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Holding the Democrats accountable


February 4, 2006

"Any suggestion that a program designed to track the movement, locations, plans, or intentions of our enemy – particularly those that have infiltrated our borders – is equivalent to abusive domestic surveillance of the past is ludicrous," Senate Intelligence Committee, Pat Roberts (R-KS) said about Democrat National Committee Chairman Howard Dean’s comments.


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Frist’s vision

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist recently keynoted the New Hampshire Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner. Frist sent an e-mail to his list urging them to read his speech on his website VOLPAC. Here are some excerpts from the Majority Leader’s e-mail:

As I look to our future, here’s what I see. I see:

• An America where every child can go to college and leave fully prepared to compete in the 21st Century global economy – so that American jobs STAY in America;
• An America where you can open a small business that prospers free of a "lawsuit lottery" and a tax code that’s 7 times longer than the Bible.
I look to the future and see …
• An America where you and your family have access to health care you control at a cost you can afford;
• An America where our borders are secure…and you can tuck your children in bed at night knowing that our homeland is safe from the threat of radical Islamic terrorists sworn to do us harm;
• An America where the air is clear, the water clean, and the energy we use is our own…homegrown…American energy!
It’s an America where activist judges can’t clear the way for local governments to seize your property and hand it off to a private developer.
An America where activist judges can’t declare that a 14-year-old girl can walk into a clinic and have an abortion without her parents’ consent…

Reid’s hypocrisy

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s hypocrisy has made him a target of the Republican National Committee. Reid has long stated that the lobbyist Jack Abramoff scandal is only a Republican scandal. However, Republicans are taking him to task for the $61,000 that he took from Abramoff's Indian gambling clients.

·        $19,500 from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California.

·        $5,000 from the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.

·        $7,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

·        $19,000 from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.

"Harry Reid's ties to Jack Abramoff are too substantial for him to dismiss with Washington, D.C., denial and hypocritical accusations," Republican spokesman Tucker Bounds said.

Reid continues to respond that the money was legally raised, that he has done nothing improper and does not plan to refund the donations.

New Leader

NewsMax has a very worthwhile interview with the new House Majority Leader. To those Republicans who wonder where is the old Republican party at, this interview with John Boehner (R-OH) could bring hope:

"Listen," he said, "I came here in 1990 because I wanted to do something. And I think most of my colleagues came here for the same reasons. But without that broader vision of where we're going, what it is we want to do, we've gotten fragmented and this impedes taking on the big issues."

Bond’s racism

Iowa Presidential Watch reported yesterday on NAACP Julian Bond’s offering racist hatred language in a speech at Fayetteville State University. Friday, the Wall Street Journal’s "The Best of the Web" asked why this is not a big deal that Bond said such things as:

…equating the Republican Party with the Nazi Party and characterizing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor, Colin Powell, as "tokens."

"The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side," he charged.

Calling President Bush a liar, Bond told the audience at the historically black institution that this White House's lies are more serious than the lies of his predecessor's because Clinton's lies didn't kill people. . . .

He referred to former Attorney General John Ashcroft as J. Edgar Ashcroft. He compared Bush's judicial nominees to the Taliban.

In seeking to answer the question why no one is covering this story the question was answered thus:

Why did the local media ignore Bond's crazy talk? (The speech doesn't seem to have received any national attention outside WND and cable chat shows.) The most likely explanation, it seems to us, is that they recognized the talk as crazy and felt it would be invidious, inflammatory or both to depict a respected black leader as crazy--even though doing so would have been merely a matter of quoting his own words.

What we end up with, then, is a double message, very much like Yasser Arafat* talking peace in English while inciting hatred in Arabic--except that in this case Bond is speaking a language everyone understands, and reporters, whose job is to report the facts, are instead concealing them. Bond's mostly black audience at Fayetteville hears his message of division and resentment, while the broader public is told that he has a "positive attitude" and is engaged in a "fight for equal rights."

And then people scratch their heads and try to figure out why blacks' political attitudes are so different from those of nonblacks.

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