Alan Colmes, one of my favorite liberals (only trailing his darn cute sister, Kirsten Powers) for his (usually) intellectual honesty, seems heel-bent on a series of guerilla attacks on Sarah Palin for she speech in Hong Kong earllier this week. In two blog posts in the last two day (the first was Wednesday HERE) he made several points:
Bashing America on foreign soil” has been a meme of the right, which has attacked Democrats whenever an ill word was spoken overseas, so I wonder if that same principle will apply to Sarah Palin.
Well, No, Alan It won’t; and here’s why. The President of the United States is busily touring the world, making speeches from Egypt, Africa, various places in Europe — all the while talking about how nasty and imperialist the united States has been, and apologizing for it.
Our own President is denigrating his own country publicly while abroad; all the while promising his administration will be better they they were.
So if you want to look at it from that point of view, she’s just following the President’s example. Now if you want to go back in time and say that “Conservatives raised hell when the Dixie Chicks denigrated the President in London” or any of a hundred other examples of entertainers behaving badly while overseas; yeah, you’ve got a point. And Conservative DID think that was bad at the time — but Liberals did NOT. Liberals said it was “freedom of speech” and “no big deal.”
Is Sarah being hypocritical? Not really — the paradigm changed at Liberals’ insistence.
Are you being a hypocrite for trying to go back to the original standard you trashed then?
According to delegates, she said US President Barack Obama’s administration worsened an already difficult situation when earlier this month he slapped duties on Chinese tire imports blamed for costing American jobs.
I realize the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1932 might seem a bit of a boring thing (I wouldn’t remember it at all if not for Ben Stein’s soliloquy in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), but it was a major mistake. It was the single greatest reason the Great Depression wasn’t just another little economic hiccup. Smoot-Hawley crashed banks overseas, started a trade war, and had monumental ramification that lasted for decades.
And we want to do this to our largest trading poartner, China??? Follow the link to the Wikipedia article on it.
They said she praised the economic policies of former US President Ronald Reagan and criticised the current administration for intervening too much during the recent financial crisis.
Well, I’d say so; the current administration’s fumbling, bumbling ineptitude and penchant for corruption and neo-socialism is the functional antithesis of the Reagan Administration’s “Less Government is More” philosophy, isn’t it? Makes sense that if she says one, she’s saying the other as well. And Many would say (including small business owners, like me) that it’s a very sound fiscal policy as well.
Good for you, Sarah.
And then there wasToday’s blog entry:
The Associated Press has grainy leaked video.
Well, isn’t that Journalistic of them? This would be the same Associated Press that ignored the ACORN videos for a week and a half, but jump on a “grainy video” of a speech from Sarah Palin hoping to embarrass her in some way?
- The same AP that liked to publish faked pictures of Lebanese war casualties . . . oh, you get the picture, I think.
On her political philosophy: “You can call me a common-sense conservative. My approach to the issues facing my country and the world, issues that we’ll discuss today, are rooted in this common-sense conservatism… Common sense conservatism deals with the reality of the world as it is. Complicated and beautiful, tragic and hopeful, we believe in the rights and the responsibilities and the inherent dignity of the individual.
“The opposite of a common-sense conservative is a liberalism that holds that there is no human problem that government can’t fix if only the right people are put in charge. Unfortunately, history and common sense are not on its side. We don’t trust utopian promises; we deal with human nature as it is.”
Okay, then — what is wrong with that statement? You cite it as “bashing,” but what exactly is wrong with it? If you’re going to use invective and bombast, defend your position, Colmes.
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