It looks like Campaign 2004 is starting to heat up with Al Gore acting rested, ready and ridiculous again. In Tennessee, Senor Stiff had a new pitch, telling old supporters he had erred in allowing himself to be too programmed by pollsters and consultants in the campaign.
Our politics suffers from a shortage of people who put character and country before career and personal gain. We need more congressmen like Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.), who has announced his retirement because he believes there are things in life more important than a congressional career.
This week, having just returned from the G-8 summit in Canada, where he declined to back down on his call to rid the Palestinians of Yasser Arafat's corrupt and despotic "leadership," our "cowboy" president insisted, once again, on astonishing our "allies" and dismaying diplomats from every clime and place. Let's face it, our president is becoming a planetary party pooper.
Perhaps the best thing regarding that 9th Circuit Court panel's dilatory vaporing about "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance was the public's dissing response.
President Bush said he was "deeply concerned" about some of the accounting practices in corporate America and called "outrageous" the disclosure that WorldCom, which is $32 billion in debt, had hidden $3.8 billion in expenses.
All those who disagree with American support of Israel -- the Arab world and its supporters in America such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the left and the State Department (privately, if not publicly) -- explain American support of Israel by attributing it to the "pro-Israel lobby" and its alleged power over Congress.
When the U.N. Security Council rejected America's demand for immunity for U.S. soldiers in the Bosnian peace force from arrest and prosecution by the International Criminal Court, the United States vetoed an extension of the force. Either our troops get immunity, or our troops get out.
On Fox News Sunday this weekend, Secretary of State Colin Powell told host Tony Snow, “We have been very appreciative of the role that Saudi Arabia has played, and especially Crown Prince Abdullah, in putting forward a vision for the Palestinian people of how we can find a solution to this crisis.”
It seems self-evident that no individual should be allowed to own a law that all of us must obey. Laws and regulations are adopted, we hope, through the process of self-government, and citizens must enjoy the right to copy and restate the laws.
As I like to remind folks around this time of the year, in 1776, at the founding of America, there was a Holy Roman Empire, Venice was a republic, France was ruled by a king, China by an emperor, Russia by an empress, Great Britain was a constitutional monarchy and Japan was ruled by a shogun.
Many of the senators voting against permanent repeal of the estate tax on June 12 cited "fiscal responsibility" as their reason for doing so. It was often said that permanent repeal would "cost" the federal government $740 billion -- money that is needed to pay future Social Security benefits and other critical government needs.
"I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical." So Jefferson wrote to fellow Virginian James Madison in the year Madison authored his country's Constitution.
To make his historic call for a Palestinian state palatable for Israel and its allies in Congress, Bush demanded removal from power of Yasser Arafat. But, it quickly became clear, that strengthened the old guerrilla leader's sagging position with Palestinians and in the broader Arab world.
By revealing so clearly the foam-at-the-mouth hostility to religion that grips our elites, the 9th Circuit's "under God" decision is proving a Godsend, although the two hapless judges in the majority would probably insist that we refer to it simply as a "send."