July 13, 2005

Thoughts while in the dentist's chair...

If you are going to the dentist to have your tooth drilled on, it's helpful to have some interesting and positive thought to focus on...that helps one to ignore other things that are happening.

And as I was driving to the dentist this morning, I caught a bit of Rush Limbaugh, and he talked about how the Dems have been ginning up one stupid "scandal" after another (most of which are already forgotten). Why? Because they have nothing positive or constructive to offer the country, and they know it. It's desperation. It's weakness and floundering. And even if Karl Rove were dragged off in shackles to Leavenworth, that would not change. And it worked! The trip to the dentist was much less painful than it would have been if I'd felt pessimistic.

By the way, certain Dems have been trying to make comparisons between their obstructionism now, and that of Newt Gingrich and the Republicans under Clinton. But there's little similarity. Then Republicans also were supporting various measures they felt would help the country--think Welfare Reform, NAFTA, GATT--and we were for them even if they helped the Democrats and Clinton politically. And remember Contract With America. Republicans were offering a program, and asking people to vote for them for that reason.

And while we were certainly obstructionist against HillaryCare, that too could be viewed as a positive move. We were obstructionist because there were issues at stake that we Republicans believe in. A gigantic socialistic power grab by the government would have been bad. Very bad for America. (We Republicans are not always principled in politics. I make no such claim. But our beliefs tend to influence what we do.)

Of course maybe the current blocking of Social Security reform by the Dems is principled too. Maybe their principles are opposed the idea of ordinary workers having investments for their retirement. Maybe their principles declare that other people, little inferior people, should not invest in the stock market (even while they do so themselves). It's hard to say, since it is very hard to find out just what their principles are. If they have any...

Posted by John Weidner at July 13, 2005 1:58 PM
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