January 26, 2009
The O-Ration Revisited: Walking the
Like I wrote last week, Mr. President, good speech.
But it’s one thing to talk the talk.
Walking it is another matter.
On that score, we are not off to a good start.
this day, we come to proclaim an end to
the petty grievances and false promises,
the recriminations and worn-out dogmas,
that for far too long have strangled our
Oh. So that’s why the new president waited three whole days – and just
hours after the 36th
anniversary of Roe v. Wade – to stick a
finger in the eyes of conservatives on
abortion. Nothing petty there.
Commented the chief executive – in issuing an order to
reverse President Bush’s order reversing
President Clinton’s order reversing
President Reagan’s order prohibiting
funding of international organizations
that promote or provide abortion:
“For too long, international family
planning assistance has been used as a
political wedge issue, the subject of a
back-and-forth debate that has served
only to divide us.” Yes, sir. Gotta
end those “recriminations.”
And re-restoring the use of taxpayers’ money to pay
for abortions isn’t falling back on one
of those divisive, “worn-out
dogmas that for far too long have
strangled our politics?”
Apparently not. At least not when
Planned Parenthood is a wholly owned
subsidiary of the Democratic Party – or
“For those who seek to advance their
aims by inducing terror and slaughtering
innocents, we say to you now that our
spirit is stronger and cannot be broken.
You cannot outlast us.”
Right. It took Sleek Barry all of one day to allow PR
to triumph over national security with
his order to close Guantanamo Bay.
That’s outlasting ‘em.
And that business about “the
time of . . . putting off unpleasant
decisions” having “surely passed.” That
surely explains why the president kicked
the determination of what to do with all
those “dangerous” (his word) detainees
down the road to a commission.
Perhaps the O-Ring is coming face-to-face with the
reality that moving terrorists to
prisons in the United States not only
involves insuperable security issues,
but also won’t solve the perception
problem to which the Yes-We-Candidate
contributed. Because another favorite
target of the human rights lobby,
including Amnesty International, Human
Rights Watch, and of course, the United
Nations, is – you guessed it! – the U.S.
The good news: Jumpin’ Jack Murtha wants to relocate
the assorted plotters, bombers and
murderers at Gitmo to a minimum security
facility in his congressional district.
No doubt so that some of the “rednecks”
he identified among his constituents can
guard them. That oughta please the human
is required of us now is a new era of
responsibility – a recognition on the
part of every American that we have
duties to ourselves, our nation, and the
world . . . This is the price and the
promise of citizenship.”
Hmm. I always thought one of those duties was paying your
taxes. At least that’s what the feds
remind me four times a year. With large
dollar signs denoting my “price of
Somehow, someone forgot to tell incoming Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner. At least
about the responsibility part. The
paying taxes part he heard, not only
from his former employers at the
International Monetary Fund, but also
from those pesky IRS auditors.
Mr. Geithner says he takes “full responsibility” for
his “unintentional mistakes.” Uh, no. An
“era of responsibility” involves
withdrawing tax evaders from
consideration for jobs overseeing
prosecution of tax evaders.
Mr. President, actions do speak louder than
“good speeches.” If you can’t walk the
talk, maybe soon you can at least walk
the dog. Or even wag it.
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