may."

Ho Lu asked: "May the test be applied to women?"

The answer was again in the affirmative, so arrangements were made to bring 180 ladies out of the Palace. Sun Tzu divided them into two companies, and placed one of the King's favorite concubines at the head of each. He then bade them all take spears in their hands, and addressed them thus: "I presume you know the difference between front and back, right hand and left hand?"

The girls replied: "Yes."

Sun Tzu went on: "When I say 'Eyes front', you must look straight ahead. When I say 'Left turn', you must face towards your left hand. When I say 'Right turn', you must face towards your right hand. When I say 'About turn', you must face right round towards your back."

Again the girls assented. The words of command having been thus explained, he set up the halberds and battle-axes in order to begin the drill. Then, to the sound of drums, he gave the order "Right turn". But the girls only burst out laughing. Sun Tzu said: "If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame."

So he started drilling them again, and this time gave the order "Left turn", whereupon the girls once more burst into fits of laughter. Sun Tzu: "If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders ARE clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers."

So saying, he ordered the leaders of the two companies to be beheaded.

Now the king of Wu was watching the scene from the top of a raised pavilion; and when he saw that his favorite concubines were about to be executed, he was greatly alarmed and hurriedly sent down the following message: "We are now quite satisfied as to our general's ability to handle troops. If we are bereft of these two concubines, our meat and drink will lose their savor. It is our wish that they shall not be beheaded."

Sun Tzu replied: "Having once received His Majesty's commission to be the general of his forces, there are certain commands of His Majesty which, acting in that capacity, I am unable to accept."

Accordingly, he had the two leaders beheaded, and straightway installed the pair next in order as leaders in their place. When this had been done, the drum was sounded for the drill once more; and the girls went through all the evolutions, turning to the right or to the left, marching ahead or wheeling back, kneeling or standing, with perfect accuracy and precision, not venturing to utter a sound.

Then Sun Tzu sent a messenger to the King saying: "Your soldiers, Sire, are now properly drilled and disciplined, and ready for your majesty's inspection. They can be put to any use that their sovereign may desire; bid them go through fire and water, and they will not disobey."


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Now, if you believe, as the Founders did, that “we the people” are the generals in this country and the elected officials are the soldiers, then the question becomes: Were our “orders” in the last election “clear and distinct” and “thoroughly understood”? I think not. In 1994, when Republicans regained control of Congress by running on the Contract with America...yes. But not in 2000. It was “just win, baby!” Whatever it takes. And they did.

The fact is, we conservative generals have not given this White House or any Republican Congress since 1995 “clear and distinct” orders to be followed. Thus, WE are to blame. For that reason, I think NOW is absolutely the right time and place to serve notice to our “officers” as to which direction we expect them to move, BEFORE the election.

If after conveying such orders CLEARLY and DISTINCLTY, those same officers “nevertheless disobey,” then I say off with the political heads of a few of them in 2006 to serve as an example to the rest...AND to the GOP presidential candidates who will be running in 2008.

Now, I fully recognize that some of you have no desire to wait any longer and will be voting to “behead” some Republicans, including the president, this year. I understand your frustration...and maybe you’re correct. But I think it only fair and wise to first fire a warning shot across the bow and at least give them one last opportunity to clean up their act before bringing down upon them the political wrath of the heavens. Hopefully, such a swat on the snout with a rolled-up newspaper will get their attention and cause them to change their evil ways.

But if not, Katie bar the door in 2006. In the immortal words of The Who, “We don’t get fooled again.” And the Republican Party leadership won’t be able to say they weren’t warned.

Anyway, keep thinking about possible content and ideas for the Declaration of Conservative Independence. And while I’m finishing up the technical and organizational side of things, let’s open up the discussion. Weigh in and share your thoughts and suggestions on this idea by surfing over to: http://blog.chuckmuth.com/blog/

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“Government is not the solution, it’s the problem.”

- Ronald Reagan

“Once created, federal programs are nearly impossible to eliminate.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated."

- Thomas Jefferson

"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it."

- Benjamin Franklin

“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one…”

- Thomas Paine

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread."

- Thomas Jefferson

“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."

- James Madison

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.”

- Thomas Jefferson

“It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work - work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.”

- Ronald Reagan

“If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals...recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last.”

- Ronald Reagan

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Monday

News & Views, 10/11/04


HELP WANTED

Anyone out there have any experience with self-publishing a paperback book? I’m thinking of compiling a year-end “best of” News & Views in time for the Christmas holidays (great gift for that liberal black sheep in your family!). I’ve been referred to two print-on-demand companies - Authorhouse.com and Instantpublisher.com. Was wondering if any of you have had any experience with either...or have any other recommendations? Send anything you’ve got to chuck@citizenoutreach.com

SURVEY SAYS!

Should openly gay teachers be banned from government schools, even if they don’t discuss the subject in the classroom?

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* I’m a Kerry supporter: Yes AND No

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CONSERVATIVE INDEPENDENCE

It seems my suggestion at the end of yesterday’s Muth’s Truth column (“Homo-Cleansing the Classroom”) for drafting a Declaration of Conservative Independence hit a nerve with a great many of you. Guess I’m not alone in my frustration with the Republican majority and the White House on issues of limited government. So although my suggestion was only half-serious yesterday, I’m dead serious about it today. And this 10th anniversary of the Contract With America seems a wholly appropriate time for such an effort.

I’ll work on setting up a way for those of you who have an interest in this project to help me draft such a document and try to launch the effort tomorrow. In the meantime, think of “grievances” against what the GOP - both presidential and congressional - has done (or not done) since the Republican takeover of the House in 1994.

To help get you in the spirit of things, if you haven’t read the Declaration in a while, here’s where you can brush up and help get yourself in the proper frame of mind: http://www.constitution.org/usdeclar.htm

Don’t worry: This won’t be so much a declaration of an immediate exodus of party support in 2004 (though many of you undoubtedly have already made such a choice) as a shot across the bow. Kerry is just too scary for many of us. But we WILL be putting the GOP on notice. This is a warning: Return to your limited government roots...or else. Our vote will no longer be taken for granted. This will be our line in the sand. (Did I miss any metaphors?)

Stay tuned, Batfans.

CONSTITUTIONAL IMPERATIVE

“The issue of the Supreme Court ought to drive everyone who believes this nation ought to be governed by the Constitution as written and ratified to go to the polls Nov. 2 - to defeat John Kerry.”

- Columnist Terence Jeffrey

JIB-JAB STRIKES AGAIN

If you enjoyed the hilarious “This Land Is Your Land” web animation by the folks at Jib-Jab, you might wanna check out their latest offering titled, “Good to Be in DC.” http://jibjab.com

AND THE WINNER IS…

“When pro-Kerry commentators solemnly pronounce Debate Round 2...‘a draw’ - you know George Bush won.”

- Columnist William Safire

BUSH THE TERRIBLE STRIKES AGAIN

“Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry yesterday blamed President Bush for failing to head off a flu vaccine shortage,” reported the Washington Times yesterday.

Today Kerry is expected to blame the president for jock itch and halitosis, as well.

WELL, AT LEAST HE DIDN’T CALL ‘EM “WOPS”

“In 1997, advocating an expansion of NATO’s ‘no-fly’ zones to cripple Iraq’s air defenses, [Kerry] said the Iraqi army was so weakened that ‘even the Italians could kick their butts.’”

- Columnist Wayne Woodlief, The Boston Herald, 4/6/03

CONSISTENTLY INCONSISTENT

“Mr. Kerry is as bereft of ideas on Iraq as he is of consistency and principle.”

- Columnist Jack Kelly

WELL, GOOOOOOL-LY

“A reincarnation of John Kennedy? Give me a break. (John) Edwards sounds like Gomer Pyle and looks like the Breck Shampoo girl.”

- Frank Duggan, chairman of the Irish American Republicans, “Inside the Beltway,” 10/8/04

EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE

“Have John/John (Kerry & Edwards) been hit with the apparent fact that neither have any real experience in running any type of company, organization, state or local government? Kerry appears to have made his living off family, rich women and government. A senator has no responsibility for running anything except his/her mouth. Edwards made his fortune attacking people and taking their money...hardly credentials for running any kind of organization.”

- News & Views reader Rod in Escondido

VOTING RIGHTS AND WRONGS

“Whenever it is suggested that, in a nation where some 32 million residents are foreign-born - where as many as one-quarter of the foreign-born are here illegally - people ought to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote, Democrats cry ‘intimidation.’ Whenever it is proposed that people who show up at polls to vote present some form of photo identification, the Democrats shout ‘racism.’

“The party of Messrs. Kerry, Edwards and McAuliffe hasn’t had nearly as much to say about voting wrongs as it has about voting rights. Maybe that’s because the Democrats know they stand to benefit most from vote-swapping, double-voting, registration of dementia patients and non-citizen voting.”

- Columnist Joseph Perkins

THE 6-TON ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

“What concerns me more than anything else is (President Bush’s) demonstrated weakness at our borders. Immigration enforcement is the 6-ton elephant in the room. . . . Mr. Bush has shown he can stand up to the international Axis of Weasels. He must show the same resolve against La Raza, the immigration lawyers and Teddy Kennedy.”

- Columnist Michelle Malkin

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POSTAL PRIVATIZATION

“For more than a hundred years now, the Japanese postal system, with its banking and insurance arms, has been an economic and financial pillar in a risk-averse society. Now Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, the country's self-styled crusader for reform, wants to change that. Three years into his term, Koizumi has just shaken up his cabinet with an eye to achieving his most formidable campaign promise—privatizing Japan Post.

“...For Koizumi, this is no ordinary challenge. The Japanese postal service just happens to be the world's largest financial institution—a $3.2 trillion behemoth whose sheer government-protected weight puts private-sector rivals at a crippling disadvantage. . . . If Japanese consumers can be persuaded to invest those funds in the private retail banks, the country's economy might never be the same. In the best-case scenario, huge amounts of pent-up household capital would be moved into private financial markets and help bolster Japan's incipient economic recovery.

“...In purely economic terms, postal reform would seem a winner. But the postal system has been a feeding trough for a variety of formidable interest groups for decades, and they aren't going to go hungry without a fight. To start with, Koizumi has said that he'd like to see the postal service's 280,000 full-time employees (and an additional 120,000 part-time workers) shed from government payrolls. (A whopping third of all the country's civil servants work for Japan Post.) Needless to say, their well-organized postal union hates that idea.”

- Newsweek, 10/10/04

PRESCRIPTION FOR WHAT AILS HEALTH CARE

“One reason many people find health care inaccessible or too expensive is we insist on providing so much of it through highly trained physicians. The idea of finding ways to reduce the years of training doesn't seem to have occurred to anyone. Apart from that, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants could do a lot of what we now rely on doctors to do — and at lower cost. They could also expand access to medical care in poor and rural areas shunned by physicians.

“It's easy to say everyone should get care from doctors. But that's like saying everyone should drive a Volvo. If we limited consumer choices to one ultrasafe nameplate, many people would not be able to afford a car at all. We let individuals make most of their own choices about safety and cost when it comes to their wheels. Why not with medical care? For the last 40 years, every solution to our health-care problems has been a variation on the same theme: more government. Maybe the real answer is more freedom.”

- Columnist Steve Chapman

THE IMPERIAL JUDICIARY

“Judicial activism, the practice of judges ignoring the law and deciding cases based on their personal political views, has intensified in the decades since Roe v. Wade. This practice is now standard for many federal judges. . . . With the federal judiciary focused more on promoting a social agenda than upholding the rule of law, Americans find themselves increasingly governed by men they did not elect and cannot remove from office.

“But what is to be done? Since many citizens lack basic knowledge of our Constitution and federalist system, they are easily manipulated by media and academic elites who tell them that judges are the absolute and final arbiters of US law. But the Supreme Court is not supreme over the other branches of government; it is supreme only over lower federal courts.

“...Congressional cowardice enables judicial activism. Just as Congress ceded far too much legislative authority to presidents throughout the 20th century, it similarly has allowed federal judges to operate wildly beyond their constitutional role. In fact, many current members of Congress apparently accept the false notion that federal court judgments are superior to congressional statutes. Unless and until Congress asserts itself by limiting federal court jurisdiction, judges will continue to act as de facto lawmakers.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), “Texas Straight Talk,” 10/4/04

KEEPING THE WORLD SAFE FOR KIDS

My friend and talk-show host Brian Wilson has penned an extremely insightful column in response to the harsh sanctions imposed on Dale Earnhardt Jr. for uttering a common four-letter word in a TV interview. Catch it on today’s News & Views EXTRA page at: http://www.chuckmuth.com/newsandviews/nv.cfm

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Sunday

Muth's Truths, 10/10/04


HOMO-CLEANSING THE CLASSROOM


I feel like Michael Corleone in “Godfather III” who famously said, “Just when I thought that I was out they pull me back in.”

I’ve been trying to refrain from commenting on “the gay thing” for the last couple of months, other than to criticize the gay organization Log Cabin Republicans for failing to endorse the Republican nominee for president. And I stayed pretty much mum on the House’s attempt to pass a Federal Marriage Amendment other than to note that, as in the Senate, the effort went down in flames.

And then along comes Rep. Jim DeMint, who is now running for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina, to pull me back in.

DeMint is an staunch conservative. As a congressman, he has a Lifetime ACU Rating of 97. He is, by far, the superior candidate in the senate race for those of us who long for a strictly limited federal government.

But at a recent debate with his opponent, DeMint joined the ranks of the “homo-cons” by offering up the following: “If a person wants to be publicly gay, they should not be teaching in the public schools.” Good grief. Is this supposed to be the CONSERVATIVE point of view?

Now before some of you rush off to send me the now-requisite hate email (send it to chuck@citizenoutreach.com) for daring to pen yet another of my patented “fag lover” commentaries, let me put this in perspective.

Back in 1978, a California state legislator named John Briggs put forth a ballot initiative to ban gay teachers. This was at a time in history when most gays were pretty much still “in the closet,” and WAY before “Will & Grace” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

In a fundraising letter at the time, Briggs compared gay teachers to mass murderers by tying his anti-gay initiative to another initiative strengthening the death penalty: “You can act right now to help protect your family from vicious killers and defend your children from homosexual teachers,” he wrote. Subtle, huh?

The Briggs Amendment, which apparently Jim DeMint would vote for today, over 25 years later, was leading in the polls by as much as 61 percent to 31 percent. And then…

Former California Gov. Ronald Reagan came out against it.

On election day, the Briggs amendment was soundly defeated.

Now, those of you from the Leviticus Wing of the GOP can heap hosannas on Jimmy DeMint ‘til the cows come home, but don’t DARE say his position on banning gay teachers is the CONSERVATIVE position. Let me tell you something. I knew Ronald Reagan. OK, not personally. But as my President. Ronald Reagan was a TRUE conservative. And Jim DeMint, you’re no Ronald Reagan.

Wanna talk about teaching or advocating homosexuality (or heterosexuality, for that matter) in the classroom...fine. The subject is open for debate. But banning a teacher simply because of their sexual preference? Uh-uh.

One of the best teachers I had in 12 years of schooling was rumored to be light in the loafers. I couldn’t care less. Not then; not now. He was a FANTASTIC teacher. In fact, he probably sparked my love for writing at an early age - a love which persists to this day - in addition to teaching me how to play Cat Stevens songs on the guitar.

OK, in retrospect that one doesn’t appear to have been such a shining moment. But in fairness, this was long before Cat became a terrorist symp.

In any event, Jim DeMint would have denied me and my classmates the opportunity to learn from this truly gifted individual...simply because he was gay.

You know what? If you don’t want to “risk” having your kids taught by a gay teacher, then pull them out of the public schools. Send ‘em to a private school. Or better yet, home-school them. But don’t try telling the rest of us TRUE conservatives that a teacher should be judged not on their ability to teach and inspire a desire for a lifetime of learning in children, but on their sexual preference.

You know, between President Bush’s big-government “compassionate” conservatism and Jim DeMint’s homo-centric conservatism, I’m starting to think it is indeed time for TRUE limited-government conservatives to tear up their GOP membership cards and sign a Declaration of Conservative Independence. In fact, I think I’ll start writing one right now.

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Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public policy advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Citizen Outreach. He may be reached at
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