Sunday, August 26, 2007

British Subject Calls for Military Coup d'Etat at the White House. No, Really.

Martin Lewis at the Huffington Post is calling for the head of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Peter Pace, USMC, to relieve President Bush of his command as Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Armed Forces and place him under arrest for “Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman.” And apparently he’s not joking, and he quotes extensively from the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

I think they’re becoming unhinged. I’ve heard of “Bush Derangement Syndrome” before, but this has got to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. It’s kind of like Hillary Clinton calling for Nouri al-Maliki to step down as the Iraqi prime minister. He’s come to office by a duly elected Iraqi government, but a U.S. Senator feels competent to nullify that by calling for his dismissal because he hasn’t measured up to her standards of governance. Maliki is totally justified in calling on Clinton and other American politicians to “come to their senses.”

The Looney Left has tried to incite assassination of both our President and Vice-President and repeatedly expressed regret over their failure. They’ve called for impeachment, with no satisfaction, as the Democratic Congress has shown little interest. They’ve called on Congress to obstruct the war effort by defunding it, and have gone unheeded. Now they’re calling on the Joint Chiefs to remove the President from his position as Commander-in-Chief. They are so desperate to depose this President that they’re willing to commit sedition and treason to get it done. Incredible.

Martin Lewis is a British subject of the Queen, by the way. He’s also described as a humorist, although the “humor” on display in the post is a little, um, shrill. And I can’t help wondering how humorous the Secret Service detail charged with the President’s security would take an attempt by U.S. Marines under the command of Gen. Pace to place the President under military arrest as the General relieves the President of his command. What an asinine screed.

Everyone in government needs to concentrate on doing their job instead of tending everybody else’s business. The media needs to concentrate on reporting the news, instead of telling the American people what to think. Congress needs to take care of the country’s business, instead of obstructing the President in everything he tries to do. A lot of stuff is being neglected because our government in Washington is dysfunctional, incompetent and corrupt. It’s hurting the country. A lot.

Mitt Romney and the “M-word”–(Money)

I read a column online at the JEWISH WORLD REVIEW by Cokie and Steve Roberts about Mitt Romney and his immense wealth, (an estimated $350 M) and how it could help or hinder his quest for the White House.

Theology came up. From the column:

The wealth question reaches beyond the practical into the realm of theology and myth. A core belief of early New England settlers was the Protestant Ethic: the idea that thrift and hard work were prime earthly virtues; and even better, that material success was a sign of God's grace and eternal salvation.

But that’s it. That’s as close to the "M-word" as they got. I finished the column and then reread it to be sure. Nope, not one single time did they mention Romney’s peculiar Mormon faith or any of the odd tenets of his religion, past or present.

They talked about money, his family’s investments that are enumerated in a list that covers 47 pages, how the company that oversees the investments has divested of some questionable stocks in the recent past, but is still invested in a Chinese company that does business with the government of Sudan, which supports genocide.

They mentioned how in the recent Iowa straw poll, in which he finished 1st with 32% of the vote, he spent something like $800 per vote. The runner-up, Mike Huckabee spent $58 per vote and got 18%, and told his supporters he couldn’t pay for them, or even rent them.

They talked about rich candidates who’ve sought the White House and failed, such as Steve Forbes, John F. Kerry and John Edwards and the pitfalls that had brought about their failures. They talked about other more successful candidates, such as John Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt, who ascended to high office partly because they were able to avoid the appearance of hypocrisy, elitism and greed.

But no mention of Mormons, gold bibles, plural wives or magic underwear. I’m shocked.