May 21 2009

Doing the same thing while pretending to do something different

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 4:46 pm

The Buck Stops Elsewhere (well worth reading in its entirety)

The president insisted in his speech that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and enhanced interrogation techniques (which he characteristically referred to as “torture,” a term both legally inaccurate and morally obtuse) increased terrorist recruitment. In fact the leading driver of terrorist recruitment is successful terrorist attacks. That is what convinces the fence-sitters that radical Islam can win, and that Osama bin Laden is correct when he argues that the United States is a weak horse that will retreat when things get tough enough. The counterterrorism policies of the Bush administration prevented new terrorist attacks and assured the world’s bin Ladens that the United States was committed to their defeat. We hope that assurance still holds; if it does, it is only because President Obama, for all his unseemly disparagement of his predecessor, has picked up the tools George W. Bush left him and made them his own.

Read it all.

There’s an old saying:  “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

I’m thinking a revision is in order:  “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over while pretending to be doing something different, but hoping for the same results.”

Or maybe that’s just lying.

UPDATE:  The media continues to give a free podium to Obama-boosters, while giving little exposure to equally prestigious opinions in support of Cheney’s positions.

For example: Gates defends decision to close Guantanamo prison

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Obama administration had no choice but to order the shutdown of the prison at Guantanamo because “the name itself is a condemnation” of U.S. anti-terrorism strategy.

These people who are now being held in Guantanamo have VERY high visibility in the Islamic extremist world. It is not the fact that they’re being held in Guantanamo, but the fact that they’re being held at all that is the focus of Islamo-fascist extremists…. not to mention European elites. Will either of these groups think that it’s all better now if the same people are still being held, but just in a different prison?

I would be nervous, if I was a guard, with a family, working at the Supermax prison in Colorado, if the Guantanamo prisoners are moved there.  We know there are many Al Qaeda sleeper cells in the USA.  Exactly what level of security is maintained about who works at the prison, in what capacity?  If you were a prison guard at Supermax, would you want those sleeper cells to know who you were guarding?

The funny thing is this:  those prisoners at Guantanamo have it MUCH nicer now than they will in any US prison.  I wonder if they’ll thank all the lefty activists for doing them the favor of moving them out of the tropics into a concrete block?

May 21 2009

Use your imagination

Category: Congress,freedom,governmentharmonicminer @ 9:51 am

We do have a Constitution in the USA, sort of. We ignore it sometimes. Well, to be more accurate, the Left ignores it sometimes, and gets away with it whenever possible.  There is, for example, a 2nd Amendment, that guarantees the right of citizens to keep and bear (that means CARRY) arms.  Except, of course, that it doesn’t, because legislators and the courts have decided the words don’t mean what they mean. 

Here’s a headline:

Steny Hoyer says Democrats beaten on guns

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer admits that Democrats are conceding the gun issue to Republicans for now.

Republicans have been increasingly using pro-gun amendments to throw a wrench into Democratic legislation, attaching amendments to seemingly unrelated bills allowing for expanded gun carrying privileges in national parks.

The tactic seems to be working, with Democrats acknowledging that pro-gun members rule in both chambers.

“There clearly is a majority in both houses that the Second Amendment rights … that relate to the national parks are too restricted,” Hoyer told reporters Tuesday. “The reality is that a majority in both houses agree with that position.”

Imagine:  a majority of both houses (which has to include a decent share of democrats in the current congress) seems to be willing to uphold the 2nd Amendment as meaning what it means. 

So, now to use your imagination.  What if the headline read this way?

       “Steny Hoyer Says Democrats Beaten on Freedom of Speech”

And, what if, as we read the article, it said that Democrats had been trying to restrict Freedom of Speech, but unsuccessfully so far.

That’s where we are these days.  We have, to our shame, a government of men, not one of laws.  And it will probably get worse.

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