Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Golden Rule - He who has the gold...

I'm happy to talk about the perils of being the party in power, especially when the opposition is so scattered as to provide no opposition at all, which inevitably leads to infighting and excess.
However, let me first comment on your GWB/Wu-Tang comparison. First, I enjoy the irony of either you or I (or any former rugger) mocking anothers functional alcoholism. But more importantly, I find it strange that of all the things you could choose to attack President Bush on, you have chosen to allege that he is a man who does not keep his word. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
After all, the thing most seem to despise about Pres. Bush is that once he has made up his mind, and made a statement on / given his word about a topic, there is no going back. He said we were going to go to war with Iraq, and no amount of criticism or political damage has led him to pull back. He said we would stay until the end, and so far it looks like we will. Contrast this with Pres. Clinton's pseudo-military responses in Bosnia and Rwanda. Or take his stance on tax cuts, Social Security, stem cell research. The list goes on and on. If you want to attack his credentials as a small government Republican, that is fair game. Though since I don't think he ever claimed to be one as such, I'm not sure it is a fair criticism.

Having gotten that off my chest, let's turn to the "cesspool of corruption" you accuse the Republican party of being. Tom DeLay got indicted by a Democrat Prosecutor whose charges were so weak that he couldn't get an indictment on one of his three charges. As a former prosecutor who has participated in grand jury indictments, let me say that the old adage that a good prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich is, if anything, an understatement. Failing to get an indictment is the equivalent of striking out in tee-ball. It happens, but when it does it is just pathetic.
What else? Oh, Bill Frist selling family stock in preparation for a presidential run in 2008 that everyone knew was coming, then having it look like insider trading when the stock took a dip a week later. Let's see what the SEC investigation reveals, but given the amount of money Frist made compared with his already substantial networth, I can't imagine anyone who made it through med school is that stupid. (Though given that Joon will soon be an MD, I could be wrong. Seriously, Joon a doctor? Does that scare anyone else?)
However, my dismissal of these two charges should not be read to discount the very real possibility that Gabe raises. As with the Democrats in the late 80's and early 90's, continued dominance by one party can lead to some very real governmental excess. Fortunately for the American People, when such excess becomes... well, excessive... the other party can highlight it and regain control (see The Contract With America).

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