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Sometimes there is just too much going in this country to focus on one single issue. That was the case this week.
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In my home state of Oklahoma, Texas Democrats, who failed to live up to their duty of elected office, holed themselves up in a Holiday Inn in Ardmore. Young Republicans from Texas and Oklahoma protested outside the hotel with signs saying, "Stop Pouting" and others saying, "Texas Dems Go Home and Do Your Job." On Friday, the runaway Democrats returned to Texas to a cheering crowd of supporters. It's rather interesting that some Texas citizens would welcome politicians who ran away and failed to show up for work. Most people would lose their job over that.
The BBC reported on Thursday that the harrowing account of the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch is flawed. "[H]er story is one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived." The news report runs through the story of Private Lynch and claims that many aspects of the story are false, according to its sources – Iraqi doctors. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the news organization that failed to cover the fall of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad? And isn't this the news network that reported problems in the war in Iraq when there were none? Its credibility seems to have been lost in America. Yet, its news is taken as truth in Britain.
The platforms of all the Democratic presidential candidates have a plank for universal health care. The trouble with government health care is not only the slight problem that it's unconstitutional, but also that it's nothing but redistribution of wealth. Still, if you look past those two things, you can also find fault in that all government social programs bring everything down to the lowest common denominator. It's the same principle as faulting those who have the income to buy a nice car or a good education. As a side note, Walter Mondale supported a government health-care program in his campaign against Ronald Reagan – Mondale lost every state but one.
Separation between the church and the state is a practice that is generally accepted in society and generally believed as law in this nation. And there are forces in politics that, under the guise of "protecting" the Constitution, use their power in an relentless attack on family and American values. This month, the American Civil Liberties Union was quick to condemn an elementary school principal in Sylvia, Kan., who had the nerve to follow through on the National Day of Prayer and ask teachers to pray for their students. On May 9, a teacher's aide in Pennsylvania was suspended for a year without pay for wearing a cross around her neck. So much for religious tolerance.
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I was in New York City this week and walked by the New York Times building, which has been the center of embarrassment and controversy lately. A young, black reporter for the Times named Jayson Blair lied in 36 of the 73 articles he wrote for the paper. If that isn't enough, reports from various sources have claimed that the N.Y. Times kept Blair on staff because of a "need" for diversity. You can have diversity and excellence in journalism, but when a need for a diverse workforce takes priority over truth in news journalism, look out.
The Senate gave the OK this week to handing over $15 billion to help fight the AIDS problem worldwide. Call me harsh, but if I want to help fight AIDS, I'm going to willingly give my money to a charity. It is not the federal government's role to fight diseases worldwide. I believe it would do them a world of good if our elected officials would just read the Constitution – at least Article 1, Section 8.
According to the White House, President Bush and Vice President Cheney filed for re-election to the Federal Election Commission. I'm going to step out on the limb here and predict that if President Bush doesn't do something stupid, he's going to win reelection in 2004. The ineptness of the 10 Democratic candidates is astounding.