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Amazing. Political commentary, even back in the Lincoln/Douglas debate, gets very ugly. But this tops 'em all, and all the weak apologies by Rush beneficiaries who benefit from his particular brand of lunacy is indicative of his status as a power broker and opinion leader. "Don't offend Rush," their advisers are all saying. Their cowardice and servitude is obvious.
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We all (those of us that aren't still deludedly thinking that McCain/Palin were fit for office) know that Gingrich, Cheeney, et al rush to judgement and their opinions are nothing more than attempted hack jobs on Obama. However, today's headline had Obama trashing intelligence and information sharing, clearly putting blame on the intelligence community. Good for him. But he sure took his time, didn't he? A good President should hold people accountable, and Nepolitano should get the heave ho, (especially since she doesn't seem particularly qualified)if the President is serious about sending a message. Other heads might roll as well. To "make them pay", as Jeff puts it, is nothing more than holding people accountable and responsible for failure. I see nothing wrong with this, and apparently President Obama doesn't either. The guy has a legacy to think of, after all, and no President would want that kind of failure as a token of remembrance to his Presidency. Obviously, there's truth to Jeff's assertion that there are uncontrollable forces in a chaotic world. But to have been so close to controlling this situation and then dropping the ball indicates to me, anyway, that people are asleep on the job. Full body scans, pat downs, keeping the no-fly list up to date-these all seem like pretty easy steps to take in order to prevent tragedy. The fact that they weren't taken pre-emptively makes me wonder about what we're getting for our money. Of course, the ACLU makes it even more expensive, with their quest for Supreme Court battles over supposed civil rights infringement, visa denials, privacy, etc. but that is their job I guess. Full body scans do not appear to me to be stepping on privacy, when administered remotely in a windowless room. But if a guy is willing to blow his balls off for jihad, (assuming the use of that word, along with terrorism, terrorists, and suicide bombers is still allowed) then what's to keep a bomber from using the same technique as prisoners in any given state pen? Why not blow his rectum to pieces? Are we to have MRI's and x-rays as well as full body scans? Which brings me back to Jeff's (and Brooks') point about balancing risk and living in a free society. Risk is manageable, and inconvenience is a hassle, but let's not accept the handling of this incident as part of that balancing act. It never should have happened, period. The system most decidedly did NOT work, and that puts Nepolitano in a class with "Brownie". She should be cleaning out her desk by now.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2010 on When Things Go Terribly Wrong at So It Goes
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But I digress... To answer the question posed in the headline, we need an LBJ. Was he a benevolent dictator or merely a skilled wrestler like Lincoln? I know one thing for certain: he could twist the arm off of anyone in the House or the Senate.
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"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation." -Herbert Spencer This principle is part of entirely too many people's political and social mindset, particularly in today's polarized climate. With regards to health care reform, and the Gates/Crowley blog as well, in the face of an overwhelmingly complex issue, or even a not so complex incident, people go to their default settings, which all too often is the principle cited above. This is how people make a complicated world simple. Look at Obama's skin and the debate is settled. Look at Pelosi's demeanor and the argument settles itself. Look at Rush Limbaugh, and all Republicans are evil. Look at the idiots at any number of town hall meetings, and one might ascertain for himself that puppetmasters are at work. How then does one decipher a 1,200 page piece of legislation? How do you trust government to oversee, much less overhaul or actually run such a gargantuan piece of the economy? Well, we count on the fourth estate and well reasoned arguments coming from blogs such as yours Jeff. This debate concerning health care must go on. Recently I had kind of a heated argument with a friend who contends that yes, health care is a "right". I said I didn't know the Constitution had been amended. This infuriated him, and I apologized. Health care, whatever its true place in the fabric of our lives as Americans, is important. Important enough to have warranted the birth of Medicare, Medicaid, and hundreds of billions of dollars, neigh trillions spent on research, development, and delivery. Let's not jump the gun. Let's help people who need help. Let's not send people to "debtors prison". Let's do the next right thing, to borrow from a philosophy I try to employ each day. At the same time, we can't throw the baby out with the bath water. The United States is the leader in developing medical breakthroughs. It is most certainly not the leader in delivery of health care, by any stretch of the imagination. Let's work to bridge this disconnect. As an old carpenter friend of mine once said, you're judged by how you treat the least among you. Chris McGrath
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